Plots Against Elizabeth I

| January 29, 2010

One of Elizabeth I’s main achievements has got to be actually becoming Queen by not only rising above her illegitimacy and the scandal surrounding her mother, Anne Boleyn, but also surviving long enough to actually inherit the throne from her half-sister Mary. Elizabeth life had been in very real danger during Mary I’s reign when […]

Taking On the Bard

| January 25, 2010

Today, we have a guest post by Robin Maxwell, author of the brilliant historical novels “The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn”, “Mademoiselle Boleyn”, “Virgin: Prelude to the Throne” and “Signora da Vinci”. Here, she writes about what it was like writing “O, Juliet” which is due to be released on the 2nd February. Taking on […]

Cecil’s Fast and Elizabeth I’s Navy

| January 20, 2010

I’ve been spending my evenings watching a DVD that my daughter had for Christmas, a TV series called “Tales from the Green Valley” which follows the progress of five archaeologists and historians as they run a farm just as it was run in the year 1620 when James I ruled. It is a wonderful series […]

Elizabeth I’s Coronation Chart

| January 15, 2010

451 years ago today, at 12pm on January 15th 1559*, Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England, a huge achievement for the second daughter of Henry VIII and the daughter of a woman executed as a traitor and adulteress. As someone who is fascinated by Elizabeth’s mother, Anne Boleyn, I find it ironic and also […]

Love Quotes Competition

| January 11, 2010

Last week, I told you all about Robin Maxwell’s “O, JULIET Love Games Challege”, a series of giveaways to celebrate the launch of her new book, “O, JULIET” in just a few weeks. This week’s competition is all about love quotations. Robin’s favourites are:- “Sex without love is an empty experience, but, as empty experiences […]

Finding Kat Ashley by Karen Harper

| January 7, 2010

Today, we have a guest post from Karen Harper, author of “The Queen’s Governess”, “The Last Boleyn” and “The Queen Elizabeth I Mystery Series”. I have just reviewed “The Queen’s Governess”, which is to be released on the 21st January, over at our Tudor Book Reviews site and it is also The Anne Boleyn Files […]

New Book Reviews and Top Elizabeth I Books

| January 6, 2010

Historical fiction is a blessing on these cold, miserable winter nights and I hope that those of you who are in the UK and snowed in have got a good supply of books! I have been lucky enough to have read some fabulous historical fiction over Christmas and I have just reviewed Robin Maxwell’s “Virgin: […]

“O Juliet” Giveaway

| January 4, 2010

Robin Maxwell’s latest novel “O, Juliet”, a retelling of the story of William Shakespeare’s famous “star-crossed lovers”, is due out at the beginning of February and to celebrate its release Robin is doing a special “O, Juliet Love Games” giveaway over at her blog today (Monday 4th) and the next two Mondays. You can enter […]