Posted By claire on 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: Prelude to The Throne” over at our Tudor Book Review Site – a fantastic book about the teenage Elizabeth and the charismatic sociopath, Thomas Seymour.
Kelly Gartland, a student who is an avid reader of historical fiction and non-fiction, received “The Lady Elizabeth” by Alison Weir for Christmas so I asked her to review it as I haven’t got round to reading it yet. It is Alison Weir’s latest fictional novel and, just like “Virgin”, it is about the teenage Elizabeth and her relationship with Seymour, although Weir takes the relationship a bit further than Maxwell. Click here to read Kelly’s review.
Over Christmas I also read Robin Maxwell’s new book which is due out in February. “O, Juliet” is a retelling of Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet” in a book form and it really is wonderful. As a Shakespeare fan and previous English literature student, I wasn’t sure what I would think of it but it was a joy to read and I read it in one day – always the sign of a good book. I will be publishing my review in the next week or so.
Another book I enjoyed over Christmas is Karen Harper’s “The Queen’s Governess” which is a novel about Kat Ashley, governess, friend and confidante of Elizabeth I. It is interesting to read Elizabeth’s story through Kat’s eyes and also learn more about Kat herself – a brilliant read. I will be reviewing this book and publishing a guest article by Karen Harper in the next few days.
Top Elizabeth I Books
What, in your opinion are the best Elizabeth books on the market, both fact and fiction? Here’s my list, in no particular order of ones that I have enjoyed:-
- Elizabeth I by Anne Somerset
- Elizabeth I by Alison Plowden
- Elizabeth by David Starkey
- Elizabeth I by David Loades
- Elizabeth, the Queen by Alison Weir
- Elizabeth’s Women by Tracy Borman
- Elizabeth and Leicester by Sarah Gristwood
- Elizabeth I by Richard Rex
- Virgin and the Crab by Robert Parry
- The Virgin’s Daughters: In the Court of Elizabeth I by Jeane Westin
- The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn by Robin Maxwell
- Virgin: Prelude to the Throne by Robin Maxwell
- The Queen’s Bastard by Robin Maxwell
- The Virgin’s Lover by Philippa Gregory
- The Queen Elizabeth I Mystery Series (9 books) by Karen Harper
- The Queen’s Governess by Karen Harper
I’m bound to have missed some out so please add your favourites in the comments below.