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Elizabeth and Mary Part 2

| October 23, 2009

If you watched “The Tudors”, you may have been surprised by the scenes of the teenage Mary sharing a bed with her little half-sister Elizabeth, daughter of the woman she viewed as a whore, and showing affection towards her. Were these scenes just figments of Michael Hirst’s imagination? Well, of course these scenes are fictional, […]

Witches, Wenches and Weakness

| September 25, 2009

In Wednesday’s episode of “Elizabeth’s Women” on BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week programme, the roles and duties of Elizabeth’s ladies were discussed, and today’s episode also focuses on Elizabeth’s ladies and the relationships the Queen had with them as she aged. Witches Tracy Borman writes of how Sir Walter Raleigh (or Ralegh) had […]

The “Bosom Serpent” and Gloriana

| September 24, 2009

Today’s episode of BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week on “Elizabeth’s Women” by Tracy Borman focused on Chapter 12 of the book – The “Bosom Serpent” – which details how Elizabeth I dealt with Mary Stuart (Mary Queen of Scots). There were various plots and rebellions during Elizabeth’s reign that Mary Stuart was connected […]

Elizabeth and the Two Katherines

| September 22, 2009

Today’s episode of BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week, featuring “Elizabeth’s Women” by Tracy Borman, is about the two women that brought Elizabeth up – Katherine Ashley and Katherine Parr (Catherine Parr). In 1549, Elizabeth quoted the following words from St Gregory in a letter to Edward Seymour, Lord Protector of England: “We are […]

The Legacy of Anne Boleyn

| September 21, 2009

As you know, if you have read my posts over the last week, Tracy Borman has just written a book on Elizabeth I called “Elizabeth’s Women: The Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen”. As the book has just been published, Borman is doing the publicity rounds and has been doing interviews and talks, and her […]

BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week “Elizabeth’s Women”

| September 19, 2009

Title: BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week “Elizabeth’s Women” Location: BBC Radio 4 Link out: BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week Website – You can listen live on the site or catch up with recordings. Description: Emma Fielding reads from Tracy Borman’s biography of Elizabeth I, which explores the relationships she had with […]

Was Elizabeth a Jealous Old Hag?

| September 18, 2009

I’ve just been listening to a BBC History Magazine interview with Tracy Borman, writer of “Elizabeth’s Women: The Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen”, which takes as its theme Elizabeth I’s jealous streak. It really is an interesting interview and well worth a listen – you can either download it from iTunes (BBC History Magazine […]

Elizabeth’s Women

| September 16, 2009

I’ve just pre-ordered Tracy Borman’s new book, “Elizabeth’s Women: The Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen”, after hearing an interview with Borman on BBC Radio 4’s “Woman’s Hour”. If Borman’s book is as interesting as the interview, then it’s going to be a great read! You can download the interview from iTunes – just search […]