Biography

Elizabeth I by Wallace MacCaffrey

Elizabeth I by Wallace MacCaffrey

Elizabeth I by Wallace MacCaffrey is an extensive biography. At over 400 pages, the book is not exactly short, but it does make for an easy read. He starts from her childhood and goes all over until her death. I made a lot of notes […]

Elizabeth I by Christopher Haigh

Elizabeth I by Christopher Haigh

Elizabeth I by Christopher Haigh is the second book I read by him, first being English Reformations (see review linked at the end of the post). He says that this book is not a biography as it deals with different aspects of her reign, but […]

Mary Tudor by Judith Richards

Mary Tudor by Judith Richards

Mary Tudor by Judith Richards is a Routledge Historical Biography I have on my recommended reading list for British History, year 1. Even today Mary Tudor is often described as an embittered Queen, who tried unsuccessfully to restore the Catholic Church and who sent many […]

The Reign of Henry VIII by David Starkey

The Reign of Henry VIII by David Starkey

The Reign of Henry VIII by David Starkey – Personalities and Politics might be a short book, but it offers an interesting perspective on the politics of Henry VIII’s reign. I can’t say that I share his views on how much impact the factions had […]

Henry VIII by Lucy Wooding

Henry VIII by Lucy Wooding

Henry VIII by Lucy Wooding is one of the books I was recommended for my studies. I loved her writing style and her ideas are new, as she looks at Henry VIII from a different perspective. Furthermore, she holds lectures on Early Modern History for […]

Henry VII by Sean Cunningham

Henry VII by Sean Cunningham

Henry VII by Sean Cunningham is a biography filled with facts. I’ve enjoyed it a lot, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it, unless you are very interested in Henry VII’s reign. The book deals with all his reign, how he ran the government and how […]

The Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es

The Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es

The Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es – A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found. It won The Costa Book of the Year 2018. In 2014, he began to look into his family’s wartime history, as he was aware that his grandparents […]

The Comet Sweeper by Claire Broke

The Comet Sweeper by Claire Broke

On my trip to London last month, I went to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich and there I’ve discovered The Comet Sweeper by Claire Broke in the gift shop. I bought the book, as I wanted to read more about Caroline Herschel. Funnily enough, three […]

Avignon to Croxteth by Maureen Lavelle

Avignon to Croxteth by Maureen Lavelle

With April approaching, I’ve read Avignon to Croxteth by Maureen Lavelle. I’m volunteering at Croxteth Hall, a lovely historic house in Liverpool. This book is about Raymond Lempereur, Chef to the last Earl of Sefton. He lived at Croxteth for many years and, when I […]

Matilda by Tracy Borman

Matilda by Tracy Borman

Matilda by Tracy Borman – Wife of the Conqueror, First Queen of England. It’s not the first book I read by Tracy Borman and surely it will not be the last. Soon I’m getting another one of her books from the library, because I like […]

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. I’ve read a recommendation for this book and I was intrigued. I found it at the library and borrowed it. The Zookeeper’s Wife is the real story of Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski, written by Diane Ackerman, a […]

Walter Rothschild by Miriam Rothschild

Walter Rothschild by Miriam Rothschild

I saw the book Walter Rothschild by Miriam Rothschild – The Man, the Museum and the Menagerie. When I visited Waddesdon Manor a couple of months ago. I didn’t buy it then, but when I found it at the library, I though I should get […]

Henrietta Howard: King’s Mistress, Queen’s Servant  by Tracy Borman

Henrietta Howard: King’s Mistress, Queen’s Servant by Tracy Borman

Henrietta Howard: King’s Mistress, Queen’s Servant by Tracy Borman. I wanted to read this book after reading Courtiers. The Secret History of the Georgian Court by Lucy Worsley. Henrietta was born on 11 May 1689. I stopped reading the book and returned to it in […]

Elizabeth of York: The First Tudor Queen by Alison Weir

Elizabeth of York: The First Tudor Queen by Alison Weir

The book Elizabeth of York: The First Tudor Queen by Alison Weir is the first one I read written by Weir. I was expecting to love it, but some issues made me give it only 4 stars. I’ve read a historical fiction book about Elizabeth […]

Jane Boleyn by Julia Fox

Jane Boleyn by Julia Fox

Jane Boleyn by Julia Fox, with the subtitle The True Story of the Infamous Lady Rochford, is the first book written by Julia. I’ve recently read her second book called Sister Queens by Julia Fox. That was for me an interesting book, with lots of […]

Michael of Romania by Ivor Porter

Michael of Romania by Ivor Porter

Michael of Romania by Ivor Porter is a great book. Full title: Michael of Romania The King and The Country by Ivor Porter. I’ve decided to read it after King Michael passed away last December and I found this book at the central library. I […]