Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I by Peter Ackroyd

Just as the title claims, this covers the era of England's Nero and his progeny.  It's certainly not my first go-round with an overview of this era, and while I noticed a couple of authorial decisions that I would question, on the whole it's an incredibly thorough book.  As with the previous volume, I found myself … Continue reading Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I by Peter Ackroyd

How to Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life by Ruth Goodman

The entire time I was listening to this, I kept thinking "Where do I know that name?"  So I looked her up before writing this review.  Turns out I've seen her as one of the stars of the short reality TV series Tudor Monastery Farm.  That provides a really good introduction to this book.  It's one thing … Continue reading How to Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life by Ruth Goodman

Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors by Peter Ackroyd

The narrator, Clive Chafer, has a great voice but a cartoonishly unnatural cadence that annoys the fire out of me.  I was going to knock off one star for that, but... the book as a whole is so well written that I found I couldn't do it.  From the mists of pre-history and the Roman … Continue reading Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors by Peter Ackroyd