Inventing Eleanor: The Medieval and Post-Medieval Image of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Michael R. Evans

I'm on record as saying that if I were to be a knight in service, to bend the knee to anyone in history, it would be to Eleanor of Aquitaine, "by the wrath of God, Quene of England."  As a Medieval queen, and especially as one of significant personal power, she's known to have done … Continue reading Inventing Eleanor: The Medieval and Post-Medieval Image of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Michael R. Evans

Queen of Martyrs: The Story of Mary I by Samantha Wilcoxson

This review was written February 22 upon finishing an uncorrected ARC proof of Queen of Martyrs.  By request, I have postponed the review until April 13, one day following the release of this book. Full disclosure with apology to the author: I am friends with Samantha Wilcoxson, and I had an unreasonably heavy hand in pushing her … Continue reading Queen of Martyrs: The Story of Mary I by Samantha Wilcoxson

Faithful Traitor: The Story of Margaret Pole by Samantha Wilcoxson

Full disclosure: I am friends with the author, Samantha Wilcoxson.  She asked me to read a proof copy of this novel in the knowledge that I would give her a fair and honest review, for which I was more than happy to agree. Faithful Traitor is both a standalone novel and a sequel to Wilcoxson's … Continue reading Faithful Traitor: The Story of Margaret Pole by Samantha Wilcoxson

Plantagenet Princess, Tudor Queen: The Story of Elizabeth of York by Samantha Wilcoxson

When it comes to rating historical fiction, I always feel like I’m supposed to compare a novel to other historical fiction writers.  I could do that, I suppose, but that seems cruel.  Let’s just say that when it comes to the Tudor period, Margaret George sets the standard for me with her Autobiography of Henry … Continue reading Plantagenet Princess, Tudor Queen: The Story of Elizabeth of York by Samantha Wilcoxson

The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones

This is one of those great overview books where you get enough of the story to be engaged, but you're also left wanting more. In short, my kind of history book. I love these kinds of launch pads into deeper research. Without a book like this, the in-depth works keep the reader on the outside. … Continue reading The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones