Book Updates

It's been a while since I offered some behind the scenes updates, so I figure I'm due.  This time, it's all about books.  Mostly about books.  Read on if you're interested, and you'll get the idea. I'm privileged to be a beta reader for Samantha Wilcoxson's upcoming historical fiction novel, Queen of Martyrs: The Story of … Continue reading Book Updates

Good Things

It's nice when I can report good things.  What else is a personal blog for, after all, if not that? At work, that arbitrary March 1 deadline of stupid I was up against has been nullified.  I completed the "rush" portion of the project early. At home, I got rewarded for that deadline.  My good … Continue reading Good Things

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

Richard II

“For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground And tell sad stories of the death of kings; How some have been deposed; some slain in war, Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed; Some poison'd by their wives: some sleeping kill'd; All murder'd: for within the hollow crown That rounds the mortal temples … Continue reading Richard II

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

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