Two weeks until The Life of Anne Boleyn course launches

Posted By on January 16, 2017

And now for a shameless plug – it is my blog after all! My new online course “The Life of Anne Boleyn” launches on 30th January, in just two weeks!

I’ve been a bit quiet recently on this blog and social media because I’ve been busy recording the video lessons for the course. It’s quite a challenge when you have pets. Our kittens keep trying to get their 15 seconds of fame by walking across the camera and then our dogs will suddenly bark at something or decide that they want some attention too! Then there are the fits of giggles I sometimes have or all of the saliva suddenly disappearing from my mouth and leaving me unable to get a word out! I’m getting there, though!

“The Life of Anne Boleyn” is completely online. It comprises video lessons with downloadable audio and transcripts, quizzes after each module, a bibliography and further reading list, and resources which I think will be helpful for you. It is open internationally, and participants have lifetime access so you can start it and finish it whenever you like. It’s available to purchase now from at a special pre-order price of $35 (RRP $75), and each participant receives the audiobook version of my book The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown.

There may actually be more than 15 video lessons as I just can’t stop talking about Anne Boleyn! The late historian Eric Ives once said at a talk that he could talk about Anne Boleyn “until the cows come home” and I’m exactly like that. You just can’t shut me up! I’m enjoying them so much, and I hope you do too. You can find out more about the course at and you can use discount code ABPRE to sign up for $35.

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New history books on queens and queenship

Posted By on January 16, 2017

As if we haven’t already got enough on our “to read lists, 2016 ended and 2017 began with the releases of more books that look as if they are must-reads for anyone interested in the lives of medieval and Tudor queens. I suppose there are worse ways to ‘go’ than being drowned by books!

Huge congratulations to my fellow MadeGlobal authors Conor Byrne and Roland Hui on the releases of their books on queens.

Roland Hui’s book, The Turbulent Crown: The Story of the Tudor Queens of England, examines the queens of the Tudor dynasty. Here is the blurb:

“Ten remarkable women.
One remarkable era.

In the Tudor period, 1485–1603, a host of fascinating women sat on the English throne. The dramatic events of their lives are told in The Turbulent Crown: The Story of the Tudor Queens of England.

The Turbulent Crown begins with the story of Elizabeth of York, who survived conspiracy, murder, and dishonour to become the first Tudor Queen, bringing peace and order to England after years of civil war. From there, the reader is taken through the parade of Henry VIII’s six wives – two of whom, Anne Boleyn and Katheryn Howard, would lose their heads against a backdrop of intrigue and scandal.

The Turbulent Crown continues with the tragedy of Lady Jane Grey, the teenager who ruled for nine days until overthrown by her cousin Mary Tudor. But Mary’s reign, which began in triumph, ended in disaster, leading to the emergence of her sister, Elizabeth I, as the greatest of her family and of England’s monarchs.”

In an interview on the MadeGlobal Publishing site – click here – Roland talks about how he sees his book as “a 21st-century ‘Lives of the Queens of England’ (by Agnes Strickland)” and talks about the importance of using primary sources in research.

The Turbulent Crown: The Story of the Tudor Queens of England is available as a kindle book and paperback – click here to view it on your Amazon store now.

Conor Byrne, who many of you will know from his debut book Katherine Howard: A New History has just released his new book Queenship in England: 1308–1485 Gender and Power in the Late Middle Ages which looks at the queens of the Plantagenet dynasty, women who are often overlooked.


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