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The Reversible Mask: An Elizabethan Spy Novel with Loretta Goldberg plus special price!

Posted By on June 20, 2019

Historical novelist Loretta Goldberg has made this wonderful video for the Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society YouTube channel about her Elizabethn spy novel The Reversible Mask, which is a wonderful read.

In her video, Loretta talks about her book, an Elizabethan spy novel, and then treats us to an excerpt.

Here’s the book blurb to whet your appetite further:

Summer 1566. A glittering royal progress approaches Oxford. A golden age of prosperity, scientific advances, exploration and artistic magnificence. Elizabeth I’s Protestant government has much to celebrate.

But one young Catholic courtier isn’t cheering.

Conflicting passions—patriotism and religion—wage war in his heart. On this day, religion wins. Sir Edward Latham throws away his title, kin, and country to serve Catholic monarchs abroad.

But his wandering doesn’t quiet his soul, and when Europe’s religious wars threaten his beloved England and his family, patriotism prevails. Latham switches sides and becomes a double agent for Queen Elizabeth. Life turns complicated and dangerous as he balances protecting country and queen, while entreating both sides for peace.

Intrigue, lust, and war combine in this thrilling debut historical novel from Loretta Goldberg.

“This is a glorious novel! Rich in detail and atmosphere, jewel-like in its creation of Elizabethan England, it’s the best kind of historical fiction, transporting readers to a captivating time and place and story. Goldberg does a magnificent job of conveying the intrigue, passion and sometimes sheer sumptuousness of Elizabeth – I’s court and politics. I loved it.” – Jeanne Mackin, award winning author.

The kindle version of The Reversible Mask is on offer at the moment at 99c/99p as a kindle countdown deal:

Thursday 20 June – 8am PDT & GMT until Mon 24 June – 8am PDT & GMT
99p / 99c

Find out more and order a copy at http://getbook.at/reversiblemask

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Was Anne Boleyn a wicked stepmother?

Posted By on June 18, 2019

In today’s instalment of my “Questions about Anne Boleyn” series, I consider the relationship between Anne Boleyn and her stepdaughter, Mary, daughter of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon.

Anne Boleyn is often blamed for the ill-treatment Mary received in the 1530s, being painted as a wicked stepmother, so I look at how Mary actually suffered, what was said about Anne’s role in it, and what happened after Anne’s execution in 1536.

Do take part in the poll at the end of the video to have your say on this topic (it pops up in the top right of the screen). I’d love to know what you think.

Book recommendations: Mary Tudor: The First Queen by Linda Porter; Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen by Anna Whitelock; Mary Tudor by David Loades; The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn by Eric Ives; The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown by Claire Ridgway.

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