Another Queen Elizabeth with Tudor and Boleyn blood

| June 2, 2022

Another Queen Elizabeth with Tudor and Boleyn blood

As the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee kick off today, I wanted to mark the occasion by drawing attention to the fact that Queen Elizabeth II, like her namesake Queen Elizabeth I, has both Tudor and Boleyn blood. Our present queen is descended from King Henry VII, the first Tudor monarch, through his […]

New kings and queens colouring book available to pre-order!

| August 19, 2021

New kings and queens colouring book available to pre-order!

If you enjoy colouring books, and you like to combine your loves of history and colouring, you may well be interested in this new colouring books from illustrator and author Joseph Stephen. It’s called The Kings and Queens of England and Great Britain Colouring Book and covers the kings and queens from William the Conqueror […]

18 Interesting Facts about Lady Jane Grey (Queen Jane)

| July 5, 2021

18 Interesting Facts about Lady Jane Grey (Queen Jane)

In this latest edition of my “Facts about…” series, I share 18 interesting facts about Lady Jane Grey, or Queen Jane, who is also known as “The Nine Day Queen”. Find out more about the fourth Tudor monarch… Book recommendations: The Sisters Who Would Be Queen – Leanda de Lisle Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor […]

The Foreign Consort: Power, Position and Peril by Conor Byrne

| May 2, 2017

The Foreign Consort: Power, Position and Peril by Conor Byrne

Thank you to author and historian Conor Byrne for joining us today with this guest article. I know many of you enjoyed his book on Katherine Howard so you’ll be pleased to know that his latest book Queenship in England is a kindle countdown deal from 2-4 May. 99c/99p is a bargain for this book. […]

60 Second History video series – The Tudor Dynasty

| February 22, 2017

60 Second History video series – The Tudor Dynasty

I’ve just started a new video series on YouTube called “60 Second History”. The idea (thank you, Tim, for the brainwave!) is to give information about Tudor history in easy-to-digest 60-second chunks. I’m going to cover lots of different aspects of Tudor history but the first video is on the Tudor dynasty, just outlining the […]

Lady Jane Grey and Queen Mary I – who was the usurper?

| February 20, 2017

Lady Jane Grey and Queen Mary I – who was the usurper?

With it having been the anniversary of the birth of Queen Mary I on 18th February, there have been lots of discussions on blogs and social media regarding Mary, her reign and also her accession. Mary I became queen on 19th July 1553 after she successfully deposed her first cousin once removed, Lady Jane Grey, […]

Scandalous Monarchs

| November 25, 2016

Scandalous Monarchs

For the final stop of my book tour for the paperback version of Illustrated Kings and Queens of England, I’m visiting my friend Sarah Bryson’s QueentoHistory blog to discuss some of the monarchs whose reigns were tinged by scandal. Do join me and I’d love to hear which monarchs you think were scandalous so do […]

10 memorable monarchs

| November 24, 2016

10 memorable monarchs

For my stop at Charlie Fenton’s blog today I decided to share my “10 Memorable Monarchs”, but then I had to cheat and counted the Tudors as one! I hope you can forgive me! Please do join me at Charlie’s blog today, although I realise that some of you might be enjoying a turkey dinner […]