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August 13, 2013
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In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn by Sarah Morris and Natalie Grueninger. I like the look of this one, I can’t wait to see some of the photos

http://www.goodreads.com/book/…..oleyn?ac=1

The biography of Chapuys which I am just dying to read. I interviewed the author Lauren Mackay this week and I think it’s going to be awesome

http://www.bookdepository.co.u…..1445609577

Elizabeth of York by Alison Weir. I think I’ll get this one, I did really like her last book on Mary Boleyn. It should be interesting

http://www.goodreads.com/book/…..th-of-york

August 13, 2013
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Olga said

In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn by Sarah Morris and Natalie Grueninger. I like the look of this one, I can’t wait to see some of the photos

http://www.goodreads.com/book/…..oleyn?ac=1

The biography of Chapuys which I am just dying to read. I interviewed the author Lauren Mackay this week and I think it’s going to be awesome

http://www.bookdepository.co.u…..1445609577

Elizabeth of York by Alison Weir. I think I’ll get this one, I did really like her last book on Mary Boleyn. It should be interesting

http://www.goodreads.com/book/…..th-of-york

In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn can’t be released soon enough for me!

The Chapuys biography looks wonderful, Olga. I can’t wait to read this one! It’s on my wishlist.Smile

I hope Weir’s Elizabeth of York doesn’t disappoint. I bought Amy Licence’s Elizabeth of York, which I haven’t read yet, at the same time as her ‘In Bed With the Tudors’ which I enjoyed but was full of silly mistakes…Confused
http://www.goodreads.com/book/…..th-of-york

John Matusiak’s Henry VIII has just been released. With so many great books coming out, it’s hard to choose which ones to buy.
http://www.goodreads.com/book/…..henry-viii

August 13, 2013
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I am trying to stop buying and hoarding, and actually buying one then reading it, but it’s not working Laugh

Arlene Okerlund’s book on Elizabeth of York is supposed to be excellent

http://www.goodreads.com/book/…..th-of-york

I’m looking forward to John Matusiak’s book too.

August 13, 2013
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I am trying to stop buying and hoarding, and actually buying one then reading it, but it’s not working Laugh

Arlene Okerlund’s book on Elizabeth of York is supposed to be excellent

http://www.goodreads.com/book/…..th-of-york

I’m looking forward to John Matusiak’s book too.

I have quite a few books gathering dust on my shelves waiting to be read and have been trying hard to only buy 1 or 2 at a time and reading them before buying anything new but too much Tudor temptation, sigh

Arlene Okerland’s book looks interesting. Did you notice Amy Licence rated it 4 stars,lol

August 14, 2013
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The biography of Chapuys which I am just dying to read. I interviewed the author Lauren Mackay this week and I think it’s going to be awesome

http://www.bookdepository.co.u…..1445609577

From Book Depository website: “Lauren Mackay is a historical researcher and consultant based in Sydney, Australia. She completed her Masters of History and is currently researching her PhD on Thomas and George Boleyn, Anne Boleyn’s father and brother, with University of Newcastle (Australia).”

I wonder if the author has any plans to publish her research on George and Thomas Boleyn in the future.

Off-topic, I know, but my curiosity peaked at Lauren Mackay’s comment in your interview that Chapuys returned to England a few days before Cromwell was executed which is at odds with what I have read elsewhere. It’s true though, the French ambassador Marillac confirmed that Chapuys returned to England around the 23rd July, 1540 and was out of favour and in poor health. See L&P vol 15,926, 29 July, 1540.
http://www.british-history.ac……mpid=76177

“The new ambassador (fn. 13) of the Emperor, of whom Marillac has written, arrived six days ago, and found a very meagre reception at this Court, where, in truth, he is scarcely liked, as the King, speaking of him to Marillac, seemed not to hold him in good esteem, and Norfolk, who now has chief management of affairs, clearly shows he loves him little, saying to Marillac that he will no longer have his Cromwell to guarantee him in the follies he formerly attempted. Moreover, the poor man is so broken down with long illness that people think he is rather come to make his last testament in England than [to do] great service to his master, who has sent him on this charge, knowing that elsewhere he was useless…”

I’m looking forward to Lauren Mackay’s book to see how she explores the complex relationship between Chapuys and Cromwell and the ambassador’s last years at the English court.

August 14, 2013
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Absolutely, I haven’t really read much about Chapuys and Cromwell’s relationship. I was also interested to see her mention she’ll be discussing his attitude towards the Boleyns.

LOL no I didn’t see Any Licence rate it. I think I will probably read Okderlund’s and Weir’s for now, I am convinced Weir’s books are going to improve. I did hear she’s giving her Six Wives an overhaul though. That should be interesting.

August 14, 2013
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Absolutely, I haven’t really read much about Chapuys and Cromwell’s relationship. I was also interested to see her mention she’ll be discussing his attitude towards the Boleyns.

LOL no I didn’t see Any Licence rate it. I think I will probably read Okderlund’s and Weir’s for now, I am convinced Weir’s books are going to improve. I did hear she’s giving her Six Wives an overhaul though. That should be interesting.

It will be great to read what she has to say about Chapuys and the rise and fall of the Boleyns. Where would we be without Chapuys’ colouful depictions of events at court? I would love to learn more about this man.

That is interesting about Weir and her Six Wives and I do hope her books improve as she’s a talented writer.

August 15, 2013
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I don’t know if this is so much as an upcomming book, but I would appreiciate your opinions of the books I’ve managed to get the last few days.
Firstly S.W.M.N.B.N the Queen’s fool well it’s something to read in the bath, and if it’s drivel or gets on my nerves, I haven’t got too fat to walk to use it for something else. (I let you figure that on out) (Slap on wrist from Olga……..Again.. LOL)
The people’s Queen by Vanora Bennett. I’ve not heard of her before, and it’s always good to have something different now and again.
Lady Penelope, again by an arthor I’ve not heard of, and I can’t remember off the top of my head as it’s now in my suitcase for me in the tent (Going on Holiday tommorrow for 10 days)
and lastly a book by Anna Whitelock called Mary Tudor. again I’ve not heard of Anna Whitelock (Don’t go out that much evidently)

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August 15, 2013
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I don’t know if this is so much as an upcomming book, but I would appreiciate your opinions of the books I’ve managed to get the last few days.
Firstly S.W.M.N.B.N the Queen’s fool well it’s something to read in the bath, and if it’s drivel or gets on my nerves, I haven’t got too fat to walk to use it for something else. (I let you figure that on out) (Slap on wrist from Olga……..Again.. LOL)
The people’s Queen by Vanora Bennett. I’ve not heard of her before, and it’s always good to have something different now and again.
Lady Penelope, again by an arthor I’ve not heard of, and I can’t remember off the top of my head as it’s now in my suitcase for me in the tent (Going on Holiday tommorrow for 10 days)
and lastly a book by Anna Whitelock called Mary Tudor. again I’ve not heard of Anna Whitelock (Don’t go out that much evidently)

The Queen’s Fool looks promising but are you sure your nerves can take it? Have a look at the comment by Tzippy on Goodreads…
http://www.goodreads.com/book/…..een_s_Fool

“Drinking game! Every time Queen (Princess, here) Elizabeth I is referred to as a whore in The Queen’s Fool, take a sip of wine. By the time you finish the book, your blood alcohol level will be infinity.” Methinks the chipmunks are in for a real treat after your holiday!Laugh

I haven’t read any of Vanora Bennett’s books, but going by her website, she seems like a really fascinating woman. Not sure about the monks’ diet though, lol
http://vanorabennett.com/

Is this the one you have? Sally Varlow’s The Lady Penelope: The Lost Tale of Love and Politics in the Court of Elizabeth I
http://www.goodreads.com/book/…..y_Penelope

Anna Whitelock is a talented author. You might have seen her in one of the Time Team episodes as the historian advising on a dig at Earl’s Colne Priory in Essex. I’ve just finished her second? book, ‘Elizabeth’s Bedfellows’ and absolutely loved it. For me, Anna Whitelock brought Elizabeth i and the women who served her to life. Her first book ‘Mary Tudor’ received good reviews.
http://www.goodreads.com/autho….._Whitelock

Enjoy your holiday,Boleyn!Smile

August 16, 2013
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For the love of dragons do not read the Queen’s Fool. It is absolute tosh. I hated it. Then again I don’t think I liked any of her Tudor ones.

I haven’t read any of Vanora Bennet’s books. The Sally Varlow one looks good, and I have the Anna Whitelock book on Mary Tudor, I haven’t read it yet but it come highly recommended.

Have a good time!

August 16, 2013
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There should be a warning attached, similar to the famous Jaws poster-slogan: “Philippa Gregory…just when you thought it was safe to go back in the book shop…”

Re The Queen’s Fool: what a wasted opportunity. As with the premise of The Virgin’s Lover, there’s a great story waiting to be written but, unfortunately, Philippa is the person who gets to write it.

August 16, 2013
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I agree, there was so much potential in The Queen’s Fool but Gregory threw it away. I didn’t mind it, but the writing was very average in my opinion. Queen Mary comes across as pathetically whiny, Elizabeth as a schemer, Edward as someone there to die and the main character I just couldn’t warm to her. Gregory decided to throw in every feminist cliche into Hannah, that it was hard to really connect with someone so sanctimonious. I felt that the book would have been better focusing on perhaps the whole Edward to Jane to Mary handover. The character of Hannah would have been a perfect witness to those events. But no Gregory decides to pretty much cover that moment in time by getting Hannah the hell out of the kingdom.

As a bit of fluff and light reading I recommend it. But only if you leave your brain at the front cover. I had plans to read the rest of The Tudor series, but The QUeen’s Fool left such a bad taste in my mouth (from the porr writing) that I am not game to try the other two at the moment that I have laying around.

August 22, 2013
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I managed to warm to a couple of her characters in the Tudor books Bill, but not many. I’m just not a fan. The ones with Mary and Elizabeth I disliked in particular, there was none of the clever cross-overs of perspective, although she’s done that far better in the Cousins War.

Mariette I just read my first Amy Licence book and I really enjoyed it (I read the Royal Babies one). I’m going to pop her books on Anne Neville and Elizabeth of York on my WOTR reading list and she has more coming out next year, because who can resist more books? Laugh The only other Anne Neville book I know of is the Michael Hicks one which I have.
I’m in the middle of Henry VIII by John Matusiak. It’s excellent, I’ve found the study on Henry’s childhood fascinating. I don’t think historians go into his childhood and how being the spare heir may have impacted on him as deeply as this book has. Also, the author is a scream, I love it.

August 22, 2013
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Mariette I just read my first Amy Licence book and I really enjoyed it (I read the Royal Babies one). I’m going to pop her books on Anne Neville and Elizabeth of York on my WOTR reading list and she has more coming out next year, because who can resist more books? Laugh .

I’m glad you liked Amy Licence’s Royal Babies, no doubt you’d enjoy her In Bed With the Tudors as much as I did.
The one on Anne Neville looks good too. My knowledge of the WOTR is limited, and I have some serious reading to do to catch up with many on this forum. I will have to read an overview of the period first before tackling individual bios…it’s in the post!Laugh

I’m in the middle of Henry VIII by John Matusiak. It’s excellent, I’ve found the study on Henry’s childhood fascinating. I don’t think historians go into his childhood and how being the spare heir may have impacted on him as deeply as this book has. Also, the author is a scream, I love it.

Thanks, Olga, I’m reading Jessie Childs’ “Henry VIII’s Las Victim” which is wonderful (it’s hard to put it down!)It’s a pleasant change from the last one I read, The Cardinal and the Secretary by Neville Williams, which took a bit of an effort to finish. If Matusiak’s Henry VIII measures up, I’ll be tempted to buy his upcoming bio of Thomas Wolsey as well. Laugh

You’ve just made up my mind for me…Matusiak’s Henry VIII is next! It will be great to explore Henry’s childhood and am curious to discover how Matusiak describes the key players and their roles in the events of April/May 1536. Does he run with the herd or does he come up any new insights? Hmmm

August 22, 2013
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I think you’ll love it. Wolsey too? Hooray, more books!

Amberley has an interesting looking called “Witch Hunt’ as well, released earlier this year

http://www.bookdepository.co.u…..1445608617

I’ve always been fascinated with the stupidity of medieval people

August 22, 2013
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Olga said

I think you’ll love it. Wolsey too? Hooray, more books!

We’ll have a long wait for Matusiak’s Wolsey. Perhaps we can pick up a copy at the same time as Starkey’s bio of Henry VIII!Laugh

http://www.bookdepository.com/…..0752498843

Amberley has an interesting looking called “Witch Hunt’ as well, released earlier this year

http://www.bookdepository.co.u…..1445608617

Olga, you must have a stronger stomach than I do…reading about witch hunts would give me nightmares. The ignorance and religious fanaticism back then was a dangerous combination.

I’ve always been fascinated with the stupidity of medieval people

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And a non-Tudor book. By Philippa Langley and Michael Jones

http://www.hachette.com.au/boo…..848548909/

I’ll have to put this on my list for this year. I didn’t like the documentary they aired earlier this year and I;’m interested to find out more about how they actually managed to fund the dig.

August 29, 2013
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Mariette. No the Lady Penelope book I have is by Lena Kennedy. I took this one on Holiday with me to read, and it wasn’t bad.
Olga, I’ve already figured out a use for the Queen’s fool if it’s is apsolute hogwash only this time I will get the pleasure out of using it for something other than lining the chipmunk cage with it. It’s only a short hop from the bath to the toilet after all.:P
Why do I keep reading S.W.M.N.B.N books? I’m starting to think I must an masocistic streak in me to put myself through the excuriating pain and torture of reading her books.
On the other hand reading them does make me appreiciate the books I’ve read not by S.W.M.N.B.N all the more.

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Mariette. No the Lady Penelope book I have is by Lena Kennedy. I

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Mariette said

I haven’t read any of Vanora Bennett’s books, but going by her website, she seems like a really fascinating woman. Not sure about the monks’ diet though, lol
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Better late than never. Mariette, I have read one of Bennett’s book, Blood Royal. About Catherine de Valois. Good book.

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