The Familiars, by Stacey Halls; Book Review

Lancashire 1612, Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old and pregnant for the fourth time. But as mistress at Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband Richard is anxious for an heir. Then she crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, a young midwife, who promises to help her give birth toContinue reading “The Familiars, by Stacey Halls; Book Review”

Book Review: The Queen’s Rival by Anne O’Brian

The War of the Roses storm through the country, and Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, plots to topple the weak-minded King Henry VI from the throne. But when the Yorkists are defeated at the battle of Ludford Bridge, Cecily’s family flee and abandon her to face a marauding Lancastrian army on her own. Stripped ofContinue reading “Book Review: The Queen’s Rival by Anne O’Brian”

Book Review: Katherine, Tudor Duchess by Tony Riches

Attractive, wealthy and influential, Katherine Willoughby is one of the most unusual ladies of the Tudor Court. A favourite of King Henry VIII Katherine knew all his six wives, his daughters Mary and Elizabeth and his son Edward. Katherine becomes the ward of Tudor knight Charles Brandon. Her spanish mother Maria de Salinas is QueenContinue reading “Book Review: Katherine, Tudor Duchess by Tony Riches”

Book Review: The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory

“The year is 1539. Henry VIII must take another wife and the dangerous prize of the crown of England is won by Anne of Cleves. Although she is fascinated by the glamour of her new surroundings, she can sense a trap closing around her. Katherine Howard meanwhile is to flirt her way to the throne.Continue reading “Book Review: The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory”