I bought myself a few Mother’s Day presents. Because Santa didn’t bring me anything from my wish list.
These arrived on my doorstep this week….
The obsession started with watching the (wildly inaccurate) movie Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett. Then I found the book I, Elizabeth by Rosalind Miles at the library, and then I discovered Jean Plaidy, and the rest is…um…history (sorry, couldn’t resist).
The new additions will take their places of honor alongside….
And I read history without pretty pictures too!
Disclaimer: I’m not a trained historian, so I am in no way qualified to judge the veracity or scholarship of any of these books or authors. I’m just an average History Geek looking for great reads that tell (or show!) a great story and compel me to learn even more.
- Our Tempestuous Day: A History of Regency England by Carolly Erickson
- Inside the Victorian Home: A Portrait of Domestic Life in Victorian England by Judith Flanders
- Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman
- Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser
- Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia Fraser
- Royal Charles: Charles II and the Restoration by Antonia Fraser
- God’s Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible by Adam Nicolson
- Elizabeth’s London: Everyday Life in Elizabethan London by Liza Picard
- Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of his Time by Dava Sobel [great movie, too!]
- Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne by David Starkey [I read all his books before I knew he was a raging misogynist and all-around crank, he’s now on my Never Again list]
- Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII by David Starkey
- Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England by Amanda Vickery
- Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England by Alison Weir
- The Children of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
- Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life by Alison Weir
- Henry VIII: The King and His Court by Alison Weir
- In the Lion’s Court: Power, Ambition, and Sudden Death in the Reign of Henry VIII by Derek Wilson
- The Life of Thomas More by Peter Ackroyd
- Court Lady and Country Wife: Two Noble Sisters in Seventeenth-Century England by Lita-Rose Betcherman
- Lady Jane Grey by HesterW. Chapman
- The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser
- The Weaker Vessel by Antonia Fraser
- Georgette Heyer’s Regency World by Jennifer Kloester
- Edward VI by Jennifer Loach
- Bess of Hardwick: Empire Builder by Mary S. Lovell
- Mistress of the Elgin Marbles: A Biography of Mary Nisbet, Countess of Elgin by Susan Nagel
- Broadmoor Revealed: Victorian Crime and the Lunatic Asylum by Mark Stevens
- Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey
- The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir
- The Princes in the Tower by Alison Weir
- The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir
- The Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir
- Mary Queen Of Scots: And The Murder Of Lord Darnley by Alison Weir
- All The King’s Women by Derek Wilson