Yes, I Bought The Red Queen the First Day It Came Out

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In fact, I went shopping for Philippa Gregory’s latest novel so early in the morning that Barnes and Noble barely had its display ready! What can I say–I’m a Wars of the Roses novel junkie. First, despite its title, The …

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The Captive Queen by Alison Weir

Having read the reviews of this novel about this year’s “It” girl in historical fiction, Eleanor of Aquitaine, I fully expected to hate this book. Instead, I found myself rather liking it. The Captive Queen follows Eleanor from her marriage …

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Waiting for Fall: Books I’m Craving

One of the worst things about summer, aside from the heat and the humidity, is having to wait until publishers bring out their fall books. Here are some of the ones that I’m awaiting eagerly: Elizabeth’s Women: Friends, Rivals, and …

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In Which We Review a Paper Doll Book for the First Time

A couple of weeks ago on e-Bay, I came across a book called Infamous Women Paper Dolls, featuring, among other women, Margaret of Anjou. Naturally, I had to see a copy, and it arrived in my mailbox today. Infamous Women …

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Some June Reading

While I’m pondering my next blog topic, I thought I’d stop by to mention a couple of books I’ve recently read. (As I haven’t started writing my T-novel yet and am awaiting edits for my Margaret of Anjou novel, I’ve …

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Ten Rules for Depicting Margaret of Anjou in Historical Fiction

Although this very blogger has propagated ten rules for writing fiction about Richard III (which, I am pleased to say, continue to be followed), and Kathryn has provided us with her excellent rules for writing about Edward II and Isabella, …

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The Comic History of England

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Remember a few posts ago, I showed you an old print of the marriage of Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou? I knew the style looked vaguely familiar, and that’s because it is by John Leech, a well-known illustrator for …

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English History in One Syllable

Four years ago at a flea market, I found an 1898 book entitled History of England in Words of One Syllable, which was part of an entire series entitled “Burt’s One Syllable Histories.” And except for proper nouns (which are …

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Search Terms, Favorites, and Happy New Year!

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This will probably be my last post for 2009, so I wanted to start off with some search terms: queen isabella s what happened with piracy She gave it up after deciding that the eyepatch was just too unbecoming, darling. …

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Book Review: The Taste of Sorrow by Jude Morgan

Some time ago, I read The King’s Touch by Jude Morgan (about James, Duke of Monmouth) and loved it, so I’m surprised it took me so long to read Morgan’s latest novel, The Taste of Sorrow. The Taste of Sorrow …

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