About the History Lady

When I was nine or ten years old, I watched the “Six Wives of Henry VIII” starring Keith Michell as Henry VIII–and was forever hooked on the Tudors, the Stuarts and anything that had to do with the 15th and 16th Centuries in the UK.

Fast forward to 2011–my love for history and a good non-fiction or fiction book or movie is unabated. I read an overwhelming amount on the topic and this blog is my first attempt to share my views on what books/shows are well-written, interesting and helpful and what I find less, well, less factual! Because the one way to provoke my ire is to play fast and loose with known historical fact.

Not surprisingly, all this interest in history and historical fiction has led to my first attempt at an historical fiction novel of my own.

31 comments on “About the History Lady

  1. J S Malpas says:

    Hi there! Just dropping by to say thanks for following my blog and keep up the good work! We could all benefit from there being more historical fiction out there.

  2. Thom Hickey says:

    Thanks very much for following the immortal jukebox. I hope you find much to enjoy (and comment on!) there. I look forward to lots of reading here (my tutor for Tudor history at university was David Starkey). Regards thom.

  3. Lawrence Grieve says:

    I enjoyed reading about your visits to Mary locations, I have been doing the same for many years now, always looking for new places. I have visited Fotheringhay twice, and now planning a trip to France. I am at present writing a factual book on ‘Marie’, any help or encouragement is extremely appreciated.

  4. Hi!

    I am currently working with the Bodleian Libraries on a project which I think may be of interest to you and your readers.
    We are hosting a Wikipedia editathon focusing on the Rediscovering Rycote online resource (http://rycote.bodleian.ox.ac.uk).

    I was wondering if you could share the event page on your website? The address is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_University_of_Oxford/RediscoveringRycote

    Many thanks,

  5. juli Hinds says:

    My Henry was Derek Jacobi, mid 1960s. We had a little black and white, but the process of his reign was/is facinating.

  6. Hi. I just wanted to let you know I just nominated you for the Liebster award. I think you have a great blog.

  7. Anabel Marsh says:

    Thanks for liking my Linlithgow post. I’m pleased to have discovered your blog – it’s going in my RSS books feed right now!

    • Anabel, Thank you for stopping! I was at Linlithgow last year on a whirlwind tour of Mary, Queen of Scots sights. I had a magnificent day for the trip over from Fife, where i was staying. I could have stayed on in Linlithgow forever at the Cathedral, the ruins and the Four Mary’s pub!
      Look forward to chatting more often!

      • Anabel Marsh says:

        We are very lucky to live within an hour’s drive. Still not been to all the Mary sites so you’ve probably done more than me!

      • Yes you are! My family is from Kinghorn (Mum) and Lochgelly (Dad) and I do not get to Scotland anywhere near enough. But last May I had 10 days by the sea looking at InchKeith and rambling around Scotland with my cousins from Kirkcaldy. I’ll be over again soon!

      • Anabel Marsh says:

        And by the way, I too loved Keith Michell in Six Wives of Henry VIII. One of the things that set me on the path to a history degree.

      • I must have been 10 or 11 when it was shown in the US — and am agog that my parents let me watch it, and ERII (and see Anne of the 1000 Days/Mary, Queen of Scots). But different times I suppose! Still think Glenda Jackson was ‘The’ Elizabeth R to end all times.

      • Anabel Marsh says:

        I was a bit older I think. Agree about Glenda Jackson. The scene where she writes “His last letter” on Dudley’s letter and puts it away carefully has stayed with me for years, old romantic that I am.

      • Anabel Marsh says:

        Think my reply got lost – but apologies if it arrives twice. Was agreeing about Glenda Jackson as Elizabeth. Stunning performance. Always remember the scene where she carefully puts away Dudley’s last letter – having written “His last letter” on it, old romantic that I am.

        Saw her on stage once in Caucasian Chalk Circle – knew she was about to give it all up for politics and determined to go.

  8. Jules says:

    Total pun not intended on my spelling of scene (seen). 😦

  9. Looked on my Kindle, I have that book, by CW Gortner, on my wishlist already. DIdn’t remember his name at all! 🙂

  10. She was either Catherine of Aragon’s sister or aunt, getting old, I can never remember which! 🙂 I hadn’t heard of the author you mention, I am going to have a look see!

  11. There isn’t a lot about her actually, disappointing. I keep my eyes open looking for books about her. They are all so interesting aren’t they?

    • Ah! An opening in the market. Wasn’t she Catherine of Aragon’s sister? I have to believe that-though there is not much historical fiction (though there is a book by CW Gortner), there would be non-fiction articles on her — more in Spanish probably, but worth a look. She is fascinating!

  12. Nice to find your site. I am also hooked on anything to do with the Tudors, not to mention Wm. The Conqueror, Mad Juana etc….love reading about the era.

  13. jenny nicholas says:


  14. Linda Schmalz says:

    Oh, thanks for the heads up on the new AW book! I’m going to see if I can pre-order it since I have a gift cert to B&N burning a hole in my pocket. You know, the Glenda Jackson Elizabeth movie is probably the only version I haven’t seen. Must move it up in my Netflix queue!

  15. Linda Schmalz says:

    Like you, I got hooked on the Tudors, Mary Queen of Scots, etc. at an early age. The movie? “Mary Queen of Scots” with Vanessa Redgrave. Allison Weir is one of my fave historical authors. Nice job on your blog!

    • I was just re-watching “Elizabeth I” on Netflix and marveling at what a fabulous Elizabeth Glenda Jackson made. Of course, she is in “Mary…” too with Vanessa Redgrave. Alison Weir is coming out with a biography of Mary Boleyn on 4 October–I think it is another must read for Tudor fans.

      • Jules says:

        Agree. Ever scene the glossy “bess” by Mgm in the mid 1950s. Jean Simmons plays her and is good, the music is amazing; but the rest is pure pulp.

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