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Subject: any good tudor-esque books?
Date Posted: 5/5/2008 8:38 PM ET
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Can anyone recommend a good Elizabethan/Tudors book? I'm totally adicted to them right now...but I have a hard time judging if they will be good or not...

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 8:43 PM ET
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I'm going to assume that you've read The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory.  If not, read that one.  It's not historically accurate, but it's a fun read.

Also try Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey by Allison Wier, and any of Jean Plaidy's books.

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 10:12 PM ET
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This one is older, but I loved Green Darkness by Anya Seton.  Oh, and The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George.

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Date Posted: 5/6/2008 12:31 AM ET
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okay, this is kind of my thing :)  My favorite is I, Elizabeth by Rosalind Miles..  Philippa Gregory has a few:  The Queen's Fool (which is my favorite); The Virgin's Lover; The Boleyn Inheritance; The Constant Princess;

Robin Maxwell has some as well, including The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn

I ejoy Jean Plaidy a lot, I like  Queen of This Realm, and she has quite a few about all the Tudors

Margaret George also has Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles

Hope that helps, I've been addicted to this era since I was in grade school :)  If you need more, just let me know :)

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 10:17 AM ET
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Try "Legacy" by Susan Kay.  It's my favorite hist. fiction book about Queen Elizabeth I!

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 12:36 PM ET
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I agree, that " I Elizabeth" by Rosalind Mileswas very good.  There was a book called "Young Bess" that I read years ago (I'm sorry I don't recall the author).  It was about the young Elizabeth, Thomas Seymore, Katherine Parr story line that I just loved.  It was also made into a movie years ago starring Jean Simmons, Deborah Kerr, and Stewart Grainger.

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 2:32 PM ET
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Wow! thanks for the suggestions!

I have read The Other Boleyn Girl and The Queens Fool but I kinda want to try a different author.

Maybe I'll try I, Elizabeth next....I'm definitely adding a lot of these to my list! I go through cycles of only wanting to read this stuff...right now I'm definitely ON!

Thanks again everyone!

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 11:29 AM ET
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Alison Weir (who wrote Innocent Traitor about Lady Jane Grey which was mentioned previously) has a new novel out called The Lady Elizabeth.  I didn't care for it nearly as much as Innocent Traitor.  However, Weir has several non-fiction books about Henry VIII and his children which I highly recommend if you're into non-fiction.

Robin Maxwell was mentioned and she's hit or miss with me.  Some of her stuff I like, some I loathe and some is meh.  I don't care fo Rosalind Miles' writing, but I'll admit to not finishing I, Elizabeth because I found her Guinevere books simply dreadful.

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 12:00 PM ET
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hmmmm....What was it that you didnt like about the writing in the Guinever/I Elizabeth books? was it tedious or boring?

I've noticed with a lot of these books that one will be great and then the author does another one and they are not so great, as if a totally different person wrote them sometimes.

Thanks for the insight. =)

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 1:12 PM ET
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Hi, Hannah!  I, too, love the Tudor period...I wanted to invite you to join us in the Historical Fiction thread---the (mostly) ladies in there will probably be able to give you an exhaustive list of Tudor-set fiction!

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 3:06 PM ET
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thanks! I'll check it out =)

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 8:08 AM ET
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Yeah, definitely come visit us in the Historical Fiction Forum. You'll find us down under the main forum's, in the Genre section. We're always happy to trap     lure in     WELCOME new historical fiction lovers.  :-D  Seriously, there's a great group of people there and we have a lot of fun discussing and trading books. Come hang out!

Date Posted: 5/9/2008 12:22 AM ET
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Alison Weir's nonfiction books are great, I preferred them to the only novel of hers that I read.  The best is the Six Wives of Henry VIII

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Date Posted: 5/19/2008 5:49 PM ET
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Some books that are wonderful, though mostly earlier than the Tudor, are the medieval books by Edith Pargeter (under Ellis Peters, she wrote the Brother Cadfael mysteries)..

The Marriage of Megotta, Heaven Tree trilogy (Heaven Tree, Green Branch, Scarlet Seed), A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury, The Brothers of Gwynedd: Comprising, Sunrise in the West, the Dragon at Noonday, the Hounds of Sunset, Afterglow and Nightfall,and others

She writes in a variety of periods.

Norah Lofts is another marvelous historical writer.  She has some very good books that show the flow of families through a very old house.  I think some of them include the Tudor period.

 

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 7:49 PM ET
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I agree completely!  The Brother Cadfael books are wonderful.  Very well written and interesting in details about that particular period of history.

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 11:14 PM ET
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"The Last Wife of Henry VIII" by Carolly Erickson.

Date Posted: 5/20/2008 10:37 AM ET
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They are labeled YA, but I found them and loved them - they are the Young Royals series by Carolyn Meyer. The books are:

  • Patience, Princess Catherine
  • Mary, Bloody Mary
  • Doomed Queen Anne
  • Beware Princess Elizabeth
Date Posted: 5/20/2008 12:17 PM ET
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I second the recommendation for The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George. It's the book that launched my Tudor obsession.

I also thought The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn was quite good.

I highly recommend The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain. The prince of the title is Edward VI, son of Henry VIII. The novel is a witty, adventurous read. I would also recommend Loving Will Shakespeare by Carolyn Meyer. The book centers on Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare's future wife, during her youth. It's a believable and bittersweet love story. The novel features a wonderful chapter about Queen Elizabeth coming to Stratford-upon-Avon during her summer progress.