Sunday, 31 August 2014

Some nice reviews!

There's a great review of my book, The Boleyn Women, over at Anne Boleyn: From Queen to History:

'Elizabeth Norton's book is a captivating and compelling read focussing on the women of the Boleyn family from the fourteenth century to the last Boleyn women, Elizabeth I and Catherine Carey, daughter of Mary Boleyn'.

'Elizabeth Norton gives these women life, gives them a voice by which to tell their stories, their life's adventures and their rise through not only marriage but also through their own skills and cunning'.

'Norton's book is brilliantly researched and it is obvious through the amount of detail that is put into the book that Norton has a strong love and interest in the women of the Boleyn family'.

'This was a wonderful, captivating and thoroughly enjoyable book and I would recommend it to anyone interested in Tudor history or the study of women'.

There's also another lovely review of my Margaret Beaufort, which has been published by the author, Rebecca Henderson Palmer:

'Filled with detail and representing a more balanced view (and probably a more realistic one) than what Philippa Gregory offers in The Red Queen, Norton's story is captivating and provides Margaret with the attention and credit she deserves as the main force behind the House of Tudor'.

'Analytical, yet evenhanded, this is a solid read for those who want to push past the hype and consider the facts of this remarkable figure'.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Queen Anne, First Monarch of Great Britain

August 2014 marks the 300th anniversary of the death of Queen Anne, the last Stuart monarch and the first ruler of a united Great Britain. Anne is often overlooked, but presided over twelve years of significant importance to Britain. Her personal life was also fascinating - she was one of the chief sources of claims that her half brother, the Old Pretender, was a changeling, smuggled into the royal bedchamber in a warming pan. Anne always had one eye on her possible accession to the throne, referring to the anticipated event as her 'sunshine day'. A physical invalid by the time that she became queen, Anne suffered the loss of seventeen children, eventually being succeeded by her German cousins, the Hannoverians.

You can read more about Queen Anne and her importance in my guest post over at the Post Office Shop Blog. They also have other posts on Anne and other events of historical importance.