Tracy Borman’s outstanding Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him is a masterfully woven account of a large cast of Tudor characters, vividly portrayed in an engaging and pacy style. It’s a work of historical artistry and Borman is in complete command of the vast source material. She affords us a new perspective on a king who has dominated the national consciousness for centuries – no mean achievement. This is one Tudor book you must not miss!
Adrian Tinniswood’s Behind the Throne: A Domestic History of the Royal House
hold endlessly fascinates, affording myriad insights into the workings of the royal household, and spanning the centuries from Elizabeth I to Elizabeth II. Tinniswood is one of our finest historians and he brings to life the reality of royal life behind the scenes in stunning detail. If you want to know about the private lives of monarchs, this brilliant, beautifully illustrated account will more than satisfy.
Steven Brindle’s monumental and definitive Windsor Castle: A Thousand Years of a
Royal Palace is a must for anyone interested in royalty and architecture. Impressively researched, encyclopaedic in scope and lavishly illustrated, it tells the story of the monarchy through one of its chief residences. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It deserves widespread recognition – and to be on every history lover’s bookshelf. Alison Weir is the co-author, with Siobhan Clarke, of A Tudor Christmas (Jonathan Cape, 2018). She is currently researching a novel on Katherine Howard, the fifth in her Six Tudor Queens series.