Ali­son Weir

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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.

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