elegance of history blog: History geek, avid reader and art lover. Here you will find random bits of history, book reviews and musings on art, literature, manners, life, music and anything else that interests me.
Hello everyone, here are today’s reviews. Enjoy: The Rise of Thomas Cromwell: Power and Politics in the Reign of Henry VIII, 1485-1534 by Michael Everett Thomas Cromwell is often portrayed, both by historians, novelists, and film makers, as a Machiavellian politician and revolutionary evangelical who rose to power by masterminding Henry VIII’s split with Rome.
22 June 1536 was a black day for the Lady Mary, the only surviving child of Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. She finally submitted to her father’s request to accept him as the Supreme Head of the Church in England, and, even worse for the young girl, the invalidity of her
They say you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Whether that’s true or not, it is undeniable that your relationships with everyone you know, from your family to your friends, from your significant others to you co-workers, help shape who you are, how you see the world, think,
Hello everyone, today I’m reviewing three historical novels, and a biography of a great ancient female ruler. If you pick up these books, I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did. The Abortionist’s Daughter by Elisa DeCarlo Melanie Daniels lives a quiet and boring life in a small American town. Her family is
Claire Ridgway, over at The Anne Boleyn Files, takes a close look at the relationship between Anne Boleyn and her step-daughter Mary. To quote: There is evidence that Anne did try and forge a relationship with the defiant Mary. On one occasion in 1534, she visited Elizabeth’s household by herself and asked to see Mary.
Hello everyone, today I’m reviewing three history books, including a wonderful little one for children, and a biography of a famous architect. Enjoy! Dressed for War: Uniform, Civilian Clothing & Trappings, 1914 to 1918 by Nina Edwards Fashion is often considered silly and superficial. It can seem even more so during a time of war.
Hello everyone, are you ready for the first reviews of the year? Here we go: Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts Love him or hate him, Napoleon was one of the greatest soldier-statesmen of all times. He was a successful general by age 24 and became an emperor at 35. A brilliant military genius who
Ambassadors to foreign courts are rarely remembered, but the name Eustace Chapuys is familiar to any lover of Tudor history. A champion of Catherine of Aragon and her daughter Mary, Chapuys has left behind him lots of letters and dispatches about one of the most tumultuous periods of English history. Although often easily dismissed as
“She was a gentlewoman, a scholar, and a saint, and after having been three times married, she took a vow of celibacy. What more could be expected of any woman?” In The White Queen, the BBC show inspired by Philippa Gregory’s novel, Margaret Beaufort was portrayed as a religious nutcase. But while very pious, the
The Tudors are one of the most fascinating dynasties in the history of England, if not Europe, and their popularity seems only to increase as time goes on. So, it’s no surprise that, in recent years, a plethora of blogs about the Tudors have sprung up left, right, and center. A lot of them, sadly,