Read of the Week

The most important thing we can do as historians is to read, research and develop our own conclusions about history. Every lens that history can be viewed through is skewed in some way, subjective and prejudiced based on the experiences of the person interpreting the material. So I encourage you to interpret the sources on your own; on this page you will have access to short book reviews and recommended reads from me. These reviews cover all genres of literature from primary source documents and books to novels on Tudor history.

"Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” — Joyce Carol Oates

Bernard, G.W.
     The King's Reformation: Henry VIII and the Remaking of the English Church

Bordo, Susan
     The Creation of Anne Boleyn

Byrd, Sandra

Fraser, Antonia
 Gortner, CW
     The Tudor Conspiracy
Gregory, Philipa
      The Boleyn Inheritance

Ives, Eric
     The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn      

Jones, Philipa
     The Other Tudors: Henry VIII's Mistresses and Bastards

Kramer, Kyra C.
     Blood Will Tell: A Medical Explanation for the Tyranny of Henry VIII

Lofts, Norah
     Anne Boleyn

Mantel, Hilary
Smith, Lacey B.
     Anne Boleyn: The Queen of Controversy

Starkey, David
Weir, Alison
     The Lady in the Tower
     The Life of Elizabeth I
     Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings

Weston, Lucy
What I'm Reading:

**Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I by Sandra Byrd
**Anne Boleyn by Paul Friedmann

Read of the Week posts are intended to serve as recommendations for blog followers and reflect only the author, Tanya G. Bailey's opinions. The reviews do not represent the opinions of blog sponsors or any of their affiliates. 


  1. I have read at least five of these books, and I have The Tudors by Myer in my bookshelf. I will definitely look up some of these on goodreads!

    1. Glad to know you're checking some of them out! :)

  2. Have you read the Hester Chapman bio? Thoughts?

    1. Ashlynn,
      I have it on my "to read" list. I will post a review as soon as I finish it :)