Book Review: Mary Queen of Scots’ Secretary by Robert Stedall

Book Review by Sarah J. Hodder, This book centres around William Maitland, secretary to Mary Queen of Scots and one of the men around her who both supported her and, it seems, played a large part in engineering her downfall. I have long had an interest in Mary as a character, who seems to have been an incredibly strong woman who made some incredibly bad decisions. But I knew nothing about Maitland, other than perhaps his name, so was keen to find out how more about him and [More]

Book Review: Henry VIII in 100 Object – The Tyrant King Who Had Six Wives

Henry VIII in 100 Objects - The Tyrant King who had Six Wives - By Paul Kendall Review by Sarah J. Hodder I was hugely excited to read and review this book as Henry VIII is such a giant of a historical figure and I was intrigued to learn about 100 objects linked to him. I also adore visiting historical houses and castles and looking in the display cases at the fashion, letters and bits and pieces that have survived over the centuries so this book really intrigued me. [More]