In recent years I've recognized that my favorite books are ones that are written in the first person. It allows me to imagine that I'm that character meandering through the story. This book does not disappoint. Until reading "Owen" by Tony Riches I previously only read Tudor period historical fiction books written by women. The ones I enjoyed the most were all written in the first person style, including this one. Reading a book written by a man gave me a different insight [More]
Guest Article written by: Samia Chebbah Hello everyone, my name is Samia, I live in Rouen, Normandy in France where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake on Wednesday 30th May, 1431, at the age of 19. We know she was 13 when she heard voices from three saints, Saint Michael, Saint Catherine and Saint Margaret. Apparently, God sent them to her to tell her that she would be the one who would save France, drive the English out of the country and last but not least, have King [More]
Catherine of Valois, daughter of King Charles VI of France and Isabelle of Bavaria was born into royalty at the royal palace of the Hôtel Saint-Pol in Paris on 27 October 1401. Catherine's father was called, "Charles the Mad" because of his bouts with mental illness. Through my research I've discovered that he is not the only family member with mental illness. There were more - it's almost alarming and mostly surprising that she did not suffer from it [More]
When it comes to the Wars of the Roses I am most attracted to it because it's cousins fighting over the throne of England. Richard, 3rd Duke of York attempted to take the throne from his cousin Henry VI but failed. Eventually his son, Edward, Earl of March would succeed as Edward IV, but not without many battles of his own. These wars are what eventually led to the Tudor Dynasty - the one my site is primarily based on. The beginning: Edward III's descendants are behind [More]
John Lancaster, 1st Duke of Bedford, was the third surviving son of King Henry IV of England by Mary de Bohun. He was brother to Henry V, and acted as regent of France for his nephew, King Henry VI. He was married to Anne of Burgundy until her death from the plague in 1432. In 1433 he married Jacquetta of Luxembourg - future mother to Elizabeth Woodville.