Book Reviews

Book News July 2021

*contains affiliate links* The Imperial Women of Rome: Power, Gender, Context Hardcover – 1 June 2021 (US) & 22 July 2021 (UK) The Imperial Women of Rome explores the constraints and activities of the women who were part of Rome’s imperial families from 35 BCE to 235 CE, the Roman principate. Boatwright uses coins, inscriptions, [read more]

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The Duchess of Windsor

The early years of the Duchess of Windsor

“Mine is a simple story – or so I like to think.” On 19 June 1896, the future Duchess of Windsor was born Bessie Wallis Warfield as the daughter of Teackle Wallis Warfield and Alice Montague. Her parents had settled in Blue Ridge Summit for the summer, and she probably arrived a little earlier than [read more]

Book Reviews

Book review: Elizabeth I’s Last Favourite: Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex by Sarah-Beth Watkins

*contains affiliate links* *Review copy* Sarah-Beth Watkins has written a number of biographies on well-known Tudors, and the latest on Robert Devereux follows her tried and tested format yet introduces a man not as well known as some of Queen Elizabeth I’s other favourites. Robert Devereux was the stepson of Elizabeth I’s favourite Robert Dudley, [read more]

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Hermine Reuss of Greiz

When Empress Hermine met Harold Lloyd

*contains affiliate links* The Eye Film Museum recently shared two videos from the archives relating to Empress Hermine, the second wife of the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. The first one shows her meeting American actor Harold Lloyd as he visits her charity bazaar, while the second video shows her, Wilhelm, and also briefly her two [read more]