Book Reviews

Book News February 2022

The Times Queen Elizabeth II: Her 70 year reign  Hardcover – 14 October 2021 (UK) & 1 February 2022 (US) Discover how the reign of Britain’s longest-serving monarch unfolded, as seen through fascinating Times articles and photography. Published to commemorate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this full-colour book is a detailed profile of Britain’s longest-serving monarch. [read more]

Alexandra of Denmark

Early life at home for Danish sisters Alix and Minnie before becoming Queen Alexandra and Empress Marie Feodorovna (Part two)

*contains affiliate links* This is a guest post by James-Charles Noonan. Read part one here. Alix and Minnie’s father was born Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg and in royal circles, he was known simply as Glucksburg. As a minor prince, he was penniless and totally without prospects, but his family had origins in the two coveted [read more]

Alexandra of Denmark

Two Danish sisters who rose from obscurity to become Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom and Empress Marie Feodorovna of Russia (Part one)

*contains affiliate links* This is a guest post by James-Charles Noonan. This is the story of Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom, who was the great-grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II, and her effervescent sister, Empress Marie of Russia, who was the mother of the ill-fated Tsar Nicholas II and grandmother to the famous Grand Duchess [read more]

Book Reviews

Book review: Theophano: A Byzantine tale

*contains affiliate links* Empress Theophano came from humble origins and was originally named Anastasia. She was renowned for her great beauty, and the future Byzantine Emperor Romanos II fell in love with her and married her around the year 956. Her origins made her unpopular, and when her father-in-law Constantine VII died, it was rumoured [read more]

Book Reviews

Book News January 2022

*contains affiliate links* Mary, Queen of Scots Book of Days  Hardcover – 9 September 2021 (UK) & 1 January 2022 (US) Hugely informative and stunningly produced, the Mary, Queen of Scots Book of Days pairs a practical perpetual diary with a wealth of material on the life and times of Mary, Queen of Scots (1542 -1587). [read more]