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Tsarina: A Novel by Ellen Alpsten Book Review

*contains affiliate links* The origins of the future Catherine I of Russia are rather obscure. She was probably born as Marta Helena Skowrońska on 15 April 1684. Her parents died of the plague when she was still quite young, and she was raised by a pastor, in whose household she was probably a servant. She [read more]

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Book News May 2021

*contains affiliate links* Chronos Crime Chronicles – Jane Parker: The Downfall Of Two Tudor Queens?  Paperback – 1 May 2021 (US) & 30 April 2021 (UK) Jane Parker, later Viscountess Rochford, was the sister-in-law of Anne Boleyn and was executed alongside Katherine Howard, yet she has remained in the shadows throughout the years, surrounded by [read more]

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Book News April 2021

*contains affiliate links* The Daughters of George III: Sisters and Princesses  Paperback – 28 February 2021 (UK) & 28 April 2021 (US) In the dying years of the 18th century, the corridors of Windsor echoed to the footsteps of six princesses. They were Charlotte, Augusta, Elizabeth, Mary, Sophia, and Amelia, the daughters of King George [read more]

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The Top Ten Royal and Aristocratic Memoirs

*contains affiliate links* This article was written by Carol. Royal memoirs have been a popular genre for a long time. Perhaps the earliest were those of Marguerite of Valois (1553-1615) and La Grande Mademoiselle of France (1627-1693). Royal memoirs were most prolific during the period between and after the two World Wars when many displaced [read more]

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Book News March 2021

*contains affiliate links* Katherine Parr: Opportunist, Queen, Reformer: A Theological Perspective  Hardcover –15 March 2021 (US) & 15 December 2020 (UK) Unlike other biographies, which have focused on the court politics of the Tudor era, the romantic desires of Henry VIII that drove his serial marriages, and the military and economic challenges to England at [read more]