Book Reviews

Sisters to the King by Maria Perry Book Review

Although in the Tudor age Henry VIII’s sisters Margaret and Mary were considered more important personalities than his six wives, they had less of the contemporary limelight . . . until Maria Perry examined their amazing lives and influence on European history. Margaret became Queen of Scotland at the age of 13, while Mary, Henry’s [read more]

Margaret of Denmark

Doune Castle – The Dower House

Doune Castle is in the village of Doune, near Stirling in Scotland. It was originally built in the 13th century and was most likely damaged during the Scottish Wars of Independence. It was then rebuilt in the current form by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany. It was passed into the hands of the crowns in [read more]

Margaret Stewart

Linlithgow Palace – The Birth of a Queen

Linlithgow Palace began its life as a fortification known as “the Peel”, which had been built in the 14th century by occupying English forces. In 1424, the entire town of Linlithgow was partially destroyed by fire and the rebuilding of the palace was begun by King James I. The following century additions were made by [read more]

Anne of Demark

Stirling Castle – Crowning Glory

Stirling Castle is one of the largest castles in Scotland and sits atop Castle Hill in Stirling, about an hour away from Edinburgh. It was one of the most uses Scottish royal residences and several Kings and Queens have been crowned there, including Mary, Queen of Scots. The first record dates from 1110 when King [read more]

Book Reviews

Book News February 2018

The King Who Had To Go: Edward VIII, Mrs. Simpson and the Hidden Politics of the Abdication Crisis Paperback – 4 September 2018 (US) & 1 February 2018 (UK) How does the machinery of government respond when a King steps out of line? The relationship between Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson created a constitutional crisis that [read more]