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]

Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I & Lettice Knollys

Historian Nicola Tallis’ latest book, Elizabeth’s Rival: The Tumultuous Life of the Countess of Leicester, offers a fascinating glimpse into the interpersonal relationship between Elizabeth I and her kinswoman Lettice Knollys.  Tallis presents a compelling view of their complicated bond, which, despite the famous people involved, resembles most dysfunctional, familial relationships.  It had its highs.  [read more]