Tag Archives: Tudor times

Review : Eliza Rose by Lucy Worsley

MG / YA Book Review on Eliza Rose by Lucy Worsley

Eliza RoseGoodreads Blurb

Eliza Rose Camperdowne is young and headstrong, but she knows her duty well. As the only daughter of a noble family, she must one day marry a man who is very grand and very rich.

But Fate has other plans. When Eliza becomes a maid of honour, she’s drawn into the thrilling, treacherous court of Henry the Eighth . . .

Is her glamorous cousin Katherine Howard a friend or a rival?

And can a girl choose her own destiny in a world ruled by men?

My Thoughts after Reading

This young YA book is set in Henry VIII’s reign, during the time when he was married to Wife #3 and #4.

Our heroine is a wilful and arrogant child, betrothed to marriage on her twelfth birthday. Not long afterwards, she left home to receive formal training to be a lady in preparation for her duty destiny. An excellent pupil, she was recommended to serve the Queen Anne when she arrived from Germany. The author takes us through the palace politics and intrigues through her eyes.

The story moved at a good pace. I got a good insight into what life was like in the era. I also enjoyed learning more about Anne of Cleves and Catherine Howard.

A good read. 3/5

Review : The Queen’s Fool by Ally Sherrick

Middle-grade Review The Queen’s Fool by Ally Sherrick

The Queen's FoolGoodreads Blurb

Cat Sparrow is on the road. She’s following her sister, Meg, who was torn from their convent home and sent to London. But Cat isn’t like other people – she thinks differently – and for a girl like her the world holds many perils. Luckily she befriends a young actor, Jacques, and together they follow Meg’s trail to a wondrous place called the Field of Cloth of Gold. But here, they discover that the kingdoms of England and France are both in terrible danger … 

My Thoughts after Reading

This middle-grade historical fiction is set in the time of King Henry VIII, when he was still married to his first wife and his daughter was only a little girl.

Cat Sparrow runs away from the nunnery in search of her sister who was snatched away from her one day. She befriends a French boy who is part of a travelling group of actors on their way to London. At Greenwich, Cat inadvertently catches the attention of the Queen who takes her in as her ‘fool’. Cat Sparrow follows her Queen Catty to France on a royal trip.

The voice of both characters are distinct. Cat has a unique way of speaking eg dingy-dark. Jacques’ determination is seen through his thoughts and encounters. The descriptions are rich regardless of pageantry or mayhem. I also enjoyed the author’s notes at the end.

A good read. 3.5*

Review: The Shakespeare Stealer

Middle-grade review on The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary L. Blackwood

The Shakespeare Stealer (Shakespeare Stealer, #1)My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads Blurb

Widge is an orphan with a rare talent for shorthand. His fearsome master has just one demand: steal Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet”–or else. Widge has no choice but to follow orders, so he works his way into the heart of the Globe Theatre, where Shakespeare’s players perform. As full of twists and turns as a London alleyway, this entertaining novel is rich in period details, colorful characters, villainy, and drama.”A fast-moving historical novel that introduces an important era with casual familiarity.”

My Thoughts after Reading

This middle-grade book is set in Tudor Times when Shakespeare was writing his plays.

Our orphan main character was trained by a vicar to learn shorthand. This knowledge made him valuable and he was sold. When he arrived in Leicester, his new master assigned him a mission to transcribe Shakespeare’s play Hamlet during its performance at the Globe in London. Unfortunately, he loses his notebook on his way back. In his desperation to complete his job, Widge pretends to be an aspiring actor who wants to join the group of actors. Hence begins his new life in the theatre.

I enjoyed reading about life in the Tudor times from his old life up North to his new life in London. His adventure with the actors was just as riveting. It was heart-warming to see how he found friends and a place he felt he belonged. The pacing was good, the setting was well-described and the characters believable.

This is a very enjoyable read.