Royal Fiction: the Tudor Dynasty

The tidal poole : an Elizabeth I mystery

Karen Harper.

Mystery, Historical Fiction

January 13, 1559, London. On the eve of the celebrations heralding her coronation as Queen of England, twenty-five-year-old Elizabeth Tudor kneels alone, inside the haunted walls of the Tower of London. Here, beneath the cold paving stones of the Tower's chapel, lie the bones of her mother, Anne Boleyn, and of otbhers, long lost in the deadly conspiracies surrounding the crown. Now the power will be Elizabeth's, to hold or to lose. Solitary, rapt...


Secrets of the Tudor Court : the pleasure palace

Kate Emerson.

Romance, Historical Fiction

Masterfully blending romance, drama, and historical detail, Emerson exposes the darkest corners of Tudor England with extraordinary skill, in this captivating novel based on a real-life member of the royal court of Henry VIII.


The last Boleyn

Karen Harper.

Historical Fiction

She Survived Her Own Innocence, and the Treachery of Europe’s Royal Courts Greed, lust for power, sex, lies, secret marriages, religious posturing, adultery, beheadings, international intrigue, jealousy, treachery, love, loyalty, and betrayal. The Last Boleyn tells the story of the rise and fall of the Boleyns, one of England’s most powerful families, through the eyes of the eldest daughter, Mary. Although her sister, Anne, the queen;...


The shadow of the pomegranate

Jean Plaidy.

Historical Fiction

THE MARRIAGE OF KATHERINE OF ARAGON AND KING HENRY VIII WAS A RIGHT ROYAL MATCH. England loved the young lovers, but hardly were they wed when powerful people in Henry's court were spinning webs of intrigue around the innocent royal pair. Spanish spies, the Pope's men, the Queen's seductive ladies-in-waiting, and especially the King's brilliant advisor, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey--all were obsessed with one question: Would Queen Katharine be able to ...


The secret diary of Anne Boleyn

by Robin Maxwell.

Historical Fiction

"Anne Boleyn was the second of Henry's six wives, doomed to be beloved, betrayed, and beheaded. When Henry fell madly in love with her upon her return from the French court, where she was educated, he was already married to Catherine of Aragon. But his passion for Anne was great enough to rock the foundations of England and of all Christendom. When the pope refused to dissolve his marriage to Catherine, Henry broke with Rome, founded the Church o...


The queen of subtleties

Suzannah Dunn.

Historical Fiction

She was the dark-eyed commoner who captivated a king, causing a monumental upheaval in the land that would sever England from the rest of the Western world. Yet, after three short years of marriage, she would die by the headsman's sword, leaving behind a young daughter destined to rule as the greatest of all British monarchs. She was enchantress and martyr, manipulator and pawn, a complex, misunderstood melange of subtlety and fire. Her name was ...


The Spanish bride : a novel of Catherine of Aragon

Laurien Gardner.

Historical Fiction

The queen who married a Tudor and a tyrant. Her name was Catherine. For over two decades, she was Queen of England, until her failure to bear the king a son, her advancing age, and King Henry VIII's obsession with Anne Boleyn cost Catherine the crown, her marriage, and her life. This is her story, told from the point of view of Estrella de Montoya, her trusted maid of honour, who travelled from Spain to England with her, and witnessed the triumph...


The other Boleyn girl : a novel

Philippa Gregory.

Historical Fiction

Two sisters competing for the greatest prize: the love of a kingWhen Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots as the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend...


Gloriana's torch

Patricia Finney.

Historical Fiction

he year is 1587. The Spanish are preparing to launch the Armada against the English and Queen Elizabeth. Ex-soldier David Becket, now responsible for the Queen's Ordnance, discovers that large quantities of gunpowder are going astray. Can someone in the heart of the English government be selling it to the Spanish? Unaccountably, Becket is plagued by vivid dreams of England invaded, an alternative story where the Armada is victorious. Patricia Fin...


Portrait of an unknown woman

Vanora Bennett.

Historical Fiction

"The year is 1527. The great portraitist Hans Holbein, who has fled the reformation in Europe, is making his first trip to England under commission to Sir Thomas More. In the course of six years, Holbein will become a close friend to the More family and paint two nearly identical family portraits. But closer examination of the paintings reveals that the second holds several mysteries..." Set against the turmoil, intrigue and, tragedy of Henry VII...


The Lady Elizabeth : a novel

Alison Weir.

Historical Fiction

Following the tremendous success of her first novel, Innocent Traitor, which recounted the riveting tale of the doomed Lady Jane Grey, acclaimed historian and New York Times bestselling author Alison Weir turns her masterly storytelling skills to the early life of young Elizabeth Tudor, who would grow up to become England's most intriguing and powerful queen. Even at age two, Elizabeth is keenly aware that people in the court of her father, King ...


The secret lion

C.W. Gortner.

Historical Fiction, Mystery

Summer, 1553: A time of intrigue, deceit, and betrayal. Brendan Prescott, a foundling raised in the Dudley household, is summoned to the court of Edward VI as a squire for arrogant Lord Robert. Eager to prove his worth, Brendan hopes to gain advancement in his new post. But when Lord Robert sends him on an illicit mission to the King's younger sister, Princess Elizabeth, Brendan soon discovers that nothing in his world is as it appears. A vengefu...


Wolf Hall : a novel

Hilary Mantel.

Historical Fiction

In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political power. England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. The quest for the king's freedom destr...


The queen's governess

Karen Harper.

Historical Fiction

A fresh and intriguing historical novel told in the voice of Queen Elizabeth I's governess. Katherine Ashley, the daughter of a poor country squire, happily secures an education and a place for herself in a noble household. But when Thomas Cromwell, a henchman for King Henry VIII, brings her to the royal court as a spy, Kat enters into a thrilling new world of the Tudor monarchs. Freed from a life of espionage by Cromwell's downfall, Kat eventual...



Rival to the queen

Carolly Erickson.

Historical Fiction

From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Last Wife of Henry VIII" comes a powerful, dramatic novel that tells the story of the bitter rivalry between Queen Elizabeth I and her cousin, Lettie Knollys, for the love of one extraordinary man.