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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. I have a few Pen & Sword titles (packed away somewhere) from some time back, and they are usually very reliable. This new book looks like a good addition to a very crowded market concerning the wives of King Henry.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. They do have a very interesting and varied catalogue. I’m reading a book about children during WWII at the moment, based on mass archive accounts, and it’s fascinating. Still some to go but I’ll share the review soon. Yes, indeed there’s a lot written about Henry and the Tudors in general (in all countries there seem to be historical figures that capture people’s imagination much more than others, deservedly or not. Although I guess, in the case of Henry, it is quite understandable). Have a good week.

  2. Hi Olga. I like your description “This book is a good resource for people who are interested in the history behind the figure and are looking for an even-handed summary and account of the events.” Sometimes “basic” is just the thing. Also it’s good to know about the pictures in the hardback. Have a great new week. Hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Sometimes, in the case of certain historical figures, the legend is so strong it’s difficult to know what we know for certain. Have a fabulous week.

  3. I love English history, Olga. This books is on my pre-order Amazon list. Thank you for this super review. I hope you had a lovely Easter.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. I hope you enjoy it. And thanks for the Easter wishes. I’m sure yours must have been fabulous and not lacking in chocolate! Have a great week!

  4. Sounds fascinating, Olga. The Tudors do seem to hold a never-ending fascination for us.

    1. They do, indeed! Thanks, Mary and happy Easter Monday!

  5. There is a mystery about Anne Boleyn and she is presented in many different ways. I don’t envy her (or anyone) who lived in that ear or royal surrounding. In the end, her life was tragic. It is good that there are also books written who tell the story more objective and with more information about the time and circumstances!

    1. Thanks, Erika. Yes, there has been a lot of confusion about Anne Boleyn and the book is good at clarifying who said what, when, and what their alliances were (and that helps one decide how reliable the source is). I agree with you about living then…

      1. Sounds like a book that really gives you a better overview!

        1. Considering its length, it packs a lot of information, Erika. Have a great week!

          1. How long did it take you to read it?

          2. Not that long, but as it is a hardback I usually read e-books everywhere or listen to them, but it’s not that easy to do with hardbacks. I normally read them in bed and it depends on what time I manage to get there. It isn’t too long. (I was reading other books at the same time too).

          3. Gosh, you are hilarious, Olga!!! I was surprised to read that you would be actually sleeping… lol!

          4. It’s touch and go!

  6. So much has been written about Anne Boleyn – I wonder if she ever thought she would be the subject of such scrutiny? It sounds like this book takes a different tack, with really good historical background – but if there are pictures and maps, then only a hard copy will do!

    1. Indeed. A lot, and more to come, I’m sure. I think she knew how to do a good marketing campaign (especially as she was going against the odds) but it’s difficult to know exactly what people thought about her at the time. Thanks, Noelle. Yes, I agree on the hardback copy. My experience of e-books with pictures on them isn’t great so far, although I’m sure they will work out a way…

  7. I enjoy historical reads – especially when it’s about the British throne. Thanks for the lead on what sounds like a good one. Happy Easter, Olga!

    1. Thanks so much, JP. And happy Easter!

  8. It certainly would be interesting to learn about the politics of the time! A thorough review of what sounds to be an intriguing book, Olga.

    1. Thanks very much, Christy. Recently I’d read a lot of fiction about the era but it was good to catch up with some historical facts.

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