On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday where you list all those books that you don’t have yet but are dying to read. I recently found this blog and as a book lover it’s right up my street so I thought I’d give the meme a go.
I’ve got a huge stack of books just waiting to be read at the moment, some I’ve bought, one was part of a secret post club parcel and others have come free with magazines.
So once I’ve got my teeth into that little lot, the books I want to read are:
The Lady In The Tower
The imprisonment and execution of Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII s second wife, in May 1536 was unprecedented in English history. It was sensational in its day, and has exerted endless fascination over the minds of historians, novelists, dramatists, poets, artists and film-makers ever since.
Anne was imprisoned in the Tower of London on 2 May 1536, and tried and found guilty of high treason on 15 May. Her supposed crimes included adultery with five men, one her own brother, and plotting the King s death. She was executed on 19 May 1536.
Mystery surrounds the circumstances leading up to her arrest. Was it Henry VIII who, estranged from Anne, instructed Master Secretary Thomas Cromwell to fabricate evidence to get rid of her so that he could marry Jane Seymour? Or did Cromwell, for reasons of his own, construct a case against Anne and her faction, and then present compelling evidence before the King?
Following the coronation of her daughter Elizabeth I in 1558, Anne was venerated as a heroine of the English Reformation. Over the centuries, her dramatic story has inspired many artistic and cultural works and has remained ever-vivid in England s popular memory.
Never before has there been a book devoted entirely to Anne Boleyn s fall. Alison Weir has reassessed the evidence and created a richly researched and detailed portrait of the last days of one of the most influential and important figures in English history.
Mary Boleyn: The True Story of Henry VIII’s Mistress
Josephine Wilkinson (Amberley Publishing)
Publication Date: 30 May 2009
Genre: Historical fiction
The scandalous true story of Mary Boleyn, infamous sister of Anne, and mistress of Henry VIII. Mary Boleyn, ‘the infamous other Boleyn girl’, began her court career as the mistress of the king of France. Francois I of France would later call her ‘The Great Prostitute’ and the slur stuck. The bete-noir of her family, Mary was married her off to a minor courtier but it was not long before she caught the eye of Henry VIII and a new affair began. Although a bright star at Henry’s court, she was soon eclipsed by her highly spirited and more accomplished sister, Anne, who rapidly took her place in the king’s heart. However, the ups and downs of the Boleyn sisters were far from over. Mary would emerge the sole survivor of a family torn apart by lust and ambition, and it is in Mary and her progeny that the Boleyn legacy rests.
The Sisters Who Would Be Queen: The tragedy of Mary, Katherine and Lady Jane Grey
Leanda De Lisle (Harper Press)
Publication Date: 19 Jan 2009
Genre: Non fiction biog
The dramatic untold story of the three tragic Grey sisters, all heirs to the Tudor throne, all victims to their royal blood. Lady Jane Grey is an icon of innocence abused. Remembered as the ‘Nine Days Queen’, she has been mythologized as a child-woman sacrificed to political expedience. But behind the legend lay a rebellious adolescent who became a leader, and no mere victim. Growing up in her shadow, Jane’s sisters Katherine and Mary would have to tread carefully to survive. The dramatic lives of the younger Grey sisters remain little known, but both women became heirs and rivals to the Tudor monarchs, Mary and Elizabeth I. To gain Queen Mary’s trust, teenaged Katherine ignored Jane’s final request not to change her religion, only to risk her life with a marriage that threatened Queen Elizabeth’s throne. While Katherine’s friends fought to save her, the youngest Grey sister, Mary, stayed at court. Though too poor and plain to be significant, she looked set to escape the burden of her royal blood. But then she too fell in love and incurred the Queen’s fury. Exploding the many myths of Lady Jane’s life, and casting fresh light onto Elizabeth’s reign, acclaimed historian Leanda de Lisle brings the Grey sisters’ tumultuous world to life: at a time when a royal marriage could gain you a kingdom, or cost you everything.
As you can tell I’m a complete history geek and the Tudor period fascinates me so these titles are great for me, even if I do end up reading rather a lot of “chick lit” (which I also love) in between my favourite historical novels.