Jillianne

Jillianne Hamilton is a history enthusiast, author, graphic designer, paper crafter and artist living on Canada's beautiful east coast.

Reaction: Mary Queen of Scots Trailer

You may want to avoid this post if you’re the type to avoid watching movie trailers because of spoilers. Because I’ve got FEELINGS ABOUT IT. Man, I really gotta stop getting my hopes up when it comes to historical accuracy in films. Y’all know I’m a Tudor girl. I adore Saoirse Ronan and I really liked Margot Robbie in I, Tonya so I was excited, if a little …

The WIVES Audiobook is Here!

I’m happy to announce that the audiobook for The Lazy Historian’s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII is now available on Audible and iTunes. Audible | iTunes   You can’t spell “Tudor dynasty” without getting “nasty.” So, you’ve watched The Tudors and you’ve read Wolf Hall, but do you know the real story of Catherine, Anne, Jane, Anne, Katheryn and Katherine? (Best name for an all-woman post-medieval law …

Review: The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman

I don’t know if I’ve just been missing out on great books or if I’ve just been really lucky at picking what historical fiction to read, but once again, the novel I’m reviewing was absolutely fantastic. This time, it was The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman. It’s glorious. (That’s just one of its many different covers on the right. I’ve seen at least two others online.) …

Review: The Witch of Lime Street

I recently finished reading David Jaher’s fascinating non-fiction book, The White of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World. I adored it. Spiritualism first arrived in America in the mid-1800s with the Fox sisters, mediums who used the cracking of their ankles to fake their way to ghost communication fame. This was soon after the end of the American Civil War so there …

Review: A Georgian Heroine

Note: this review contains spoilers and references to sexual violence. This book was sent to me by Pen and Sword Books in exchange for an honest review. I was pretty excited when I heard about this A Georgian Heroine: The Intriguing Life of Rachel Charlotte Williams Biggs by Joanne Major and Sarah Murden. Major and Murden specialize in digging up the history of lesser known …

The Lazy Historian Shop has launched!

As some of you may know, I’m a graphic designer as well as a writer. I’ve been working on designs and graphics for the Lazy Historian Shop for several months now and I’m pleased to announce the official launch of the shop. We’ve got t-shirts, we’ve got tote bags. We’ve got tank tops and hoodies. We’ve got travel mugs, notebooks, coffee mugs, cards, clocks, framed …

Review: Trailblazing Women of the Georgian Era

This book was sent to me by Pen and Sword Books in exchange for an honest review. For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. I really enjoy Pen and Sword’s “broad overview” style books—they’re quick reads that cover a lot of material in a fairly short book. Trailblazing Women of the Georgian Era: The Eighteenth Century Struggle for Female Success in a Man’s World …

The Lazy Historian’s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII is Here!

My first non-fiction book is now live! The paperback can be purchased on Amazon (and, hopefully within two weeks, at Bookmark in Charlottetown) and the ebook is available in almost all digital book retailers. Links are below. Thanks everyone for the support!   You can’t spell “Tudor dynasty” without getting “nasty.” So, you’ve watched The Tudors and you’ve read Wolf Hall, but do you know the real story …

Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I always keep my ears open for new costume dramas coming out and add them to my To Watch list. A few months ago, I added The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society to that list. I didn’t know anything about it. Since I’ve been on a historical fiction bender lately, I decided to check out what my library had for historical fiction and the audiobook …