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Review: Taboo (Season 1)

I’m a sucker for lots of things, but FX’s gritty historical fiction series Taboo combines several of them. the Georgian era Tom Hardy a good heist Besides these three major perks of this show, it also included lots of extras that I didn’t expect but came to adore by the end of the season one finale which aired on FX on February 25, 2017. (There are …

Review: England’s Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton

I decided to pick up the audiobook for England’s Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton by Kate Williams because I enjoy tales of 18th century aristocrats and, well, my young niece is named Emma Hamilton. And who doesn’t love a good story about a mistress? England’s Mistress is probably one of my favorite books I’ve read this year. I’m ashamed to say I’d never heard of Emma, Lady Hamilton …

Review: Victoria

The eight-episode run of Victoria just finished on ITV and I’m so glad it’s been renewed for a second season and a Christmas special, both due out in 2017. Victoria, starring Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who, Death Comes to Pemberley) as the stoic monarch of the 1800s, is a dramatic look at the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign. Series 1 includes her transition from sheltered princess to teen …

Review: Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings

In most books concerning Tudor history, Mary Boleyn gets very little mention. A lot more is known about her enigmatic and doomed younger sister but thanks to author Alison Weir (one of my very favorite history writers), we finally have a biography about a woman history knows best as a “great and infamous whore,” probably a title she doesn’t deserve. This book details the historical …

Review: The Private Lives of the Tudors

(Yes, I’m still alive. I’ve been busy moving into my first home and publishing my second novel. Okay!) The Private Lives of the Tudors by Tracy Borman makes a great addition to any English history lover’s library, great for the Tudor enthusiast interested in the mundane details of daily life or the Tudor history novice looking for a broad overview of the dynasty. Borman’s previous …

Review: Marilyn Monroe: The Biography

I feel guilty for believing all the things people have said about Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn Monroe had an affair with Robert Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy. Marilyn Monroe was a “dumb blonde,” capable of only playing “dumb blonde” roles. Marilyn Monroe only had her beauty and her figure and no actual talent. Marilyn Monroe’s relationship with baseball player Joe DiMaggio was a perfect storybook romance. Marilyn …

Review: Versailles

I just finished watching season 1 of Versailles, the newest offering of dramatized royal history on television. Brought to us by Canada and France production companies, Versailles tells the story of the early days of the building of the Palace of Versailles during the reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV. We meet King Louis, of course, and get to marvel at his fabulous hair. We also meet …

Review: Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire

I should have known better than to have trusted a historical biopic. I really should know better by now. Since seeing it for the first time a few years ago, I have loved The Duchess. It’s a gorgeous movie starring Kiera Knightley as Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. The movie is loosely based on Amanda Foreman’s biography, Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire. And I do mean loosely. Don’t …

Month of Macabre: Review: The Death of Kings

In honor of October, the creepiest month of them all, I’m doing a month-long blog post series called A Month of Macabre. If you have a blog post idea, let me know in the comments. Now. Enjoy the first post in this series. Muahahaha… I picked up a copy of The Death of Kings: A Medical History of the Kings and Queens of England by Clifford Brewer last …

Review: The Girls of Murder City: Lame, Lust and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago

The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry I’m a CHICAGO musical fan and generally enjoy stories about lady criminals, so this was a must-read for me. I really enjoyed it. The Girls of Murder City tells the story of, mainly, three women: playwright and reporter Maureen Watkins and two glamorous murderesses, Belva Gaertner and Beulah Annan. Watkins …