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Review: The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking

This book was sent to me by Page Street Publishing in exchange for an honest review. There are few historical costuming bloggers as well known as The American Duchess. Lauren has been blogging about historical clothing since 2009 and her Instagram is one of the most impressive sewing-related social media accounts out there. I’m excited to have had the chance to review The American Duchess …

Review: Young and Damned and Fair

Published in April 2017, Young and Damned and Fair: The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII by Gareth Russell is a worthwhile addition to your Tudor history bookshelf. Russell digs further into Catherine’s short and tragic life while weaving in everyday details of Tudor England inside and outside the royal court. The author gives some very persuasive arguments about his findings regarding some …

Review: Loving Vincent

In March of last year, I blogged about Vincent van Gogh’s struggle with mental illness. At the end of that article I mentioned Loving Vincent, an upcoming film about Vincent van Gogh’s final days. Last night, after what feels like years of waiting, I finally got to see the film. Loving Vincent is a triumphant combination of a tragic story and mind-blowing artistic visuals. Each frame …

Review: Genius and Harlots

Living in The Golden Age of Television is a real challenge sometimes. There are simply too many good TV shows out right now. I’ve got a list of shows I want to watch and there are only so many hours in a day. That’s why I’m combining two show reviews into one post. These shows are unrelated in almost every way. They just happened to …

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 …