Every week Tanzanite features upcoming historical fiction and history related non-fiction books that have come to her attention and may be of interest to others. Since she has an out of control TBR pile, so should everyone else!
In Rivals in the Tudor Court, D.L. Bogdan delves into the intrigue-laden life of the ambitious Thomas Howard, third Duke of Norfolk, his wife, and his mistress. Through force of will, cleverness, and sheer good fortune, Thomas Howard tries to maintain his favor at court, helping to arrange the King’s marriage to two of his nieces, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard—both of whom he utterly betrays. Sweeping across eight decades and the reigns of six English monarchs, this is the story of innocence lost, of passion that knows no bounds, and of a man battling an enemy even more formidable than the bloodthirsty Henry VIII: himself.
Summer, 1384. The harvest may be promising but storm clouds of insurrection are gathering over
. John of Gaunt still refuses to step aside for his ward, the boy king Richard II. Heretics roam the land sowing sedition. A return to the bloodshed of the Great Rebellion seems certain. Hildegard of Meaux – sleuth, spy and now abbess – has founded a religious refuge but by taking in a bonded maid Hildegard has made a dangerous enemy, willing to destroying her sanctuary. Meanwhile her own history threatens to drag her into the schemes of traitors – including the ruthless Henry Bolingbroke. England