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Leanda de Lisle
I took a Master's degree in Modern History at Oxford University. Modern history begins in the seventh century at Oxford, so not as modern as some people might suppose! I then became a columnist for a number of high profile magazines and newspapers. Some were funny columns, some serious, and I... show more

I took a Master's degree in Modern History at Oxford University. Modern history begins in the seventh century at Oxford, so not as modern as some people might suppose! I then became a columnist for a number of high profile magazines and newspapers. Some were funny columns, some serious, and I gained a reputation as a skilled writer. I soon returned to history, and I have spent the last ten years focussing on the Tudor and early Stuart period. I take time over my books - time to research and time to make that research as readable as possible. I hope I improve with each book. I live in a rural area with my husband of twenty-five years and I have three sons - all of them historians, although the youngest one is studying ancient history. We also have a huge brown labrador called Fitz. His full name is Fitz Pepsi - his father was called Pepsi and is still much missed. We don't own a cat, but we have a regular tortoiseshell visitor who stares at my husband in the garden as if he owns the place.
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Domhnall
Domhnall rated it 4 years ago
For those of us surrounded by lovers of Tudor history and in need of an adequate guide, this is a convenient survey of the entire Tudor story from Edward VI to James I. The relentless focus throughout is in the interlaced strands of the Tudor dynasty and its rivals, with more examples of a sicken...
sarahsar
sarahsar rated it 6 years ago
There have been an awful lot of books, movies, and TV shows about the Tudors. Their cultural impression is larger than life. Events of historic importance certainly occurred during their reigns, probably most significantly the Protestant Reformation, but it is their colorful antics that make them me...
Sorry kids, no feet.
Sorry kids, no feet. rated it 7 years ago
4.5 stars for this illuminating look at the tragic life of the Grey family. I read this non-fiction account of the Grey sisters on the heels of reading [b:Sisters of Treason|18759924|Sisters of Treason|Elizabeth Fremantle|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1404632043s/18759924.jpg|26655847]. After everyt...
Carpe Librum
Carpe Librum rated it 7 years ago
The Sisters Who Would Be Queen is one of the best nonfiction books that I have had the pleasure to read. Taking complicated circumstances and unraveling them for the greater understanding of the reader, Lisle also injects plenty of personality into her writing. At times, this highly informative book...
Nicole~
Nicole~ rated it 8 years ago
'Tudor: The Family Story' begins at the funeral procession of Catherine of Valois in 1437 in order to relate the origins of the Tudor name. Catherine and Owen Tudor's relationship is depicted as truly romantic. I had quite a chuckle or two as Ms. de Lisle showed she has a slightly ribald sense of hu...
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