From Queen to Queen, the fate of A Tudor Rectory

The Old Rectory, Wimbledon’s s oldest surviving residence, was originally known as the Parsonage House. Once a moated Manor, it was built in the early 16th century, close to St Mary’s Church. In 1536, after the dissolution of the monasteries, Parsonage...

17th Century Research Find of the Week

My local bookshop has 100,000 second hand books. It’s a five minute drive, or a brisk half hour walk along country lanes. I always think I must have exhausted their supply of Tudor and Stuart gems, but they keep getting more stock, and this week I was lucky....

Fascinating old words for the historical novelist: ‘posnet’.

Whilst investigating something else entirely, I came upon an article in our local paper about the ‘Carnforth Posnet’. This apparently was a rare bronze vessel dating from medieval times. Amazing what sidetracks I end up on, when I get to our local...

The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau – historical fiction highlight

Occasionally I will highlight books that I think readers of Royalty Free Fiction might enjoy. Nancy Bilyeau’s tudor series with the nun, Joanna Stafford fits my criteria well. The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau Paperback Publication Date: February 13, 2014 Orion...

Life with Anne Boleyn – Interview with Judith Arnopp

I am delighted to welcome Judith Arnopp who has just released her Tudor novel about Anne Boleyn – The Kiss of the Concubine. I was interested to find out from Judith about the endless appeal of the Tudors, and about how she has welcomed them them into her...