Monday, September 22, 2008

The Tudors

I am in love with The Tudors on Showtime. I'm almost finished with season 2 and can't wait for them to show season 3. I even had to go online and make sure they were doing a season 3. Haha!

I have always been interested in the history of the Royal family, especially Henry VIII. So of course this show was perfect for me.

However, after watching this show, I'm interested in the real history. How much of this show is real and how much was created for entertainment? What especially got my interested was watching The Other Boylen Girl and seeing how some of the story is different. It left me wondering which was more historically accurate?

I thought I would ask my loyal readers for recommendations for non-fiction books on the Tudors. Do you have any recommendations? Either one(s) you have read or one(s) you have heard are good? If so, please let me a comment and I'll add the reviews to this post. I did find this website,, but I think we all know that I would much rather have a book to hold in my hands and read.

Readers Comments:

Lezlie has heard that The Six Wives of Henry VIII is a good book

Taminator recommends The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George. Taminator does warn that it is a huge book, and she was right! I looked it up on Amazon and it has 944 pages!

Ladytink_534 recommends Brief Gaudy Hour: A novel of Anne Boleyn by Margaret Campbell Barnes


Lezlie said...

I've heard The Six Wives of Henry VIII is a really good one. I have it on my shelf but haven't gotten to it yet.

I hope you're enjoying Nefertiti. I just finished The Heretic Queen last night. Very good!


Kris said...

Thanks for the recomendation!

So far I am enjoying Nefertiti. I heard that the sequel was recently published, glad to hear you liked it1 I'll have to add it to my wish list.

Taminator said...

Oh, the Tudors are my favorite time period! Love the show but there are A LOT of inaccuracies. Things like Henry having 2 sisters, not one, and one married the King of Scotland and the other The King of France, stuff like that. Lots of nitpicky stuff, too, like the costuming (which I really love but it's not historically right). If you're looking for a good book on Henry, The Autobiography of Henry VIII is terrific--huge but terrific. The author is Margaret George. Philippa Gregory isn't very historically correct either--her The Virgin's Lover and The Constant Princess are wildly inaccurate but The Boleyn Inheritance is very good. I'm a real pain for getting the details right, usually, but I do love the show The Tudors!

Ladytink_534 said...

What about Brief Gaudy Hour: A Novel of Anne Boleyn by Margaret Campbell Barnes? It's an older book but it was re-released this year. I read it a long time ago and liked it a lot.