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Discussion Questions - 'The Queen's Fool' by Philippa Gregory

  • What kind of tone does the novel’s opening scene instantly set, and what does it tell us up front about Hannah’s and Elizabeth’s characters? If you’ve read other fictional accounts of Elizabeth’s life, how does this portrayal of her compare?
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Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I by Peter Ackroyd

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

The land was flowing with milk and honey.


The Tudors is the second volume in Peter Ackroyd’s History of England after Foundation. 

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Book Review

The Tragic Life of 'Bloody' Mary Tudor

We view the past through our own moral lens, often finding ourselves at odds with the views of people long gone. When we find that our modern sensibilities contradict the opinions of past communities we should ask ourselves why that is. 3,708 more words


A Colchester mystery

Have you ever visited Colchester Castle? The guide book is very informative about three thousand years of the town’s history, particularly the 1989 revision, which I have. 204 more words

July 6, 1553: Edward VI Dies, Northumberland Tries to Implement His ‘Device for the Succession’

Edward VI was a tragic figure. King at nine, dead at sixteen – and had to execute two uncles in between. He was also staunchly Protestant, and after he fell ill in early 1553 he started to worry that the existing legal structure would pass the throne to his Catholic sister Mary if he died without issue. 749 more words

Interesting Letters And Speeches

The Ability to Love God is a Gift of God - The Collect of Thomas Cranmer for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity Sunday

Thomas Cranmer – Portrait by Gerlach Flicke – 1545

The Ability to Love God is a Gift of God. This is expressed in the Collect of Thomas Cranmer in the… 656 more words

The Myth of Bloody Mary


How much of history can we trust? Asking that question leads to a disquieting silence, because if we begin to question established history, it unravels. 1,184 more words