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TagsRead in 2006 (54), Read in 2007 (40), Tudor (20), non-fiction (19), Read in 2008 (16), Henry VIII (11), France (10), Eleanor of Aquitaine (7), Edward IV (7), War of the Roses (7) — see all tags

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About meI loved to read as a child and through high school but then college and life got in my way and I didn't read much for about 12 years or so. I started reading again in 2006 on a family vacation and haven't stopped!

Tanzanite is my puppy and I use her name and image for all my web related book stuff.

About my libraryCurrently, I am into reading historical fiction mostly about England and Europe through the Tudor period. I'm not really sure what it is that fascinates me about it, but I love it!! I have also learned a lot about history, religion and politics in the process.

GroupsHistorical Fiction, History Fans, Prolific Plaidy, Richard III


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Hi Daphne,
I just visited you "Castle of Books" page. Amazing. I think I will have to go back for another look.
Have you read "Queen of Silks" by Vanora Bennett? I think it fits your genre as it did mine. Cheers
What an incredible site you have! I love the way in which you set up your blog page!
Thanks :) your library has lots of options that I can't wait to read!
I love your collection! Your library has given me TONS of new books to add to my TBR pile.
I LOVED Sharon Kay Penman's trilogy and there was a picture of Joanne's sarcophagus in the book. That's what led me to Beaumaris and the church. By then, my parents with whom I was traveling had sort of had enough of history and literature so they found a coffee shop and I hunted down the church. Indeed, a memorable trip and I'm ready to go back first chance I get. I feel like I missed so much!
I loved your picture of Tintern Abbey and your travel blog. I had a wonderful trip to England and Wales in October 2008. Thought you might enjoy checking out my travelogue and photos:
Tanzanite, do you participate on Historical Fiction Online? If so I am "Lauryn" there .... good to see you here!
I see you have read 'The Sisters Who Would Be Queen' by Leanda de Lisle.

If you have any questions about Lady Jane, Katherine or Mary Grey, Leanda will be answering them at my blog.

If you want to ask anything, please do so by April 15th.

thank you so much! I will have to check those ones out! :) I never thought of Ebay - good idea... I cringe when paying for some of my books. Happy New Year and enjoy your 2009 reads!
I just wanted to let you know that I've requested that my user name be change to LiterateHousewife. You shouldn't be seeing Speedhaven around too much longer...
I saw your post in the Historical Fiction Group about Elizabeth Chadwick, I love her stories. The Greatest Knight and The Scarlet Lion were great reads. I cannot wait to read the story about his father John Marshal, since his father turned him over to King Stephen I would love to know what lead up to that. If I am not mistaken I think her next novel will mention William Marshal and Isabelle, I read it on her blog.
Also check out the Valerie Anand trilogy about the events leading up to and following 1066: "Gildenford", "The Norman Pretender", and "The Disputed Crown". They're all out of print, but as with "The Golden Warrior", copies can be easily found at
I just read your review of "Harold the King" by Helen Hollick. As good as it was, I think "The Golden Warrior" by Hope Muntz is even better. It is one of the greatest historical novels ever written. Unfortunately, it's out of print, but you can easily locate a copy at as I did. As one who is fascinated by the events of 1066, what led up to it, and the aftermath, I've read everything about that time that I could lay my hands on. I've often wondered how history would have turned out had Harold won the battle, not that psychotic thug William. As you noted in your review, even though you know the outcome, the death of Harold (and Saxon England) is still heartbreaking. It's gratifying to see that a movie is finally being made about these earthshaking events.
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