Archaeologists are DNA testing some bones they've found to see if they might be the remains of Richard III. Are there any other members of the Royal Family....

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seeker Wed 12-Sep-12 13:19:56

where DNA testing might produce interesting results?

Ilovemyteddy Sat 15-Sep-12 16:51:33

Am loving this thread and very excited about the discoveries in Leicester.

Someone upthread mentioned Lawrence Stone - his book 'The Family, Sex and Marriage in England 1500-1800' is really fab and well worth a look.

LRD - I've never found a decent biog of Katherine Howard but Susanna Dunn wrote a fictional account of her life - 'Confession of Katherine Howard' which I enjoyed.

Peter Ackroyd's new book on the Tudors is just out, and although I haven't read it yet I really enjoyed the first volume of his History of England series, 'Foundation', and am hoping that volume 2 will be just as good.

YY to the Susanna Dunn book. I love that one too.

Fuchzia Sat 15-Sep-12 17:18:32

The Wyatt bio was Graven with Diamonds by Nicola Shulman it's an examination of his life through his poems which she argues were essentially a code for things that where going on at court. Best thing I've read all year. I've got The House of Bloody Treason lined up to read all about the Howard family.

fuckityfuckfuckfuck Sat 15-Sep-12 18:07:10

Have loved reading all this. I may be about to start some kind of rush on Poundland but I was in there today and they had stacks and stacks of Antonia Fraser books in a pack of ten. Ten books for just a quid. Not each. IN ALL. I felt like I was robbing them. But I now can't wait to have a read, and at 10p a book I can't complain if they're rubbish.

LaQueen Sat 15-Sep-12 18:16:06

Oh God, Ackroyd has done The Tudors??? I think I might have just wet myself a bit...

PrincessFiorimonde Sat 15-Sep-12 18:27:33

LRD, am a bit late, I know, but just want to thank you for taking the time to compile that list. Look forward to reading some!

Ilovemyteddy Sat 15-Sep-12 18:44:33

grin LaQ

I know. I just love Ackroyd's writing. I'm trying to resist buying his Tudors in hardback but am sure I'll give in before long!

Hey, I got a stack of ten Antonia Frasers for Christmas last year! <<eyes MIL quizzically>>

kitstwins Sun 16-Sep-12 14:30:35

I can recommend R.A. Houlbrooke's book.
The English Family: 1450-1700

Off on a tangent, I've just ordered George Goodwin's Fatal Colours on the back of reading AA Gill's piece on the Battle of Towton.

Doesn't all this make you feel sorry for people who don't read books?

Yorky Sun 16-Sep-12 17:02:52

Oh Kitstwins - completely. I think losing my reading time is the hardest thing about parenting.

Has anybody read Crocus street by J Boteler? Its set in Tudor times, dissolution of monasteries etc, but not in London/court which I thought would set it apart from Gregory and co. And if anyone can rec/crit historical novels it should be you lot!

almapudden Sun 16-Sep-12 19:22:16

I was just about to recommend Ackroyd. 'Foundation: volume 1' was a fantastic overview of English history - set out chronologically but with interwoven chapters on various aspects of social and political history. The Tudors is out in hardback and I am itching to buy it...

ticklemyboobsofsteel Mon 17-Sep-12 11:59:37

Ooh just thought of another book that I quite enjoyed: 'The Sisters Who Would Be Queen' by Leanda de Lisle. It's all about the Grey sisters: Mary, Katherine and Lady Jane.

I so want that Peter Ackroyd Tudors book! <eyes sorry state of bank balance and calendar showing far too many days till pay day>

TunipTheVegemal Mon 17-Sep-12 16:11:43

Just bought that Barbara Willard 'Sprig of Broom' one - it was in Waterstones! It's been reprinted by a press that seems to specialise in reprinting the best of children's fiction from previous generations.
Thank you to whoever recommended it, I can tell I'm going to enjoy it smile

I have just found out that my neighbour's son is one of the archeologists involved in the excavation shock I shall pump her for information and report back grin

Yorky Mon 17-Sep-12 21:38:10

Wow Mrs! instant celebrity status grin
watching this space

Ooh ooh, apparently, the Archaeologist who found the bones, lives here in Manningtree! Maybe I'll become his very own stalker!! grin

My books have arrived!

Thanks all for the recommendations.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Fri 21-Sep-12 10:21:11

Great thread, so glad it was in Classics as I skipped it first time thinking it would be full of James Hewitt speculation...

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Mon 24-Sep-12 08:16:12

Have just started on the Sunne in Splendour, having bought a few of the recommendations upthread. Thanks everyone (Amazon thanks you too, my bank balance not so much grin)

KeithLeMonde Tue 16-Oct-12 18:42:08

Anyone else like me who skipped History at school and is now trying to make up for lost time - or if you have gaps in your knowledge which you'd like to fill - I can recommend the archive from In Our Time on the R4 website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/in-our-time/archive/medieval/1 (that's a link to the Middle Ages including programmes on the War of the Roses, the Lollards and other things discussed in this thread).

I love listening to it on the radio - it's on my housework morning so I associate it with stripping beds and cleaning the bath! But even better to be able to dip into the archive and listen to academics discussing something that you're currently reading about.

Boar Wed 17-Oct-12 17:28:08

Wow Keith thanks for that tip about radio 4's archive. Like you I have been reading and researching the 15th century non-stop lately, and am even about to drive 4hrs to take my son to visit the Battle of Bosworth Field museum. I dropped History at school at age 14, thought it was 'boring', so my prior knowledge was very poor.

scaevola Mon 04-Feb-13 10:48:53

Just rounding this off, with a link to the thread in the History Club which was geekily active during the 40 minute press conference in which the University confirmed beyond reasonable doubt at the bones are those of Richard III, and that they expected re-internment at Leicester Cathedral.

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