ANOTHER SLEEPLESS NIGHT. I keep all my notes in little leather-bound volumes which I buy at Barnes and Noble. I keep them by my side of the bed, and when I visualize a new post for my blog–usually in the middle of the night–I make notes and then try to go back to sleep. So, off to the bookstore I went to collect my notebooks. When I walked into the shop, right in front of me, was THE TUTOR CHRONICLES by Susan Doran with one of those SPECIAL PRICE TAGS on the front of it–$19.00. I sat down in one of the chairs in the coffee shop in the bookstore and started to read this large, large tome. The text was an “easy read,” and I was off into my own world. The images, pages after pages of them, fascinated me. There were pictures there which I had never seen, and I have been looking through books about the Tudors for 40 years.
The reign of Elizabeth I has been my favorite period in English history–well, next to the Prince Albert Period of Queen Victoria’s reign. As I went through the book JUST LOOKING page by page, the thought came to me that this would be a great book for my readers to have on their coffee tables. $19.00–hey, come on–that’s lunch at the Chinese take-away these days. Really, I have never seen such a collection of fabulous photographs from the Tudor Period in my life–all in one book!
After our usual evening rituals in this house–garden, dinner, dog, and Sweetie–I lay down to start reading. It is now early the next morning, and I have been reading all night. I have really enjoyed it. The author is SUSAN DORAN who is currently Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. Her primary interests relate to the reign of Elizabeth I, in particular the theme of marriage and succession. She has published and edited sixteen books, most notably MONARCHY AND MATRIMONY: THE COURTSHIPS OF ELIZABETH I; QUEEN ELIZABETH I; MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS: AN ILLUSTRATED LIFE.
I am not selling books on my blog, but I don’t hesitate to recommend one from time to time. I have had huge pleasure between the covers of this book during the night–yikes, that sounds awful!–and I know that my readers will enjoy it. Most Barnes and Noble bookstores have the same inventory, so I think you will find this publication on their discount table just as you enter the front door. IF NOT, ASK THE CLERK. There won’t be too many people in our communities who will be looking for THE TUDOR CHRONICLES except a few goofy Anglophiles like you and me.
THE BOOKS ARE NOW HIGHER THAN THE LAMPSHADE BY THE BED. My son Thomas says I live in a cocoon of books, paintings, and journals. Oh well, I can’t help myself. I am going to post a few of the images from the book just to whet your appetite; remember these images are just snapshots to give you an idea–they are not intended to be professionally presented. THE COLLECTION OF PICTURES is fabulous; I hope this gives you a good idea of the content.
Now tell me this isn’t FUN. Yikes!
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918