I have just published my interview with Robert Parry author of The Virgin and the Crab: Sketches, Fables & Mysteries from the early life of John Dee and Elizabeth Tudor.
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and will be publishing my review soon but what I will say now is that although we may know where the story of Elizabeth I ends we have never journeyed there in this fashion. It is a real page turner, entertaining and vivid. We meet many Tudor characters and they are all wonderfully authentic! This is a Tudor treasure in itself.
Robert’s second book The Arrow chest is a novel about Anne Boleyn but set in Victorian England. Hear more about this book in our interview.
Well, no more from me for now but over to our interview. Enjoy!
There have been numerous biographies, novels, documentaries, mini-series and films written about the Tudor period. Why do you think viewers and readers are insatiable when it comes to the Tudors?
Well, the clothes were gorgeous, for a start. They also seem to have viewed life in a different way to us. They were not only elegant and swaggering, but spiritual and philosophical, as well. Where we have doubts and cynicism, they had optimism and self-confidence – and an extraordinary sense of adventure. They were hard working and brave, and they were also people who made things happen, who changed the world in which they lived. Rightly or wrongly, we are attracted to strong, defiant characters like the Tudors. It is probably also the sense of structure and order in their society that appeals to us – especially in our own chaotic, anything-goes kind of age.
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