Books by Carolly Erickson

CAROLLY ERICKSON is a prizewinning historian and biographer, widely acclaimed as a master of historical writing. Her eighteen nonfiction books have won her a large international following. Erickson lives in Hawaii.


FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"A vivid evocation of a queen who refused to be written off."
Catherine of Aragon does not go down without a fight in Erickson's sympathetic rendering.        Read full book review >
THE FAVORED QUEEN by Carolly Erickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A delectable serving of Tudor dish."
Another "historical entertainment" from Erickson, in which the third wife of Henry VIII has her say. Read full book review >
RIVAL TO THE QUEEN by Carolly Erickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Uncomplicated characters joust predictably for love and power in a capable but unexceptional historical."
The Virgin Queen has competition for the affections of dashing Robert Dudley in the form of her cousin, lovely Lettie Knollys. Read full book review >
THE MEMOIRS OF MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS by Carolly Erickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The one-dimensional portrait of Elizabeth as a none-too-bright harridan makes her an unsatisfying antagonist for vivacious Mary, but this is the only misstep in a fast-paced, lavishly detailed narrative."
Another historical entertainment from the prolific Erickson (The Tsarina's Daughter, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >
THE TSARINA’S DAUGHTER by Carolly Erickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"More entertainment than history, but all the better for it."
A wish-fulfillment fantasy about another Romanov who survived Ekaterinburg, this time the Tsar's second daughter, Tatiana. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"Rollicking good, admittedly unhistorical, fun—complete with all the dish on the great and powerful, and what they wore, that an Empire-waisted fashionista could desire."
In Erickson's fanciful retelling, Empress Josephine personifies, ahead of her time, the "head for business/bod for sin" dichotomy. Read full book review >
THE LAST WIFE OF HENRY VIII by Carolly Erickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"With errors of speech and geography, Erickson delivers a rattling, frothy narrative of questionable historical accuracy."
Biographer and historical-novelist Erickson (The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette, 2005, etc.) tackles the latest in her sequence of female royals. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2006

"No surprises here, but an accessible source for readers who can't get enough of kings and queens. "
After her first venture into fiction (The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette, 2005), Erickson returns to the familiar turf of royal biography (Alexandra, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN DIARY OF MARIE ANTOINETTE by Carolly Erickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2005

"More pulp romance than historical fiction. "
Erickson (Lilibet: An Intimate Portrait of Elizabeth II, 2004, etc.) tries to get inside the mind of Marie Antoinette and winds up reinventing her as a Harlequin romance-style heroine. Read full book review >
THE GIRL FROM BOTANY BAY by Carolly Erickson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Compelling tale with a gritty heroine: Broad's hardscrabble adventures forcefully remind readers that 18th-century life bore very little resemblance to an episode of Masterpiece Theater."
Prolific biographer Erickson (Alexandra, 2001, etc.) skillfully renders the extraordinary life of Mary Broad, who survived a voyage to and from a penal colony to become James Boswell's protégée. Read full book review >
ALEXANDRA by Carolly Erickson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Once again, Erickson demonstrates her skill in limning a forceful royal who tried unsuccessfully to alter history and escape fate."
Russia's last empress receives compassionate but by no means uncritical treatment from biographer Erickson (Josephine: A Life of the Empress, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
JOSEPHINE by Carolly Erickson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

An intimate, richly detailed, and candid portrait of the dramatic life and times of Napoleon's wife, Empress Josephine. Read full book review >

HER LITTLE MAJESTY by Carolly Erickson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1997

A vivid biography of Britain's longest-reigning monarch, with an emphasis on the queen's personal life. When the inexperienced, dowdy Princess Victoria ascended to the throne in 1837, few people expected her to reign until 1901 or to give her name to an entire age. Read full book review >

TO THE SCAFFOLD by Carolly Erickson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 1991

A fast-paced biography by a talented and prolific historian of ill-fated royalty (Bonnie Prince Charlie, 1988; Bloody Mary, 1977) and unsettled times, (Our Tempestuous Day: A History of Regency England, 1985), emphasizing the manners, customs, and extravagant style of the court of Louis XIV. Erickson opens in 1755, when the future queen of France, the 14th child of the busy empress of Austria, is born in a birthing chair, and closes 38 years later, as the gaunt, widowed Antoinette, prisoner #280, bleeding profusely from a menstrual disorder, mounts the scaffold to be beheaded. Read full book review >