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.
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 >
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 >