Search Results: "Carolly Erickson"


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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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THE SPANISH QUEEN by Carolly Erickson
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 >

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

"Although a useful introduction to the details of everyday life among the upper classes, this is an unreliable guide to the broader issues of 19th-century British and imperial history. (8 pages b&w photos) (Book-of-the-Month Club/History Book Club/Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selection)"
A vivid biography of Britain's longest-reigning monarch, with an emphasis on the queen's personal life. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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

"Well detailed and colorful, though politically retrograde, evincing a reverence for royalty last seen in Edmund Burke."
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. Read full book review >

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JOSEPHINE by Carolly Erickson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Moreover, her scholarly insights combine superbly with a mastery of period manners more often found in the best historical fiction. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An intimate, richly detailed, and candid portrait of the dramatic life and times of Napoleon's wife, Empress Josephine. Read full book review >

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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 >