One of the novels that got me hooked to reading novels about England and Old Royals is the book "I am Mary Tudor" by Hilda Lewis, which in my opinion is one of the strongest Mary Tudor novels to date. I still remember it being written with a clear and concise voice, and the historical facts well-researched and thorough.
These kinds of books fed my curiosity about life in general inside the royal court. It's the intrigues, the devious strategies and the abominable going-ons of that era that I love reading about.
Just last night I went out to Booksale. Lo and behold, a hardbound copy of The Queen of Subtleties by Suzannah Dunn was staring at me from the highest level in the bookshelf! I love how I lunged at the book, almost toppling the entire tower of books above it. I couldn't reach it, so good thing there was a nearby tall guy who I barked orders at.
"Get it for me!" I screamed, like a crazy person.
I got it before this small girl, who was also walking toward the bookshelf with a purpose, eyeing the book like a crazy person.
Tough luck. You can't get it even if you tried, I thought smugly.
So in the end I got the book and I broke my budget for the week. This book did not come cheap. :( And then I saw "Bird Without Wings" by Louis de Bernieres!!!! I couldn't afford the two. I put The second book on reserve under my name. Sigh. I hope to get it before Monday night!