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Leanda de Lisle is a British historical writer. She was born in London and educated at Somerville College, Oxford University. She began her journalism career working for the Hackney Gazette. Later de Lisle obtained a master's degree in Business Administration. Her first book, After Elizabeth: The mostrar mais Death of Elizabeth and the Coming of King James, was published in 2005 and was runner up for the Saltire Society¿s First Book of the Year award. Her next book, The Sisters Who Would be Queen; The Tragedy of Mary, Katherine and Lady Jane Grey, became a New York Times bestseller. Her latest book, Tudor; The Family Story (1437-1603), also became a bestseller. Ms. de Lisle continues to write for a number of publications including BBC History magazine, History Today, the Literary Review, the New Criterion and the Spectator, as well as other British national newspapers. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Leanda de Lisle


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
20th century
Local de nascimento
London, England, UK
Locais de residência
Leicestershire, England, UK
Oxford University (Somerville College)
St. Mary's Convent, Ascot, England, UK

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Leanda de Lisle, a freelance journalist and author, claims descent from the Dormer family of 16th-century England. In 1982 she graduated from Oxford University, having read history, and in 1990 she completed an MBA. Her thesis was on political marketing.
Leanda de Lisle has written columns for Country Life, the Sunday and Daily Express, The Spectator, The Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Sunday Telegraph, the New Statesman.



This is a good read on the most part, though occasionally my attention began to wander. Although this isn’t a scholarly text, it did at times read a little dry. Despite these minor faults, this is well worth reading.

The author does well in bringing Charles I to life in her narrative. The king’s relationships with his family are particularly interesting to read. His last meeting with his youngest children is rather moving. I’ve always been sympathetic towards Charles.
PhilSyphe | 4 outras críticas | Apr 2, 2024 |
A very good biography of a very misunderstood Queen. This book seeks to dispel myths and bring forth truths about Henrietta Maria, the wife of Charles I. Raised at the court of France by her mother, the extremely powerful Marie de Medici, Henrietta Maria became a Queen herself when she married the English king.

There is much to be gleaned here about her family life, her political life, and her life in exile. Most of what we think we know about her comes from people who didn't like her. This book sets the record straight and helps up come to know the woman a little bit better.… (mais)
briandrewz | Jan 22, 2024 |
An interesting book which takes the approach of going back to the earlier characters in the story of the Tudor family, starting with Owen Tudor who married the widowed Queen of France after a wild dance leap landed him in her lap! The book goes through each of the personnel, giving a good insight especially into the women who usually are background characters such as Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII, and Margaret Douglas, daughter of Henry VIII's eldest sister and her second husband the Earl of Angus. The part played by such women in the great events of the period is examined, as well as the more usual emphasis on Henry VIII and his treatment of his wives.

There were some interesting insights such as the parallels in character between Henry VIII and his maternal grandfather, Edward IV. The examination of the life of Queen Elizabeth I was also interesting as the author doesn't romanticise her, but gives the warts and all portrayal. There is also somewhat of a rehabilitation of her elder sister Mary and an examination of how the stereotypes and prejudices against women have played a part in demonising both her and certain other royal women.

The author does however have a tendency at times to reiterate the same point about who people are, but to skim over the date so that we're told something happened in August but it's not clear which year. That and a bit of clunkiness in the prose here and there is why I am awarding this 4 stars rather than 5.
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kitsune_reader | 4 outras críticas | Nov 23, 2023 |
Extremely interesting book about Lady Jane Grey and her sisters. Did even know she had sisters? Theirs is a fascinating and tragic story, but also a completey different side of the Tudor dynastic struggle than I've ever heard before. Very engaging.
jennybeast | 20 outras críticas | Apr 14, 2022 |



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