Biographical fiction of this kind is also a great way to learn about real history. Beginning with the victory of Henry VII at the conclusion of the Wars of the Roses, the Tudor era gave us the tyrannical rule of Henry VIII and his six wives. It spanned the violent period of the English Reformation and the dissolution of the monastaries; it continued through the spectacular reign of Elizabeth I, and ended in the era of Shakespeare, a time of global exploration and the establishment of the American colonies. It is a period in English history of breathtaking change and progress.
If you enjoy reading about England’s Tudor dynasty, and in particular the life and times of Elizabeth I, here are two books set in the unique and turbulent era of the ‘Virgin Queen.’ The first is a full-length adventure novel, the other a fictional 'memoir' (a special blend of fact and fantasy).