The Uncrowned Queen
Lady Arbella Stuart, cousin to both Elizabeth I and James VI of Scotland, was a woman whose parents' marriage had been orchestrated to provide an heir to the English throne. Raised by her grandmother, Bess of Hardwick, Arbella lived in the shadow and at the mercy of Elizabeth. This study focuses on her lineage, life and legacy, revealing a well-educated woman, desperate to control her own destiny, but ultimately powerless against the politics and intrigue of the Tudor court.
The King Who Fell at Hastings
Peter Rex's biography of Harold Godwinson, the last Anglo-Saxon king of England, reveals an astute political operator who, as Earl of Wessex, rose to a powerful position in Edward the Confessor's England. Rex examines the complexities of the English succession, Harold's sojourn in Normandy before he became king in January 1066, and his brief reign during a year that 'tested the Old English military system to destruction', with Harald Hardrara beaten at Stamford Bridge, but Harold killed in battle at Hastings.