During the first two years I was blogging I gorged myself on Tudor related books, especially those written by Philippa Gregory. After a while, though, I got burned out and my ravenous reading of all things Henry VIII all but disappeared. The fact that I really never cared to watch The Tudors is evidence of this. Yes, there were the historical inaccuracies, but I was done. Then Hilary Mantel came along and she made me like Thomas Cromwell. After reading Bring Up the Bodies, I found my old interests return. This and the magic that is the brewing of ideas with Michelle (Reader’s Respite) on Twitter gave birth to #TudorFest2013. And because Michelle is so crafty and her TuderFest post is so perfect, the best way to highlight the Tudor titles we’ve selected for our first annual* TudorFest is through this gorgeous birthmark.
We’ll be listening to all of the titles this year, beginning with Simon Vance’s work on The Winter King. Currently I’m a little over half way through. I’ll be switching out Bring Up the Bodies for Queen’s Gambit since I’ve already listened to Simon’s work on Bring Up the Bodies. Plus, Michelle twisted my arm. Then we’re on to the two bricks by Margaret George. I loved George’s The Autobiography of Henry VIII, so I’m curious to see if I’ll continue to like her work. This will be my last attempt reading Elizabeth I fiction. Thus far I haven’t much enjoyed her as a character. If I don’t like Elizabeth I, I’ll consider that I’ve given her my best shot. We’ll end off with poor Mary.
What’s great about this little Tudor marathon is that there is no pressure. If any one of these books do not appeal to us, we’re free to move on to the next title. There also isn’t a hard and fast time limit. Given the length of the George audiobooks, this could go well into November and December. It’s all good. We’re also open to others joining us at any time. You can read them all or read just one. We’ll be happy to have you. You can join the conversation using the #TudorFest2013 on Twitter.
So now you know what’s going to be keeping me listening over the next month or two. Are there any Tudor audiobooks you would to your own list? I’m already keeping a list of audiobooks to consider for next year’s event. There will be an event next year, won’t there Michelle?