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Lucy Worsley’s new book…

Lucy Worsley is the popular Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces. She is also an author and a British television star. Lucy read Ancient and Modern History at New College, Oxford and graduated in 1995. Attaining a first class degree she went on to get a doctorate. As well as being an  academic Lucy has a great sense of fun.

She  often dresses in historical costumes during her documentaries and is always full of enthusiasm and love for her subject and it shows. If I could choose one historian  chat to about Tudors over a cup of tea my first choice would be Lucy. Maybe she could give me some fashion tips too!

She works for Historic Royal Palaces which is the charity that looks after the  Hampton Court, Kensington Palace, The Tower, the Banqueting House and Kew Palace.

I thoroughly enjoyed the BBC television series ‘If Walls Could Talk’, where Lucy took viewers on a historical journey of the home:

There is a book to accompany the series which is pictured below.

Eliza Rose:

I am reading Lucy’s latest book ‘Eliza Rose’ where Lucy’s sense of humour and fun shine through on to every page. ‘Eliza Rose’ is her first children’s novel and although I have not finished yet I must confess that I had a sneaky read of the epilogue and I am so glad I did. Lucy explains why she wrote the book and she lets the reader have some information that only the people who work at Hampton Court Palace would know. (No spoilers here I promise.)


This is what the back blurb says:

‘I would often wonder about my future husband. A knight? A duke? A stable boy?

Of course the last was just a wicked fancy.

Eliza Rose Camperdowne is young and headstrong, but she knows her duty well. As the only daughter of a noble family, she must one day marry a man who is very grand and very rich.

But Fate has other plans. When Eliza becomes a maid of honour, she’s drawn into the thrilling, treacherous court of Henry the Eighth …

Is her glamorous cousin Katherine Howard a friend or a rival?

And can a girl choose her own destiny in a world ruled by men?’

I am really enjoying ‘Eliza Rose’ and I am glad that I attempted to read a children’s book. After all, I  have read all of the Harry Potter series (and the only Tudors in them are ghosts.)

It is set between 1535-1542 and has excellent reviews on Amazon UK:

Link to Lucy’s blog and lots of other Tudor information:

Books I wish I had on my book shelf:



Reviewers on Amazon UK say that ‘The Royal Palaces of London’ is full of amazing photographs and illustration and information archaeological digs. It is co written with David Souden.



‘If Walls could talk’also has excellent reviews.






Curators' Choice
Curators’ choice: Home to a staggering collection of treasures reflecting hundreds of years of work by the finest craftspeople, our five palaces span nearly a thousand years of history. From these collections, curators from each of the palaces have selected objects that speak to them personally



I love Tudor history and my bookshelves seem to groan a bit more every year...

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