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"Bess of Hardwick: Portrait of an Elizabethan Dynast" by David Durrant. There are no shortage of brilliant, brave and bold women from the Tudor and Elizabethan era's, but Bess of Hardwick is certainly among the greatest.

Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King by Antonia Fraser - any book by this prolific historian is a treat!

Another engrossing book about two of my favorite subjects; Russia and its last czar. One of my favorite authors, Robert Massie, makes this book so readable. You hardly realize you are absorbing historical facts while thoroughly enjoying a good read.

The Children of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

The Princess and the Gene Pool: The Plantagenet rebel who held the secret to Richard III’s DNA -