King of England
Aug 30, 2012 — Novelist Bernard Cornwell returns to Saxon England while Libyan writer Hisham Matar delivers a tale of loss and Madeline Miller's debut reimagines The Iliad. In nonfiction, Sally Jacobs examines Obama's father, and Jim Steinmeyer recalls a magician who rivaled Houdini.
Dec 16, 2011 — These five outstanding novels take us to unfamiliar eras and exotic locales — ancient Israel, Elizabethan England, 1920s Paris — while confirming our common humanity.
Oct 12, 2011 — The story of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII, is well-known; but her sister, Mary, has largely been a footnote in history. Alison Weir tells the other Boleyn girl's story in Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings.
Dec 22, 2010 — As the year winds down, so do new paperback releases, but don't overlook these three gems. Historical novelists Alison Weir and Melanie Benjamin explore the stories of two enigmatic women, while fiction writer Chitra Divakaruni weaves nine lives together as an earthquake hits with full force.
Jan 28, 2010 — Bernard Cornwell is one of the kings of historical fiction — his Richard Sharpe novels, about a British soldier in the Napoleonic wars, and Grail Quest series have captivated audiences in the United Kingdom and United States. His new book, The Burning Land — the latest in his series The Saxon Tales — is currently on the bestseller list. NPR's Neal Conan talks with Cornwell about the ninth century, writing historical literature and the new PBS series based on his Sharpe novels.
Jan 24, 2010 — The best-selling British historian has chronicled the lives of great ladies including Eleanor of Aquitaine, Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I. Now she's written a new biography of Elizabeth's mother, Anne Boleyn — and Weir says much of what you may think you know about the ill-fated queen is just plain wrong.
Dec 21, 2005 — A new book recreates the story behind one of England's greatest love affairs — the 17-year relationship between Charles II and Nell Gwyn. Charles Beauclerk is a direct descendant of the pair, and delved into family archives for the inside story.
Feb 1, 2005 — NPR's Alex Chadwick talks to author Bernard Cornwell about his book The Last Kingdom, a historical novel about the near-demise of England at the hands of the Danish Vikings in the 9th century AD.