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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Wife of Henry VIII (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret Life of Josephine (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tsarina's Daughter (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots / Mary Queen of Scots (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rival to the Queen (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Favored Queen (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Unfaithful Queen (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spanish Queen (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Records of Medieval Europe (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Medieval Vision (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Civilization and Society in the West (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bloody Mary (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Josephine (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Royal Panoply (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Harry (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The First Elizabeth (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mistress Anne / Anne Boleyn (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Our Tempestuous Day (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bonnie Prince Charlie (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
To the Scaffold (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Catherine (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Her Little Majesty (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Arc of the Arrow (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alexandra (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lilibet (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl from Botany Bay (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brief Lives of the English Monarchs (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Carolly Erickson is a renowned historian and biographer. Erickson has become a famous historical fiction novelist. She writes accurate and believable novels that are the favorite of many. Carolly Erickson was born in 1943 and currently lives in Hawaii. The biographies written by Erickson paints a clear picture of the medieval Europe.

The primary work of Carolly is to write the biographies of the renowned people in the European history. Since she was 14 years old, Erickson has become fascinated and the past events. She studied history in the university of Washington were she earned a double B.A degree. After successfully completion of the university, Carolly graduated in 1963. Even before she had completed her studies in the university, she has dreamt of writing history that will attract many readers. In 1969, Carolly Erickson earned a doctorate degree in history.

Initially, in New York, she could play piano in the cocktail lounges so to earn a living. After this she could teach history in various colleges. For many years, Carolly Erickson taught history in Brooklyn College, Barnard College. After this she moved to San Fernando Valley State College, which is now known as California State University. By mid 1970s, Erickson was a freelance writer aiming at attracting wide audience.

The first two books written by Carolly Erickson are The Medieval Vision and the Records of Medieval Europe. These two books reflected on the events that happen in the middle ages. In the late 1970’s, she had began to write history on the early modern Europe. In fact, the English characters were dominated her writing. Between 1978 and 1984, Erickson published four books that focused on the renowned personalities from Tudor England.

Mary Tudor, a character in the Bloody Mary of 1978, was the queen of England from the year 1553 to 1558. Mary was the daughter of the Henry VII who was the king of England from 1509 to 1558. Moreover, Erickson published a biography of the Elizabeth I- the second daughter of Henry VIII. Elizabeth was the ruler of England in the Elizabethan era, from 1558-1603. Finally, Carolly Erickson wrote the biography of Anne Boleyn, also known as Mistress Anne. Boleyn was the wife of the Henry VIII. In this biography we learn that Mistress Anne was on the six wives of the great king. Anne was also a mother of Elizabeth I.

The comprehensive biographies written by Erickson revolve around the famous personalities in the Tudor period in England. These works has made Carolly Erickson the most sought-after biographer. While the works of Erickson reflect a significant amount of mastery of history, they do not provide new historical information. These biographies are well-written narratives that describe person’s life and times.

The unique feature about the works of the Erickson is that they revolve around women. However, Great Harry was the male who biography was written by Erickson. In the case of Anne, Mistress describes the life of women during the medieval times. The biography analyses the unstable situation faced by women while negotiating for gender balance in Tudor England.

The next books written by Carolly Erickson focus on the later period in the English history. When Erickson departed from biographical writing, she focused on the period known as Regency in England. This was a decade from 1810 to 1820, where prince regent, George IV, was the ruler of England. George IV ruled in place of his insane father, known as George III. In this case, Erickson’s narration of the Regency Period was similar to that of Tudor biographies. The method used by Erickson captures the complexities and tensions that gave Regency its unique spirit.

With Prince Charlie, Carolly Erickson started writing biography again. Erickson narrate how Charles Edward, the grandson of King James II. This king was removed out of power in 1688. Prince Charlie attempted to rebel against the monarch in 1745. Carrolly Erickson narrates how the doomed rebellion changed the life of the Prince Bonnie Charlie. These events led to the downfall of Prince Charlie, was transformed from a good-looking leader a drunken man.

Erickson then continued writing the biographies of the feminine theme. To the Scaffold is a narrative that depicts the story of the French Queen known as Marie Antoinette. Moreover, Erickson talks about the empress of Russia known as Great Catherine. Both the women in these books lived in the eighteen century. However, the course of their lives was contrasting. Marie Antoinette was put to death the French Revolution. On the other hand, Catherine became the ruler of Russia on her own. Erickson paints the dictatorial Marie Antoinette to be more sympathetic and human. On the other hand, the excessive use of Catherine’s memoirs gives Erickson the feminine liveliness that is sometimes overlooked in her political achievements.

Erickson then returned again to writing biographies of the English royal families. Her little Majesty is a book that narrated the biography of Queen Victoria, who was the ruler of Britain from 1837 to 1901. The two other biographies written by Erickson narrate the sad tales. In her book, Josephine, she narrates about the Napoleon’s First wife. Josephine was the empress of France from 1804 until 1809 when her marriage was annulled. Moreover, the other book known as Alexandra talks about last Czarina of Russia. Czarina including other family members was murdered in 1917.

Carolly Erickson is one the most respected historians who has attracted large audience and wide popularity. Throughout her career, Erickson has written useful information about the historical figures in the English history. The works of Erickson are both engaging and informative to the readers. Her unique description about the historical events creates vivid contexts about the particular historical periods in England.


Carolly Erickson’s works is incomparable to that of any other historical writers around the world. If you need to know about the medieval England rulers, Erickson provide you with that. In fact, there is no other author who can accurately narrate the events of the historical leaders in England. Carolly Erickson has retired in writing. Indeed, her works has impacted the lives of many readers. The works of Erickson will continue imparting knowledge about medieval England for generations to come.

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