Tracy Borman, author and historian of "Witches: A Tale of Sorcery, Scandal and Seduction", "Matilda: Queen of the Conqueror", "The Ring and the Crown: A History of Royal Weddings", "Elizabeth's Women: The Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen", and "Henrietta Howard: King’s Mistress, Queen’s Servant" answers 10 questions about her favorite time period in history, her favorite figures from history, and the age old question of coffee or tea.
1. If you could go back in time and be any figure from history, who would it be?
Elizabeth I for sure. She's my all-time favorite historical heroine.
2. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
1536. So much was going on then - the fall of Anne Boleyn, the rise of Jane Seymour, and Thomas Cromwell working behind the scenes to bring it all about (my next book is about him, so I'm biased!)
3. You're having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
Elizabeth I (of course), Thomas Cromwell, Henrietta Howard, Matilda of Flanders and Princess Diana. An eclectic mix that bears a suspicious resemblance to the subjects of my books.
4. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
Hampton Court. I'm lucky enough to work there now, as joint Chief Curator, and it's just a dream come true. But living there would take it to a different level entirely.
5. Two fellow historical fiction authors you'd like to go on a history themed tour of the world with?
Hilary Mantel and Suzannah Dunn.
6. Who was more dashing and interesting, King Henry VIII of England or King Louis XIV of France?
Henry VIII wins hands down...at least in his younger days. I'm not sure he was all that dashing from the mid-1530s onwards, but he still had undeniable charisma.
7. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
It has to be Anne Boleyn. I had always thought she was a nasty piece of work, but researching my biography of Elizabeth I transformed my opinion of her. Ambitious and sometimes malicious she certainly was, but she was also intelligent, feisty and - above all - enormously brave.
8. English monarchy or French monarchy?
English (you would expect me to say that).
9. What three novels could you read over and over?
"Miss Garnet's Angel" by Salley Vickers, "In the Company of the Courtesan" by Susan Dunant, and "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens
10. Tea or coffee when writing?
Coffee every time! Preferably with large amounts of cake.
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