Tuesday 15 January 2013

Question time: Interview Amy Licence.

 To co-incide with the release of my second book, "Elizabeth of York: the Forgotten Tudor Queen," I am planning a blog post where readers have the chance to interview me about my currently published work..., my approach and views of certain historical figures, my research and inspirations or my next project, Anne Neville and Richard III. What would you like to ask me? I will publish the questions, with answers, on my blog, so get thinking...

You can ask your questions in the comments below, on my facebook page "In Bed with the Tudors" or on Twitter @PrufrocksPeach.

I look forward to hearing from you!


  1. Great idea with questions, Amy! My questions:

    1. What do you think about the supposed relationship between Elizabeth of York and Richard III?
    2. What is your writing routine?

    I'll add more if I will have more questions :-)

  2. Great, thanks Sylwia, I'll add them to the list.

  3. Hello Amy, my questions; how do you cope motherhood and writing, do you have a routine? It's a wonderful achievement to have three books published within one year! How many months/years have you worked on each and how many hours a week?

  4. Thanks for your questions Debra- I will add them and say a little about the balancing act of children/pregnancy/books, which will probably sound very familiar to you !

  5. 1. I've watched the BBC miniseries, "The Shadows of the Tower" which covers the reign of Henry VII. In the episode when Elizabeth gives birth to Prince Arthur, Margaret Tudor and Henry repeatedly fret about Elizabeth being "delicate". Alternatively, I've heard about her becoming increasingly sick after increasingly difficult pregnancies. Is there any truth to this? I consider this quite interesting in light of the fact that Henry VIII supposedly inherited his height and athleticism from her side of the family.

    2. What was her relationship with her mother-in-law Margaret Beaufort like? Were they generally close? Did Margaret Beaufort resent her for having so much royal blood or being from the House of York?

    3. What was the relationship between her Elizabeth and her mother? Was there any kind of rift about Elizabeth was married to Henry Tudor and crowned Queen? From what I've read, Elizabeth kept in close contact with the rest of her family, but not a lot of contact with her mother is recorded. Do you think Elizabeth Woodville was involved in any of the Yorkists plots after Bosworth and as a result her daughter stayed away from her?

    4. Did you think she was forced or chose to be "apolitical" Queen Consort?

    5. I've often heard about Isabella and Anne Neville being described as fragile in health. Do you think this was true? Do you think Anne Neville died of natural causes?

    Apologies if that's too much... I'm definitely looking forward to your book :)

  6. Hi, thanks for your questions, I'll add them to the list. Once I get going on them I could almost end up rewriting my next 2 books in response- these are just the sort of questions that made me want to write about Elizabeth and Anne.

    I'm due to submit Anne Neville to the publisher on 1 Feb, then I'll do the blog post, so still some time left if you have any more questions.

  7. Thanks so much Amy! You're the best :) I'm really looking forward to reading your new books and I'm so happy I discovered your blog. Hope they make it out onto Kindle or Kobo soon. And as soon as I have time I'll also be reading "In Bed With The Tudors".

    I was hoping you wouldn't mind if I asked a few more questions. I promise that these are my last ones.

    1. I understand that Richard should have gotten a papal dispensation to marry Anne. Do you think this was an oversight or an escape clause in the marriage? Was there really some kind of clause that allowed Richard to divorce Anne and yet keep her property?

    2. Even though Henry VII governed very much in his own way his surviving children had some of the most colourful Yorkist traits. Do you think this was largely due to genetics or did Elizabeth of York expose them to her family's history and heritage (something that her husband may have frowned upon). I've heard of at least one example where she may have been doing the latter. Apparently one of her last appoints before her death was to appoint her father's bastard Arthur as her cupbearer. It's been suggested that this was done with one eye on providing Henry with a role-model. Apparently Arthur had some of Edward IV's charm and graciousness and by being an influence to young Henry and the other children they might be exposed to the best traits the York men possessed. Are there other examples of Elizabeth exposing her children to their Yorkist heritage?

    3. Elizabeth died when all of her children very young. Did her children ever speak of her after her death?

    1. Thanks anonymous- you clearly know the period very well. I'll add these to the list :)

  8. Do you think Richard killed The Princes in The Tower?

    1. There it is, the million dollar question, I've been waiting for that one. Will add it to the list! Going to begin work on the blog post in a week's time. Thank you.

  9. Hi Amy,

    Writing from the TV production company, What Larks, I'm researching a documentary about a Royal birth in history. I understand you have a book coming out in July about Royal babies and I'd be really keen to get your thoughts on what you've found to be the most interesting Royal baby stories in history. We're particularly keen to find a story that has parallels with the current Royal pregnancy. If you're able to drop me a line about this emily@whatlarks.tv or if it's possible for me to give you a quick call I'd be extremely grateful.

    Many thanks,

  10. Hi Amy - Im a Producer at Channel 4 and wondered if you would be available for interview this evening as part of a sequence we are doing on the Tudors? Id be grateful if you could drop me a line at kirsten.smith@itn.co.uk with a contact number if you are free to discuss further.
    Many thanks, Kirsten