Here is a stunning novel set in the Tudor court, as the rivalry between Queen Mary and her half-sister, Elizabeth, is played out against a background of betrayal, conflict and passion.More
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History the easy way
As an admirer of Phillipa Gregory for the stylish way she presents historical facts and turns them into stories that are hard to put down, this is yet another example of the excellence of her vision of the way England was. Not page after page of dates and events, but a story line that includes all those events and turns them into a gripping tale that not only gives you an insight into the workings of the English Court, but a story line that is both original and with a high degree of historical accuracy. Any author does not please every reader - Phillipa is no different - but she cannot be criticised for her attempt to look into the strange and difficult worlds of both Mary and Elizabeth. I recommend this book highly
The range of stories Phillipa has written about the players in the War of the Roses are must reads - and read them in sequence
Emilia Fox has surprised me with the high quality of her performance on a variety of books - an excellent reader.
In this book the collapse of Calais (an event that is most often ignored in English History) is described in such a way that you feel you are almost there !
- Colin Allum
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