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The Follies of the King (Plantagenet Saga #8)

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Edward the Second's first act on coming to the throne is to recall Piers Gaveston from exile, and the new king's devotion to the shrewd and avaricious young man soon becomes a scandal. It is assumed that when Edward marries one of the most beautiful princesses in Europe his inclinations will change, but nothing can make him swerve from his attachment to Gaveston, who is cl

Hardcover, 331 pages
Published December 31st 1980 by Robert Hale & Company
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I love anything to do with the Plantagenets, and had discovered Edward II's story as research after reading Sharon Kay Penman's "The Reckoning." I wanted to read more about him, and his disastrous reign of as Englands king, but couldn't find much with him and Isabella of France as the main characters. Jean Plaidy's "Follies of the King" was one of the only ones I found, and I was excited to dive into it. Unfortunately, I found the dialogue to be horrendous and so very cliche, and the narrative t ...more
This is a very good Plaidy - lots of action, perverse dalliance, deep seated scheming. Edward II and his Perrot Gaveston, Edward II and his Hugh le Despenser, Isabella biding her time until she finds her Mortimer. Her characterizations may be stock, her prose straightforward, but she delivers in this one, her best in the Plantagenet series I have read to date.
I never actually thought I would cry at a book about Edward II- I've hated him for quite a long time. However, for the first time ever, I actually understood him and empathised with him. I ended up liking him, despite his countless mistakes. The true villain wasn't him, it was those around him. It was one of the best Jean Plaidy books in the series.
The most memorable thing about this king is his demise. A great mystery shrouds his death at Berkely Castle. Very grisly.
Slow start, really slow. Ending seemed rush with a few things unresolved. Hopefully the next book resolves them.
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Edward II (son of Edward I) and Isabella of France
The reign, captivity and demise of Edward II.
8th in series. Another excellent book.
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Eleanor Alice Burford, Mrs. George Percival Hibbert was a British author of about 200 historical novels, most of them under the pen name Jean Plaidy which had sold 14 million copies by the time of her death. She chose to use various names because of the differences in subject matter between her books; the best-known, apart from Plaidy, are Victoria Holt (56 million) and Philippa Carr (3 million). ...more
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