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Memorial To The Duchess
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This is a novel about Alice Chaucer, Duchess of Suffolk, who was married to William de la Pole, Duke of Suffolk. William's great unpopularity led murder in 1450, and Alice herself was a controversial figure. Thus, this should have been a fascinating story. Unfortunately, it wasn't. William never came alive for me, and Kettle never made it clear why Alice herself excited so much dislike in her later years. Indeed, the last 25 years of Alice's eventful life take up only about a fifth of the novel, ...more