3.5 stars. It was interesting to see how Philippa Gregory continued her story from The White Queen, (view spoiler)[When Elizabeth Woodville sent a pau3.5 stars. It was interesting to see how Philippa Gregory continued her story from The White Queen, (view spoiler)[When Elizabeth Woodville sent a pauper to the Tower instead of Richard Duke of York and sent her youngest son out into sea, hoping that he would find safety with her sister Margaret (hide spoiler)]. I wasn't sure how she was going to make that play out in this book, but she did a pretty good job keeping up with it. Though usually Philippa Gregory's lack of adherence to fact bothers me, this time it was made interesting because I wasn't sure of how the book would turn out. I thought that the resolution of the plot set up in The White Queen was pretty well done, but besides that I didn't much care for the book. Elizabeth of York was portrayed as a rather passive character and in a series that focuses on the women of the Cousins' War, I did not appreciate her portrayal. ...more
I was absolutely in love with this book for the first 300 pages. I simply could not get enough of it. I have never found a novel from Henry VIII's poiI was absolutely in love with this book for the first 300 pages. I simply could not get enough of it. I have never found a novel from Henry VIII's point of view, so it was interesting to see how he 'felt' about his wives and situation. However, I soon tired of it but I was determined to get through it, especially because there are very few accounts (fictional or non) about Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, and Katherine Parr. I found this novel to be interesting, but a little bit overdone with some stereotypes. We seem to know little about the details of each of his six wives, but George seemed to stick strictly to the molds of each wife-- the old maid, the witch, the perfect wife, the fat, ugly joke, the whore, and the nurse. I was hoping the author could provide a little more depth to some of the characters. She took liberties with so many things, but couldn't put in her own thoughts about the queens. ...more
**spoiler alert** This novel tells the fictionalized account of the life of Jane Popyncourt, a girl from Brittany who flees to England with her mother**spoiler alert** This novel tells the fictionalized account of the life of Jane Popyncourt, a girl from Brittany who flees to England with her mother and finds a place in the court of Henry VII, and later Henry VIII. A fast-paced Tudor novel, this tale was filled with the expected romance, mystery, intrigue, and scandal. My biggest issue with the novel was the lack of facts. While many other novelists such as Allison Weir and Philippa Gregory have taken liberties with the details (and even bigger parts) of lives of these characters, the stories that they choose are well-rooted in rumors and ideas surrounding the Tudors. Though little is known about Jane, Emerson took a few too many liberties in my opinion, especially when asserting that she is the illegitimate granddaughter of Henry VII when it appears that he was very devoted to his wife, unlike his son would come to be with his wives. ...more
About as historically accurate as any Philippa Gregory can be said to be, this novel portrayed a young Catalina, Infanta of Spain, Princess of WhalesAbout as historically accurate as any Philippa Gregory can be said to be, this novel portrayed a young Catalina, Infanta of Spain, Princess of Whales who will be Queen of England. Sure in her future, even when her young husband dies, she is sure that she will be the next Queen of England and see her son on the throne, even if that means lying that her marriage to Arthur was not consummated.
I found this novel to be intriguing. I have never read a novel about the young Catherine of Aragon and her life with Arthur. While the question of the consummation of their marriage is still one of the greatest in history, it was interesting to read from the perspective that it was indeed a full marriage and the implications that had on Catherine as a wife to the young King Henry VIII. ...more