This isn't the best book I've ever read but it's a his fic classic. I wish I had read all the classics first, to get a better base in the genre beforeThis isn't the best book I've ever read but it's a his fic classic. I wish I had read all the classics first, to get a better base in the genre before I started reading his fic all willy nilly. Now I've been reading his fic for years and still haven't read the novels that started it all!
I don't find the main character, Henrietta Maria, to be particularly likeable but she wasn't a particularly likeable person in real life, so I was ok with it. I empathized much more with her than I thought I would. I think Plaidy did a wonderful job embodying the real Henrietta Maria in a fictional character.
It's her life story so there are multiple lulls and peaks, much like there are in life. I listened to the audio book and quite enjoyed it. I don't know if I would have liked it as much if I had read it in the traditional sense, mostly because would have been bored by some of the lulls.
I plan on reading the rest of the queens of England series. ...more
**spoiler alert** This one of my least favorite of Plaidy’s novels. It is in the style of most of Plaidy’s other novels- a sprawling biographical acco**spoiler alert** This one of my least favorite of Plaidy’s novels. It is in the style of most of Plaidy’s other novels- a sprawling biographical account of an historical figure- namely Katherine of Valois. Katherine was wife to Henry V of England, mother to Henry VI (who would go on to lose his crown to the Yorkists) and she was also mother to Edmund and Jasper Tudor, born to her by her second husband, Owen Tudor.
So this novel takes place right before the start of the Wars of the Roses, a very interesting time period filled with war and strife and stories of love. The novel was enjoyable enough but it just didn’t feel like it was enough for me. I wanted to know more and feel more but it just wasn’t there for me. I think the story of Katherine and Owen Tudor is one of the best in English royal history but it falls a little flat.
It also feels like it just ends abruptly. It ends how many of Plaidy’s novels end- the storyteller on her death bed reminiscing about her life- but I just felt like enough hadn’t gone on yet.
In short, I was unmoved for the most part by this novel but it is still a decent fictional overview of the life of Katherine of Valois. Since I haven’t read any other novels or histories about Katherine, I can’t say whether it’s one of the better books about her. ...more
I had somewhat low expectations when I began listening to the audiobook production for this novel. I have never been particularly interested in Anne NI had somewhat low expectations when I began listening to the audiobook production for this novel. I have never been particularly interested in Anne Neville or her husband Richard III but I thought I’d give the novel a try.
I am glad I did because it was one of the more enjoyable novels by Plaidy that I’ve read. Anne is gentle and sweet and unassuming. Her husband, Richard III, is less loveable but the love between then seemed so natural nonetheless.
I was very interested to see how Plaidy would handle the controversy over Richard III’s seizure of the thrown and the fate of the young princes, his nephews, whom he displaced in favor of himself. I figured it would be very difficult to portray this story from the point of view of someone who loved Richard but Plaidy did it gracefully.
I’ve been reading a lot of politically-charged his fic lately and this novel was relatively less political than my recent reads so I found that refreshing. Plaidy’s novels all follow a certain format which, at times, I find comforting, and at other times, I find a little boring. Nonetheless they are always worth reading. I always love to see how the pioneering his fic writers handled their historical characters. I recommend this novel to lovers of his fic. It’s not the best novel I’ve ever read but it’s comfortable and enjoyable and a his fic classic. ...more
This is my least favorite of Plaidy’s novels. It might just be due to the fact that I’ve read so many novels and histories about Elizabeth I that anyThis is my least favorite of Plaidy’s novels. It might just be due to the fact that I’ve read so many novels and histories about Elizabeth I that any others I read need to be truly magnificent so that they stand out from the crowd. This novel is par for the course for Plaidy- an extensive re-telling of the life of one of history’s most popular figures.
It just didn’t do anything for me. I thought maybe I was getting sick of Plaidy because I’ve been reading so much of her lately, but the novel I’m reading now by Plaidy is much more to my liking.
I recommend this novel to lovers of Plaidy’s novels but Elizabeth-lovers and Tudorphiles might be disappointed by it if they haven’t read it already. I’d recommend skipping it unless you’re in the mood for a light and fluffy read. ...more