WARNING! This is the 2nd book in a trilogy. It is extremely recommended that you read The Boleyn King before starting this novel.
This book picks up whWARNING! This is the 2nd book in a trilogy. It is extremely recommended that you read The Boleyn King before starting this novel.
This book picks up where the first one left off. William, the son of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII, is King of England. With the help of his friends, his sister Elizabeth, trusted adviser Dominic and Minuette, he must navigate through the twists and turns of being King.
What if ... What if Anne Boleyn's son had not been born stillborn but rather had survived to become King of England? This might have been his story. IWhat if ... What if Anne Boleyn's son had not been born stillborn but rather had survived to become King of England? This might have been his story. I really enjoyed this book - it was a quick and easy read. Despite the fact that it takes place in an alternative world of what might have been, Andersen was still able to maintain some level of historical accuracy. I would absolutely recommend this novel to fans of the Tudor-era.
Great read. A mystery set in a time of religious peril during the reign of Henry VIII of England. Joanna Stafford, a Dominican novice, must seek out tGreat read. A mystery set in a time of religious peril during the reign of Henry VIII of England. Joanna Stafford, a Dominican novice, must seek out the ancient crown of Athelstan - a crown rumoured to hold great powers. Intriguing characters, a plot full of twists and turns, a fantastic read.
Another enthralling novel from Philippa Gregory. This story is told from the point of view of Anne Neville, daughtBook #4 in the Cousin's War series.
Another enthralling novel from Philippa Gregory. This story is told from the point of view of Anne Neville, daughter of Richard Neville, a man known as "the Kingmaker". Anne is used by her father in his political games, and later she becomes an influential player in her own right.
The story of the infamous Jane Grey, the girl who was Queen of England for 9 days. The story is told from the perspective of Jane and her sisters Katherine and Mary as their parents use the girls as gambling chips in a high stakes game for power and their own ambitions. ...more
Awesome debut novel from Michelle Diener! Set in the court of Henry VIII this nail-biting, page-turning suspense filled thriller is packed with assassination attempts, political plots and court intrigue. IN A TREACHEROUS COURT is an exciting blend of historical fiction, mystery, adventure, suspense and romance. ...more
Disappointing. I am normally a fan of Erickson's work but this has got to be her worst novel. The characters were flat and boring; the story was full of pointless sub-stories that really had no place; the ending was horrible. Where was the drama? Where was that bitter rivalry between the cousins? There was so much potential for this book but unfortunately it was just blah . . . I couldn't wait for it to end. ...more
The third book in the Cousin's War series. This is the story of Jacquetta Woodville, mother of the future Queen of England. Good novel, not one of her best works but still an enjoyable read. Would recommend this to Gregory fans and to those who are interested in the War of the Roses. If you are reading this series, I would suggest that you start with this novel as it provides a lot of background knowledge for the first two novels in this series. ...more
For a debut novel, it wasn't half bad. This is the story of Madge Shelton, cousin to the infamous Queen Anne Boleyn. The characters were solid but simple and a little under developed - they could have been so much better if they had just been pushed a little further. The ending was disappointing and predictable. I will say that with all of the different novels out there about the Tudors, this was a different and refreshing view of the court of Henry VIII. ...more
This story begins shortly after the marriage of Katharine of Aragon and King Henry VIII and tells the tale of their tumultuous marriage, their desire for heirs and Katharine’s battle between pleasing both her husband and her father at the same time. Book 2 in the Katharine of Aragon trilogy but works as a stand-alone novel as well. Like her other novels, it was very well written and I really enjoyed the story. It was a little slow to begin with but it definitely picked up about half way through the novel. ...more
This story could be summed up with one phrase: Be careful what you wish for, you just might get exactly what you want. Alienor of Aquitaine was just yThis story could be summed up with one phrase: Be careful what you wish for, you just might get exactly what you want. Alienor of Aquitaine was just young girl when her father, William X of Aquitaine, started grooming her to become his heir. Alienor learns at an early age to inspire love and loyalty in her people and how to be powerful in the midst of the ruthless politics of court. Alienor enjoyed life in Aquitaine in the Court of Love with her father and younger sister Petra and her only request of her father was to help her become the Queen of France. With her father’s mysterious and untimely death, Alienor becomes Duchess of Aquitaine at the tender age of 15 and she is forced to finish her own betrothal agreement with the King of France—an agreement which is prolonged by Alienor’s refusal to give up her duchy to her husband but to remain Duchess of Aquitaine with the title passing on to her son.
Louis VII was raised in the Church, being the second son he never aspired to become King, however he is forced to do so upon the death of his older brother. The Church means everything to Louis and the Church’s power only grows stronger with Louis VII on the throne. Being young, impressionable and dedicated to God, he is easily manipulated by the Church. Although he is awed by Alienor, now named Eleanor by Louis, his true love and devotion is to the Church and God. Eleanor tries to guide her weak and naive husband but she faces a constant opposition at every turn by the Church. Trapped in a loveless marriage that has only produced daughters for France and in a life in which she does not believe, Eleanor looks to dissolve her marriage to the King of France and return home to Aquitaine.
This story is everything that a great historical fiction should be—it’s educational; it’s exciting; there’s romance, deception and betrayal; and finally it’s a fantastic read. I have loved Alienor of Aquitaine ever since I learned about her in a French history class in University. She was a strong, independent, determined and unconventional woman who was born to rule in a time of male dominance. I read Christy English’s “The Queen’s Pawn” last year and I have to say that English’s sophomore novel is just as good as her debut novel. It is evident that English has a personal love and interest in her subject, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and this shines through in her writing. The story is written in such a way that it is evident that English did her research. She paints her characters in such a life-like way that it is possible for the reader to be able to feel the love between Alienor and her father. Her father William realizes that his daughter is special and instead of remarrying to produce an heir, he is comfortable leaving his lands to his daughter—there is obviously a loving and trusting bond between the two. Her style of writing and the amount of rich details evokes the senses – it is almost as if the reader is transported into the novel and experiencing the same sounds, smells and sights as the characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced, page-turner by Christy English and I cannot wait to read what she has in store for the future. ...more
I LOVED this book! I have been a fan of Shakespeare for years and I have always been interested in his life and the mysteries surrounding it. I becameI LOVED this book! I have been a fan of Shakespeare for years and I have always been interested in his life and the mysteries surrounding it. I became a fan of Karen Harper’s a few years ago after reading “The First Princess of Wales” and again, I was not disappointed with this novel. “Mistress Shakespeare” is a tale of the “other Anne” in Will Shakespeare’s life.
I love how Harper was able to take a small piece of history that most have dismissed as an error and turn it into a great piece of historical fiction, one that is truly believable. The characters are beautifully written and they seem to come to life. You can tell that Harper is a Shakespeare lover and scholar, as she describes the late 16th century England and its playhouses with great detail. Her description of Anne and Will’s love is very real and beautifully written. Harper shows her expertise with Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets and explores their inspiration in depth and in immense detail throughout the novel. I love how she was able to tie Will’s plays in with what was going on in his personal life. Underneath all of the details surrounding the playhouses and the struggles of the playwrights, there is an undeniable love story that has its own struggles. There was obviously a great deal of research involved in the novel and a great love of the characters. I would definitely recommend this book to any historical fiction or Shakespeare lovers. However, if you are unfamiliar with Shakespeare and his world, I would suggest a quick refresher before reading. :) ...more
Looking for an 18th century historical drama? Pick up The Queen’s Dollmaker by Christine Trent. The novel is set both in France and England and tells the story of one woman’s survival and her struggle for independence, love and life. The heroine, Claudette Laurent, loses everything when a tragic fire sweeps through Paris killing her family and destroying her house and the family business. Penniless and alone Claudette decides to take her chances in England. On the ship from France to England, she befriends Béatrice and her young daughter Marguerite. The three of them become inseparable and they form their own little family and begin their journey together. They stick together through good times and bad, including tedious servant work, Claudette rekindles her talent and dreams of continuing her father’s business of doll making. At the beginning, this is just for survival . . . the girls need to make enough money to escape their lives as domestic servants but eventually these little dolls become coveted items and the demand begins to increase drastically. Claudette and Béatrice manage to break free from their misery and they begin a very successful and thriving business. ...more
This is the story of Lady Jane Grey, otherwise known as the 9-day Queen of England. It tells the story of Lady Jane Grey's tragic life beginning withThis is the story of Lady Jane Grey, otherwise known as the 9-day Queen of England. It tells the story of Lady Jane Grey's tragic life beginning with her childhood, her conversion to the Protestant religion, her relationship with Queen Mary, her unwanted marriage and her tragic death.
I thought that it was a great story and very well written however my one main criticism of this novel is that while Weir does a great job of telling the story through the eyes of many people, the constant switching between perspectives can be confusing and even annoying at times. I found this a very difficult to read . . . the subject was fine, but the constant switching point of views drove me bonkers! I constantly had to flip back and check to see who was speaking. About half way through the novel I finally decided that I would only stop reading once I finished with one characters point of view which helped a little when I picked the book back up again. I have given the book 2 ½ stars solely because of the constant changing of points of view . . . had the story been written in a different fashion I’m sure it would have received a better ranking as the story itself (as told by Lady Jane Grey) was decent. Definitely was not one of my favourites. ...more
Another one of Erickson's "historical entertainments". Was a little disappointed wit this one - not one of her best but also not one of her worse eithAnother one of Erickson's "historical entertainments". Was a little disappointed wit this one - not one of her best but also not one of her worse either.