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The King's Mistress by Emma Campion
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I really enjoyed this book. I thought the author painted her characters well. You really had a feel for the times, period, and the heroine.

Alice Perrers was perhaps misjudged through history (she's hardly the first woman that happened too); but in The King's Mistress Campion, raises some good questions, and presents some wonderful new theories! Dame Alice is shown to have very few choices in the way her life turned out. Could she have chosen to not become Edward III's mistress? Yes, but at what cost to herself and those she loved? Did women really have a choice then? I think this is a HUGE grey area in history. The church deemed women evil, and sometimes even the innocent (or mostly innocent)were wrongly accused and punished.

I would recommend this to anyone who loves historical fiction. Especially historical fiction set in England.
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