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The King's Mistress by Emma Campion
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May 12, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read from May 09 to 12, 2011

2.5 stars. I went into this not knowing about Alice Perrers or much about this time period, except about Queen Isabella overthrowing her husband Edward II. After researching (what you can find) on Alice, this novel was mostly fictional. It started out strong, but got weak to me after 100 pages. Alice's father married her to Janyn Perrers who had unrealistic connections in my opinion to Queen Isabella. I also never understood her mother's issues with Janyn. I don't want to mention much due to spoiler alerts, but this story just didn't gel for me. King Edward III, Queen Philippa and the court mannerisms just seemed unreal. This story had a ton of potential, but sadly didn't live up to my excitement about reading it.
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