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Myself, My Enemy by Jean Plaidy
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Jul 17, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2011
Read from September 04 to 05, 2011

Read this in a whirlwind, a well written account of a rigid, unbending Catholic queen in a Protestant land. Reckless, impetuous,"spoiled" Henrietta Maria is ever contentious and eager to convert King Charles I and by extension, his country. However the irrepressible rush of history is against her most dear wishes. This clash can have no good outcome, and ultimately takes the King's life.

Henrietta Maria is, against the odds, sympathetically portrayed, but her rigidity as regards the True Faith in a time of religious upheaval made me want to rail at her and decry the disastrous effects of her position.

I am a Plaidy junkie, and am happy to be introduced to the worlds of her heroines with hopes to delve into the history of the eras displayed. She is direct and uncomplicated to read, but still her works satisfy. I would recommend this book as an introduction to the tensions that produced the English Civil War in a fictive, easily absorbed read.
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