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The Death of a King by Paul Doherty
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Mar 30, 2012

really liked it
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Read in May, 2012

This was so much better than I expected. I was hesitant to read this book mostly because it's description and cover looked so dates I was certain it would be snoozefest.

I was so wrong. I read the entire book in one sitting and then researched the characters online. Doherty really made an already intriguing subject (the murder of Edward II) even better by presenting it through such a unique lens. Having the murder investigated and then reported on through a series of letters made every discovery feel important and urgent.

I will be honest and say if you are a historical fiction reader who thrives on historical accuracy this may not be the book for you. Doherty has clearly researched the subject but much of his conclusions are based on unsubstantiated rumors. They are undoubtedly more interesting than the truth but probably not accurate.

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