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The Queen's Sorrow by Suzannah Dunn
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May 13, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: british-authors, historical, read-in-2009, tudors, european-royalty, uk
Recommended for: Nobody really
Read in May, 2009

What a con this book is. The title and the blurb lead you to believe that this book is all about Queen Mary and her marriage to Prince Philip of Spain. I was really looking forward to getting more behind the skin of Bloody Mary and her phantom pregnancy etc but if she appears in more than 10 pages overall I'd be surpirsed. As for Prince Philip - well, I'm still waiting for his entrance.

This story is told through the eyes of Rafael Prado, a Spanish sundial maker who is one of Philip's entourage brought over to England when the Prince and Mary marry. He is made up. The household he lives in is made up. The English woman he falls in love with, and her son, are made up. This whole book is about made up people, with a story that never happened and a few fleeting appearances by Queen Mary that make her look like some pathetic, desperate old woman. Gah!

I gave it 2 stars, because having said all that the story of Rafael and Cecily (his Englsih love) is sweet enough (even if it is made up) but I did find myself speed reading trying to get the actual historical facts (of which there are precious few). I wouldn't bother with this one, especially if you are a real history buff.
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message 1: by Donald (new) - added it

Donald you might like to try biographies instead of fiction then . . .

Victoria Hess Though I agree the book was a disappointment, it is fiction, so I expect it to be "made-up." But I did keep wondering where the queen's story was.

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