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The Pleasure Palace by Kate Emerson
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Jul 27, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, tudor-court, e-books
Read from July 25 to 27, 2011

** spoiler alert ** This novel tells the fictionalized account of the life of Jane Popyncourt, a girl from Brittany who flees to England with her mother and finds a place in the court of Henry VII, and later Henry VIII. A fast-paced Tudor novel, this tale was filled with the expected romance, mystery, intrigue, and scandal. My biggest issue with the novel was the lack of facts. While many other novelists such as Allison Weir and Philippa Gregory have taken liberties with the details (and even bigger parts) of lives of these characters, the stories that they choose are well-rooted in rumors and ideas surrounding the Tudors. Though little is known about Jane, Emerson took a few too many liberties in my opinion, especially when asserting that she is the illegitimate granddaughter of Henry VII when it appears that he was very devoted to his wife, unlike his son would come to be with his wives.

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