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The Traitor's Wife by Susan Higginbotham
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Mar 07, 10

Read in March, 2010

I am continuing my reading journey of the Plantagenets in medieval England. I had never read much about the Edward II reign, so bought this book specifically for that reason. I disliked the first half of the book so much that I would have stopped reading it if I hadn't wanted to know about the Isabella/Mortimer team which deposed Edward II. After Edward was imprisoned and the "Traitor" (Hugh Despencer the younger) was executed, the book improved dramatically with the continuing story of Despencer's wife, Eleanor, the niece of Edward II. I would give the 2nd half of the book 4 stars, and now it is a keeper on my bookshelf for that reason. I have the next book about Hugh and Eleanor's oldest son, and will move on to that, and hope to find it more like the last half of this book rather than the first.
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