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Defenders Of The Faith

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First published under the pseudonym Ellalice Tate.

This is a powerful story of the troubleous days when Tudor succession was in dispute. The chief characters are two contrasting cousins - one daring, brave and adventurous; the other quiet, reserved and thoughtful. But each has his own kind of courage. It is set in Chelsea, Kent, and Spain, and is a vivid portrayal of a fami
Published (first published March 17th 1956)
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Phil Syphe
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a tale with no definitive hero or heroine. Rather, we have a handful of actors and actresses sharing the stage, several of which take turns in the lead role for numerous pages before giving way to someone else. This is good in one sense, as it offers more variety, but on the other hand the reader is at times baffled by these change-ups.

I like most of the characters, including Nana, Felipe, Ralph, Jane, and Pablo. Little Donna is best portrayed by the author. Donna’s half-English, half-Sp
May 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, own, historical, 2010
I wish I could give this book 5 stars but unfortunately the ending was too rushed for that. I really liked the story and the pacing were perfect for most of the story. So I don't understand why that pacing should be broken up to the crucial ending which by the way was too abrupt as well. Characters were forgotten, plots were hapharzardly left hanging and relationships were presented without exploration. So 5 stars for the first 300 pages and 2 stars for the last 50.
Jessica Brockmole
Mar 05, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels
Jean Plaidy is an author that I wish I liked better, as she's written a ton of historical novels on many different periods. But I can't get into her books and I'm not sure why that is. This book was no different. Sweeping saga about a family. The characters seemed a bit trite and I knew that the story would end neatly wrapped up. Not very thrilling or surprising.
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
not a bad historical story but written like a child so wasn't overly impressed. Should have been more story and less about the historical side, which in my opinion contained way to much gruesomeness.
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