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Between Two Queens by Kate Emerson
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Jan 10, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in January, 2011

This is historical fiction (though based on many real-life characters). I've read all of Kate Emerson's Tudor books now and I must admit this one was a better attempt at a more realistic character portrayal. Women in the 16th Century were considered worthy only by the families they came from and the potential marriage dowry they would bring. No dowry=no decent chance at marriage. So both sexes had it drummed into their heads from birth that their main goal in life was to make a "good" marriage. And in those days, "good" meant money and position. They also had to show respect for their families and help others in their families to advance in society by their actions and marriages. It was all a power struggle and the rewards were great for those who achieve their goals. So it's not surprising that "Nan" Bassett thinks of nothing else but making a grand marriage as the story begins. Unfortunately, the young sometimes make choices that they regret later in life...

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