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The Pleasure Palace by Kate Emerson
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Jul 12, 2011

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It was good.

This book isn't hard to follow at all, and isn't too terribly sophisticated. I did enjoy the "light reading sensation" that came from a mixture of historical events and a steamy courtly romance. In other words, it was nice taking a break from English-major-snobbery because I wasn't so buried in deciphering and critiquing and whatnot. Do note that the book doesn't "dumb" the reader down entirely, unlike various other "historical" novels that seem to be mere harlequins in disguise, so I didn't feel guilty at all about liking it. In fact, I learned a good bit of history from it.

Perhaps I should've started with Phillipa Gregory, as I've never read about the English courts before. But, I enjoy historical novels and I'll probably read the rest of Emerson's series before delving into the more serious, textbook-ish memoirs about the Tudors.

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