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To Hold The Crown by Jean Plaidy
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Nov 17, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: 2011, from-library, new_read

A Plaidy book about the Tudors that I've never read - shocking.

On the back of this book it says that it's going to be the "wonderful love story" of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York - LIARS. Elizabeth is barely in this book, and when she is, she's suffering through a pregnancy or thinking that she can't have an opinion about anything because Henry wouldn't like it. (She's also trying not to think about her poor probably-dead brothers, the Princes in the Tower.)

I did enjoy the characterization of Henry VII, though, he was credible and relate-able. (Other than the whole "usurped the rightful king" thing.) The book also relates the "confession" of Tyrell and the accusations against Richard III (re: Princes in the Tower) in a way I could understand and support.

As others have mentioned, 3-year-old Henry (VIII to be) speaks like an adult, and all of the narration sounds the same (voice-wise) even though there are several POV characters.

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