After reading The Red Queen, I put off reading The Lady of the Rivers because I was so bored with the Cousins’ War. Not Gregory’s writing… just the war itself told over again through different eyes. This was not that part of the story and Jacquetta, surprisingly, is not that kind of girl. Characters ❤︎ I really liked Jacquetta. She is kinder and more genuine than the other women in Gergory’s novels. Margaret, on the other hand, has the same childishness as women like Anne Boleyn. Both women’s stories were interesting. I especially loved the beginning of the book. Joan of Arc! Totally unexpected. World […]
Series: The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels
The fact that this story is told from Mary’s point-of-view, and not from Anne’s, makes all the difference in the world. In the tellings of the Tudorian Court, it is easy to fall into the tangle of sex, intrigue, and sin. Mary is an outlier to that world, and when she is pushed into it, she remains uncorrupted by their games.
I am of mixed feelings about The Queen’s Fool. I found the characters to be inconsistent and weak, but even as I say that, I feel as though I am being unfair to the author – I am not learned on Tudor England, and perhaps the view she offers is realistic. Nonetheless, I found all the main characters a bit pathetic, which led to a lot of skimming and page turning. The book, much like a plot in an English court, requires patience and waiting for things to move along, as they do at their own very slow pace. The […]
Where I loved The Constant Princess, it took me a little while to get into The Boleyn Inheritance. Part of my problem with this was the separation of narrative – I was immediately drawn to three different characters, none of whom I found immediately interesting. It was not until about halfway through the book, after Kitty Howard was already on the throne, that I began to care in the least about Anne of Cleves, whose fight to survive entrapped me, and I knew already Kitty’s fate (even though I have not thoroughly studied the Tudor dynasty, there was really only […]
I absolutely loved this book. I was introduced to Philippa Gregory’s work a couple years ago when chatting with one of my co-workers about the movie The Other Boleyn Girl being completely oblivious that it was a book-turned-film. It was only recently that I actually started reading her books, and it was certainly worth the wait. The way Gregory paints the historical character brings new life to her. It is amazing the way the stories fit so perfectly together, and the coldness of Queen Katharine that is seen in The Other Bolelyn Girl is entirely justified – the poor woman […]