By Pirate Kate
I know this is another thread i've started, but there aren't exactly many, and this is a different author and about a different era of history.
Philippa Gragory has written many books. The one's i've read are based in the Tudor era, but i know she's written books set in the reighn of Charles I.
I've read, The Other Bolyen Girl (adapted for the television), The Queen's Fool and her new one, The Virgin's Lover. I've also read her collection of short stories - Bread and Chocolate.
I thoroughly enjoyed these books and would recommend them to everyone.
Any one else read them? If so, post your comments below!
Elizabeth I has acceded to the throne of England, a position she has waited and schemed for all her life. She is surrounded by advisers, all convinced that they know what would be best for the country and certain that a young woman cannot form political judgements. Elizabeth feels that she can rely on just one man: her oldest friend, Robert Dudley. It is soon plain that he is more than merely a friend.
In a house in the countryside waits a very different woman, Amy Robsart – Robert’s wife. She has no taste for life at court and longs for the day when her husband will return home and attend to his family. She has loved him since she was a girl, but now they are adults she hardly sees him.
Meanwhile, the pressure grows for Elizabeth to marry, for it is unthinkable that a queen should rule on her own. Elizabeth’s preference is clear, but he is unavailable. But what if the unthinkable were to happen…
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This book focuses on the character of Jane Boleyn coping as she sent her husband to death and Henry's next two wives. In some ways it's quite different from "The Other Boleyn Girl", it's perhaps not quite as gripping, but still a good read and the last few chapters are disturbing as you get into the mind of the people he's executing.
I liked and disliked Katherine, she would "say something" and you'd think get over yourself but then you realise she's got more sense and feeling than people give her credit for. You certainly feel sorry for her as she's brought into a world where she's manipulated and can't do much about it. The character of Jane Boleyn is confusing, at first I wondered if Phillippa Gregory had forgotten how she was written in The Other Boleyn Girl and then I remembered we're reading things from Jane's perspective, not Mary's so we see her as she really is. However her spiteful side does show through towards the end.