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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Reluctant Queen by Jean Plaidy

I did enjoy the story of Lady Anne Neville (Anne of York) told in first person narrative. In 15th Century England the War of the Roses has ended, the war between the houses of Lancaster and York for the throne of England. With the support of the Earl of Warwick (the Kingmaker), King Henry VI of the house of Lancaster is deposed by the charismatic King Edward IV, former Duke of York.
Anne the daughter of the Earl of Warwick goes on to become Queen of England as the wife of King Richard III (Edward's brother).

Not a descriptive tale, Plaidy's factual writing style is quite cold but certainly informative and conducive to reading more of that period. This style also worked in Plaidy's depiction of Richard, a portrayal without the rumour and innuendo that usually surrounds King Richard III. As much as I did like the novel, it was an interesting read but I was not emotionally drawn in, hence my reason for not giving this book 4 stars

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1 comment:

Amy @ Passages to the Past said...

I am right there with you re: this review. You are spot on! I love Plaidy, but you sometimes don't get the emotional attachment you get from say, a Penman.