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reviewed The King's Mistress: A Novel. August 08, 2010
The King's Mistress: A Novel
I picked up "The King's Mistress" wondering how I would like it. I had never heard of Alice Perrers and had never read anything by Emma Campion. It turns out that Emma Campion is from my part of the world …
reviewed The King's Mistress: A Novel. July 28, 2010
The King's Mistress: A Novel
Alice Perrers was a phenomenal woman in medieval history and one of the most famous English courtesans who ever lived. In the days when women were second class citizens the beautiful Alice was ambitious …
reviewed Lady of the Butterflies. July 27, 2010
Lady of the Butterflies
The pioneering 17th century entomologist and butterfly specialist Eleanor Glanville (of the Glanville Fritillary) becomes a passionate heroine in British author Mountain's third historical novel.    T …
reviewed To Defy a King. July 13, 2010
To Defy a King
I must admit to being a huge Elizabeth Chadwick fan - which is why I ordered this prior to it's release in the States. Check out the Book Depository for tittles that you simply can't wait to read. They …
reviewed The King's Mistress: A Novel. June 28, 2010
The King's Mistress: A Novel
The book jacket suggests Campion seeks to put a more human face on the reviled commoner, Alice Perrers, mistress to Edward III and lady-in-waiting to Philippa of Hainault. Although the author makes a …
reviewed Forever Amber. June 25, 2010
Forever Amber
Even though Kathleen Winsor wrote "Forever Amber" in 1944, the willful self-possession depicted in her protagonist, endows the she-devil courtesan Amber St. Claire with a permanent ranking as one of the …
reviewed The Rose of Sebastopol. June 17, 2010
The Rose of Sebastopol
Pros: Good characers and interesting themes     Cons: Ragged and sudden ending     The Bottom Line: A compelling story set during the Crimean Wars     …
reviewed Heresy. March 14, 2010
Heresy
Heresy is an excellent mystery novel set in Oxford in 1583.  Giordano Bruno is a former Catholic monk who has escaped the clutches of the church after heretical behavior.  Now working on behalf …
reviewed The Owl Killers: A Novel. January 02, 2010
The Owl Killers: A Novel
Set in the rural English village of Ulewic in 1321, Maitland's atmospheric tale of medieval superstition, unrelenting poverty and strong women seethes with intrigue, witches and mud.    At …
reviewed Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter. December 25, 2009
Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter
I looked forward to this book, but there just aren't enough laughs to sustain the absurd premise for its 384 pages. There was nothing here that I found particularly hilarious or memorable. In all fairness, …
reviewed The Reavers. April 15, 2009
The Reavers
It takes a very self-assured author to begin a book with what is perhaps the most ridiculed opening sentence on all of literature. The late Mr. Fraser was certainly that; after all he wrote 12 Flashman …
reviewed The Other Queen: A Novel. April 13, 2009
The Other Queen: A Novel
I was looking forward to reading this book. I found that I somewhat disliked the format - each chapter being the voice of one of the characters in the book. It came through as a bit dis-jointed to me. …
reviewed Devil's Brood. March 03, 2009
Devil's Brood
I am a big fan of Sharon Kay Penman & have read all of her books - with the exception of the mysteries. I am always saddened when I reach the end of a book because each one is so satisfying & engrossing. …
reviewed Mary, Queen of France: The Tudor Prin.... February 27, 2009
Mary, Queen of France: The Tudor Princesses
    Long before Henry VIII succumbs to the heady power of his long and turbulent reign, he is a virile, handsome young man on the cusp of claiming the throne from an ailing father, …
reviewed A Respectable Trade. February 27, 2009
Philippa Gregory Respectable Trade
    Historical fiction guru Philippa Gregory tackles an important subject in this novel, treating the slave trade in Greta Briton with compassion and an eye to its historical implications. …
reviewed The Water Devil: A Margaret of Ashbur.... February 27, 2009
Judith Merkle Riley Water Devil
    The latest Lady Margaret of Ashford novel is painted on a smaller canvas, the story set in the household of her father-in-law, Brokesford Manor in 1362. The Sieur de Vilers, not …
reviewed The Nature of Monsters. February 02, 2009
The Nature of Monsters
The year is 1718. Blinded by the excessive passion of first love, Eliza Tally finds herself pregnant at sixteen, her titled young seducer willing to pay to have the fallen girl placed in service to an …
reviewed Devil's Brood. January 31, 2009
Devil's Brood
The concluding chapter in Sharon Kay Penman's trilogy about Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry II, and their children, Devil's Brood, could almost read like a modern-day soap opera. If anyone believes that dysfunctionality …
reviewed The Merry Monarch's Wife: The Story o.... January 10, 2009
Jean Plaidy Merry Monarch's Wife
By 1662, Catherine of Braganza has waited for years to honor the marriage contract with Charles II of England. Understanding the critical importance of the match, Catherine's mother believes it will bring …
reviewed The Other Queen: A Novel. December 19, 2008
The Other Queen: A Novel
The Other Queen is a chronicle of the captivity of Mary, Queen of Scots, told in soliloquy by three of the book's characters. As the story begins, Mary has become a "guest", per order of England's Queen …
reviewed Devil's Brood. November 11, 2008
Devil's Brood
Sensational is the only word for this book. Ms Penman is by far the most talented historical author of her generation - this book is meticulously detailed (the depth of historical research is astounding) …
reviewed A Place Beyond Courage. June 21, 2008
A Place Beyond Courage
I am so pleased to see this novel available for review on Amazon US. It is indeed one of the best historical novels available today and should definitely be open to a much wider audience.    Elizabeth …
reviewed The Lady Elizabeth: A Novel. June 16, 2008
The Lady Elizabeth: A Novel
The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir begins with a not quite three year old Elizabeth being told by her older sister Mary that Elizabeth's mother is dead at the hands of their father, the King. This shattering …
reviewed The Lady Elizabeth: A Novel. April 28, 2008
The Lady Elizabeth: A Novel
The imperious Elizabeth Tudor intuits her destiny long before the crown is delivered to her hands in 1558. In 1536, the tiny red-haired princess is but three years old, already acutely aware that she …
reviewed Sword Song: The Battle for London. March 19, 2008
Sword Song
Fate is Inexorable. Cornwell repeats this phrase throughout this novel; it's one of the driving themes behind all the tales in the series. And if Fate is indeed inexorable, then our hero, Uhtred, is a …
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