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The King's Confidante: The Story of the Daughter of Sir Thomas More (Tudor Saga Book 6) by [Plaidy, Jean]
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"Her novels are still very much to be enjoyed ... Any writer who can both educate and thrill a reader of any age deserves to be remembered and find new fans ... One only has to look at the TV/Media to see that the appetite for this kind of writing is still very much there" -- Matt Bates WH Smith Travel "Jean Plaidy doesn't just write the history, she makes it come alive." -- Julia Moffat, RNA "Plaidy excels at blending history with romance and drama" New York Times "Full-blooded, dramatic, exciting" Observer "Plaidy brings home the tyranny of Tudor government...In manners and customs...Plaidy is thoroughly at home." Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Jean Plaidy, one of the preeminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also know as Victoria Holt. Jean Plaidy's novels had sold more than 14 million copies worldwide by the time of her death in 1993.

Product Details

  • File Size: 909 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1446411656
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (March 31, 2009)
  • Publication Date: April 7, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLKSXO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,717 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Thomas Schimonsky on April 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
I had read this book under its previous title, St. Thomas Eve and re-read it years later under its new title, The King's Confidante. This is a superbly written book, by no means old-fashioned in structure or presentation. Despite this being an older book,a book my mother read when she was young, this story is so well told it is hard to put down. I am an extremely critical reader. If a book fails to catch my interest in the first page, I don't buy it. If I find any part of a book under par, or the ending disappoints, or it is unrealistically told, or the structure is weak, I don't keep a book or re-read it. I have re-read this book at least three times. I re-bought the book because the copy I had was falling to pieces. After all, it used to belong to my mother who bought it used years ago. This book is a keeper. It is the type of book one wants to re-read. I have read tons of books on the Tudor period, fiction and non-fiction and really like this book.
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This is more the story of Thomas More than the story of his daughter, even though she played a huge part in his life. Thomas More was a behind the scenes man who was forced to go on stage even when he hated it. Plaidy, as usual, tells this story in such a manner that you feel for the people in the story.

More just wants to lead a religious life and raise a good family. He looks out for them as best he can, without all the glitz and glam everyone else of the time seems to feel is so important. But because he's brilliant is forced, time and time again, to go to court and serve King Henry VIII, a man More knew was dangerous, but could find no true way to back away. He was between a rock and a hard place.

But don't let his saintliness fool you. Plaidy does slip in some instances where you have to wonder if he was always looking for God. I'm not trying to downplay the man, but he was human and not at all perfect.

I did like that she showed a different side of English life in the 16th century. Many of her books are focused on court life and this one is decidedly different in that it's not always about court life, but about the middle class of England. I did like that you were introduced to a different set of characters than was usual for her.

Overall this is another Plaidy book not to be missed.
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The story begins with Thomas More's decision to abandon his hopes of living the monastic life to opt for marriage and family life. He marries the very shy and less learned, Jane Colt. Together they have 4 children - the first-born, a daughter named Margaret (Meg), then Bessy, Cecily and finally, a son named Jack. They also adopt Mercy, who is Meg's age.

More's view on education was quite avant-garde for the times. More's home is open, but not limited to, intellectuals who love to spend time at his place for conversation and discourse. An extremely rare notion back then, More believed that girls should be taught literature and be able to enjoy the same scholarly opportunities as men. He particularly loved the fact that Meg was so much like him- intelligent and compassionate. The two had a wonderful father -daughter relationship which clearly is noted throughout the novel. More, however, never lets on to show any preference for Meg since he always treated all of his children with special love and devotion.

When More's first wife passes away, he shortly thereafter remarries a woman named Alice Middleton, who actually helped care for his dying wife. With the addition of Alice's daughter, theirs becomes a full house of merriment, learning, studying and literature. Although More was a lawyer by profession, much of his interests and studies were focused on the Catholic faith and its teachings.

More lived an exemplary life according to the scriptures and the reasoning of the Church. He was much loved by all who knew him. His openness to understanding based upon `the teachings' and his broad knowledge of the Law lead him to high places in the court of Henry VIII (then a staunch Catholic).
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I agree 100% with the previous reviewer.

This is one of Plaidy's best books, a wonderful albeit somewhat fictionalized account of the life of Sir Thomas More.
It delves beyond his association with Henry VIII and tells the story of how Thomas rose from an obscure lawyer to King's councillor then Chancellor of England and matyr to his conscience.
But throughout his rise and fall, the center of his world is really his love of learning and his family - particularly his eldest daughter, Margaret More Roper.
She is the daughter in question and it's through her eyes, as well as Sir Thomas' that this incredible story is told.
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Most history books tell you what happened. They don't really explain why. Jean Plaidy has a talent for bringing historical figures to life. This book describes the relationship between Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More. She brings us into the king's court and into the home of the More family. We get an understanding of each of these men's values. The king is concerned about an heir to his throne, his legacy, and satisfying his own desires. Thomas More is concerned about pleasing God and doing what is right. At a time when disagreeing with the king meant that you would soon lose your life, being a man of conscience required great tact and great courage. It makes me glad to live in a country where I can freely disagree with the government without being condemned to death for treason. If you are interested in history, but find history books dry and dull, you will enjoy this book.
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