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Plain Jane: A Novel of Jane Seymour (Tudor Women Series) Paperback – July 1, 2008
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This artful novel recalls the works of Jean Plaidy.
"Plain Jane" is truly one of those work of art books that will capture the imagination and let it take flight!
?A perfect 10.?
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?This artful novel recalls the works of Jean Plaidy.?
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About the Author
Laurien Gardner is the author of a series of historical novels about the women of Tudor England: "The Spanish Bride," "A Lady Raised High," and "Plain Jane,"
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However, this book was downright painful to read. Why? Well, it did provide some information about Jane's life, her tenure at court, her romance with Henry, and her brief life as queen. I actually didn't have a problem with the repeated references to Jane's plainness. The surviving Holbein portrait shows a woman whose face had great character but who was not physically attractive at all, and we have to remember that these portraits were designed to flatter the sitter, so she likely looked even less attractive than that. She came from fairly minor landed gentry, and without much of a dowry, a woman as unattractive as she was probably would have had problems getting well married. Those were the unpleasant facts, and her family probably was not silent about them.
No, the real problem-- and I'm sorry to say this-- is tha the writing is so very bad. Whoever this particular author actually is, she does not seem to have learned the most cardinal rule-- "show, don't tell." We get paragraph after paragraph of dull expostions and internal monologues in place of the action and dialogue that we should have. Transitions are grating; scenes are dull and lifeless. The scene on pg. 166 is a perfect example. Anne, her ladies, and Thomas Wyatt are teasing Jane about a mysterious package she received from the king the day before.Anne suggests that it was an herbal remedy. Everyone laughs. This was tedious enough, but then we get this:
"Of course, the thought of the king's mixing herbal remedies, much less favoring the queen's ladies with them, was funny, since this was the work of women, and the king was, if anything, too masculine a man to consider any such remedies, much less to make them."
Argh!! This is like the first draft produced by a freshman English creative writing class. How could any competent editor let this get through? In fact, there are times when it's hard to say if the fault lies more with the author or with the editor, who apparently went on vacation that week and just couldn't be bothered to get a replacement. *Everything* reads like a first draft; the book would be greatly improved by simply cutting out paragraphs right and left (but then you'd basically have a short story.)
All in all, Jane was an intriguing character, and while there really isn't enough material about her life to make up much of a biography, there's more than enough for fictional novels. Let's see more of them instead of the never-ending mining of Anne Boleyn-- she has truly been done to death.