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I didn't like the ending though, it ended unhappily and although this was real life, I would have liked to see Elizabeth more at peace and happy at the end. I went from happily enjoying the book to quite depressed. I also didn't like the author's interpretation of a famous historical mystery but of course that is historical fiction-the author can invent answers to what we do not know. Poor Margaret Beaufort gets the "evil mother in law treatment" once again and while historically the two woman may not have been BFFs, there did seem to be a friendship between them.
Another thing that bothered me is Elizabeth's blind willingness to trust Richard Iii, whom she has every reason to distrust but then when she suspects her loving husband of almost two decades of something, she immediately closes herself off to him. I also thought Elizabeth of York's "love" for her uncle, Richard III was way overdone. A small crush? Maybe. Willingness to marry whichever man, Richard or Henry, who would make her king? Possibly. But she's so in love with him and I wish all authors on this Queen didn't have to go there. There isn't any good evidence for it. I mean, how many times do I need to hear about Richard's arm muscles or green eyes? He WAS her uncle after all.Plus, let's face it, she had a lot of good reason to resent him.
The scenes with Henry and Elizabeth and their children were sweet.
So other than the end, which I didn't like, and the overdoing of the blind love for "Uncle Richard" the book was enjoyable and I really liked the love story between the royal couple. Just wish it had ended with Elizabeth more at peace, and happy with the life she had made as the first Tudor queen, as it made me sad that she did not in this interpretation.
Another I enjoyed was the frequent references to the deep faith of Elizabeth and her husband. Too often historical fictions seem to gloss over how devout the Medieval mind was, to appeal to a more modern audience but Henry and Elizabeth were sustained by their faith throughout their lives and this should be mentioned more. One has to wonder how Henry VIII's parents would take his later religious reforms...
But I must say, out of all of the novels on Elizabeth of York I have read, this was certainly the best one and I will recommend that my other history loving friends read it if they want a nice portrayal of this royal marriage.
The Margaret Pole book, Faithful Traitor, is my favorite so far but I am seriously excited about the next one that is being worked on. I would appreciate more on the Poles and some other lesser know Plantagenets like perhaps Arthur, Lord Lisle. There are others of course.
I am always heartened when I read treatments of historical characters which are mostly positive. I was quite sad at the description of Edward of Warwick's execution. It was a time when many people were powerless and some made some attempts to take some control of their lives; Edward was sadly not one of those.
Elizabeth of York was a woman who chose to see the glass as half-full, as best she could. She had a natural resilience that made a difference in her life, which may have been a Plantagenet trait. That thread can be seen over the generations and in some of her siblings. I believe her daughters had that characteristic to some extent.
It was a well done treatment of a life that was not illustrated well by history. I recommend the author and her series.
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