How much can you bring history to life?!
Never before have I read books that draw you into the plots and intrigues of 15th century history around the thrones of England and France as much as Rosemary's do.
I have just finished this book and it's the 5th book of hers that I've read, one after the other. I'm gutted to have finished them and I feel almost bereaved!
Rosemary is a writer of fantastic vision and imagination and you find yourself trusting the enormous amount of research that she must have done as it comes through in her writing.
This is not sugary, glossy writing but it has strength, beauty, and is real, gritty, passionate and human. Language which is a joy to read and it totally transports you to another time.
Don't be put off by second hand books. Mine were fantastic copies ordered through Amazon. Also, don't be put off by the book cover designs which may have been fine for the 70's - stylised and romantic looking - but if re-printed today, I'm sure they would be more like Bernard Cornwell's books.In fact, I wonder if Bernard has read these!
If you want to understand more about the Lancastrian-Yorkist strife, this book is where it begins and follows through the other books. I love this period of Henry V and her build up to and portrayal of the battle at Agincourt is magnificent. Katherine seems too good to be true but you can't help but admire her and grieve for her too.
Having started with her first book,We Speak No Treason, Vol 1, I love the way the books connect with each other and I've learnt so much about the Kings and Queens of England and France, that they are no longer 2 dimensional.
I feel schools have so badly let us down by not teaching us our own history but this is a wonderful way to catch up and I feel inspired to do some reasearch of my own.
Thank you Rosemary.