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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2014
It's another Ricardian "We Speak No Treason", with a young servant in Anne Neville's Middleham household providing Richard of Gloucester with his first sexual experiences before his marriage to Anne and brooding over him for the rest of her life. The only difference is this time the girl seems better able to stand up to a conservation with nobles (which makes it definitely unplausible for the times), learns how to play chess and manages to sneak back into Richard's bed after Anne's death to breed yet another imaginary posthumous illegitimate child.

However, We Speak No Treason depicted a landscape that was at least respectful of the historical figure of Richard III as documented. Here we get a frustrating early love triangle between Anne, her servant Rose (with attitudes between the 2 girls bordering on lesbian) and a young Richard who picks the servant's "flower" in a one night stand while Anne has been hidden by George of Clarence and takes the servant back into his bed barely hours after Anne's Death (and a lot more wenches later too, according to his own words to her when they lie in bed days before Bosworth). The last straw was reading of Richard refuting God and his lifelong values, naming himself a fool for not taking the servant as steady mistress alongside Anne right from the start and ultimately regretting a lifelong set of moral values and piety.

There's a whole bunch of female authors lately who seem to relieve their ancestral frustrations by projecting their obscene fantasies over this already overmaligned king. They must think that turning the shakesperean scheming monster into a sex machine will help reassessing his reputation. I think this only makes for poor chick lit with a few famous names and very little history sticked to it. If you like the kind, enjoy, but if you are looking for a more poignant, complete and historically accurate fiction novel on Richard III that is also a terrific romance, you definitely have to look somewhere else and my top of the list recommendations still are The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman and Rhoda Edwards' Fortune's Wheel and Some Touch of Pity/The Broken Sword.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2014
Novel of a peasant woman who grows up in Middleham and briefly becomes Richard Duke of Gloucester's lover before his marriage to Anne Neville. ...then again after Anne's death in the troubled last months of Richard's life. Interesting in that the main character is a peasant, whereas in most other 'mistress' stories the lady in question is almosy always high-born. She is quite an earthy character, and much of the action concerns her children, her marriage and life in the village. Although well written, I found myself wanting to get back to Richard in these scenes. Still, a little bit of a different take on a familiar theme, and well-written.
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on 3 August 2015
Very good read well written
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2014
l think this author has been reading a book called The Court Of The Midnight King by Freda Warrington - a really fantastical novel of Richard lll - albeit a faery story with white witches and black ones. This one has been written since the discovery of his body, as are so many coming onto the market now - but not quite as good, she has researched well, and been kind to his memory. I did not read one bit and think - that's rubbish it never happened- but remember its an American book about Yorkshire folk, and although many of its aspects are true - they do bear a great liking to the book by Freda Warrington. But its not as good - almost but not quite.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2015
In my quest for all things Richard third , I was pleased with the perspective of this book. Told by a girl who started life as a poor farmer's daughter and became confidante to Anne Neville it displays both Anne and Richards characters well although not always likeable. Even after the battle of Bosworth this is still an interesting read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2013
The brutal struggle for the crown is brought to life in this powerfully written book. The enigma of Richard III is vividly depicted in a novel which makes good use of the historical detail which has been brought to light with the discovery of the king 's remains in a Leicester car park.Ukraine
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2014
i found the story line in this book a bit far fetched especially at the end so lost interest in it
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2015
A very interesting book and written from a menial's version of the events happening during the last years of the wars of the roses. This story shows that even if a person of such a high standing makes friends with a servant which seems so strong it still doesn't help the servant when things and times conspires that the servant can be dropped on the whim of what the servant thinks of as a good friend.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2014
It will take a long time to forget Rose and her story..... Fortune's Wheel does indeed turn for commoner and Duke. Loved the atmosphere of the book and never repetition to pad out the pages.... Sad to come to the end but I do hope RIchard's blood does go on all the way down the centuries to us, so we may know him and know the truth.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2015
Extremely well written. Graphic at times but really appeared to capture the hard life of a woman living during the War of the Roses years. I highly recommend this book to you and will actively seek out other books written by Juliet Waldron - hoping for other adventures.
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