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The Queen's Sorrow [Kindle Edition]

Suzannah Dunn
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A queen brought low by love compromised and power abused – the tragedy of Mary Tudor.

These are desperate times for Mary Tudor. As England’s first ruling queen, her joy should be complete when she marries Philip, the dashing Prince of Spain. But despite her ardent devotion, he’s making it painfully obvious that he cares little for his new wife – and her struggle to produce an heir only makes him colder towards him. Lonely and depressed, Mary begins to vent her anguish on her people – and England becomes a place of cruelty, persecution and fear.

Mary’s terrible fall from grace is seen through the eyes of Rafael, a Spanish sundial maker who is part of the Prince’s flamboyant entourage. He becomes the one person that she trusts, but his life – and new-found love – will be caught in the chaos that follows…

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Praise for ‘The Sixth Wife’:

‘My, what a story…delightfully vulgar and utterly compelling.’ The Times

‘Mesmerising and beautifully written.’ Scotsman

‘Suzannah Dunn…weaves a kind of love story that is both moving and believable. This is the Tudor world as seldom seen…The result is historical chick lit at its most charming.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Dunn [sheds] possible new light on Katharine’s marriage to Thomas Seymour and her final days are treated with sympathy and skill.’ Tablet

Praise for ‘The Queen of Subtleties’:

'A stunningly refreshing way of retelling an old story…I really could not put this one down. It brings Anne Boleyn to life as never before, and, probably for the first time ever in fiction, Henry VIII emerges as a truly credible character in an authentic setting.' Alison Weir, author of ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’

About the Author

Suzannah Dunn is the author of nine previous books of fiction: 'Darker Days Than Usual’, 'Blood Sugar', 'Past Caring', ‘Venus Flaring', 'Quite Contrary', 'Tenterhooks', 'Commencing Our Descent', 'Queen of Subtleties' and ‘The Sixth Wife’. Her most recent novel is ‘The Confession of Katherine Howard’. She lives in Shropshire.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 611 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Publisher: William Collins (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI93RO
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,118 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Suzannah Dunn is the author of nine previous novels including 'Darker Days Than Usual' and 'Venus Flaering'. Her more recent novel, 'The Queen of Subtleties', tells the story of Anne Boleyn's downfall and was followed by the bestselling 'The Sixth Wife', the heartrending downfall of Katherine Parr, in 2007 and 'The Queen's Sorrow', about the tragedy of Mary Tudor, in 2008. Her most rnew novel, 'The Confession of Katherine Howard' is a magisterial return to the court of Henry VIII. She lives in Shropshire.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing like the blurb 14 May 2009
What a con this book is. The title and the blurb lead you to believe that this book is all about Queen Mary and her marriage to Prince Philip of Spain. I was really looking forward to getting more behind the skin of Bloody Mary and her phantom pregnancy etc but if she appears in more than 10 pages overall I'd be surpirsed. As for Prince Philip - well, I'm still waiting for his entrance.

This story is told through the eyes of Rafael Prado, a Spanish sundial maker who is one of Philip's entourage brought over to England when the Prince and Mary marry. He is made up. The household he lives in is made up. The English woman he falls in love with, and her son, are made up. This whole book is about made up people, with a story that never happened and a few fleeting appearances by Queen Mary that make her look like some pathetic, desperate old woman. Gah!

I gave it 2 stars, because having said all that the story of Rafael and Cecily (his Englsih love) is sweet enough (even if it is made up) but I did find myself speed reading trying to get the actual historical facts (of which there are precious few). I wouldn't bother with this one, especially if you are a real history buff.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Not something about Mary 20 Oct. 2008
Thank Goodness I did not spend my hard earned cash on this very disappointing novel. The blurb describes the book as being about Queen Mary and her travails. As a fan of the Tudor period it sounded as if it would be a good read. However Mary only makes a handful of fleeting appearances and the set up and dialogue are stilted and modern. The main protaganists are a sun dial maker and a servant who are of very little consequence and fail to engage the reader. I really did not care what happened to them. Some of the set pieces between them when they try and discuss religious differences and problems in the kingdom are trite and poorly written. The only good thing to say is that some of the descriptions of Tudor London are not bad. If you like historical fiction by Phillipa Gregory, Alison Weir and Tracy Chevalier then stick with them as the writing and content are far superior to this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What actually happens at the end? 28 May 2010
I found this book hugely disapointing, the characters aren't likeable, the ending is terribe, it's slow and it didn't really provide me with any insight into the sorrows of Queen Mary. The main character is really dull and spends the whole book waiting to go back to Spain...I was keen for him to get going too as it might mean and end to the tedium.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
It should not be promoted as a book about Mary Tudor. It had very little in it about her at all.

I found myself skipping through quickly trying to pick out the pages about Mary. Very boring.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow 21 Jun. 2009
By J. Gold
I have read Alsion Weir, Jane Dunn, Anne Somerset and of course Phillipa Gregory so decided to try Suzannah Dunn's The Queens Sorrow. I felt misled somewhat by the title, thinking that I would have a really good insight into the true sorrows of Mary I however, this simply was not the case. The book follows the story of one main character, Rafael, who himself is actually not that interesting and I felt lacked personality. I dug deep to try and feel something for his love for Cecily but, she was cold, dismissive and did not really bring any real passion to the book. I did however feel compelled to keep reading in the hope that there was going to be a really stunning ending, but, as I have read in so many other reviews, I had to read the last two pages again in order to try and find some clarity as to how the story actually does end, I am none the wiser. If you are still curious I advise borrowing from the library before purchasing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not live up to expectations 10 Jan. 2011
The Tudor period is my absolute favourite topic for any book - fiction and non-fiction. Mary and Elizabeth are both brilliant and interesting characters and when I seen this I snapped it up. I was very disappointed by this book though. I felt that it never really got off the ground.
It starts with and follows Rafael, and Mary herself is in little of the book. Rafael is a strange character and I never really warmed to him, all the talk about affairs and people he had sex with - I just did not feel like any of this added anything to letting the reader know about his charcater. He was very 2-D in my eyes. The little interaction with Mary in the book left me wanting more and I just got the impression of Rafael standing there uttering one or two words.
I just wanted more, throughout this whole book something was missing and I won't be reading any more of Suzannah Dunn's work; in the future I will be sticking to Philippa Gregory and Elizabeth Chadwick.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars massively disappointing 9 Oct. 2008
By Teresa
I've read "Queen of subtleties" which i quite enjoyed and "the sixth wife" which was entertaining although disappointing in that it was utterly fictional. But this book is truly the worst i've read this year - i'm so annoyed to have spent money on it! I was so interested and looking forward to a book on Mary Tudor - whereas Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth, indeed alot of Henry and his wives have been written about frequently not many really focus their attention on Queen Mary I. But halfway in Mary had only had two insignificant cameo appearances and I was so bored by the story of the dull and not particularly likeable Rafael. Don't read this book if you wish to read about Mary - read it for a vaguely interesting story of a Spaniard in tudor times - although half the time you think he could be in Londn in any old century. Next time I'll keep my money and wait till I can pick uyp Dunn's books in a charity shop or library.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars A book on Mary Tudor? I don't think so.
As many folk have said, the blurb leads you to think it is about Queen Mary I. But it was not. Just as well I did not pay the full £8 for it. The plot is really boring. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Minos the Pleco
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't !
Awful! Dreary Boring and dull read to end hoping it would improve - end was worst bit ending ??! Grrr
Published 11 months ago by BERNADETTE NORRIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 11 months ago by Roamer
4.0 out of 5 stars Give the author a chance!
Good grief, what's going on over the Susannah Dunn novels - the poor woman!

Her angles into these historical stories is a bit different, and the mode of speech her... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Bookfriend
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time
This is the first review I've written only because this book is so bad that it deserves some sort recognition. Read more
Published on 28 Feb. 2012 by Shaz8blue
1.0 out of 5 stars The Queen's Sorrow
Having read The Sixth Wife, The Queen of Subtleties and The Confession of Katherine Howard, I was looking forward to reading about Mary I, as the title indicated. Read more
Published on 14 Oct. 2011 by essie
1.0 out of 5 stars Trashy
I have just finished this book and needed to share my incredulousness! I will start with a good point, I find her writing style quite nice. Read more
Published on 7 Sept. 2011 by Claire
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I was hoping
As a die-hard Philippa Gregory fan I thoguht it was time I tried some other historical fiction authors. Read more
Published on 23 Feb. 2011 by Sewing Directory
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
Never bothered to write reviews but the book was so bad that it deserved one.Love historical novels but this one was written based on one hour research about Tudor times or so it... Read more
Published on 21 Feb. 2011 by inese
4.0 out of 5 stars Love and anguish during the reign of Mary Tudor
Unlike many of the negative reviews on Amazon, I really enjoyed this book. I do accept that this novel is not a pure historical account of Mary Tudor's reign and in that respect... Read more
Published on 28 Oct. 2010 by Martin Belcher
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