This is a brilliant continuation to the Cousin's of War trilogy, and further deepens the mystery of the death of the Princes in the Tower. At the heart of it all is the Elizabeth of York mother to the Tudor dynasty and where all the central action happens. There is no doubt that Philippa Gregory has taken some liberties with history, but she is so brilliant at this that the reader is drawn into the deceptive and tragically cruel world that was the dawning of the Tudors age.
Once again Philippa Gregory as written a compelling novel on the Cousin's War but focusing on the little known person of Anne Neville. It's a gripping read and makes you aware of the dangerous undercurrents of the English court at a particularly shifting time. It's always a pleasure to read and unlike other historical novels never dull. I look forward to The White Princess.
When I saw that this CD was available to download on Amazon I instantly did it simply due to having seen Sondra Radvanosky perform 3 times once in Paris and twice at Coven Garden, and knew what a fabulous voice she possesses. Verdi is perfect for her voice, which is big and expansive, but can also spin soft long lines. It is also fitting that she ends the program with the Bolero from Vespri Sciliani as it was this opera I first saw her in Paris, and which made her name internationally. An absolute must for all those who love beautiful singing, the art of Bel Canto which Ms Radvanosky has in spades. Also listen to her duet CD with Dimitri Hvorotovsky where she encores Vissi D'arte and… Read more