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The King Must Die
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2013
Having read Isabeau I immediately downloaded this and enjoyed the conclusion of her story and a part of history I have not learnt much about before. This interpretation of events was brought to life and if even half is accurate she went through alot in her long life, that I would not wish on anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is the sequel to the author's novel Isabeau and covers the period from Young Edward (III)'s accession to the throne until, on the verge of attaining adulthood, he overthrows the regency of his mother and Sir Roger Mortimer, Earl of March, in late 1330. Despite the dramatic conclusion, I found some of this novel a little dull and it lacked some of the sparkle of its prequel, though perhaps that is because there is less dramatic incident for much of this four year period, punctuated by periodic fighting against the Scots and Isabella and Roger Mortimer having a lot of earth-moving sex. Isabella is again depicted here as the innocent dupe of men, including her son and increasingly with Roger himself, whom she grows to mistrust, while still being madly in love with him. The author has adopted the revisionist storyline of the fate of Edward II, in which no red hot pokers make their appearance, but the former King lives out his life peacefully in obscurity as a monk in Italy. This theory has been expounded by Alison Weir in her biography of Isabella and by Ian Mortimer in his biography of Sir Roger, though I remain largely unconvinced. The author again shows she is a good evoker of place in her descriptive writing. 3.5/5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Another great read by a favourite author. I love reading books that are based on historical events and this author is one of the best. This story concerns the wife of Edward II, mother of Edward III, and her lover Roger Mortimer. The historical background has been well researched. I would recommend to other lovers of historical fiction. Good value for money for an ebook.
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on 2 October 2013
Being an avid reader of historical fiction, I couldn't wait to start this book. The book follows the history of Isabella and Edward II, their son an heir Edward III and of course all of the favourites of each. Was Edward II really murdered so that his son could take the crown? Was he gay, as the book indicates - historical records suggest that he was. His favourites (always dandies) were avarice and their greed almost bankrupted the monarchy and country. Edward III was a courageous King, although flawed. He loved his country, his wife Phillipa and his mistress Alice Perrers, who was said to have stolen the jewels from his dead body.
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on 7 November 2013
The story of Richard the Second is often overlooked but is an important period of English History. The strong characters of Richard's
Queen, Isabelle, and her lover, Roger Mortimer carry the story through to the accession of Edward the Third. The mystery of the fate of Richard the Second is given a plausible explanation. The story also shows the development of Edward's strong character which made him one of England's greatest Kings.
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this is the second book of Isabella. I like it as I havnt read anything of Edward the 2 and 3. the only criticism is you dont seem to get to know the people in the book easily, and a lot to remember.
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on 4 November 2013
Found both books to be annoying for the first few pages with american spelling, but after that I forgot/forgave as they story was so enthralling I couldn't wait to get back to them.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 December 2012
I waited and waited for this book as it followed Ms. Sasson book on Isabella. I loved the way she showed empathy and sympathy with Isabella so I needed to see how the 'story' finished and this book did not disapoint. I have read it 3 times already. I have read all of this author's books and not one of them have disappointed me. She is a wonderful writer and I will be following her books for years to come.
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on 2 October 2012
Excellent reading. Read the Kindle edition whilst on holiday. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical novels. A good factually based novel.
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on 25 February 2013
Most enjoyable,provides an alternative view into the death of Edward the second.Characters well drawn and their feelings easily understood and believable.
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