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Interesting read marred by errors
on 21 January 2014
This was never going to be a detailed biography of Anne Neville, as so little is actually documented about her. Amy Licence gives a sympathetic account of Anne's life, but often within the confines of the recorded history of her important male family members. It's her role as Warwick's daughter and Richard iii's wife and queen that is, by necessity, the prominent features of her life. Interposed with the few facts are details about the role of women in their own households and as future wives and mothers to further hereditary lines. At the end we learn very little about Anne's own character or even her own opinions, unless reflected as daughter and wife. The author attempts to fill in the inevitable gaps but at best, much is supposition.
It was surprising to see so many factual errors by a respected historical writer who is knowledgeable about the times this biography covers. Some must have been due to poor proof-reading or editing but others, I fear, due to hasty writing. We have Anne Beauchamp being betrothed to the Duke of York, Owen Tudor being called Henry vi's father-in-law (twice on the same page),Barnard Castle instead of Baynard's Castle and John Grey being named as one of Elizabeth Woodville's sons. I see another reviewer has already mentioned others. For a reader new to the history these errors must be confusing and unfortunately do detract from an otherwise good read.