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Rory Clements does it again
on 25 May 2011
I received my pre ordered copy of Prince two weekends ago, when I had a friend staying with me and felt it would be very rude if I started reading it while she was here, as I would become very antisocial. So I started - and finished the book last weekend. I could have spent all day Saturday reading it, but decided to ration myself.
I am a Tudor enthusiast and can be a bit critical. However Clements knows what he is writing about as much as any Tudor scholar. Even down to accurately describing the charcoal burning industry (that's how pathetically nitpicky I am). And I learned several things about Elizabethan militeria that I never thought I would be interested in. As one reviewer implied, if more history books could be written like this, then many many more people would engage with history.
I see reviews above have already hinted at themes in the book, but trust me, they have given nothing of the plot away. This is such a detailed interweaved story full of twists and turns. I thought I had reached the denouement, but then realised I had over 100 pages more to read, so that gives you an idea of the complexity of the plot. I think John Shakespeare has much more mileage, and as one reviewer has commented, he is quite different from Sansom's Matthew Shardlake, and although I like both the characters, I think John Shakespeare has more potential for development. I can't wait for the next volume.