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A bit of a slog,
By A Customer
This review is from: Mary Queen Of Scots: And The Murder Of Lord Darnley (Paperback)
I have read all of Alison Weir's books to date, and some of them (The Six Wives of Henry V111, Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Wars of the Roses) several times, but this one is a real marathon. The wealth of detail with regard to the murder of Darnley makes for some very hard going, and in the end I found I really didn't care exactly who had killed him! Page after page of speculation eventually made me lose interest. This is the first time I have given Ms Weir less than a 5-star rating. Hopefully this is a one-off and we will soon see a return to her readable, much more approachable style. If you're a student of this period, looking for some answers, then perhaps this is the book for you. It's not for me - too much speculation makes for a boring read.
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Initial post: 12 Apr 2012 13:18:39 BDT
Nigel Davies says:
Totally agree with this review. I have read almost all of Alison's other works and this is by far the most challenging. Many times I have put the book down, never intending to pick it up again. Whereas my average time for reading a book is two or three weeks; this has taken me two or three months! If you want a more readable account of Mary's life read Antonia Fraser's account. And, as for the murderer of Darnley, I too have given up interest.
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