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Plugging a black hole of a gap in my knowledge,
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This review is from: Lancaster And York: The Wars of the Roses (Paperback)
I enjoyed this very much. I found it much easier to read than Weir's book on Isabella of France, and it filled what turned out to be huge gaps in my knowledge - I always thought I had a pretty good grasp on the history of the Plantagenets, but the reign (or reigns) of Henry VI was something about which I turned out to know nothing at all, apart from the fact that he became king while still a baby. It was fascinating to read and Weir presents this confusing chain of events with its huge cast of characters in a way that I found interesting and even absorbing in places. But I am going to have to read some more on the subject to find out whether Margaret of Anjou was a bad as Weir makes her out to be. By the time I finished reading Isabella of France, I could not believe that Isabella was as misunderstood and maligned as Weir made her out to be. As a result, by the time I finished reading the Wars of the Roses, I was not sure whether to trust the presentation of Margaret of Anjou as so very much to blame as she appears in this book. It may be that she was, but I don't feel that I can accept only Weir's word for it, which is a great shame. But then I suppose readers of history should never rely on only one source for their interpretation of events and characters. It was still a 4-star book for me, and I shall definitely keep it for reference and re-reading.
One point about presentation - the family trees were a necessity for me and I referred to them frequently to double-check who was who. I understand that from a stylistic point of view it might've been thought attractive to present them as though hand-written, but I found the font very hard to read, particularly some of the dates.
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Initial post: 7 Apr 2010 13:28:06 BDT
I kept wanting to strangle margaret of Anjou as I read the book. However as the book went on I had to give her respect for her toughness, tenacity etc. I also wondered what exactly as a Frenchwoman her agenda was. She certainly didn't seem to care much about the welfare of England as a country.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2010 11:22:10 BDT
lol - me too! But you're right - she was an extraordinary force, and I would certainly like to read more about her.
Posted on 23 May 2010 20:11:14 BDT
L. J. GUEST says:
Totally agree with the comment on the family trees. I too found the font hard to read and wished they'd been in a bigger and more commonly used font
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