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Good but a little distant,
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This review is from: A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury (Paperback)
I enjoyed this book but found is quite different from what I expected. Hotspur is the hero and reaches an almost tragic stature as the man of integrity and innocence in a world which doesn't allow either. Henry IV & Henry V are both quite distant characters and although well-drawn, somehow remain disembodied.
I disliked the introduction of the fictional character Julian who falls in love with Hotspur at first time she sees him, and remains his devoted admirer despite him being in love with his wife, and found their whole relationship unrealistic and unnecessarily Mills-and-Boom romantic.
Having said all that, the battle of Shrewsbury was done excellently, and the death of Hotspur was genuinely moving, especially because of the portent so that he too knew he was going to his death.
I loved Pargeter's Heaven Tree trilogy and feel this isn't nearly as good as that or Sharon Penman's historical novels.