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5.0 out of 5 stars Another sure-fire winner, 26 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Elizabeth of York: The First Tudor Queen (Hardcover)
I love Alison Weir's books. She has an incredible talent for getting inside the skin of her subject - in this instance Henry VIII's mother. The study of this hitherto overlooked queen made me understand so much more about Henry VIII's motivations and insecurities. Weir writes in an informal readable way that makes her subject leap off the page. She discusses probabilities with a lively prose that draws the reader in. Did Elizabeth really scheme to marry her uncle or was that just untrue or a ruse to hide her real objective, the then Duke of Richmond, later Henry VII. It seems clear Elizabeth was intelligent and 'streetwise', so how did she feel when Henry made it plain he would never admit he owed the throne to her? That she and Henry had a very happy and stable marriage was a tribute to her and something her second son tried to emulate all his life.

I loved this book and it is one that I will read again and again for pleasure as well as research.
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