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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulously absorbing, 9 Dec 2013
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This review is from: The Queen of Last Hopes: The Story of Margaret of Anjou (Paperback)
This book absorbed my attention more than most books do, so I have to give it a plug and the author a thank you for so skilfully widening my knowledge of the dramatis personae involved in the 15th century's French-English conflict. Without excellent historical stories like this, how could I ever work out Anne Neville and her husbands? And I suspect the author could have got away without explaining the Louis XI-Warwick-Lancaster axis in the context of the York-Burgundy alliance, but didn't - you are given clear answers to questions that might emerge, so you are not left frustrated. She writes dialogue very well, subtly teasing motive out, but does not waste time getting the story to you. I knew absolutely nothing about Elizabeth Woodville until two months ago, with the opening episode of the excellent Philippa Gregory TV mini series, to which this book is a perfect single volume companion. I now have two more 15th century Margarets to explore - Beaufort and Burgundy - hopefully whatever I find is as accessible and enjoyable as this.
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