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This review is from: Fifty Shades of Lady Catherine Grey: The sex scandals that shook the Tudor court (Kindle Edition)
Manages to be at once totally cliché whilst, at points, completely wrong, which is the only impressive thing about it.
George Boleyn the homosexual nymphomaniac is alive and well here. Philippa Gregory's "George's penis is rolled in to impregnate his desperate sister" theory is plumbed. Elizabeth I's bastard children are inferred in droves.
I can't even be witty any more. The two main irritants for me:
1. Mark Smeaton wasn't physically tortured. It was commented upon, precisely because so many had assumed he had been. He appeared at his trial and execution seemingly fit and well. His "rack-broken body" was not dragged up to the executioner's block. He was strangely given the mercy of an execution, as opposed to the 'quartering' that a commoner like he should have received - likely this was his coercion, and he didn't have to be physically beaten into confessing, just mentally pressured by the thought of a much more horrific death.
2. Jane Rochford didn't testify against her husband and sister-in-law. That is a total fabrication. It was an unnamed "Lady In Waiting" that *allegedly* reported the incest. It was highly unlikely to have been Jane. Jane even wrote to Henry VIII begging for clemency towards her husband. She seemed to have enjoyed a good relationship with her sister-in-law, the queen. If we're speculating, it was probably Charles Brandon that came up with the allegation of incest, as Anne had - years before - rather spitefully accused him of fornicating with his own daughter.
General speaking there are quite a few typos; the names of some of the major players are wrong; some clunky turns of phrase. Not worth the £1.91, I returned it for a refund, please heed my warning to look elsewhere. Inaccurate information, clumsily presented.
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Initial post: 7 Feb 2013 20:18:42 GMT
I have so far only purchased one e-book from Amazon that I had to return (it was rubbish). The fact that you felt the same about this book says loads.
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2013 18:47:40 GMT
I didn't know you could return a book on Kindle. Have a few that regret buying.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2013 03:13:08 GMT
"I didn't know you could return a book on Kindle."
Yes, you can return any book provided you do it within a week (I think), though it takes 3-4 days for the amount to be recredited to your account.
I returned a Mark Dice book; it was truly terrible. Though it's the only one so far.
Posted on 22 Feb 2013 17:56:13 GMT
Just saying, Lady Rochford did testify against Anne and George Boleyn
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2013 14:59:03 GMT
E L Meakin says:
No she didn't. Even Wikipedia disagrees with you. Try reading something that's not historical fiction as the clue is in the name. It wasn't until Victorian times where anyone started to say that the "Lady in Waiting" who testified against Anne must have been Jane Boleyn. It was actually Anne Gainsford, Lady Zouche.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Feb 2013 15:01:52 GMT
Maybe it was the Virgin Mary. She has been known to appear down the years, at least according Catholic priests. Wait... I think she's about to appear...
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