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The Daughter Of Time Paperback – 6 Aug 2009
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"Most people will find The Daughter Of Time as interesting and enjoyable a book as they will meet in a month of Sundays" (Observer)
"A detective story with a very considerable difference. Ingenious, stimulating and very enjoyable" (Sunday Times)
"Josephine Tey has always been absolutely reliable in producing original and mysterious plots with interesting characters and unguessable endings" (Spectator)
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Josephine Tey, by modernising this mystery, reminds us that it is as relevant today as in the fifteenth century. Unlike many ancient mysteries, there are recent leads to this one, as for instance - in the Vatican archives!
A wonderful book to bring history alive!
This book convinced both of us of Richard's innocence in the matter of the disappearance of the Princes, I have been firmly convinced ever since that Henry vii was far blacker than he has been painted over the years !!! Well worth reading .
The arguments for Richard's innocence in the matter are shrewd and persuasive. The role of Bishop Morton in calumnies against him before and after his death is undeniable.
However there are caveats and not all of them are the fault of the author. She died in 1952 so of course doesn't have the same insight as present-day readers. Two items:
Dominic Mancini's account of the events of early 1483, discovered in 1934, is nowhere mentioned. Rumours of the Princes deaths were swirling around London at the time, so this flatly contradicts the central plank of the Defence. Second the contention is that Morton is the author of More's history; that being the case why did Richard rage at the Council meeting that sorcery caused his arm to wither? We know that is not true, Morton can't be the witness that More is drawing on. No, Thomas More was fabricating.
This is a highly accomplished work and very entertaining.
Don't pass this book by for something more modern!
And when she dips into the Historical facts, the book makes fascinating reading.
If only she'd put the case forward in her own words, and not created a cast of interminably dull characters to do it for her!
Others have said that allowances should be made for the fact that the novel is dated, but I don't think that's the problem at all - I've read many, many much older books than this and been completely gripped by both the story and the characters.
Here, I ended up skimming the pages of dreadfully stilted dialogue between the bed-ridden Inspector and his visitors towards the end, because I just couldn't bear it anymore.