The People's Queen Paperback – 5 Aug 2010
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Praise for ‘Blood Royal’:
‘Bennett writes thoughtful, well-researched historical fiction, finding connections between past and present without too much silliness or fact-bending, and with plenty of romance. Enormous, in every sense of the word’ The Times
‘A page-turning story, successfully evoking the atmosphere of intrigue and fear that beset the times’
'A skilful blend of fact and fiction. [Bennett's] characters, story, and fluid writing style sweep you along in a pageant of medieval life. This is quite simply an excellent read!' Historical Novel Society
Praise for ‘Portrait of an Unknown Woman’:
'Bennett's background detail is impeccable – part love story, part thriller, all excellently imagined and written.' The Times
'There is plenty to admire and enjoy in Bennett's portrayal of a society convulsed by radical change…Vanora Bennett is a writer to watch.' Times Literary Supplement
'Distinguished…Romance, intrigue and art history are confidently blended, and Holbein canvases are afforded starring roles.' Daily Mail
‘If you want a classier-than-average romantic read, one contender is this fine historical debut, a ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’-style tale.’
About the Author
Vanora Bennett is a journalist and writer. She lived and worked in Russia for 7 years, writing for Reuters and the LA Times. She has been a foreign correspondent and feature writer and contributed to publications including The Times, the LA Times, the Guardian, the Observer and the Evening Standard. She lives in London with her husband and two sons.
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This is an intelligent novel which is well-researched but, somehow, the whole thing failed to capture or grip me. It's good that Bennett has written a historical novel which actually deals with trade and finance, rather than simply seeing `history' as the background to lush romance, but while I really wanted to like this book, somehow I just didn't. Alice should have been a great heroine: pragmatic, taking pleasure in her own cleverness, liking men as friends rather than being either their victim or object of desire - but somehow she fails to entice.
So while this is gritty and detailed, and gets to grips with money and trade as well as politics somehow the whole thing felt a little lacklustre. There should have been much to get one's teeth into: the rivalry between Edward III's sons which precipitated the so-called War of the Roses; the plotting of Alice herself; the lovely portrait of Chaucer which makes him as sweet and somehow humble while still intelligent as one would expect; the Peasant's Revolt; even the romance between John and Katherine Swynford (more popularly told in ...Read more ›
However, I don't think that this is the book to rehabilitate her tarnished reputation. `The People's Queen' seems an unlikely title: Alice was never a popular heroine, and I didn't get any real sense from the book as to why the author picked this name for her. As other reviewers have suggested, the book is at times stuck between historical novel and commentary on the period - it ends up not being entirely plausible as either. The period of history is fascinating: events then shaped the events in the kingdom for the next couple of centuries (and beyond), but the book just doesn't capture that essence of change.
Overall, it's not a bad introduction to an overlooked character, and gives some useful background to the period, but just doesn't engage.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Much to long boring ,descriptions of finantial deals ,customs dealings etc etc .scanning pages of writing to get to the story of Alice .Those parts are good to readPublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
I haven't read it yet, as I am in the middle of another book - I have a strict rule only to read one book at a time! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cynthia Rabet
I struggled with this book. Usually I will devour historical fiction,often in one sitting, but I gave up this book halfway through. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Old Tyke
Poorly written book and far too long. Took half the book to really get going. Very little historical detail and mostly thoughts and dialogue. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jacqueline Hunter
I assume she liked this present as was on her wishlist and did not return it to us.
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I was very disappointed with this book. I usually love Vanora Bennett, but I had expected the book to be the story of Alice Perrers, but it was her story in a very small... Read morePublished on 9 Oct. 2013 by Susan Stewart
Alice Perrers, the `Queen' of this title is mistress to the ageing English King Edward III. In this novel, she is portrayed as being one of the people - a peasant - who has risen... Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 2013 by Jennifer Cameron-Smith
Even after trying twice I could not read this book. I could not make out if it was a newspaper report or a story? Read morePublished on 7 Nov. 2012 by E. Goodchild
I love historical novels and especialy love reading Philippa Gregory as she captivates her audience. Read morePublished on 8 Sept. 2012 by PEN