The Queen’s Sorrow Paperback – 21 Jul 2008
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A queen brought low by love compromised and power abused -- the tragedy of Mary Tudor. Plain, dutiful and a passionate Catholic, Mary Tudor was overjoyed by joy when she became England's queen. After the misery of her childhood, when her father had rejected her mother, and effectively disowned his daughter, Mary felt at last that she was achieving her destiny. And when she marries Philip of Spain, her happiness is complete. But Mary's delight quickly turns sour as she realises that her husband does not love her. In fact he finds her devotion irritating. Desperate for a baby, she begins to believe that God is punishing her. Her people are horrified at the severity of the measures she takes and begin to turn against their queen who is lonely, frightened -- and desperate for love. Rafael, a member of Philip of Spain's entourage, is a reluctant witness to the unfolding tragedy and as the once-feted queen tightens her cruel hold on the nation, Rafael becomes closer to Mary and his life -- and new-found love -- are caught up in the terrible chaos that follows.See all Product description
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I think most of the reviews are unfair.
Mary is in the background throughout the book, people just need to use their imagination.
My only gripe is the what I feel very rushed ending, but you don't need to be a Historian to work out what had happened to the main characters.
This story is told through the eyes of Rafael Prado, a Spanish sundial maker who is one of Philip's entourage brought over to England when the Prince and Mary marry. He is made up. The household he lives in is made up. The English woman he falls in love with, and her son, are made up. This whole book is about made up people, with a story that never happened and a few fleeting appearances by Queen Mary that make her look like some pathetic, desperate old woman. Gah!
I gave it 2 stars, because having said all that the story of Rafael and Cecily (his Englsih love) is sweet enough (even if it is made up) but I did find myself speed reading trying to get the actual historical facts (of which there are precious few). I wouldn't bother with this one, especially if you are a real history buff.
The story revolves around Spaniard sundial maker, Rafael and his assistant Antonio who journey to England with the entourage of Philip of Spain, husband of Mary Tudor who is now on the throne of England following the death of the boy king, Edward VI.
This novel centres on the relationship that develops between Rafael and Cecily, a maid to the Kitson family where Rafael is boarding whilst staying in London. Queen Mary Tudor makes a couple of cameo appearances but the story is more of an atmospheric description of everyday life in Tudor London during the reign of Mary rather than about Mary herself.
The relationship between Rafael and Cecily deepens amongst the horror of religious persecution, burnings and riots in London as a result of Mary's harsh return to Catholic rule and we learn a dark secret that Cecily has been hiding from Rafael.
I accept that this book was not what I was expecting but actually I was pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Queen Mary barely featured in the book so if you are looking for a book about her I'd advise you try another. I agree with some of the other reviewers that it is a good depiction of Tudor life in London, from the viewpoint of a non royal. Most books about this era are based in the royal court so it is nice to read about what was happening outside of it.
I really did not like the ending, it was not explained properly and left you wondering, which I hate books or films that do that to you. Overall it was a pleasant enough, if somewhat mindless, read but I don't think I'll be reading any more of her books. I can see why many people were left diappointed and I think you need to know what to expect before reading it or you will also end up disappointed too.