- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 768 KB
- Print Length: 286 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Preseli Press (2 Nov. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00P6SGGX6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 77 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,846 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Written in the first person as a secret coded diary we soon learn that Eleanor is imprisoned in Beaumaris Castle on the island of Anglesey, her fourth prison over nearly 10 years. Although I sympathised with her plight I was interested in how she would explain her circumstances.
After the death of her mother at a young age and estrangement from her father after his remarriage, Eleanor considered herself lucky to become a lady-in-waiting to Jacqueline Countess of Hainault, Holland and Zeeland. Escaping civil wars at home Jacqueline was a guest at court, trying to terminate her marriage to her unpleasant husband, Charles, Duke of Brabant on the grounds that he was her first cousin. Eleanor found the lively, attractive Countess good company, although she had to adjust to her condescending manner.
Eleanor became Jacqueline’s close friend so as a reader it is difficult to sympathise with Eleanor when she betrays that friendship. Jacqueline was staying at Baynard’s Castle, near St Paul’s wharf on the River Thames at the invitation of Humphrey Plantagenet, the Duke of Gloucester. When he joined the two women, both their lives changed for ever.
This story of Eleanor’s early life is gradually revealed by Eleanor as she also describes her everyday life as a captive at Beaumaris. Looking back, she has some regrets, but her ambition and love for Humphrey, probably dictated her actions. Her complex character is not whitewashed, we see her “warts and all,” and maybe begin to understand her better.Read more ›
It is written from the viewpoint of Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester who was put on trial for witchcraft and treason against Henry VI as a way of attacking her husband, Humphrey Duke of Gloucester.
The story switches between the past and present as Eleanor writes a diary, hiding it from view and coming to terms with the past as she puts it on the page.
The book flows and I found it hard to put down. There are also so me incredibly moving sequences towards the end, such as the horror of knowing her friends will be executed for treason in order to "prove" her guilt by association. The very last chapter where Eleanor sits with the old priest had me in tears.
It's been years since a book made me cry, the last time being Edith Pargeters "Heaven tree" trilogy. The story of Eleanor Cobham is a powerful story that will stay with me for ages.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I could not leave this book! The author clearly explains what is historical and what has been 'added'; therefore, as well as being fascinating to read, it also adds to one's... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Maud Thompson
Have read better books regarding this woman and time in history. Still worth reading for all that. Why can,t I submit until I meet the correct word age criteria?Published 3 months ago by Patricia Hall
Compelling reading. Could believe every word. What it must have been like to have to endure life in historic England no one could want to live like thatI must look for more novels... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Terrierbed
Another book for her in doors which she enjoyed reading thanksPublished 9 months ago by Mr. J. Cooper
Having 'met' this character in other books of the period, I hoped to learn more about her. This proved to be a very educational and entertaining book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
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