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We Speak No Treason: The Flowering of the Rose Kindle Edition
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Unfortunately, perhaps I have read too many 'Richard III, Romantic Hero' books recently, because the love affair at the centre of this novel was a little disappointing. Richard himself does not seem particularly charismatic, quite stiffly characterised as a careworn, distant young man. To be fair, this may well be more realistic, considering his experiences and responsibilities at such a young age, than for example the passionate, twinkly-eyed lover Richard of Sharon Penman's The Sunne in Splendour. Hawley Jarman's Richard is still a sympathetic character, serious in his loyalty, but is only seen through the eyes of others and comes off as a bit of an exaggerated brooder in his dialogue. The dialogue, though energetic, leans towards the olde-fashioned and although it runs quite smoothly, I can't help but think that there is never a place for "Great Jesu!", especially not a lovelorn scene of romance. And the romantic dialogue is a bit OTT in places:
" "We shall be caught up in the fire, my lord!Read more ›
Jarman is unashamedly romantic and while the setting is the court of Edward IV, this is a far cry from Penman's Sunne in Splendour - or rather a different take on the story. Jarman concentrates on human (romantic) emotions rather than political intrigue and battles, making Richard a romantic and haunting figure.
Brilliant on atmosphere, the tangible feel and smell of Tudor England, I really enjoyed this book (there's a sequel which I'm eagerly about to start, always a good sign) though don't expect to tell you anything about the political history of the time (and why should it, being a piece of fiction?)
The Maid is perfectly aware that her feelings are unrequited ("my love would have to do for both of us"), but chooses to be blind to a more "normal" yet genuine love that is offered her by the King's Fool (the narrator of the second chapter) and broods in selfdelusion over a relationship that would have had no future even without her banishment from court following a complot against Jaquetta.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read it for your own pleasure,whether or not you are fond of historical novels.
It is well worth the effort to look back to the past,and to admire the dedication
of the... Read more
Couldn't get into this - took too long to get going for me.
I'm afraid I need it to get into Richard more quickly.
Excellent story, enjoyed the tale from different perspectives. Going to read the next one now. Recommended historical read and very relevant as I live in Leicester, where... Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 2013 by Chapelface
I like to have two kinds of books on the go - a 'heavy' book and one that doesn't require much input from me. This falls into the latter category. Read morePublished on 27 Oct. 2013 by cherubino
This would have garnered a 4 star were it not for the sudden change of perspective halfway through that threw me completely. Read morePublished on 27 Sept. 2013 by Benjamin Amponsah
Having just started reading books on this period of history I must say I found it very hard going and did have to keep going back and re reading some parts of it again, that said I... Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2013 by Phillipa Gregory
i have read many books by this author and really love her style of writing. This book was just brilliant from start to finish. Read morePublished on 11 July 2013 by Ada Marie Tollin