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The Winchester Goose: at the Court of Henry VIII by [Arnopp, Judith]
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  • File Size: 2509 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AD2DM4G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews
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An excellent story told in an intriguing and compelling way: Different narrative strands introduce us to the characters of this novel, all acting in the London of Henry VIII, observing the developments at Court and going through their own life-changing adventures.
Winchester Goose is a term coined for prostitutes. The author does a splendid job at making the Goose in this novel very human, likeable and familiar. The writing style draws you into the characters immediately, long before you even understand fully who is talking and about whom.
I have long been a fan of Judith Arnopp and have yet to read a novel that disappoints. This novel provides a truly fresh perspective on Henry VIII and tells a human story of love and survival for the less privileged in Tudor London.
Magnificent.
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A great read which held my interest from start to finish. Also a very human story. For me, the support given by the women to each other was the overriding theme of this wonderful novel. Joanie Toogood is a fascinating character, the whore with a heart of gold. But I liked Isabella Bourne best. She grew in character as the novel progressed. No spoilers from me. You will have to read the book to find out if she achieves her goals. This was my first Judith Arnopp but it won’t be my last. I’m looking forward to “A Song of Sixpence”, which will be released on 2nd March.
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Set within the sumptuous perils of King Henry Vlll's court and the downtrodden dangers of the bawdy houses of Old London Town, The Winchester Goose is a fascinating tale of love, betrayal, and the expectations and machinations of court life, coupled with the hand-to-mouth existence of the poor.

Two gently-born young ladies, Isabella and Evelyn Bourne, become ladies-in-waiting to King Henry's new queen, Anna of Cleves. Yet courtly life is not as easy and comfortable as it might appear. Their lives and their fate become inextricably linked with one Joanie Toogood, a Winchester Goose (or prostitute) who plies her trade in the stews on the other side of London Bridge.

This novel gives a fascinating insight into what life was like in Tudor times, both for the rich and the poor. Judith Arnopp's prose invokes the smell of the Thames, the cries of costermongers, and the stately strains of court music. You will also hear the thud of the headman's axe, and low whispers in dark corridors as secrets pass between court spies.

If you like your historical novels rich with lust, danger and drama then I can thoroughly recommend The Winchester Goose, the latest book by historical novelist Judith Arnopp.
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Enjoyed the book well written
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Loved this book
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For all who love to read about Tudor London, Arnopp's new novel is a must. Although it is set at the time of Henry VIII's court,it is not the usual tale of courtiers, but is set in the mean streets of Southwark, where the girls of easy virtue known as the Winchester Geese ply their wares. The main character Joanie Toogood is a woman easy to like, and seems set for a life as a prostitute, until she meets the happy go lucky Francis Wareham...who is involved in work for the King's secretary Thomas Cromwell.
Arnopp weaves a credible and intriguing tale which moves from the Queen's household to the back streets, and the story holds the interest until the very end.
Don't miss it.
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Sadly I did not find this very interesting but we all have different thoughts on a good story to be able to finish the tale
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We are used to books set in the times of HenryIII, it is a fascinating period and his court is full of interest and intrigue, not least because of the activities of Thomas Cromwell. However, we are not so accustomed to becoming involved in the goings -on across the river from Henry's court, where the local prostitutes known as 'The Winchester Geese' ply their trade on Bankside. In this fascinating book the wonderful character Joanie Toogood has worked the streets since childhood, but her life is changed forever when she encounters Francis Wareham, Cromwell's spy. Back at court, Wareham has also set his cap at Evelyn and Isabella Bourne, members of the Queen's household, and the girls, along with Joanie, are drawn into the intrigue and shadow of the executioners blade.
As with all of Arnopp's novels, this is beautifully written drama with the 'unputdownable' quality we have come to expect.
Don't miss it.
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