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2.0 out of 5 stars
Better as a door stop than a book, 15 Mar. 2014
I love this period of history and thought I had a good grasp so bought this hoping for a better picture of one of the main female figures.
I admire the research but it read like some degree paper churning out facts and some speculation as almost fact, I did get the impression it was done on word count. There was a lot of references but basic family trees of the main families would have been useful, with so many people having the same Christian name, where as after reading most of it , the glossary was not as I had lost all interest.
Elizabeth of York must have been an extraordinary woman, she survived with her humanity intact when her brothers and other close relations were murdered or executed. She was a dutiful wife and bore children when she must at sometimes have been really unwell, and signed her accounts and gave away really more than she could afford.
Its sad that the authors lasting image of her with her was she was fat with a double chin, which she repeats twice, I think she was neither and if she was so what.
Two stars, one for the research and one for the door stop.