Top positive review
on 9 July 2017
Philippa Gregory's novels never disappoint. It's been awhile since I read one of her books, and so I turned to the next on my list from the Cousins' War collection.
I was spellbound by this intimate drama. I hadn't known much about Henry VII beyond his conquering of Richard III and his fathering of Henry VIII. This portrayal of him as a fearful, tense, and pitiable outsider made for a fascinating read. It is difficult to imagine how his wife, a daughter of the House of York, could find it within herself to disavow all that she had been raised to and champion the Tudor-line. The things that wives and mothers were asked to do; all in the name of backing the right heir to the throne - it is simply unbelievable.
I will return to this series again before long, I am sure. Soon the timelines will connect me back to where I first fell in love with Gregory's work - when I read The Other Boleyn Girl. A future that Henry VIII's parents wouldn't have guessed at; having pledged him, their second son, to the church, believing that Arthur Tudor would be the one to reign.