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This entertaining historical novel takes the stories of two young women from different periods (although less than one hundred years apart, it was a tumultuous time with many changes of monarch in the country) who are cleverly linked by the murder of the mystery of the Princes in the Tower.
Katerine Grey is the sister of Jane Grey, whose story was told in a previous novel by Alison Weir, the excellent Innocent Traitor. The beginning of this book covers Jane's short reign, before Mary Tudor comes to power. Our second heroine is Kate Plantagenet, the illegitimate daughter of Richard III. When her story begins, Richard has just heard that his brother, the King has died.
Each chapter alternates their story. Katherine, like her sister Jane, is seen as very much as a pawn in her family's power struggle for the throne - although you feel the trappings of power would be less unwelcome to her than they would have been to her elder sister. Welcomed back to court when Mary is Queen, she finds the power struggles and intrigue difficult to deal with. She is no match for the wily and intelligent Elizabeth, who is also keen to take her rightful place on the throne and who sees Katherine as a possible rival for her place.
Kate is a great believer in her father Richard and loathes the gossip and rumours she hears at Court. Both her stepmother Anne and her grandmother are suspicious of Richard's motives concerning the young princes. When she meets a young man she loves she longs to marry him, but marriage at court is made for other motives. In that sense, both Kate and Katherine are unable to follow their hearts and much time is spent railing against their inability to love the men they choose. At times you feel quite impatient with the constant sobbing, although the reality was that there was little they could do to influence their fate. When Katherine, by far the most impetuous of the two, does follow her heart it leads to immense problems.
During the novel, the stories are linked by both young women attempting to discover the fate of the two Princes. Kate as she wants to clear her own doubts about the father she loved and Katherine when she comes across some letters by Kate and becomes intrigued by her story. This is a really well written (as you would expect), deftly plotted and fascinating account of not only the two main characters but the period of history which saw the Plantagenet line replaced by the Tudor's and the constant pressure of naming a successor to the throne which the children of Henry VIII faced. If you have read any Alison Weir novels before, then I am sure you will like this too.