Anne Easter Smith's latest tome
, 5 Feb. 2012
This review is from: The King's Grace (Paperback)
Anne Easter Smith seems to delight in churning out epic novels - not really one to read anywhere but at home due to its size!
Following A Rose for the Crown and Daughter of York, we now have history seem through the eyes of Grace Plantagenet. Grace was a really person, but all we know of her is that she was a bastard daughter of Edward IV and that she was in the funeral procession of Elizabeth Woodville. Plenty of scope for an author there then.
The main plot of the novel centres round the whole 'Perkin Warbeck' episode - great material for a writer of fiction as there is much we don't know - we don't even know who 'Perkin' really was, and plenty of people love a good mystery. The 'solution', for want of a better word, used by Anne Easter Smith is very much taken from Ann Wroe's theorising in her (non-fiction) book, 'Perkin'. this was another epic volume that I read a few years ago - interesting, but I found it heavy going at times.
Overall, it wasn't a bad book, but I've read better. At times it did go on a bit and could possibly have been slimmed down a bit without too much loss. Henry Tudor come across, unsurprisingly, as a thoroughly unpleasant chap (probably not on anyone's list of historical figures they'd like to have over for dinner) and it was hard to see why Bess (Elizabeth of York) would feel anything for him. There were some emotional points in the novel, but overall I did feel like I will have mainly forgotten about it in a few weeks.
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