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2.0 out of 5 stars I wish David Loades had properly written about the DUKE of Suffolk, 21 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: Mary Rose: Tudor Princess, Queen of France, the Extraordinary Life of Henry VIII's Sister (Hardcover)
David Loades starts with stating that royal princess are always interesting, especially in a strong personal monarchy, and it is justified having a new look who Mary Rose was.

Well, maybe but what do we learn more from this book than we aleady new? I feel nothing. Mary's five minute of fame was her three month marriage to the elderly King of France and her quick remarriage to Charles Brandon, the Duke of Suffolk. This help to cement Charles Brandon's position as what one could possibly claim the closest personal freindship with Henry VIII. Mary was from this point the royal court beauty, an ornament of the court, but of no consequence whatsoever.

Chapter by chapter the book reveals that as there are tons of information on the time, the events and ceremonies and only for good measures throwns in - as this book is on Mary - that she was there and participated. One does not learn about her real opinions, her friendships, her role as Duchess or as mother. However one does learn an awful lot about her husband, the Duke of Suffolk and his role at the court of Hernry VIII. To be very frank I wished the author would have written a proper biography on the Duke of Suffolk. Here really lies a huge gap.

All in all, I share the previous reviewer's disappointment. The book never takes off or really engages the reader. It is party boring, partly extremenly lightweight. It seems indeed quickly assembled in order to meet a publishing deadline. Foir me not worth the money.
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Initial post: 21 Jun 2012, 19:03:10 BST
Last edited by the author on 21 Jun 2012, 19:05:47 BST
I'm getting so annoyed with David Loades lately. He has such a high standing but he is now churning out below average offerings and is definitely not trying in my opinion. His latest book on Queen Mary was distinctly average when you compare it to John Edwards superb book, while his book on the Tudors, while refreshingly thematic was awfully written. I'm currently reading his Henry VIII And His Wives/The Six Wives of Henry VIII which is excellent; concise, very readable yet scholarly. In my opinion, history books should be less than 200 pages. It takes more of an effort to write a concise book compared to one of 350 plus pages which includes all manner of irrelevance. Richard Rex has the talent for this by the way. I'm rambling on haha!!!

i just reread my review and i was very generous!

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Aug 2012, 20:25:05 BST
"In my opinion, history books should be less than 200 pages".
WHAT?

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2012, 05:31:34 BST
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In reply to an earlier post on 25 Dec 2012, 04:48:14 GMT
Fiz says:
Apart from anything else, this Princess was not not Mary Rose, but plain Mary. The ship that sank in 1545 was the Mary Rose and it emphatically was not named after her. Mr Loades cannot even get her name right!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Dec 2012, 05:36:43 GMT
a customer says:
The *Mary Rose* was built between 1509-1511 and most certainly WAS named for Henry's favorite sister; her nickname was "The Rose." And it's Professor Loades. After forty books and a brilliant teaching career, he has earned that much respect.
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