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I wish David Loades had properly written about the DUKE of Suffolk
, 21 Jun. 2012
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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