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2.0 out of 5 stars Very patchy and a lot of factual errors, 26 Nov. 2009
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The first few chapters of this book were great, but I thought the chapter on Eleanor of Aquitaine was a bit weak, as if she couldn't be bothered since Eleanor has been written about by others in far more detail. However, when I reached Isabelle d'Angouleme I was annoyed by the mistakes, starting with the first line. I did wonder if this chapter had been written by someone else or if it had not been proof read.

Things did pick up a bit for a while but I felt as if when writing about Isabelle of France she was over concerned with having a pop at other writers. By the time I reached the chapters about Marguerite de Provence and Elizabeth Woodville I was convinced the same ghost writer who had dealt with Isabelle d'Angouleme was back. She repeatedly refers to Louis XI of France as Louis IX, and that is not the only stupid mistake which should have been picked up by the editor. When she refers to Warwick the Kingmaker she never mentions the fact that he is the brother of Cecily Neville so he is the brother-in-law of Richard Duke of York and maternal uncle of both Edward IV and Richard III. When she mentions Warwick promoting his family members, it would also be true to say that Edward IV was promoting his family members - on his mother's side.

Overall I found this book very disappointing, and I was irritated by the shoddy work and the number of errors.
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Initial post: 19 Apr 2010 03:32:20 BDT
I'm reading this book at the moment and I agree that it's poorly written and not really up to scratch. But regarding your comment that Warwick the Kingmaker was the brother of Cecily Neville - actually, he was her nephew, the son of her brother Richard Neville, Earl of Salisbury (Warwick was also named Richard), and thus a first cousin of Edward IV and Richard III.

I'm also finding it irritating that she quotes huge chunks of text from chroniclers and other historians in the middle of sentences - as if she couldn't be bothered relating what happened in her own words. Why bother writing a work of history if you're going to quote and quote and quote from others? And she rarely names the source, so that I have to keep checking the end notes to see whose books she's quoting from.

The Real Queen of France: Athenais and Louis XIV was brilliant. Hilton must be far more suited to writing proper historical biographies, rather than history books that contain simple and uninteresting sketches of a lot of historical figures.

Posted on 30 Apr 2011 22:04:52 BDT
Rumpuscat says:
Who is Marguerite de Provence? There's Eleanor of Provence and Marguerite of Anjou, but no Marguerite de Provence that I know of.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2011 20:11:17 BDT
Fren says:
Same person, daughter of Rene d'Anjou duc de Provence and titular king of Naples

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012 10:50:10 BDT
Right, Warwick the 'Kingmaker' was the Nephew of Cecily Neville not her Brother. Therefore he was the first cousin of Edward IV and Richard III. Not that such things stopped people from killing each other back then....
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