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October 26, 2016
2:34 am
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So I was going to post this in the Philippa Gregory topic but saw its been untouched in around 5 years.

As angry as I am about her depiction of Anne Boleyn in TOBG, I think I’m even more offended by her characterization of Queen Elizabeth in this novel. Here we have an Elizabeth so sexually obsessed with Dudley that she literally can’t make a decision without him…so enthralled by his sexual prowess that she gives him all her power. He orders her around, yells at her, makes her feel guilty, schemes with heads of state behind her back…Its unbelievable. Shes written as sly and bad tempered, jealous and wanton. Any intelligence that history gives her, the book takes away but attributing it to a survival instinct and luck. Everyone in this book is unlikable and repulsive. Amy , Robert Dudley wife, appears as a shrew who is clearly mentally ill, who loves him so much she wants to destroy him completely and would like to see him dead….she does nothing but pine for him or argue with him…I dont know much about her character in real life, but i bet shes rolling in her grave to see what she has amounted to in this book. Robert Dudley, who by all accounts remained a loyal friend to Elizabeth all her life, is reduced to a scheming, manipulative, selfish jackass who is mad for power and thinks himself the rightful King…Its enough to hurt my head. The only character in this book who is interesting is William Cecil, who Philppa clearly admires cause she gives him all the credit for England’s triumphs. Oh, and Elizabeth and Cecil masterminded Amy’s murder. Nice touch. All I can think after reading this is that Gregory must really hate Elizabeth and Anne, its pure character assassination. Ok, rant over lol. Does anyone agree?

October 26, 2016
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I’m so glad I haven’t read SWMNBN in a long long time..

It's always bunnies.

October 26, 2016
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Anyanka said
I’m so glad I haven’t read SWMNBN in a long long time..  

I dont blame you. Its been awhile since I have read anything of hers, and yet im still pissed off at what I did read Yell

October 26, 2016
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It’s a very strange fact with SWMNBN novels, they are absolute piffle for the most part and yet we still read them.
The Virgin’s lover is one of the worst of her novels and there was a posting somewhere I believe, which offered alternative uses for what one could do with it.
One of our members gave it to her brother to use for Archery practise, as for me I used in the chipmunk cage, they soon made good use of it.
Strangely I enjoyed the Red and White Queen novels but I don’t think any of us will forget SWMNBN radio interview, it created a lot of tears (of laughter) and angry tantrums, over her “Almost, maybe, certainly guilty” diatribe about Anne, especially since it was followed by “But I really like Anne, I really do” .
There were a lot of teeth marks in Dinosaur that night I can tell you.

Semper Fidelis, quod sum quod

October 26, 2016
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I’m so glad I stopped reading her books after TOBG. The less aggravation in my life, the better. Sorry I can’t help with this one. Elizabeth is nothing like what this book claims her to be. I know it’s fiction, but c’mon PG, have a little respect. Sounds like she is trashing Elizabeth in the same way she trashed Anne. What’s with her and the women of the 16th century? I didn’t read the Red Queen or The White Queen, but it was my understanding that she claimed Elizabeth Woodville and her Mother dabbled in witchcraft. (rolling my eyes)

Boleyn, I will never forget that interview. Yell

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