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June 6, 2010
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TinaII2None
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Sharon said:

Has anyone found a book written about Henry's sister Mary?  I don't believe I have read anything strictly about her life. Nor have I found a book dealing with Margaret. Any ideas?


Amazon has something called The Sisters of Henry VIII but it gets mixed reviews. I thought I remembered hearing about another book on them from years back, but drawing a blank right now. Frown

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Anne: There is nothing that France can teach England, your majesty.
King Henry VIII: Well said. Well said.
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June 9, 2010
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I haven't read these but I want to.  I have to say, though, that I no longer even pay attention to the reviews on Amazon.  There are so many different strong opinions and I just never know if I can rely on them. 

June 10, 2010
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Sharon said:

Has anyone found a book written about Henry's sister Mary?  I don't believe I have read anything strictly about her life. Nor have I found a book dealing with Margaret. Any ideas?


Sharon,

  I bought a book when I was in England titled “Sisters to the King: The tumultuous lives of Henry VIII's sisters— Margaret of Scotland and Mary of France” by Maria Perry. I was quite good, a lot of detail about both Margarte and Mary, who I knew little about. It may be published under another name in America, but if you are looking to know more about Henry's sisters, it is probably a good choice. The book was given good reviews by both David Starkey and Antonia Fraser. I hope this helps!

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June 10, 2010
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I was given 'Sisters to the King' a while ago but I still haven't got round to reading it yet!!!!!

I've just picked up 'The Confession of Katherine Howard' by Suzannah Dunn which i plan on getting stuck into after I've finished my Agatha Christie bender!  Anyone else here a fan of Agatha Christie or murder mysteries in general?

Oh, and I caught a 'Miss Marple' on TV the other night and Natalie Dormer was in it!  Unfortunately we had a power cut for about fifteen minutes as it was a really stormy night so I missed the end!  Still don't know 'whodunnit'… Yell

June 10, 2010
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DuchessofBrittany, thanks for the Referral.  I have just ordered “Sisters To The King” on Amazon.  The book is coming from England and won't be here until next month, but that is ok.  It should be here in time for me to take it on vacation with me.  In the meantime I hve plenty of books sitting here begging to be read. 

June 27, 2010
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I'm currently reading Antonia Fraser's bio of Marie Antoinette. I'm up to the point of her marriage, and it seems quite even-handed to me. It's sympathetic, but acknowledges her flaws.

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June 28, 2010
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I am in the middle of Virgin and the Crab, By Robert Parry, and I am loving it.

July 9, 2010
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I have two books on the go at the moment. “Elizabeth's Women” by Tracey Borman (who is a graduate and former lecturer at my former university!) and Elizabeth I by David Starkey.  I have read loads on Anne Boleyn but knew very little of her daughter, Elizabeth, so I picked up these two books from the library and I can't put them down. Laugh What an amazing life she led, full of uncertainty, terror, sadness, and ultimately triumph.

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July 9, 2010
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Just read the reviews of Elizabeth's Women over on Amazon UK and am happy to see that it will be available in the States in September! Thanks for the recommendation.

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King Henry VIII: Well said. Well said.
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August 3, 2010
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Captive Queen by Alison Weir. I attened her signing and talk last week in Cambridge, MA. She was wonderful! If you ever get the chance to listen to her speak, go. You will not be disappointed.

August 3, 2010
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I just finished reading Speaking for Myself, Cherie Blair's autobiography.  (We share a birthday, 12 years apart.) The first half or so of the book is quite interesting: the second half tends to go in for a lot of name-dropping and self-exculpatatory explanations. Mrs. Blair reminds me a bit of Margot Asquith, another controversial wife of a British Prime Minister during wartime.

I am also reading a biography of Frank Duff, the Irish founder of the Legion of Mary (a Catholic organization for laity of which I am a member), by Robert Bradshaw. This book deliberately tends towards the hagiographic, as Mr. Duff (who died in 1980) is being considered for beatification.

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August 3, 2010
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Im a total book nerd and have a big addiction to buying books.

Im reading The Queens Fool – Philippa Gregory. I was annoyed at how it started out, referring to Elizabeth as a whore.

I try to keep in mind that historical fiction are fun reads and a good escape and not to take some of the inaccuracies too seriously.

For the rest of the year i plan to read The Lady in the Tower, the Auto Bio of Henry VIII (Margaret George) , Children Of Henry VIII (Alison Weir) and The Sunne in Splendour (Sharon K Penman) plus the one Claire recommended His Last Letter plus more i  guess.

August 4, 2010
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I'm still reading The Lady in the Tower but took a break due to work. I'll be starting it back again soon though. A teacher gave me a copy of Children of Henry VIII about 10 years ago; now I just have to find where it is (probably in one of the chest drawers which is brimming over with everything Tudor and Patrick O'Brien!). I'm definitely going to look for His Last Letter (I wonder if it's in the States yet), but I am torn on reading Philippa Gregory's novel about Margaret Beaufort. I have hated everything I've read by her in the past, but I'm wondering if this will be any different — or will she jump the shark yet again? (If anyone reads it and you also have mixed feelings about her, let me know what you thought of it. I value the opinions of everyone on here enough that I'd take a chance if enough of you recommended it).

PS Lady K — just spent the last few minutes reading an excerpt from the first chapter of The Queen's Fool. Interesting intro but you're right about feeling annoyed. I only read about 5 or 6 pages and I can't say I care for her declarations of Elizabeth not only being a whore, but a practiced liar who was the daughter of liars. I know the woman wasn't perfect, but good grief LOL

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August 4, 2010
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Hi TinaII2None,

It was so funny, the very first page of the Queens Fool mentioned the word sex (not that im a prude)

I wasnt a fan of the White Queen, mainly due to all the silly witchcraft. Have you seen this future release on Margaret ?  “Margaret Beaufort the Mother of the Tudor Dynasty” – Ellizabeth Norton. I think it comes out in September.  

A few of my friends rave about Children of Henry VIII, so im curious to see what that one is like too.

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August 4, 2010
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Hi Lady K,

I wasn't impressed by Philippa Gregorys' 'White Queen' either.  The witchcraft stuff was okay, but I swear her writing gets worse with each book so I'm not going to bother with 'The Red Queen'!  I can't say I have a lot of sympathy for Margaret Beaufort anyway.

Having said that I'm still kind of curious about it, so if anyone's read it, tell us what you think!

Oh and Alison Weir's 'Children of Henry Vlll' is a very good overview of the Edward/Jane/Mary years.  I totally recommend it Laugh

August 5, 2010
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I'm reading I, Elizabeth by Roslind Miles again. I like it. I know it's fiction and all, but it's nice to see a side of her that not even her ladies got to see. I read everything I can on Elizabeth, as she is one of my heroes. Through reading about Elizabeth, I got a bigger interest in Anne. I wish they could've had happier lives…

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August 5, 2010
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Lady K said:

Hi TinaII2None,

It was so funny, the very first page of the Queens Fool mentioned the word sex (not that im a prude)

I wasnt a fan of the White Queen, mainly due to all the silly witchcraft. Have you seen this future release on Margaret ?  “Margaret Beaufort the Mother of the Tudor Dynasty” – Ellizabeth Norton. I think it comes out in September.  

A few of my friends rave about Children of Henry VIII, so im curious to see what that one is like too.

🙂

 

ROTFL! Yeah, I noticed that too! And I'm not a prude either but good grief — can't it wait until say page 71? Laugh

Do you mind my asking — what the heck did witchcraft have to do with Elizabeth Wydville? Is Gregory trying to allege that she was a witch?

 

Yes, I had heard about the Norton biography and will be on the watch for it — thanks! *g* I read that one bio on Margaret back about 10 years ago (my local main library had to borrow it from a university library and then I had a limited amount of days to read it), and I don't know about the rest of you, but Margaret Beaufort may be — for me anyway — the most puzzling of all the Tudors and that's saying a lot. I'm never quite sure what to think of her — but perhaps I should start a thread elsewhere on the forum and throw that one out to the group!

 

I loved Children of Henry VIII. Definitely check it out!

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Anne: There is nothing that France can teach England, your majesty.
King Henry VIII: Well said. Well said.
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August 5, 2010
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Sabrina:

Haven't read that in years, but would love to check it out again (just something else to add to my queue LOL). I know what you mean about reading everything about Elizabeth — I've been the same way most of my life.

Henry: Mistress Anne, will you teach the king of England how they dance in the French court?
Anne: There is nothing that France can teach England, your majesty.
King Henry VIII: Well said. Well said.
– Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

August 5, 2010
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Smile Put my money where my mouth is and instead of getting side-tracked here, I posted a new topic under the Tudor character forum — it's about Margaret Beaufort. Interested to see what you all think.

Henry: Mistress Anne, will you teach the king of England how they dance in the French court?
Anne: There is nothing that France can teach England, your majesty.
King Henry VIII: Well said. Well said.
– Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

August 5, 2010
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2nd time ive tried to post this … weird its not working properly.

TinaII2None said:

ROTFL! Yeah, I noticed that too! And I'm not a prude either but good grief — can't it wait until say page 71? Laugh

Do you mind my asking — what the heck did witchcraft have to do with Elizabeth Wydville? Is Gregory trying to allege that she was a witch?

Im not totally clued up on the Plants but from what ive read I think it was propaganda as she was hated by Edward IV men (ie Earl of Warwick). They married for love, she was a divorcee and a commoner and they thought she had to much influence. Similar to Henry and our Anne. These poor Queens got bad raps for being strong….grrr…so annoys me. 🙁

I better not side track this post now myself…heheheh 

Will check out the Margaret Beaufort forum 🙂

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