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All history has said Howard was a foolish, uneducated teenager who did her best with an obese King with a reeking wound on his leg. Clearly involved with men closer to her own age and in her cousin especially.This author has her the most learned, saintly of women. Wise beyond her years and dedicated to bringing England back to the Catholic faith, deeply in love with Henry, who is large but not disgustingly so and whose leg is now healed. The language was sounding very old England and traditions, etc were good. But this is a view of this queen the likes of which no one has heard.
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I have attempted to listen to this book but have to stop each time. I've restarted and stopped at least 4 times. The issue with this book is not the story but the narration. The narrator speaks so quickly and since the dialogue, in the book, is written in "Olde English" it is extraordinary difficult to understand the narration.I believe that this is a book that has to be read. Also, the book is historically very inaccurate although it is a novel.
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I downloaded this as I've really enjoyed recent books on the reign of Henry VIII, most notably Hilary Mantel's books. I gave up on it after a few chapters. I found the writing style very clunky with too much 'telling not showing' about the characters. Ford Madox Ford really likes his adverbs! I might have persevered in written form but Ralph Cosham's narration finished it off for me in this audio book. He reads too fast and has a 'rat a tat' style of delivery that gets wearing very quickly.
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