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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I would - with a caveat about the repetition! I know this sounds lame, but I just wasn't paying attention and I thought I was buying one of Margaret George's books. It's not a terrible book, but at some points I was yelling at my speakers, "WE GET IT ALREADY!" This is an author that really knows how to hammer home a point...and hammer it and hammer it and hammer it.
What does Bianca Amato bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The narrator is Brilliant! I will seek her out with other books.
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I am not sure how the author managed to give Catherine Parr such a bland personality. It is just as likely that she was a strong woman who knew exactly what she was doing, and did it very well. At thirty she had managed estates which takes at least basic accounting skills to deal with stewards etc, she could read and write sophisticated English, and was well trained in Latin even before she was crowned. But instead of a strong, smart, woman with shrewd political skills we get someone who goes from pathetically forced to marry an old man, to someone who becomes proactive out of family pressure and fear. Granted not being afraid in this Tudor court would be truly stupid. But I expect Catherine Parr was smart enough to use awareness of danger to outwit anyone who chose to challenge her position.
The best part of the book is the advice she got from her family and advisors, which gives the readers some insights into King Henry's court, but this could have done without the main character saying in effect "no really"?
The historical research behind the book is great.
Its a shame Catherine Parr is portrayed as a bland woman blown this way and that by the pressures of those around her. She didn't even get her crowned name, but something of a nickname throughout the whole story.
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