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Re: Favourite Fictional Tudor based books?
« Reply #105 on: April 02, 2009, 05:12:41 PM »
Sunne is a really good book and is a far more sympathetic view of Richard III.  Penman's other best has to be "When Christ and His Saints Slept" but mentioning here may be wrong because not a Tudor novel.

Re Tudor books:  my fave personally is "Legacy" by Susan Kay.  Novel about Elizabeth, Dudley & Cecil - fascinating twist and for anyone who has read The Virgin's Lover by Phillapa Gregory, Legacy is a far superior novel.  Would really recommend it.

Would also like to know if anyone has read "Threads - The Reincarnation of Anne Boleyn" by Nell Gavin?  (This book is amazing but don't read it if you just think its a book telling the story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in Tudor times, it is far more than that).  I'd love to hear what other people think of it.
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Re: Favourite Fictional Tudor based books?
« Reply #106 on: April 02, 2009, 05:41:19 PM »
Welcome to the forum charmstar! I love 'When Christ and His Saints Slept' too, especially the character of Maude, and the fact that Penman manages to make both Maude and Stephen sympathetic (don't worry, the Tudors and all their Plantagenet and Norman predecessors can be discussed on this board).

I've read Legacy too, and quite enjoyed it, although I found it a bit long-winded. It's been quite a while since I read it though, it's not very fresh in my mind.

There was a series of novels written about Henry VIII's wives recently (all of them might not be published yet) - I can't call the author's name to mind but the one about Katherine of Aragon was called 'the Spanish Bride', and the one about Anne Boleyn was 'A Lady Raised High'. Has anyone read them? I bought them both, and started reading the one about Katherine, but gave up half way through. The style of writing is quite dry and boring, and the whole thng is told through the eyes of one of Katherine's Spanish ladies, who simply isn't a very interesting character. I should really try the Anne Boleyn one sometime, but so far I've not bothered!
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Re: Fictional books about the Tudors
« Reply #107 on: July 23, 2010, 10:39:38 PM »
I like Philippa Gregory's books. They are very realistic :)

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Re: Fictional books about the Tudors
« Reply #108 on: July 24, 2010, 12:47:09 PM »
Oh lordy....they are cr*p...... we discussed La Gregory and her "works" here before with some hilarity. (I quite like The Other Boleyn Girl but it is utter garbage) :-)
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Re: Fictional books about the Tudors
« Reply #109 on: July 24, 2010, 01:05:52 PM »
Maybe that's a lot of fantasy involved. But I like how she managed to become something we actually can see happening. Sorry if I offended someone, but TOBG was the first book avaluable about Anne in my country and I really liked it.

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Re: Fictional books about the Tudors
« Reply #110 on: July 24, 2010, 01:07:41 PM »
Oh my dear, you have offended no one. I just remember weeping with laughter on that old thread. Please keep posting, you are great.xx
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Re: Fictional books about the Tudors
« Reply #111 on: July 24, 2010, 01:23:40 PM »
Ok, Kimberly, thank you.
There's not too much tranlated books in Brazil, so PG's ones are basically the only ones here. Sad, but it's true  :(

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« Reply #112 on: July 24, 2010, 02:13:22 PM »
PG's book "The Other Boleyn Girl" was very fasinating because Mary Boleyn was so obsure and it provoke interest. Her others were sadly not as good as she treads subjects that had been done well before by others like Jean Plaidy.

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Re: Fictional books about the Tudors
« Reply #113 on: April 07, 2012, 04:56:04 PM »
Here are my favourite novels about Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots

http://www.royalhistorian.com/holiday-weekend-historical-fiction-roundup-henry-viii-elizabeth-i-and-mary-queen-of-scots/

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Re: Fictional books about the Tudors
« Reply #114 on: June 08, 2012, 03:36:16 PM »
Just finished reading Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel and really enjoyed it:

http://www.royalhistorian.com/historical-fiction-roundup-5-bring-up-the-bodies-by-hilary-mantel/