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Old January 6th, 2013, 02:27 PM   #11

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But, if you haven't read it yet, I recommend highly The Sunne in Spendour by Sharon Kay Penman. A fat volume, meticulously researched, historically accurate, and still in print! I think the vast majority of all Ricardians agree that it the best of all novels, a classic. Have a look at the a'zon reviews... ;-)

The Sunne In Splendour: A Novel of Richard III: Sharon Kay Penman: 9780312375935: Amazon.com: Books.

(...and why does the software insist to show the full bookcover? Oh well, never mind.)
Definitely a must-read - one of my favourite historical novels and the first time I really came across Richard III (other than the usual rumours.....) I would recommend Sharon Kay Penman's other books too
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I don't remember much sex in this book. Come to think of it, I can't remember anything at all. Must have left a deep impression.

Plaidy's Reluctant Queen isn't one of my favourites either. I nicknamed it for myself "The Drag Queen" , because a) it dragged, and b), the cover of my edition shows an individual which looks very much like a boy in women's clothes.

If you are looking for something from the point of view of Anne Neville,
you could also try Anne O'Brien's Virgin Queen (another of my not-favs ). Obviously she set out to write romance with historical background, and that's what she did. At times Anne sounds and acts a bit like a modern teenager, but it is quite entertaining, with a bit of sex.

Presently I'm reading The White Queen by Leslie Nickell. It is well written, with a very touching love story. Only setback is that Anne is intensely unhappy, frightened and sickly most of the time.

But, if you haven't read it yet, I recommend highly The Sunne in Spendour by Sharon Kay Penman. A fat volume, meticulously researched, historically accurate, and still in print! I think the vast majority of all Ricardians agree that it the best of all novels, a classic. Have a look at the a'zon reviews... ;-)

The Sunne In Splendour: A Novel of Richard III: Sharon Kay Penman: 9780312375935: Amazon.com: Books.

(...and why does the software insist to show the full bookcover? Oh well, never mind.)
I think that is my next to read book, I have been recommended that book on a number of times. I tried not to read any novels as it might colour my judgement as I have written Richard's life story in blogs in here.
It was probably the reason why I am asking about Philippa Gregory books and I wondered if anyone who knows a lot about this era what do they think of her work.
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She is brilliant and well worth a read! The only books by her I would not reccomend are the virgin earth and its sequel.
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She is brilliant and well worth a read! The only books by her I would not reccomend are the virgin earth and its sequel.
I have read those books, as they a story and not related to anything related to historic events I felt that I could enjoy them more.
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The Sunne In Splendour: A Novel of Richard III: Sharon Kay Penman: 9780312375935: Amazon.com: Books.

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This is one of my most favourite books; SKP researches her subjects so well, I will have to reread again. Trying to stay away from Richard fiction at the moment, to concentrate on the non-fiction (I say non-fiction, but it depends heavily on the historian ).

I have also read SKP's Henry and Eleanor Trilogy too, which is also fantastic; I couldn't comment on the historical accuracy though as I am not as familiar with the subjects as I am with Richard.

Sadly, there is a lot of rubbish out there when historial fiction meets Richard; so many of the are heavily romanticised. I can see Philippa Gregory being this generation's Shakespeare once the TV series has been aired. I'll still watch it though
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This is one of my most favourite books; SKP researches her subjects so well, I will have to reread again. Trying to stay away from Richard fiction at the moment, to concentrate on the non-fiction (I say non-fiction, but it depends heavily on the historian ).

I have also read SKP's Henry and Eleanor Trilogy too, which is also fantastic; I couldn't comment on the historical accuracy though as I am not as familiar with the subjects as I am with Richard.

Sadly, there is a lot of rubbish out there when historial fiction meets Richard; so many of the are heavily romanticised. I can see Philippa Gregory being this generation's Shakespeare once the TV series has been aired. I'll still watch it though
I know SKP has more of a respectable reputation as a historian. The Historians that have had the stage and air time have been rubbish. They deserve nothing more than stale fruit scones thrown at them.

I suppose Philippa Gregory will spice it up with incorrect sex scandals, not that I have read any of her books on the wars of the roses.
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I am going on holiday soon and I thought I take a trip to the library and get some books for reading. I have decided to get those Philippa Gregory books and read for myself so that I can criticize or praise her work. I have heard that her books are written to please the romantic audience and not that bothered in historical fact, well you can't blame her she certainly has sold plenty of books. Its a shame, nobody wants historical facts, they can be a lot more interesting. I will list the following books,

The lady of the Rivers
The White Queen
The Red Queen
The Kingmakers Daughter

Having read a little already, I am glad that I have not paid any money towards these books.
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Well, Crystal, you'll love her next one (The White Princess) about Elizabeth of York and her incestuous relationship with her uncle, Richard III
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Well, Crystal, you'll love her next one (The White Princess) about Elizabeth of York and her incestuous relationship with her uncle, Richard III
Oh no, does it get that bad. I fail to understand this incestuous relationship, Richard was closer related to Anne Neville than Elizabeth of York. For one thing Edward IV was half brother, as his father was an archer. Anyway there was no relationship what so ever, it was just cruel rumours put about when Anne was dying, by Elizabeth Woodville. I not even got that book to know that is rubbish, why are people allowed to write mass rubbish.
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PG seems to have a thing about incest - she made a lot of it in relation to Anne Boleyn and her brother.

I assume she does it because it sells books.
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