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Old March 18th, 2014, 12:16 AM   #41

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Even as fiction, I find her novels overrated. To each his/her own but I think there's much better historical novels out there.
Totally agree with you History check!
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Old March 18th, 2014, 12:22 AM   #42

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I have read it, its not one of my favs when it comes to her. I have read other books on Anne that are better. Like Jean Plaidy, she wrote a book on Anne. Another good one was written by Anne O'Brien.

Amazon.com: The Virgin Widow eBook: Anne O'Brien: Books


The Reluctant Queen: The Story of Anne of York (A Queens of England Novel): Jean Plaidy: 9780307346155: Amazon.com: Books

I'm wary of all fiction but there are books MUCH better. When people take fiction seriously then I roll my eyes but once in a while there are fictiom worth reading. Will say her books that I did like were constant princess (though I didn't agree with some of her portrayals on her secondary charcaters) and Boleyn Inheritance (only portrayal didn't like there was Jane Parker's who as I've read and everyone who has, knows it is off. Recommend reading on Jane bios such as Jane Boleyn by Julia Fox and Claire Ridgway's blog the Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth Files and her book the Anne Boleyn collection, she is a good and responsible biographer).

I agree with you Ladyjax, those two fiction books on Anne Neville are MUCH better. Loved Reluctant Queen by Plaidy, and Anne O'Brien is a magnificent author. Her book on Alice Perrers was also good and she has another fiction on Katherine Swynford that is coming out.
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Agreed. Dried Fruit has said it for me. PG writes rubbish. I picked up Lady of the Rivers for a flight read. I tried to enjoy it but it was like I was a drag. I love historical based drama, and this it was not. Why oh why is so much energy wasted
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Yet PG has something - her book sales speak for that. Perhaps she appeals to readers who sort of like history, but don't want to be bothered about researching it or reading fiction which is demanding.
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I've read the Cousins' War series and some other book by her but I can't for the life of me remember which one it was. Her writing is okay, but isn't very accurate. It is indeed for readers who don't really care about historical truth, just want a fun read.
I wouldn't recommend her books to people who don't know much about history, because they would be left with wrong impressions. As for people who do care and have some knowledge in the subject, it would be a waste of time.
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Old January 4th, 2015, 11:44 AM   #46

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It's not the lack of historical accuracy that bothers me, it's that her characters and plots are so one dimensional, I can only imagine they appeal to the mass market because they are easy to read and dramatic.
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You guys dissing PG ugh no I'm kidding. When I read HF I know that not everything in the book can be real. If HF was all about fact in my opinion you'd have a bore of a story. Ok so not everything she writes is completely accurate but when I read an HF I want mostly the truth. Anyways how can we actually know the real truth about most things in those days when witnesses died easily, and it was many years ago and most documentation can be lost. I have several PG books and love them. She's my favourite author. I some how never stray from Tudor era books. That's why I'm trying to get through my 130 TBR list on Goodreads.
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You guys dissing PG ugh no I'm kidding. When I read HF I know that not everything in the book can be real. If HF was all about fact in my opinion you'd have a bore of a story. Ok so not everything she writes is completely accurate but when I read an HF I want mostly the truth. Anyways how can we actually know the real truth about most things in those days when witnesses died easily, and it was many years ago and most documentation can be lost. I have several PG books and love them. She's my favourite author. I some how never stray from Tudor era books. That's why I'm trying to get through my 130 TBR list on Goodreads.
Well, like I said, my issue is less with her inaccuracies and more to do with her flat characters and often one-dimensional plot lines. I gave her another chance with The White Princess but it was more of the same I found with The Other Boleyn Girl. Gregory does not know how to write a complex character and sometimes her attempts to do so just wind up making the characters do something that makes no sense.
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I love Phillipa's books when I want a 'light historical fiction'... but when I want something proper I tend to turn to Suzannah Lipscomb for my Tudor history. I trust her far more.
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