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Old February 28th, 2016, 01:23 PM   #21

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I read them in mind that obviously huge speculation is going to be made by the author. Of course its not going to be accurate, she is creating a story using timelined events as a frame.
Gregory's use of the folklore hereditary magic in the story line show readers how difficult it was to be a woman to have power. Jacquetta really did face trial for witchcraft on the accusations she that she had planned and arranged her daughters marriage to Edward IV. Men in power really didn't like women stopping their plans. Also fear of witches and curses was real. Gregory seems to use a What If- all the court gossip/ accusations did have foundation.

I agree with people about the incest side of things, I really disliked her Richard III affair with Elizabeth of York. Again she may have just wanted to show readers that intimate relationships between close relatives happened, but this is shown enough with all the cousin marrying cousins. And looking at it from a fictitous story point of view, it doesnt seem to fit in with the character she made up for Richard and the love his character has for Anne. It does seems a crappy attempt to build sympathy for Elizabeth of York leading onto the 5th book.
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Old May 26th, 2016, 06:29 AM   #22

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I like the books... as fiction.

My problem is with Ms Gregory herself having taken an attitude of 'I am superior over all other female historians'... it's something I've seen from Phillipa a few times and it's annoyingly present in how she handles certain interviews.

So, basically for me:

Phillipa Gregory,Historian - NO. Do not like her.

Phillipa Gregory, Writer - LOVE her work.

Books - As history - Not sure I like them.

Books - As historical fiction - Like them just fine.
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Old May 31st, 2016, 06:38 AM   #23
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I think we have to accept Philippa Gregory's books for what they are; fiction. No matter how much research you do, no book is ever going to be 100% accurate, after all it is one person's interpretation of events. I think the problem comes when people mistake what she writes as the absolute truth instead of just her opinion.
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Old May 31st, 2016, 06:40 AM   #24

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BTW.. that was really King Richard III under the car park?
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Old May 31st, 2016, 07:37 AM   #25

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BTW.. that was really King Richard III under the car park?
DNA seems to say yes?
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