Tudor novels have driven me away because of the trite retellings of a very well known story, often including totally far fetched theories and unlikely romances.
The Crown is told from the unusual viewpoint of a nun, Joanna Stafford, who has court connections, but is trying save both her father and her convent from destruction. Her enemies re powerful, her friends not.
Despite the potential for melodrama, Bilyeau steers clear of cliché and writes beautifully of Joanna's struggles. This is a wonderful book, and although there is a certain amount of religious talk, it is not preaching but a way of understanding the characters.
The author provides a lengthy bibloiography, evidently she did a tremendous amount of research. Well worth, I highly recommend this book.
- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Orion; 1 edition (12 March 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1409135799
- ISBN-13: 978-1409135791
- Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 3.4 x 15.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 322 g
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