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22 August 2014
South Australian Meredith Whitford seamlessly blends fiction, fact and conjecture in this story set in the time of the Wars of the Roses. A fictional character, Martin Robsart, is the narrator. After the destruction of Martin's home and family, at the age of eight he is brought up with the young Richard Plantagenet, later to be King Richard III of England.
The novel covers the political intrigue of the day which eventually led to the downfall of the House of York. It also covers the personal lives of the characters, as well as the battles they fought, and does a good job of balancing the three. Whitford tells her own tale of what she thinks may have happened to the princes in the tower, and her version is just as plausible as anyone else's.
The dialogue is written in modern style; once I got used to this concept it made for easy reading but every so often something would jar on me and I'd think, "Oh, they wouldn't have used that term in 1473!"
The book was written in 2002 and won an Eppie award for historical fiction, and is apparently enjoying a resurgence in popularity since the discovery of Richard's remains a couple of years ago.
If you like historical fiction, give this one a try.
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4.5 out of 5 stars