Blog Tour & Book Review: Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Freemantle

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Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Freemantle

Pub Date: August 6, 2013
Rating: 3/5

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No matter how many books I read about the Tudors I’m still fascinated. Maybe it’s that Anne Boleyn  is so fascinating or that his other wives must’ve known their fate, but something about the Tudors leaves me wanting more.

Despite the large number of books out there about Anne Boleyn, Catherine of Aragon and Henry himself, I haven’t come across many from Katherine Parr’s perspective. Parr was the King’s last wife and had the good fortune to outlive him and to remarry. Though there’s obviously more intrigue behind Boleyn and his other wives, I find the idea of Parr’s position fascinating. She had been at court when the other wives were present and obviously knew what had happened to them. She’d also seen Henry’s physical and mental health decline drastically over a few years. And yet she married him.

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Book Review: Gilt by Katherine Longshore


Gilt  by Katherine Longshore

Published May 15, 2012

Summary:  Though I’veread a lot of historical fiction set during the Tudor dynasty, I had never read a book that chronicled Catherine Howard’s rise to the throne. In Gilt,we see the story from Kitty’s perspective. Kitty is a minor noble who becomes friends with Catherine Hoaward when they are both in service to a wealthy Howard relative. Catherine has lofty ambitions and it is clear from the start that Kitty will follow her every move. The novel traces their friendship from servanthood to the Tower. Along the way both indulge in romances that are dangerous, politically and psychologically.

Bechdel Test?: Surprisingly, I didn’t think so. Even though the two main characters, Kitty and Catherine, are strong women in their own right, together they talk only about plotting love affairs.

Rating: 3/5
A solid historical intregue, Katherine Longshore’s novel was exactly what I thought it would be: fluffy goodness.There wasn’t much that the (informed) reader didn’t realize going in but it was fun to see the way that Longshore jazzed up the well-known story. Overall, I wish that the story had focused more on Kitty since she was the more interesting woman. I finished the book feeling as though there was a great deal more that Kitty could’ve done.