About the Author: Philippa Gregory
| Submitted by: TheLadyNatalie|
Comments: Wow, am I the only one who has read this? Well i havent read it in quite a while so i will try my best, sorry if some of this is wrong
Well, this story is the story of Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard, and Jane Boleyn. Obviously it focuses on Henry as the fat old man we know him as and not the JRM type (as if he was ever a JRM type?) It gives a real inside view of KH and Culpepper's relationship. Not too many obvious historical inaccuracies (shocking for gregory!)
Over all, its a decent read
| Submitted by:Oragami|
Comments: For me, this was a bit hard to follow seeing as it switched from Anne of Cleeves to Katherine Howard to Jane Rochford/Boleyn. It wasn't very good, and I stopped reading about halfway through. It was interesting to finally find out the reason for Katherine Howard being exectued, and that Jane Rochford/Boleyn was too.
| Submitted by: Queenmellybee|
Comments: I enjoyed reading this book, but I did not like it as much as TOBG. I think that Gregory does a good enough job making each character and their storylines distinct enough to jump back and forth - and I especially enjoyed reading the perspective of Anne of Cleeves.
I think that Gregory is creative and descriptive in this novel, and brings the grittiness and opulence of the times to life.
My personal note on Philippa Gregory novels and those who 'dislike their historical inaccuracies'.......
I never really knew much about Tudor history. I was recommended TOBG and became so intrigued that I read up on the histories and facts myself. I found it fun to discern what was fact and what was FICTION. These are works of historical fiction - half the fun is in speculation and slight distortions to make the readers wonder "what if?" If I wanted 100% fact, I would read a non-fiction.
Most important of all...... books like these and shows like TUDORS, whether they mix fact and fiction or not.........if they are a springboard to get someone interested and involved with the history - then they accomplished a higher goal.
| Submitted by:yddib|
Comments:I actually really enjoyed this. I know it wasnt all factual but I did find it did a great job of making me live the story. Some of it was very sad.
|Submitted by: Lady-Demiya|
Comments: One of my favourite Philippa Gregory books. She wrote in first person from three different women, and at first, it is a little confusing, but you can get used to it if you continue reading the book on a daily/weekly basis.
As Philippa does not really stick to historical facts, some people may become confused by what is happening in the book, but it is enjoyable if you don't take any of it too seriously.
| Submitted by: Maggie-AnneB.|
Comments: I did not enjoy this book. Not one of Gregory's best written, and just the story in general, I did not like. I do not recommned this book because it makes you feelreally sad for Anne of Cleves (which I do) but you'll end up hating Kathryn Howard a lot, and you'll feel bad for Henry. Which is something that I, personally, can not do.
The Confession of Katherine Howard
By Suzannah Dunn
| Submitted by: Lady Demiya|
Out of all of Suzannah's books, I liked this one the most. It is intriguing, but - thankfully Suzannah makes a note of this at the very beginning - there have been changes to historical facts. Only a minor one that really you should not take heed to.
The title of this book if rather silly. You don't hear any confession by Katherine, nor is this story told through Katherine's eyes.
Like most books, I got annoyed with Thomas Culpepper, I actually like Francis Derehem in this book. Katherine annoyed me at the very end, but was a really interesting character to read about through the book.
Lastly, I felt Suzannah - like many other writers - gave Katherine a bad image/character. Not all writers do this, but Suzannah gave her the typical adulterous attitude, and really, there is not actual fact that anything happened.
I feel sorry for the real Katherine Howard, because it seems her real story will never be told.
Good read. Not a fixed romance. A lot of friendship and trust. Worth reading.