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One would think with all of the Tudor books out there that one would have read it all but no – Ms. Knight has found a heroine about whom I knew very little. Lady Katherine Grey was a sister to Lady Jane Grey – the young woman who was queen for 9 days between Edward VI and Mary I. Katherine had royal blood so her life was really lived at the Queen’s behest. She couldn’t marry without her permission, she really couldn’t be free at all. So much for the “fun” of being royal.
Once I started reading about this young woman I was totally lost in her life. I felt so badly for her – unable to love who she chose. Much has been written about Elizabeth I’s inability to let the women around her find happiness because she herself could not. That left these women with the option of never marrying or taking their chances and defying the Queen. Katherine went the defiance route and she paid for it with imprisonment in the Tower. She was still able to see her husband and she did have two sons while living there but the Queen made sure she would never see her husband again.
It’s a very sad story about a woman who just wanted to live a normal life when she was not living in normal times. The book is very well written with a style that makes the time and characters come alive on the page. I found myself thinking of this poor girl for days after I finished the book. I could tell that Ms. Knight really cared for her subject and wanted to due her story justice. The research is evident in the delightful details sprinkled throughout the tale. I’ve got Ms. Knight’s first book on my tablet and I am going to make time in my reading schedule for it as I so enjoyed this one and I know I’ll be looking forward to more from her.
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