review: The King’s Confidante

The King’s Confidante by Jean Plaidy St. Thomas’s Eve, republished as The King’s Confidante, is a story of the life of Sir Thomas More – scholar, lawyer, councilor to the King and ultimately Chancellor, after the fall of Wosley. But most importantly to More, he was a loving husband and father, as well as father-figure to many. The story begins with More’s difficult decision to pursue a family life instead of becoming a monk — something he will continue to

Read more

review: My Enemy, the Queen

My Enemy, the Queen by Victoria Holt Lettice Knollys, the Countess of Leicester, because of her beauty and attractiveness, was a constant rival to Queen Elizabeth I. A Boleyn relation, she was summoned to court to attend the queen at an early age, and the Queen recognized her right away as one of those young women she would have to watch closely, less they become ‘wanton’ and stir up gossip in her court. Queen Elizabeth is described as coquettish towards

Read more

review: A Favorite of the Queen

A Favorite of the Queen by Jean Plaidy Also printed as Gay Lord Robert and Lord Robert The story begins with Robert Dudley’s father at the execution of his father, Edmund Dudley, who had been used as an example to the people that the new King Henry VIII would please his subjects. The elder Dudley was Henry VII’s cruel tax collector and as such deserved to die a traitor’s death. John Dudley grew up to regain both his family fortunes

Read more