Reliving the Past Through the Writings of the Queen of Historical Fiction
Written under Holt.. my favorite is Lettice Knolly of MY ENEMY THE QUEEN. How she outlived them all, was just amazing. If I had more time I would re read the book and it was only late last year that I read it!
I need to get a hold of Queen of This Realm: Elizabeth I. That's the first book I read and I loved it-but I had borrowed it from the Florida library when I was vacationing there. I don't actually have a copy. I'd re-read it in a flash.As for a favourite character, I really liked Sophia Dorothea and her integrity snd morals (she held out as long as possible-let's face it)...there are other characters I loved though.
I read 'Myself my Enemy' years ago, it's the story of Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I. She is my favourite thus far. Their marriage began with conflict but became very strong and I felt one of the greatest love stories. Her love for her husband and her family surpassed anything else. A great book!
I just heard of this author a few days ago on another blog. I'm going to have to check out her work.
My favorite Plaidy character is Charles II in The Wandering Prince, Health Unto His Majesty and Here Lies Our Sovereign Lord. He is clever, witty and very calm and philosophical.
I'm not surprised Arleigh, you often mention this character:)
Hey Ms. Lucy....I've been slowly working my way through all of Plaidy's books (emphasis on slowly). Collecting them has become like a big ol' scavenger hunt to me, LOL.I read To Hold the Crown recently because it was a reprint being pushed out there and was pleasantly surprised. I know it's not a big favorite amongst Plaidy fans, but I thought she wrote about Henry and Elizabeth sooooo much better than another recent author who covered the same subjects.I wasn't as thrilled with The Queen's Secret, but only because Owen and Katherine seemed so mealy-mouthed and spineless. But who knows...maybe they were?I want to continue on with The Thistle and the Rose next and I also picked up her book on Victoria.
Oh yes Michele, I know what you mean about |To Hold the Crown- definitely better;) Why don't you join us in June for My Enemy the Queen? We'd be thrilled to have you join us:)
I liked the flesh and blood portrait of Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland in "Thistle and the Rose". Also covered history I knew very little of. Henry VII and Elizabeth's children all had a real lustiness, (Arthur died too young to see if he would have too), something of a surprise.
Eleanor of Aquitaine in Plantagenet Prelude. I loved the way Plaidy described this historical figure. She wasn't afraid to write unpopular beliefs, I really loved her portrayal of this woman.
Ms. Lucy: I've given you and Arleigh an award which you can pick up at www.bookbirddog.blogspot.com It's great fun.