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In the Shadow of the Crown

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012


    It was good but too much repetition, I would have liked the same emotion put in her other books like Queen of this rralm about Elizabeth I, or Katherine of Aragon, Lady In The Tower used here.
    My favorite fiction book of Mary has been thus far Daughter of Henry VIII by Rosemary Churchill.
    I recommend this though if you are a die hard fan of history and Tudors like me but be aware there won't be that much insight or in depth as her previous books.

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  • Posted July 5, 2012


    If you read the previous books on the series, you can skip several chapters. Before you get to the actual story of Mary's ascension you have to read (again) everything that happened before during her early years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2006

    Interesting, but drags

    I thought Mary's character was very intresting, and i found myself thinking throught the story, 'what would i do if i was in that situation' as an actor i love a book that can make me think of a characters motivation. I enjoyed growing up with Mary and watching her grow. However Jean Plaidy's writing style differs greatly from most other historical writers. She basicly told it strait up, how it was, very little emotion or climaxes. I also found the repetition of ideas very dull. for example, she mentions once that she would like to marry Reginald, just like their mothers had wanted. And this thought is repeated almost every chapter, sometimes several times. There were others to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2005


    Don't get me wrong, I don't want to be a review that discourages you from reading this book because it really is wonderful, Jean Plaidy writes wonderful books, but her writing in general bothers me sometimes. I don't think there's enough dialogue or as detailed discriptions of the setting as I have seen in other writers. I thought Mary's view was quite interesting, but probably inaccurate to her true character. I whole-heartedly believe that Mary was probably much more embittered than she was portrayed by the author. I really don't think she was as sympathetic as in the book.... after all they call her Bloody Mary for a reason. I do think she had mercy in her, but still too bitter to see straight. Tendency to hold grudges. Don't see that in the book. By the way, I ALSO don't approve her implying that Elizabeth was a virgin. Ha! That's practically impossible either way you look at it. The odds are highly against it. They call her virgin queen simply because she never married, and unmarried women are supposed to be thought of as virgins....hence the term 'maiden name' All and all it was a still a good book and I do recommend it

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