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Queens Lady Mass Market Paperback – Nov 24 2009

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; Reprint edition (Nov. 24 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758241690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758241696
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 4 x 17.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,366,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Born just as the violent overthrow of the Catholic Church begins in 1527 Tudor England, Honor Larke is alternately pulled and pushed by her conscience: she wants to save heretics from burning, but desires to see her once beloved guardian, Thomas More, punished for his reforming ways. Meanwhile, Erasmus, Catherine of Aragon, Henry Tudor, Anne Boleyn and More himself charm, pummel and sweep their way through history. Fully grown, Honor meets and employs Thomas Thornleigh, a merchant and courtier who she vastly misjudges—at first. Firsthand experience with the horrors of persecution on both sides forces Honor into an unusual decision of where to put her faith. Compelling narrative and characterization make Kyle's debut comparable with the likes of Margaret George and Kathleen Windsor. (Aug.)
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First off, the main character, Honor, wasn't born in 1527 as the book description above seems to imply, the story starts in about 1517 when Honor is 7 then jumps forward 10 years. It's the story of a woman, Honor Larke, brought up as a ward of Thomas More and serving Queen Katherine of Aragon. She loses a childhood friend/protector to the heretic fires and, horrified, she goes through life holding bitterness and anger for the people she discovers were behind it, More in particular. She leads a double life, serving the Queen and working underground to rescue people accused of heresy and it becomes an obsession. It explores the rise of the Reformation and the back stabbing politics. She meets Richard Thornleigh who helps her with her reckless (as he sees it) plans and with whom she eventually falls in love. That doesn't go smoothly either.

It's not a bad read but near the last quarter it starts to get a bit heavy and sometimes preachy with too much philosopy that i ended up skipping over a bit. It's almost as if the last part of the book was written by someone else. It didn't have the same flow at all. Or maybe it's just me.
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I found this book quite enjoyable. As the reader, you get swept up in the moment. A great page turner. The writing is so realistic you forget it's fiction. Can't wait for the sequel.
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What a terrific novel. History, theology, English royalty, philosophy, Thomas More, Erasmus and even Lucretius blend with primal emotions and action in perfect measure here. I had no special affinity for 16th century English history before reading The Queen's Lady, and perhaps I still don't. But this novel has given me a wonderful taste of the life and issues then. The characters, from the fictional leads Honor Larke and Richard Thornleigh, through Henry VII, his queens, Erasmus and Thomas More are finely drawn, believable and engaging. This book ranks with the best historical fiction I have read, including Penelope Fitzgerald and Robert Harris.
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