Welcome back to my book review! I’ve decided to make this blog much better because I feel like, since it’s nearly been a year since I started, I’ve got a bit lazy with it. I apologise. The book I’m reviewing today is The King’s Curse by Phillipa Gregory and it’s wonderful. I am a real lover of Phillipa Gregory’s books because a) they’re Tudor (cough, cough, not bias at all even though that’s my university degree specialist subject) and b) they’re really well written for those people who think that the Tudors are just a bunch of old dead people who liked killing all the time (although this is basically true too…)
The blurb reads: King Henry VII of England has kept his cousin Margaret at a distance from the court, but the marriage of his son Arthur, Prince of Wales to the Spanish princess Katherine of Aragon brings Margaret out of obscurity. Her subsequent struggles are improved when the new king Henry VIII puts his daughter Mary in her care, but Margaret’s ties to the royal bloodline put her and her family in the center of the intrigues swirling around the king.
I give this book 5/5 for how put-down-able it was. I couldn’t put the book down and every time I remembered that it was sitting on the bedside table all I wanted to do was run home from wherever I was and sit and read it. (I have also re-read this book recently, five months after I wrote this review, and it was even better than before).
I give The King’s Curse 5/5 for characters. Margaret, our leading lady of the book, is a wonderful character who has definitely been overlooked in history (I have studied the period for nearly 10 years and I’ve only heard of her twice). Everyone knows about Henry VII and Henry VIII’s classic traits but Gregory’s fiction in the book gives a whole other level of insight to the characters. Spoiler alert, Henry VIII wasn’t always a fat wife-killer and Henry VII did indeed try and marry his widowed daughter in law!
This book gets 5/5 for originality. Obviously, because it’s history and we all know that history never repeats itself… oh, wait. Truthfully though this book tells another- amazing- side to life in Tudor England and the twists and turns are wonderful and make you forget the boring side of the Tudor history that you learnt in school.
Overall, The King’s Curse gets 5/5. The way Gregory tells the story of Margaret and her struggles under Henry VII and VIII keeps you wanting to know more and more right until the last page. I highly recommend this book to those of you who have read other Gregory books because this was the best one, to me, and I have loved every single one I’ve laid my hands on!
Thank you for reading my blog and I hope the new tone and enthusiasm for this book will make you come back and read some more reviews. The next review I will be doing is The Man Who Forgot His Wife (and trust me, this book has had me in tears of laughter ten pages in, so it’ll be worth a read for sure!).