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29. The Stolen Crown by Susan Higginbotham...

March 6, 2010
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the stolen crown
About the book:
Trapped in the War of the Roses, one woman finds herself sister to the Queen... and traitor to the crown

Katherine Woodville's sister never gave her a choice. A happy girl of modest means, Kate hardly expected to become a maker of kings. But when her sister impulsively marries King Edward IV in secret, Katherine's path in life is no longer hers to control.

Kate is matched with Harry Stafford, poised to be the richest duke in England. But his Lancastrian blood prevents him from gaining royal favor, and so he turns to the king's brother, Richard of Gloucester. Kate, wary of Richard's influence, cautions her beloved. But when at long last power comes courting, it cannot be stopped...

drey's thoughts:
Susan Higginbotham's The Stolen Crown is an engrossing read into the lives of English nobility, during a time when friends' and families' loyalties are shuffled around like a deck of playing cards... Especially if your life revolves around the (current?) royal family.

I really liked the flow of the story, and I thought the different points of view were well organized. And boy, am I glad I didn't live during that period. Never knowing whether you and your family are going to be killed, because of who you're married to, related to, or friends with. Even if this only applied to the noble classes, or the very lucky (unlucky?) few who get to hang out with them.

The Stolen Crown will be one added to the history buff's bookshelf.

drey's rating: 3.5/5 Very Good

Title: The Stolen Crown
Author: Susan Higginbotham
ISBN-13: 9781402237669
ARC: 367 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks, 2010
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon

Challenges: 100+, Pub


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