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The Sisters Who Would Be Queen: The Greys by Leanda de Lisle NF

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Post by SonjaMarie » Fri January 30th, 2009, 2:45 am

I have a 1910 ficitional book on the sisters called "The Daughters of Suffolk" by William Jasper Nicholls. I haven't read it and am not quite sure where it is at the moment, I have so many books in my small room. This book is very rare and I can't find any other copies available online at the moment.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Fri January 30th, 2009, 2:57 am

In the book there is only one bit that seems a little off to me and it has to do with Henri II's death 1559. The way Leanda writes it it seems the guy who accidentally killed Henri during a joust was caught and executed fairly fast. Not so, Gabriel de Montgomery actually escaped to England and Elizabeth I refused to send him back to Catherine D' Medici, basically saying she wouldn't be France's executioner. He later returned to France to try to relieve La Rochelle and was later caught in 1574 and beheaded. A full 15 years later after the deadly joust.

If I hadn't read a nonfiction book on Henri II, Diane de Poitiers and Catherine D' Medici last year, I wouldn't have noticed the discrepancy.

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Post by Telynor » Sun February 1st, 2009, 9:06 am

Thank you very much for the link. Have you read Mary Luke's or Alison Plowden's books on the Greys? Plowden especially goes into detail about the younger sisters.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Sun February 1st, 2009, 6:14 pm

You're welcome! Yes, the Mary Luke book was given to me when I was 16 and I read it a few times in the past, and I've already read Plowden's book a few years ago.

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Post by amyb » Sun February 1st, 2009, 8:38 pm

Oh yeah...I've been eyeing this one since I saw it first out there and was hoping it would be as good as it sounds. Thanks for the review!

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Post by SonjaMarie » Sun March 8th, 2009, 1:30 am

Amazon has this listed as coming out on Oct 13th:
http://www.amazon.com/Sisters-Who-Would ... RPCA5DFQJR

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Post by Divia » Sun March 8th, 2009, 1:39 am

Looking forward to it, to bad there isnt an image :(
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Post by Tanzanite » Wed March 25th, 2009, 1:09 am

I finished this yesterday and thought it was very good - very readable and interesting. There is one thing though that I really don't get - why Elizabeth preferred Mary of Scotland over the Greys as her heir. Although I can understand her initial reluctance due to the actions of Jane and her father, the fact that Mary was Catholic and her subsequent plotting against Elizabeth would seem to to perhaps make Elizabeth rethink her position. Perhaps she was just choosing the lesser of two "evils" in her mind.

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Post by zsigandr » Sun May 17th, 2009, 12:46 pm

Thanks for the review SM. I will be adding this one to my ever increasing TBR list.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Wed June 3rd, 2009, 11:13 pm

I found the US cover for the book at Random House, I'm hoping that the woman in the front is Lady Jane as I'd love to have the image on my site if it is:
http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/disp ... 0345491350

Also if it is, I want a copy for my collection (even though I already have the UK book, I want the image).

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