26.1.11

Book Review: The Confessions of Katherine Howard

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After the hugely successful 'The Other Boleyn Girl' I have to admit that I love a bit of Tudor fiction in my life.  This book tells the story of Katherine Howard; Henry's fifth wife who I feel is an easily ignored part of history.  For me, Katherine is the most interesting of Henry's wives and also the saddest.  She was roughly 16 when she married the King, whilst he was a 49 year old obese, bad tempered man.

Katherine seems to have been skirted over during my history lessons at school.  We spent a fair whack of time looking at the Tudors, but never a great deal on this girl who has become my favourite of his six wives. I feel so much empathy for her; she was a young girl thrown into a world of glamour and responsibilities as a Queen, when all that really interested her was entertainment, clothes, jewels and boys.  She was frivolous, childish and made mistakes but paid a price which was hugely unjust.

This book shows a darker side to Katherine, but a vulnerable one nonetheless.  Whilst it is an easy-to-read book, I just felt it was too fictionalized.  It's told through the eyes of Katherine's best friend and features a romance which the author admits was a project of her own imagination.  I know that there's no way the Tudor drama books I read are 100% fact, but I like to believe they are and not have that bubble burst!

A good read that doesn't require too much time and effort dedicated to it.....but not as good as Philippa Gregory.

Is anyone else a Tudor Geek?

5.1.11

Book Review: The Magician's Nephew

Yessss I know this is a child's book, but seeing as the new film is out and me and Ed watched Prince Caspian the other day I thought I'd dust off my Chronicles of Narnia boxset and have a read.  Oh, and did I mention this is on of my favourite books?  Like, ever

There are seven books in the Chronicles of Narnia, and although this wasn't written first it does infact come first when put into chronological order.  It tells the story of Digory and Polly, who by the use of Uncle Andrew's magic rings, find themselves able to travel to different worlds and ultimately witness the creation of Narnia.

I could go on and on and detail the story more, but I'll save you the reading and just tell you why I love the book.  See, I love things that fit together nicely; where all ends tie up.  And this book does just that.  Having read The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe (which I'm sure 95% of the population has - or at least seen the film) if you read The Magician's Nephew lots of things about the magical world are revealed.  Why the Lantern Waste is there, for example.  Where The White Witch came from.  Why the wardrobe itself has the power to send people to Narnia.  While these may not have been burning questions upon seeing the film, having the answers to hand is a nice way to round it all off.

I haven't yet seen The Voyage of The Dawn Treader but it's definitely on my to-do list.  I was also happy to see that The Silver Chair is in pre-production and I've got my fingers well and truly crossed that they'll be bringing out The Magician's Nephew.  I'll be first in line to get cinema tickets.

Are any of you "closet" Narnia fans? ;)

T x