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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Queen By Right by Anne Easter Smith: Book Review

Queen By Right
by Anne Easter Smith
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4165-5047-1
Release Date May 10, 2011
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Description:   In Cecily Neville, duchess of York and ancestor of every English monarch to the present day, she has found her most engrossing character yet.History remembers Cecily of York standing on the steps of the Market Cross at Ludlow, facing an attacking army while holding the hands of her two young sons. Queen by Right reveals how she came to step into her destiny, beginning with her marriage to Richard, duke of York, whom she meets when she is nine and he is thirteen. Raised together in her father’s household, they become a true love match and together face personal tragedies, pivotal events of history, and deadly political intrigue. All of England knows that Richard has a clear claim to the throne, and when King Henry VI becomes unfit to rule, Cecily must put aside her hopes and fears and help her husband decide what is right for their family and their country. Queen by Right marks Anne Easter Smith’s greatest achievement, a book that every fan of sweeping, exquisitely detailed historical fiction will devour.

The Good Stuff
  • Reminded me a little of the Jean Plaidy novels I read as a teen - I was a huge fan of historical fiction back then
  • A fabulous way of teaching some history without getting too dry and serious.  
  • Brilliantly researched
  • Important for the nerdy anal library worker that I am - Awesome Genealogical chart, nice map, detailed bibliography and glossary -- this stuff really helps when reading historical fiction
  • Loved the background of Cecily as a young little spitfire
  • The authors fascination and love of the subject matter really shines through
  • Interesting look into the world of young people during the 1400's
  • Although the story lacks in the middle, it does become more interesting during the last quarter of the novel
The Not so Good Stuff
  • way too much flowery lovey declarations - this is not my thing so I was irritated with it at times. But in authors defense this is how they spoke during this era - but still icky lovey dovey
  • A little slow at times, but still better than reading a history book on this subject. This should be read over a period of time and not like a typical novel where you curl under a cover and get lost in the story
  • The story sort of looses steam when Cecily becomes a mother and focuses much on that over the fascinating history going on
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Rowena was shocked by Cecily's candor, frowned a warning, and jerked her head at Joan's stiff back. "I believe his grace of York will be the one to determine that my lady," she whispered back. "He may have a dynasty in mind for the two of you."

"Then he may have to do it all by himself!" Cecily retorted."


"I suppose you will learn the hard way that women will never be a man's equal in the world.  We may lend an ear, we may even counsel our husbands when asked, but we are a man's property from one end of our lives to the other. First 'tis our fathers who own and use us to profit from a marriage contract, and then we must honor and obey any husband thrust upon us. You would be well advised to learn obedience to your husband's wishes, Cecily, for to disobey is unforgivable in a wife and is a reminder of Eve and her first sin; that of listening to Satan."  (Jen's note: Doesn't that make you want to puke!)


What I Learned

  • Tons of fascinating historical facts and not going to tell you what or you just won't read the book
  • Really sucked to be a women in the 1400's
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Perfect for those who know little of Cecily and Richard, a good interesting introduction to further historical reading
  • Not for those who enjoy something a little more intense, this is very slow at times

3.5 Dewey's


I received this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review

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