Getting back into the swing of things each week is hard. So is finding the quiet time to write a review over the weekend. In order to ease out of the weekend, I’ve decided to begin my blogging week with a mini review.
I have read more Philippa Gregory since I started this blog than any other author. The King’s Curse is Gregory’s sixth book in the Cousins’ War series. While there have been some books in this series that I’ve very much enjoyed, I admit that I am suffering from some Plantagenet burn out. That’s why it took me a while to decide to start listening to this audiobook. Had it not been for narrator Bianca Amato, I still may not have read this book. Do you ever get burned out by a subject, an author, or a time period?
The King’s Curse tells the story of Margaret Pole, the daughter of George Plantegent and niece of King’s Edward IV and Richard III. The novel begins after the rise of the Tudors, at a time when ties to the beloved Plantagenent kings made Margaret and all of her family a danger to Henry VII. To keep the Plantagenent’s down, Henry VII first had Margaret’s brother imprisoned in the Tower and then executed. Margaret was married to a Sir Richard Pole, a night loyal to the Tudor family. Her life was a constant struggle to survive the Tudor Court.
As someone who has loved and devoured Tudor history, there was nothing about this story that was unfamiliar to me. I’ve read many novels where Margaret Pole played a role, but this was the first where her point of view was front and center. I found that refreshing as she was an interesting woman at the center of both Henry VII and Henry VIII’s reigns. While there are aspects of Gregory’s writing that make me twitchy (constantly repeating character’s relationships with one another, things thought and then spoken repeatedly), the way that she tells stories is addictive. I listened to this 20+ audiobook in under two weeks because I listened at every possible minute. Bianca Amato has made listening to her novels a necessity. Complain about certain aspects as I might, I will keep returning to Gregory like my favorite soap opera as long as Amato is behind the mic.