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Something about reading all about the court intrigues really sets my imagination on fire. I did not realize that when I requested this title; I am glad I didn't because that may have stopped me from requesting it. The story is wholly contained in this volume an Gosh what a fun book! The story is wholly contained in this volume and while there is no need to read the previous book, I intend to do so. I also intend to read the third and final book in the series and to check out other books by Mr. He has an easy style to his writing.
This is a quick, engaging read accessible to all ages. I am familiar with the "story and characters" but still found the book to be entertaining so don't let your familiarity with the subject matter cause you to ignore this book. Field's theories are plausible and in no way seem contrived or ring false. I do hope he considers focusing his attention on Richard III as I am interested in what he has to say there. Perhaps he can give each especially controversial monarch their own book - that is something I would definitely read!
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In fact, even if historical fiction or British history is not your usual genre, give it a try, you may be very pleasantly surprised. This is a great introduction to the genre s.
Sep 17, Ionia rated it it was amazing. Since I happen to be a collector of anything Wolsey-related, I couldn't resist it when I saw this book on Netgalley, and I am very happy to have had the chance to read it. I always find it interesting to see what an author will do with the surviving information we have about an historical figure, and in this case, I thought the author did an exquisite job of filling in the gaps.
Thi Since I happen to be a collector of anything Wolsey-related, I couldn't resist it when I saw this book on Netgalley, and I am very happy to have had the chance to read it. This was a compelling read from the first page and never lost pace throughout. Although we have been left with a pretty decent biography of Thomas Wolsey, there are always unanswered questions, that sometimes seem better when answered through fiction.source url
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I liked the way the author approached this character and thought that he was represented just the way I would have imagined him. There were a few areas where the author certainly used his right to artistic license, but I thought they played well with the storyline and weren't ridiculous or unnecessary if anything these moments added to the tension and heightened the interest-factor of the book. Overall, I found this to be a fantastic read and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher, provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own. A well written novel detailing the life and times of Thomas Wolsey — an ordinary boy who was a natural linguist at a time when education was limited even for the privileged, graduating from Oxford University at the age of 15, joined the church, rose to become Lord Chancellor of England and Archbishop of York as well as being a very close friend of Henry VIII Thomas was an ambitious man and his rise to power was dramatic, but his fall from favour was swifter.
I am not sure how much artistic license there was in detailing the vanity and pride or the Ambitions of the man and also the excesses in which he lived — he was a Lover of fine food and copious quantities of wine, and it was Thomas Wolsey who created the opulent Hampton Court. I was somewhat surprised to discover that such an eminent man of the cloth had a mistress and fathered at least two children — but I believe this is historically accurate and perhaps not unusual for the time. I enjoyed reading this, though I did find the middle a little slow and I would have liked a little more about the end of his life Disclosure: I received an advance read a copy of this book free Via Netgalley.
All opinions on my own. Aug 10, Christine Cazeneuve rated it really liked it. First, I want to thank NetGalley and Sapere Books for an advanced e-copy of the book in exchange for an honest opinion of the book. This is the second book of David Field's I have read in the past month and I am thoroughly enjoying this author. The name of the book clearly tells you what the book is about and as I have stated before in other reviews, I love historical fiction and prefer more dialogue than narrative and David Field has the perfect balance of both. For me, David Field p First, I want to thank NetGalley and Sapere Books for an advanced e-copy of the book in exchange for an honest opinion of the book.
For me, David Field presents Cardinal Wolsey in a different light, one actually feels some sympathy for the man as a reader of many Tudor books I've NEVER felt that way about him before in the way he presents the Cardinal while keeping the events factual. A truly enjoyable book and would recommend to all lovers of this time period and Historical Fiction.
I am looking forward to reading other David Field books! Aug 10, Jantine rated it really liked it Shelves: free-for-review , netgalley. I love to read about the Tudor-period, and so I was very happy to get another book into my hands that makes this possible. This book is certainly a great read, and Wolsey is such an interesting character! At some points it could have done with a little more flourish between the historical and political facts and happenings, but at other times this was amply provided.
And I love I love to read about the Tudor-period, and so I was very happy to get another book into my hands that makes this possible. And I love how David Field clearly put so much time into getting his facts straight!
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I received a free copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review. The Wheel of Fortune turned! Aug 26, Miss A rated it really liked it.
Along the way he made some powerful enemies who worked to bring him down, his only protection was the king and faithful Thomas Cromwell. Wolsey was such a fascinating individual and I found David Field has researched this well, it is not just a fiction book it's based on fact with embellishment which I thoroughly enjoyed. I am very much looking for is book delves in to the life of Thomas Wolsey as he builds a life for himself from the son of butcher to a Cardinal and the kings closest confidant.
I am very much looking forward to the next instalment!
Sep 23, Jackie rated it liked it. Sadly DNF - I adore Tudor history, this was richly detailed, well constructed and detailed but lacked soul. A great read of you have a particular love of Thomas Wolsey but if you are looking for something light and intriguing this might not be the best book for you.
Aug 12, andrea c lloyd rated it it was amazing. Insightful and exciting This book gave a unique perspective to The character. The story has been told so often but rarely has it ever mention anything about the cardinal and how much influence he had on Henry the eighth. Jul 30, David Stimpson rated it it was amazing. Such a Good Read I love the Tudor times. Thomas Wolsey is always worth reading about and Me Field has done a Great job..
Sep 29, Rosie Lee rated it it was amazing. Flipping brilliant congratulations David on another great read. Oct 14, Amanda Jane added it.
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