Sunday, June 22, 2014

Triple Knot by Emma Campion

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This was a fast, easy read.  Phillippa Gregory first got me interested in historical fiction, with The Other Boleyn Girl.  That book was like crack to me - I just couldn't put it down.  So having read a few more of Gregory's books, I had a passing knowledge of the Plantagenet dynasty.  But this was the first book I had read that was specifically about them. 

Joan of York was the primary character in this book, and the book was written so well, after I finished, I found myself googling her to learn more about her.  It is so weird to read about the betrothal and consummation with her first husband, Thomas Holland, and then later read that she was only 12 years old.  These girls literally went from sleeping in the nursery to having sex with men at least twice their age.

It definitely gave some insight on Prince Edward's character, and finding out later that he was called the Black Prince made perfect sense.   It is so crazy to see how women had no real control over their own lives back then, but they were so good at developing work-arounds to get what they wanted in the end.

I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who loves Phillippa Gregory - I'll be looking for more by Emma Campion. 

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