I have not seen the print version, but I love the audio. I am listening for the second time right now. Bianca Amato is a wonderful narrator for the type of book. She makes you feel you are there right in the room with the characters.
Well-written and researched. I especially liked the short author's note at the end. I think it adds quite a bit to have an introduction or end note by the author because it validates the story and authenticity. Plus it makes the experience of reading/listening much more personal.
The scene where Elizabeth and Richard are talking together after the birth of their first son, Arthur, and admiring him as a beautiful baby. So sweet. Their relationship was so tumultous, that this moment of sweetness and humanity was very special. All parents can relate to this moment.
To me, it was the Queen's nephew, the Earl of Warwick, who was shut in the Tower of London at the age of 14 (?). So sad. And his sister fought for him with such strength of character, and even the Queen could not change Richard's mind, and release the boy and not consider him a threat to Richard's throne. And when the boy was taken to be executed, the words about the fact that he had not been outdoors, or felt rain on his face for many years, was so poignant.
Another great book by Philipa Gregory! I love them all. Great series -- the Cousins' War. I've read each and every book she has written, several times. I hope the author will continue, or perhaps start another series, as this one comes to an end and a new regime comes into play. For me, I enjoy the history, details of dress, houses, living conditions, lifestyle and environments, plus the political intrigue. The violence is mitigated, though it's there as it should be for accuracy. I like the way the author builds relationships among the characters. I would like to hear more about young Prince Arthur growing up years, and his marriage of Katherine of Aragon, his death; and then the early years of the union of Katherine and Henry VIII.
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