Victoria, Elizabeth I, Daughter of Time, etc.
Posted by Kathi on August 25, 1998 at 23:10:25:
In response to Queen V books etc., written by Lisa M on August 17, 1998 at 14:33:02
] ] ] Thanks for your suggestions. I am also interested in reading about individuals, particularly Queen Victoria. I am also curious about novels which have used the royal family as a focal point for their stories. I have heard about Josephine Tey's "Daughter of Time" and plan on purchasing it soon.
] ] ]
Daughter of Time is really good, though Tey is something of a Richard III apologist. It does not use the royal family directly, but follows the research that a police detective (flat on his back after an injury) and a historical researcher do after the detective wonders what could have lead a man with a face like Richard's to kill his own nephews.
] fiction based somewhat on fact. I have just "discovered" a wonderful author named CC Benison. There are three novels so far (I just recieved the last one last week)
] "Death at Buckingham Palace"
] "Death at Sandringham House"
] "Death at Windsor Castle"
] They are mysteries involving a maid, Jane Bee, and she helps the Queen
] solve the murders. They are very entertaining and incorporate lots of well-known "facts" about the Royal Family.
] Hope this helps :)
I read the first two of these, and they are a lot of fun.
Jean Plaidy also has a book about Victoria. Victoria Victorious, I think it is called. She has written a lot of historical novels on the royal family.
Susan Kay wrote an absorbing novel called Legacy about Elizabeth.
On the non-fiction side, The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser and The Children of Henry VIII by Alison Weir are both excellent.
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