A collection of regular-ish book reviews and blog posts by copywriter and editor Tiffany Markman, who reviews for Penguin Books, Pan Macmillan, Women24 and JoziKids - and lives, works, writes and reads in Joburg, South Africa.
30 October 2012
The Kingmaker’s Daughter (Philippa Gregory)
In my eyes, Philippa Gregory can do
no wrong. She introduced me to historical fiction as a genre (before which I
assumed it was all Georgette Hayer) and aroused my fascination with the British
royal family. She broadened my literary horizons.
The Earl is ‘the kingmaker’ because
he orchestrates events so that only his favourites take the throne. It is
little surprise, then, that he pulls the political strings for Anne and Isabel
too – not of love for them, but of a thirst for power and control.
England being what it is in the
fifteenth century, it’s not long before the Earl makes war on his former
friends. And Anne, married off at age fourteen, must face early widowhood, a
second marriage, intrigues and conspiracies, and the loss of her mother and
sister (one to house arrest and the other to the enemy camp).
The New York Post has described this series as a tale of “royal
witches, philanderers and kingslayers” and this novel as “the story of King
Richard III's wife, Anne Neville, who went from the marital bed of one royal
prince to that of another king-to-be during this long family feud.” I can’t
improve much on that summary. This is another goodie. www.tiffanymarkman.co.za