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  • A Young Woman's Tale set in Tudor England

    Set in Tudor England, this book follows the dissolution of the monasteries through the eyes of one of the young nuns, which gives it quite an unusual perspective. I hadn't really thought too much what would happen to all the religious men and women suddenly dispossessed and made homeless. Some could not return to family, many could not cope without the order of the Rule to guide their lives. This story sets the scene very credibly, and we follow how various characters cope. However, the key character, Agnes Peppin, is much more rounded and we follow her story from before she goes to the convent, and what happens to her afterwards. It almost reads as fact, not fiction, as she travels to London and becomes involved with Thomas Wyatt, an historical figure. I found the book to be historically accurate and written in an entertaining and endearing style. All the fictional elements seemed to be very credible and wove well into the story. I enjoyed it very much. Thank you to NetGalley and Duckworth Publishing for allowing me access to the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Tudor England comes to life

    This is a remarkable novel: the story of one woman living through the tumultuous events of the Dissolution of the Monasteries - recounted in such saddening detail - the deaths of Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII and Lady Jane Grey and Edward VI, and the accession of Mary I, intermingled with the events of her own life. Victoria Glendinning has created a real, rounded woman in Agnes and peopled her world with a cast of believeable characters and a wealth of authentic-seeming historical settings. A real tour de force.

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