observations: Mean Girls at the court of King Richard. Our narrator is Anne Neville, who is the Queen of England. It’s not hard for a historic novelist to write in some dramatic irony: Anne will not be Queen much longer, her husband will not be King, both will be dead within a year and a half, and one of these sneered-at girls (daughters of the previous King) will be Queen of England instead - this whole court will be swept away.
Philippa Gregory’s Other Boleyn Girl featured twice in the blog last year, described as changing ‘the whole landscape of historical-novels–based-on-real-people - much as Anne Boleyn changed the whole future of the English throne and church.’ Her series on the Wars of the Roses (of which this is the fourth book) is less compelling than the Tudor ones, but that’s because the story is less interesting: what PG aptly calls the Cousins’ War can be confusing, with everyone changing allegiance and rising and falling with the fortunes of war. And in the end it can get a bit difficult to distinguish among the feisty, feminist heroines with their notions of their own importance.
Links up with: Richard III, Anne’s husband, is the major historical character in Josephine Tey’s The Daughter of Time.
The picture of Anne Neville is from the Rous Roll, via Wikimedia Commons.