Mistress of Mourning

Mistress of Mourning

Book - 2012
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London, 1501. In a time of political unrest, Varina Westcott, a young widow and candle maker for court and church, agrees to perform a clandestine service for Queen Elizabeth of York, wife of Henry VII: carve wax figures of four dead children, two of her offspring lost in infancy and her two brothers, the Princes of the Tower, whose mysterious disappearance years ago has never been solved.
Publisher: New York : New American Library, c2012.
ISBN: 9780451236906
0451236904
Branch Call Number: FICTION Harper Karen 07/2012
Characteristics: 399 p. ;,21 cm.

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merlinsilver
May 26, 2017

Really enjoyed this book. The more books I read by Karen Harper the more I want to read.

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s390325
Apr 06, 2017

I thought this was an excellent read, interesting and fast-paced without being overly predictable. I like this approach to historical fiction, where the main protagonist is a commoner, because you don't feel like the author is putting words in the mouth of a well known historical figure who might have actually spoken or acted quite differently. Of course, this is not completely applicable for this book as we start to get the Queen's narrative of events after the story starts. There are so many historical fiction books set in the reign of Henry VIII that it was quite refreshing to read something set in a different time period (when his father Henry VII was ruling and the country was still recovering from civil war). I had heard of the two princes in the tower, but I didn't realize they were Henry VIII's uncles. I felt like I learned more British history and also good deal about candlemakers and burial customs in this time period. After reading the novel, I wonder if Verina would really have had as much freedom of movement, and freedom to choose her own spouse as depicted in the story as a young widow in Tudor England, and also if Henry VII and Elizabeth had as harmonious a marriage as depicted here. And is / was Wales really so mysterious and mystical? Perhaps that is a sign of good historical fiction, that you want to learn more about the history once you are done with the fiction!

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muffythecat
Nov 27, 2013

I am reading the White Princess and it is really good. Try that.

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tmb_net
Mar 28, 2013

Not sure about the historical accuracy of this book about a candle merchant's widow set in time period of Henry Vii

hgeng63 Feb 07, 2013

I wanted more drama in this bk--between Varina & Nicholas Sutton, & between Henry 7th & Elizabeth of York!

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