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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages


Legacy - Susan Kay

Legacy is a historical novel about Elizabeth I (covering the period from the meeting of her parents, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, through her death over 70 years later), with some paranormal overtones.


The direction of the story line is hardly a surprise to me (I have been addicted to the Tudors since the early 1970s, and my favorite screen Elizabeth is still Glenda Jackson), but it's always interesting to me to see how the author chooses to execute the tale.  With Elizabeth's story, I am always interested to see how her relationship with Thomas Seymour is presented, and also the case of the death of Amy Robsart.


Never a dull moment, unlike some more recent novels about the Tudors, which can manage to make Henry VIII boring.  Which I hadn't thought possible, and then I read Carolly Erickson's The Last Wife of Henry VIII, which put me to sleep.  But I digress.


It's a pity Susan Kay stopped writing (and as far as I know she is still living), because this is an example of the huge fat historical novel that made a superior beach read, and was so much more common in 1983, when it came out, than such books are now, alas.