Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Daughter of TimeThe Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If your passion is English history, specifically the Tudor & Plantagenet dynasties and 15th-16th century succession to the throne, then this is the book for you! It satisfies academically, but is definitely not entertaining fiction. The "daughter of time" is not a person, but "truth," as opposed to "authority." Tey, the author, presents a convincing argument: the "princes in the tower" were *not* murdered by their uncle, Richard III, and he was in fact a competent & highly revered monarch. This of course is in opposition to public school history books, Shakespeare's famous play, and popular thought. Henry the VII was the real bounder. I liked it very much; but then I'm a bit of a nut for this kind of thing & wouldn't recommend it to casual readers.

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