Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Queen's Lady by Barbara Kyle

After reading "The Other Boleyn Girl" this period in history has intrigued me. So when I saw "The Queen's Lady", a book about a young lady in the court of Catherine of Aragon, I was pretty sure I would enjoy it.

It turned out to be nothing of what I expected, but still very enjoyable! I was expecting the story to center around the Queen's dealings with the Boleyn situation; instead I was treated to a different side, yet likely more influential aspect of this time period, the religious turmoil and persecution in England.

An excerpt from the book gives a great hint of what you will be treated to when you read: "She saw that everything that had come to her in the years that followed--the wrestlings of her conscience, the striving for some better social order, the fulfillment of love and the despair at its loss, the disillusionment at the self-deception of the world and the hunger to know why men craved such self-deception -- all this turmoil was nothing less than life itself."

"The Queen's Lady" is a great story of love, loss, faith, deception, suspense, following your conscience at all cost, and in the end finding yourself.
Learned: Though hundreds of years have passed, that simple truth applies today; all the messes and problems of this world are just a part of life; unless you want to quit, you have to learn how to survive it all.

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