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Diamond review  This charming man

Advantages: Fascinating glimpse into the life and times of one of Britain's more attractive monarchs
Disadvantages: None

When I think back, I wasn’t taught much at school about Charles II. The curriculum covered the essentials such as the Restoration, the Plague, the Great Fire of London and touched briefly on his amorous nature without going into specifics but I really ...

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Review of King Charles II - Antonia Fraser

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Keeping It All Together

Advantages: A good read
Disadvantages: BIt depressing

THE WRITER Brian Thompson was born in Lambeth, London, in 1935. His childhood was divided between Cambridge and Lambeth. Thompson eventually read English at Cambridge, and is also a playwright and biographer. HIS STORY To some extent this belon ...

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Review of Keeping Mum - Brian Thompson

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His last duchess

Advantages: Interesting information about life in the 14th century.
Disadvantages: Very little proven fact about Katherine Swynford and a great deal of supposition

...One of my all time favourite books is a novel written way back in the Fifties by Anya Seton about the life of Katherine Swynford who became first the mistress and later the third wife of John of Gaunt. The perceived wisdom at the time Anya Seton's novel ...

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Review of Katherine Swynford - Alison Weir

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Scandal

Advantages: Well researched biography
Disadvantages: Some gaps due to time period

...As a big history fan I enjoy reading historical biographies, particularly of women. The Tudor period is my favorite but I was also keen to learn about the Plantagenet that preceded them and one of the key characters is Katherine Swynford. Hence this bio, ...

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Review of Katherine Swynford - Alison Weir

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~ * Princess Kate * ~

Advantages: Interesting!
Disadvantages: None!

...Since the Royal Wedding, I have become quite a fan of Kate Middleton. To be fair, being a huge celebrity gossip fan who buys all the gossip magazines, I can’t really get away from her as she seems to be everywhere at the moment; although I do enjoy readin ...

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Review of Kate - Sean Smith

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