The Star of Lancaster: (Plantagenet Saga)
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Dominating the court was Harry of Monmouth, his fingers itching to take the crown, his reckless conduct causing scandal since he frequented disreputable company in the low-class taverns of East Cheap with his crony Sir John Oldcastle. There came a time when the disease which had caused the King to hide himself away claimed him and Harry became King Henry the Fifth.
The change was miraculous both for him and Oldcastle. The licentious youth became a great King, and the rake Oldcastle turned into a religious reformer. Oldcastle ultimately was a martyr to his cause and Harry became the conquering hero of Agincourt. The star of Lancaster was in the ascendant. Harry had brought France to her knees and married her Princess. It seemed that the long war was at an end. But a greater enemy than the French awaited Harry, and the rising star of Lancaster was finally to depend on a nine-month-old child.
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The Star of Lancaster
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Actually, not really, I was reading the whole thing from start to finish and that was the point, so early on I decided to include this one. I had forgotten so much and it was interesting the little things that I remembered. Jean Plaidy's books are dangerously rereadable!
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The first half of the novel is by far superior to the second half. As with the previous books in the Plantagenet series, the author tries to cover the lives of nearly everyone involved dur The first half of the novel is by far superior to the second half. As with the previous books in the Plantagenet series, the author tries to cover the lives of nearly everyone involved during the period covered.
Because of her need to pack everything in, events are rushed over, which leads to lots of "telling" and a lack of "showing". This is especially so in regards of the Battle of Agincourt. The reader is suddenly transported from England to France, introduced to lots of new characters, and — in my case, at least — is left wondering why.
Perhaps the main repetitive theme in this book is the widowed queen going on and on about Richard II. No one could replace Richard, never will she love anyone else, never will she forget him, etc. On the whole, I found this to be on of the better books of the Plantagenet saga, though like all the others, it has the potential of being much better. Jun 18, Christine Cazeneuve rated it it was amazing. Read it in two days as the book was so fast paced and full of love, lust, betrayal and intrigue I just couldn't put it down.
Jean Plaidy has such a way in capturing the reader and you just surrender to it. This book starts the dawn of the Lancaster period and starts the reader on to the road of the Battle of the Roses. I enjoyed reading Plaidy's account of the early life and childhood of the boy who would become King Henry V, especially the female POV of his mother, an all too often ignored figure, in the early chapters.
I barely knew that Henry had 2 sisters as well as his 3 more famous brothers. The first part covering the reign of Henry IV was definitely stronger than the second part on Henry V which seemed rushed, covering some 7 years in about 50 pages.
The Star of Lancaster (Plantagenet Saga, book 11) by Jean Plaidy
This could have been a lot larger and far more detai I enjoyed reading Plaidy's account of the early life and childhood of the boy who would become King Henry V, especially the female POV of his mother, an all too often ignored figure, in the early chapters. This could have been a lot larger and far more detailed, as there were as many significant events after the Battle of Agincourt two years into Henry's reign as there were before.
One common aspect of this author's work that I find irksome was prominent in this novel. This is her tendency to devote much attention and space to accounts of the lives, actions and actions of relatively minor historical figures who play little or no role in the major events of the period.
As much sympathy as I felt for Isabella of France, Richard II's second wife, was a fairly lengthy chapter on her life after Richard was deposed at she was returned to France really necessary? I did not think the entire 'back story' for Joanna, Henry V's French stepmother really added much the story either. A good read, but a little disappointing if you are looking for a Historical novel about Henry V as King. This is the 11th part I think of this story and it is getting annoying that every books starts with the same events seen from the next king in line.
Once you're pst that part it does get interesting though it feels as if Plaidy is getting bored with the story herself and is rushing through the major events. Mar 19, Kathy Petersen rated it really liked it Shelves: I am always skeptical of historical fiction. Too often it's a romance novel dressed up in period costume. I was thus pleased to discover that Plaidy has a sense of history, a respect for research, solid writing skills.
The Plantagenets are old friends of mine, and I enjoy reading their stories in the section of the library. I can safely add Plaidy's novels to that list. Henry IV died and his son, Henry V, took the crown. Richard is deposed and dies mysteriously, murdered some say on the orders of Bolingbroke, now King Henry the Fourth. But Henry finds the crown harder to hold onto than it was to win. He is beset by enemies, hampered by disease, and concerned about the rebellious behaviour of his son. Dominating the court and with his eye on the crown is Harry of Monmouth, whose reckless conduct in low-class taverns with his crony Sir John Oldcastle causes scandal.
When the king dies, Harry became King Henry the Fifth, and the change is dramatic for both him and Oldcastle. The licentious youth becomes a great king, and Oldcastle, the rake, turns into a religious reformer. Oldcastle dies a martyr and Harry becomes the conquering hero of Agincourt.