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The Crown (Joanna Stafford series) por Nancy…
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The Crown (Joanna Stafford series) (edição 2012)

por Nancy Bilyeau (Autor)

Séries: Joanna Stafford (1)

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When novitiate Joanna Stafford learns her cousin is about to be burned at the stake for rebelling against Henry VIII, she flees Dartford Priory. But when she and her father are arrested, she finds herself a pawn in a deadly power struggle.
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Título:The Crown (Joanna Stafford series)
Autores:Nancy Bilyeau (Autor)
Informação:Touchstone (2012), Edition: First Edition, 416 pages
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I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down. It is Book 1 of a 3 part series. I didn't know that when I bought the book and I will be ordering the other two right after Christmas as I am sure that Santa has bought me all 15 books I had on my list! :) Many other people stated that it is part Divinci Code and part Philippa Gregory and I agree (although I never read the Divinci Code).

Although Joanna Stattford is a fictional character - it didn't matter to me. The story is intriguing and there are a lot of twists and turns - I did figure out a major plot issue but again it didn't matter as the story was so engaging. I look forward to the other two books!

This was so good I read it in one day! ( )
  ChrisCaz | Feb 23, 2021 |
good book ( )
  TracyKelley | Nov 23, 2016 |
DNF @ 23%.

I was quite excited about starting The Crown. Usually I don't seek out historical fiction set in Tudor England but the prospect of reading this with a book club was too good to miss.

This is the first installment of a series following Joanna Stafford, a daughter of a Catholic family that has been regarded a threat to Henry VIII, a novice at Dartford Priory, and an accidental adventurer it seems.

The beginning of the book was really promising as Joanna sets out to London to witness the execution of her cousin and to offer her moral and spiritual support. What I liked about the beginning was that Joanna's character and motivations seemed very similar to those of Antigone in the play by Sophocles, and I was hoping to see if her character would develop in a similar way.
From then on, the story gathered a lot of pace and Joanna seemed to be thrown from one task to another in no time.

I don't know what my expectations were with respect to the story but there seemed to be an imbalance between the task of writing to move the plot and writing to convey the historical aspects of the story.

And this is where the book lost me. There is a lot of detail about life in Tudor England, but it didn't somehow manage to create Tudor England in my imagination. Partly, I think this is because the author has been very ambitious to show that she really understands the times and this sometimes comes across as info-dumping and sometimes as plain name-dropping of historical figures. I know that Cranmer etc. were around at the time, but this has nothing to do with the actual story at hand. And while the political and religious tensions of the time are a catalyst to Joanna's story, I feel it would have better served the story to replace the constant name dropping with an investigation into the characters motivations and thoughts and a little more detail of their spaces they inhabit. To replace it with writing that makes the reader feel like they have been transported through time and that provides a near visceral experience of what it would have been like to walk in Joanna's shoes.


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  BrokenTune | Aug 21, 2016 |
If you are a fan of Margaret Frazer's Sister Frevisse mysteries - AND you are a fan of The Tudors (either the TV show or the historical time period in general) - there is no question: you should read this book immediately!

An intransigent novice leaves her cloistered order to be present at the execution of her cousin, whose family has fallen afoul of Henry VIII's religious policies. Regardless of the interference of a handsome young man, she is arrested and questioned - and blackmailed into becoming a spy. There are rumors that her convent holds a valuable relic, and with religious establishments being suppressed and closed all over England, political factions are all out to seize as much wealth as they can.

Joanna is, at first, a reluctant investigator... but once details start coming to light, her naturally inquisitive nature comes to the fore, and she is compelled to solve the mystery.

The writing is good enough, and the research is thorough enough, that the book should satisfy fans of historical fiction - while the plot has enough twists and turns to satisfy those more familiar with the murder-mystery genre.

I received this book through the Goodreads "First Reads" giveaway! Thank you Goodreads!
However, I should note that I am not one of those people who feels required to give out good reviews just because I didn't pay for a book! I always voice my honest opinion... just read my other reviews if you're in doubt! ;-)

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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
The story is about a novice fighting to save her priory during the dissolution under Henry the 8th. This book cast a different light on Ann Boleyn than most historical fiction. Other than that is was fairly run of the mill. ( )
  cygnet81 | Jan 17, 2016 |
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