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Carpe Librum

Reviews and bookish conversation with author Samantha Wilcoxson.

If I am lost, you will find me in medieval England.

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The Queen's Caprice by Marjorie Bowen

The Queen's Caprice - Marjorie Bowen

I had requested this book without realizing that it was by the same author as Dickon and before I had started Bowen's Richard III novel.. Both books inspired me to skim sections, but this one was an improvement over Dickon because it does not include the same false medieval language that was so annoying in that novel.


Mary as a protagonist was impossible for me to like or feel any sympathy for. She was selfish, vapid, and more concerned with sex than ruling her country. At no point did she invoke any positive feelings from me, which made this a difficult and boring read.


Bowen made a name for herself in historical fiction in her time, but I think I do not think her novels are for me.