Rosemary Griggs does a wonderful job of bringing women's lives in the 16th century to life
A Woman of Noble Wit by Rosemary Griggs is perfect for all historical fiction fans. Unlike many books, this book doesn't force the heroine into being unrealistically present at every major event that occurred during her life-time. Instead, Katherine is forced to remain in a woman's sphere, looking after her children and managing servants. However, the Tudor years were eventful with religion and politics impacting every powerful family-even women were impacted as their menfolk rose and fell in Henry VIII's favour.
Rosemary Griggs does a wonderful job of bringing women's lives in the 16th century to life: the limited opportunities, the fear for children in a time of plagues, the strong family ties. Katherine was a delightful heroine and it was fascinating to know that she'd eventually become mother to one of history's most famous explorers. I think the book could have done with a little extra cutting; the first half in particular could be a little shorter, however Griggs weaves in plenty of details to keep you entertained.
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