The Dark Rosebecause of the way the lifestyles of the different classes were described in such detail. Not only do readers enjoy the pomp and intrigue of daily Court life with velvets and jewels, but the supposedly simpler life of those making a living from the land to support the lavish Court lifestyle. For Tudor lovers The Dark Rose brings us another perspective on life at Court with Henry, Catherine of Aragon, and Anne Boleyn and for lovers of romance there's plenty of love and lust both at Moreland Place and Whitehall Palace.
As with the other books in the Moreland Place series, a family tree is provided at the front of the book, to which I referred often while reading. On Cynthia Harrod-Eagles web site there is a map of the fictional Moreland Place and it's surrounding villages, which is fun to have as a reference, also.
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