She was one of the Queen's favourites and had it all riches, fame, power and a lover. Now she is out of favour with the court and has been banished from court along with her husband. She is now trying to help her friend Elizabeth Stuart Queen of Bohemia to come home to England so hopefully she can regain favour in court. I started this book and I really liked the first half of this book. How Lucy recalls how she raced to be the first to met the new Queen and King from Scotland. How she won the favour of the Queen and became a darling of court.
How she fell in love with poet John Donne and became friends with little princess Elizabeth Stuart, but for me it began to drag into the second part of the book.
As Lucy trys to bring Elizabeth back from Bohemia and home to England. As plot goes on and more and more characters are introduced I became bored with the plot and found I didn't really care what happened to our heroine and was glad when I read the final page and believe me that does happen to me alot! In short I had high hopes for this book but it left me cold Feb 22, Louise rated it it was ok. I came to this book with high hopes having loved all the previous ones by Christa Dickinson. Somehow this one left me cold. The story of Lucy Countess of Bedford who is out of favour and wants to be back in to make her fortune did not engage me.
On reflection i think that this is brave attempt by the author as the heroine was not a sympathetic one. But in order to make her more appealing there was too much emphasis on how awful her life had been which historically apt when told in the first perso I came to this book with high hopes having loved all the previous ones by Christa Dickinson.
But in order to make her more appealing there was too much emphasis on how awful her life had been which historically apt when told in the first person made her a difficult character to warm to. I felt that more about Elizabeth of Bohemia or the Lucy of early scenes who was racing to court to meet the new queen would have hooked me more This book left me a bit confused or not caring enough about the characters to care about what happened to them.
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A great study of intrigue and plots but did not engage me. Worst Read Runner-Up information about this award is available on my profile Reading challenge A book with bad reviews possibly I would give it 2. Other than that it was quite a boring and slow read. The Countess of Bedford is a very interesting person, but she is written in a very odd way that also causes everyone else to be looked at in a strange light. The only really interesting bits were the interactions between Book Awards: The only really interesting bits were the interactions between her and her husband and John Donne.
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The flashbacks were also not perfectly placed out, which caused some confusion while reading. Feb 14, Kate Forsyth rated it it was amazing Shelves: Christie Dickason has carved out a niche for herself writing historical novels set during the Stuart period, which is just as bloody, romantic, tragic and interesting as the more popular Tudor period.
The Noble Assassin has as its heroine the beautiful and clever Lucy Russell, Countess of Bedford, a real historical figure, with the poet John Donne taking the role of romant Christie Dickason has carved out a niche for herself writing historical novels set during the Stuart period, which is just as bloody, romantic, tragic and interesting as the more popular Tudor period.
The Noble Assassin has as its heroine the beautiful and clever Lucy Russell, Countess of Bedford, a real historical figure, with the poet John Donne taking the role of romantic hero. Not my cup of tea. Honestly, I found the storyline boring, and the protagonist thoroughly unlikeable.
The story was meant to follow on from an earlier book by the author, The King's Daughter , but there were inconsistencies which just drove me mad. The writing style felt like the author was trying to reel off lots of information in a hurry, and the tenses were all over the place. There was something about the way Lucy's internal monologue was written that reminded me of Philippa Gregory at her wo Not my cup of tea.
Sorry, just didn't like this one. Feb 08, Amelia rated it liked it Shelves: As with other Christie Dickason books, a bit slow to get started, and a bit muddly with all the characters. But at least unlike Gregory she doesn't repeat over and over again who the characters are. Only really grabbed me with wanting to know what was going to happen at the end. Otherwise very much a take-it-or-leave-it kind of book, that I'm glad I picked up on a "further discounted" sale, and I dont think I'll bother reading it again.
Feb 15, Alison Rashbrook rated it did not like it. Dec 19, Tara Russell rated it it was ok. Enjoyed the first half, thoroughly bored by the rest. Mar 26, Dilys rated it liked it Shelves: Well researched a good historical novel based arond James1 reign. Sep 18, Emily rated it liked it.
I found it hard to get into this book. It switched time and character quite a bit at the beginning. Once I got into it it got better but still it wasn't the most enjoyable book I've read. Lindsay rated it it was ok Jun 26, Caitlin rated it it was ok Feb 09, Lu Balu rated it liked it Mar 16, Jennifer Shaus rated it liked it Feb 05, Sandi rated it it was ok Jun 07, Kyrsta rated it it was ok Mar 16, Joanna Johnson rated it liked it Sep 21, Audrey rated it it was ok Mar 22, Bronwyn rated it really liked it Mar 04, Clare rated it liked it Jul 27, Heather Williams rated it liked it Oct 20, Sheila rated it really liked it Nov 26, Victoria rated it liked it Dec 09, Patricia Jones rated it it was amazing Jul 16, Ruth rated it liked it Jul 02, I started to write at the age of three, long before I could spell.
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Books by Christie Dickason. Dickason even manages to touch upon the origins of the Thirty Years' War in Europe and England's Civil Wars so subtly that the reader remains pretty much unaware of what she's doing. Anything smacking of petticoat government and good old Queen Bess was swept aside and women put firmly back in their "rightful" place. Certainly the style of classical education Renaissance princesses such as Queen Elizabeth received and made fashionable for daughters of the nobility like Lucy Harington became subject to the deepest suspicion.
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She can be impulsively generous and loyal, but is also rather self-centred, capricious, vain and ambitious, with an eye for the main chance. Preferment at court was not just a matter of prestige, but also brought with it substantial income, something which Lucy, with her many expensive projects, always needed more of.
All her life has been about being dutiful — first as a daughter, then as wife to a man with whom she shares only mutual antipathy. I imagine her rather as a prism - multi-faceted and refracting light to dazzle so that others can't see her true, softer self tucked away inside - the self that longs for the love and approval of a kindred spirit.
The combination of the intellectual and the frivolous that characterizes Lucy seems to have been very much the tone of James I's court, especially in the early days. James himself was a fascinating character- clearly damaged by his experiences and upbringing.
Several assassination attempts exacerbated his paranoia. He was deceptively louche, being in fact intelligent and learned, but convinced not always with justification that he knew best. While reading this book I became intrigued by the masque , a very Renaissance form of courtly performance art in which courtiers, both male and female, took part.
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