SET HER ON A THRONE by Jan Westcott

SET HER ON A THRONE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Lavender tinted elaboration on the shadowy historical figure of Anne Neville, daughter of Warwick the Kingmaker. As seen here, Anne managed to enter politically advantageous marriages to both Lancaster and York (in the persons of Edward, son of Margaret of Anjou, and Richard III) with both heart and dignity intact. Her horrified protests at the first scent of each betrothal soon melt into sincere -- and lengthily justified -- love, and trysts in both enemy camps (""Each day was a treasure, each a stolen moment in time where fear and hatred did not exist"") are punctuated by descriptions of her ever more elaborate finery. By the time Richard murders his nephews in the tower Anne's innocence becomes harder to explain, and the narrative focus conveniently shifts to her friends and servants the Hewitts. Meanwhile Anne is wasting away from consumption -- a few chapters after the loyalty of the reader has similarly declined.

Pub Date: Oct. 19th, 1972
Publisher: Little, Brown