Thanks to Anne Boleyn’s fiery personality and overall appeal to modern women, most of Tudor-based fiction and media revolves around Henry VIII’s infamous second wife. But what about his long-suffering first wife, Katherine of Aragon? Jean Plaidy’s historical novel The Shadow of the Pomegranate peels away the usual stereotypes of Katherine of Aragon–that she was a frumpy, ugly religious fanatic who would have killed Anne Boleyn if she had the chance–to reveal a woman of great intellect, power, and courage.
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Deborah Harkness, the historian and author behind the wildly popular All Souls trilogy, sat down with Bookpage to talk about her second book in the series, Shadow of Night. Harkness talks about how although she’s a historian, she doesn’t scoff at the idea of enchantments until it’s 100% debunked. She also admits the reason she picked 16th Century England as the main time period for the novel is because “it’s her main area of expertise” and she has been researching that era since she was an undergrad in college. By blending history and fiction, she hopes that her readers will learn to see historical personages, such as Elizabeth I or Matthew Roydon, as living, breathing characters rather than stuffy figures in boring academic textbooks.
Harkness’s interview is an interesting look at how history can take the same tired old paranormal fiction tropes and turn them into a fascinating read!
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