Figures in Silk by Vanora Bennett

Figures in Silk

byVanora Bennett

Kobo ebook | September 4, 2008

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A sumptuous wedding feast, two advantageous marriages and a blessing from the golden king When silk merchant John Lambert marries off his two beautiful daughters, their fortunes are set to change forever. Elder daughter Jane starts a notorious liaison with Edward IV, while her sister, Isabel, as the new silkweaver to the court, becomes privy to its most intimate secrets. Could they hold the keys to power in this time of uncertainty? Vanora Bennett brings to life a time of passions and politics, a time of turmoil and tension, a world in flux and a country up for grabs.

Title:Figures in SilkFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 4, 2008Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0007283547

ISBN - 13:9780007283545

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting and enjoyable This story is told from the perspective of Thomas More's adopted daughter, Meg. The story is told from the point of view of everyday life, not the court, and tells of the people's side of events. The events center on Meg's upbringing, her relationship with her sisters, Thomas More's change & his treatment of heretics. The story follows Meg from about age 9 to late 20s or so. Events that affected her family, her thoughts and the ideas circulating through the town. I enjoyed the look at painting and the symbols used to tell "truths" through a painting. All in all, an enjoyable, interesting historical fiction story.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Portrait of an Unknown Woman When I read the book, the expression 'You can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear' repeatedly came to my thoughts. This book is basically a Harlequin romance set in the time of Sir Thomas More and Tudor England. It is the story of Thomas More's ward, Meg Giggs - her education, her interest in medicine, her relationship with her husband (is he who he seems?). The book is set during a time of religious and political upheaval. Twice, the painter Hans Holbein the Younger stays in the More home and paints a portrait of the family. The descriptions of the paintings and the clever descriptions of the hidden meanings in the paintings kept me interested and kept me reading. I even looked up the two More family paintings on-line and referred to them as I read. The rest of the book? The boy meets girl, the unrequited love, the eventual marriage, the second love interest, the happy(ish) ending? Maybe not so much.
Date published: 2017-06-25