It’s been a long long time since I’ve done a1/15/2021, 7:14:05 PM
It’s been a long long time since I’ve done a #RecommendationFriday Today I want to talk about author Laura Andersen and her “twisted history.” Andersen reimagines history with “what if” questions. Like… What if Elizabeth I, the celebrated Virgin Queen, gave birth to a legitimate heir? That’s the story that “The Virgin’s Daughter” and “The Virgin’s Spy” follow and I loved them. (Third book to come next year) These books follow the lives of the second generation Tudors, with stories that link to Andersen’s other trilogy, “The Boleyn King” (The Boleyn King trilogy follows the what if question: What if Anne Boleyn had actually given Henry VIII a son.) . It always personally takes me a minute to get into books like these, but Andersen certainly captured my interest and held it with war, shock, intrigue, romance, and the complicated life of Queen Elizabeth I. I love her characters and I love thinking about how history would have changed just by certain people living or dying. Very cool to think about and imagine. I love historical fiction and I have really loved historical fiction around the Tudors. But one of the downers for me is that no matter where the the story lines goes and what you might hope for certain historical characters, in the end, they HAVE to follow the facts. And some times that means death or love lost, etc. (yeah, I know, face the facts and real life Hikari. But still...) What I love about Laura Andersen is that you’re not quite sure what to expect, as the story lines take many historical facts, but veer from their outcomes in intriguing ways. I know there are a lot of historical fiction purists, and I too love learning a bit about History through the eyes of its characters, but I also just love thinking… what if? What are some of your favorite historical fictions? Are you a historical purist? Or do you like history reimagined?