A few chapters into To Die For by Sandra Byrd, I had to hit up the world wide web and Wikipedia to find out more about the Boylen Family and King Henry VIII. After reading about both, all I have to say is those Brits were fiesty. I might even say cra-zay.
It’s easy to forget that kings and queens of old were normal people who had best friends they grew up with, boys/girls they crushed on before being given into marriage, gossip to deal with and wanted to make a difference.
Also, after reading this book and my “intense” Wikipedia investigation into the Boleyn family I have to say the movie that came out in 2008 (the Other Boleyn sister) is a bit false. To say Mary was the innocent one as the movie portrayed, is a bit different from the historical figure who was rumored to have been a mistress of the King of France before being the mistress (and bearing two children) of King Henry. They was drama enough without having to change it.
Historical accuracy rant complete. 🙂
And King Henry VIII was a playa. Six marriages? Dang son!
Also how ridiculous it was for the church to think it punishable by death if you wanted to have scripture to read and discern for yourself. It helps me to appreciate the sacrifice and burden men like Luther and Tyndale took on so that people would be able to read the truth of the gospel for themselves.
Can you tell this novel had me 108% intrigued?
That’s one of the reasons I loved Byrd’s novel. She brought to life the Tudor world based upon tons of historical research (got a bit giddy with all the references and sources at the end to check out) and it helped to have fantastic and engaging writing.
And man did I have strong attachments or hatred for some characters. I’m pretty sure I called one of the malicious women in the story “you tramp ho..” out loud after one particular scene. Feel free to use that line if you ever have the need.
“And thus I take my leave of the world, and of you all, and I heartily desire you all to pray for me,” she finished.
In case you didn’t catch my vibe, yes I highly recommend it!