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Cavalier: A Tale of Chivalry, Passion, and Great Houses

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

by Lucy Worsley

Rating: ***

I was really excited about reading this book, it's my favourite historical period, I have read a lot already but I cannot resist anything set against the background of the Reformation, especially if there is a non-fiction narrative woven among the detail. So, why the three stars? I just could not get into this, it was so heavy with detail - I couldn't seem to focus on either the detail or the story as both were so dense. It was just hard work and it's a shame as there is some good stuff in there. The level of research is outstanding but it just did not flow and I really found it uphill. But, for the gems of interest and detail that do come out, it's worth a read if you like this period - if you do not, I think it would be incredibly heavy-going.

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