Queen of Silks by Vanora Bennett

About the book

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.

Reviewed by White Lion Group, Yateley Reading Group:

Fascinating insight into life in London and Westminster at that time in history, especially women’s role in the silk trade. Would have liked more depth, too many strands were touched on.

Star rating: ***

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2 thoughts on “Queen of Silks by Vanora Bennett”

  1. Review by Shipton Bellinger WI Reading Group:
    Fascinating facts about the silk trade in 15th Century England and the role of women in it. That said we have read better historical fiction.
    Star rating: **


  2. Review by New Forest/Waterside U3A Reading Group:
    Remembering that much of the story of Richard III we learned when young was based on Shakespeare’s work and he was writing for Tudor/Stewart patrons, this was an interesting slant on Richard. A well crafted novel with a touch of the thriller and a well woven introduction to the silk industry. Deserving of four stars.
    Star rating: ****


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