Review: The King’s Curse

The King's Curse
The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An enjoyable read from the perspective of Countess of Salisbury, Margaret Pole from the Plantagenet old royal family and cousin to the Tudors. Henry VIII is portrayed as a spoiled child who became a scary, murdering despot. Interestingly, in the author note at the back, Phillipa thinks he may have had the Kell positive blood type and McLeod Syndrome which led to all the miscarriages, lack of surviving male heir, mental instability and wild mood swings (the King’s curse). Of course medieval doctors would not have understood that and would have used leeches and astrology to’cure’ him, making him more of a lunatic.

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