Friday Morning Bookclub

November 23, 2010

The Queen’s Captive By Barbara Kyle

Filed under: Book Recomendations,The Queen's Captive — susanbright @ 6:37 pm

The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory was one of my favorite books, so when I received a copy of The Queen’s Captive from Reading Group Choices I was quite excited. I have always been intrigued by anything that has to do with Henry VIII and his many wives. The Queen’s Captive takes place in 1554 when Mary, the daughter of  Catherine, Henry VIII’s first wife  is Queen. Queen Mary, also known as Bloody Mary because of all of the people she had burned at the stake in her quest to reestablish the Catholic religion in England, despised her half-sister Princess Elizabeth, daughter of  Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn.

 The Queen’s Captive is the third book in the Thornleigh series. The first two books are The Queen’s Lady and The King’s Daughter. Although many of the characters in the series are historical figures, Kyle has also intoduced two fictional families, the Thornleigh’s and the Grenvilles.  Kyle did a wonderful job of melding fact and fiction. I especially appreciated the author’s notes at the end of the book which clarify which characters are historical figures and which fictional as well as which events are real and which were added or altered for the sake of the story.  Although The Queen’s Captive did not measure up to The Other Boleyn Girl, it was an interesting, entertaining read and I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.



  1. Just curious – Had you read the previous two Thornleigh series? Did you feel you should have? (if you didn’t)
    I also enjoyed The Other Boleyn Daughter (lent to me by Sarah!)and am curious about her other books.

    Comment by Mona — November 23, 2010 @ 7:48 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Mona! Although I have not read the earlier Thornleigh books, I did not have a problem following the storyline and do not think that I enjoyed it any less. I would like to eventually read the first two and get a little more background info on all of the characters. I have not read the other Phillipa Gregory books either. So many books…. so little time!

    Comment by susanbright — November 23, 2010 @ 10:32 pm | Reply

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