Figures in Silk



The Plot Of My Latest Novel Brings Together The Silk Business Of Fifteenth Century London And The Personality Of King Richard III, Suspected Throughout History Of Having Murdered His Two Nephews, The Princes In The Tower My Story Begins With Silk Merchant John Lambert S Decision To Marry Off His Two Beautiful Daughters At The End Of The Wars Of The Roses Elder Daughter Jane Starts A Notorious Liaison With King Edward IV Richard S Older Brother While Her Sister, Isabel, As The New Silkworker To The Court, Becomes Privy To Its Most Intimate Secrets Could The Sisters Hold The Keys To Power At This Time Of UncertaintyFigures in Silk

I became a journalist almost by accident Having learned Russian and been hired after university by Reuters to my own surprise and the slight dismay of traditionally minded editors who weren t sure a Guardian reading blonde female would be tough enough for the job , I was then catapulted into the adrenaline charged realm of conflict reporting While on a trainee assignment in Paris, I fell in wit

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  • Hardcover
  • 464 pages
  • Figures in Silk
  • Vanora Bennett
  • English
  • 24 June 2017
  • 9780061689840

10 thoughts on “Figures in Silk

  1. says:

    This was the third book I read in close sucession of the War of the Roses time period in medieval England The other two were The White Queen by Philippa Gregory and The King s Grace by Ann Easter Smith see previous review Reading all three provided an interesting perspective on Edward V, Richard III, Queen Elizabeth Woodward and the future Queen Elizabeth, mother of Henry the VIII Each book presented the main characters as villians or heros while sticking to the historical facts surrounding the War of the Roses My favorite by far was Figures in Silk because although these historical characters were front and center, the book focused on the merchants of London especially the female silk workers, who often were declared freewomen in their own rights and were allowed to make deals, take out loans, and hire their own workers Loosely based on real characters, the plot focused on a scheme to bring silk weaving to London, as well as the craft of silk embroidery It brought 15th century London alive in a way that a novel focusing soley on the nobility cannot and showcased the strength that these women had to petition for their livelihoods and work to better their lives A good read if you are interested in learning about this time period, or i...

  2. says:

    Tam da okumak istedi im kurgu ve temaya sahip bir kitap idi. 15.Y zy lda ge en bu hikaye de o d nemde pek g r lmeyen g l bir kad n karakteri vard Kad n n s z hakk yok kendi hayat ile ilgili karar verme hakk yoktu.Ama sabel ve Han...

  3. says:

    Get thee to an editor Seriously While I understand the copy I have is an ARC and thus an uncorrected proof what I read in this book goes way beyond the pale Twice I found a duplicated sentence, one right after the other Run on sentences with way too many commas, colons and semi colons, along with short disjointed sentences that went nowhere picture Snoopy writing his classic it was a dark and stormy night Frankly I felt I was always on the outside looking in and that s the last place I want to be when reading a book Jane and Isabel are daughters of a wealthy London merchant who has arranged for both their marriages Jane to Will Shore where she subsequently becomes the infamous Jane Shore, mistress to Edward IV, and Isabel to the lazy son of silk merchant Alice Claver Isabel s husband dies shortly after the marriage leaving a mountain of debt and not wanting to return to her father s household and another marriage she signs on as apprentice to her mother in law and begins to learn the silk trade Isabel s path eventually crosses again with a dark man she met on her wedding day and finds the attraction is still there although there is...

  4. says:

    O perspectiv interesant asupra ultimilor regi din Casa de York, Eduard al IV lea i Richard al III lea, din afara cur ii regale Totu i povestea are ca fundal via a m t sarilor din Londra secolului al XV lea, iar dac lumea m t sii nu te intereseaz , atunci aceast carte...

  5. says:

    I couldn t get into this book, unfortunately I had a hard time empathizing with the characters that Bennett sets in 15th century England The protagonist, Isabel, never really seems to seize the day and attempt to carve out her own destiny.Often I say, Not my favourite book, but if you have the time, give it a read There s nothing about Figures in ...

  6. says:

    Tam da okumak istedi im kurgu ve temaya sahip bir kitap idi. 15.Y zy lda ge en bu hikaye de o d nemde pek g r lmeyen g l bir kad n karakteri vard Kad n n s z hakk yok kendi hayat ile ilgili karar verme hakk yoktu.Ama sabel ve Hane bu prangay kendi...

  7. says:

    Another vivid, engrossing historical novel from Vanora Bennett, chock full of period detail and fascinating characters.

  8. says:

    While I started reading Vanora Bennett s Figures in Silk because of the Ricardian aspect of the plot, I actually found that part of the narrative rather thin compared to the rich and detailed story of life in the London silk trade which is the primary focus of the novel Bennett s protagonist Isabel Claver is a young widow who becomes an apprentice to her successful mother in law Alice Claver, one of the foremost silk merchants in London She learns the trade well and, in partnership with Claver and an Italian silk merchant, embarks on a crown supported endeavour to bring the secrets of the Italian silk weavers to England Isabel s access to the court and to royal patronage and significant commissions is due to two things First, her sister is Jane Shore, the mistress of Edward IV Second, an accidental meeting with an intense young man in a church where both have gone to seek consolation turns ultimately into a secret royal liaison when Isabel discovers that the young man is Richard of Gloucester.I have to admit that I didn t really buy Bennett s characterisation of Richard III, or the love affair between him and Isabel Even Richard s contemporary enemies acknowledged that he seemed not only much in love with his wife, An...

  9. says:

    While I was on the treadmill this afternoon, I watched as Gordon Brown, his wife, and his two children took their leave of 10 Downing Street Brown stood in front of the hoards of photographers, smiled, then climbed into a car, streaking through London toward Buckingham Palace to give his resignation to the Queen I m not British, nor have I paid much attention to British politics since I spent the spring of 2007 in Scotland, but I got a lump in my throat watching his car make his way down the city streets It s amazing to me that some of us are lucky enough to live in countries where the our leaders step down after public elections when history has shown us that it s just as easy to hold your position through battle and murder Say what you want about politics and politicians, but there are times when the system is beautiful I just finished another one of my historical fiction novels, one that shows us what happens when the established system just breaks down Vanora Bennett s Figures in Silk yet another no...

  10. says:

    If you are bored by descriptions of the 15th century European fabric industry, this is not a book for you.However, if you re interested at all in the role thread and cloth played in the late medieval world, as seen by a character on an apprentice to master journey storyline, I think you would enjoy this book.15th century London teenager Isabella Lambert finds out in Chapter One that her father has engaged her to a man she hardly knows for economical political reasons She is advised by a new acquaintance that even though she is pawn this marriage is just the first move, and there are many possible moves in the future.So, working with what she has at any given moment, Isabella continues to make moves, and very smart, strategic ones at that After all, as she learns later on, a pawn can take a king And this book could have just as easily been titled Queen of Silk Meanwhile, her sister, Jane Shore yes, that Jane Shore has made different life choices in response to a patriarchal world, and is living a life of luxurious ease Isabella has to come to terms with the fact she is jealous of her sister while at the same time benefiting from her sister s connections And we see Jane working as hard as Isabella, in quite a different way, as she makes things happen at court with a few carefully placed coos and kisses What I thought was awesome was that these two sisters demonstra...

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