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22 January 2016 @ 10:24 pm
So…the last couple of trips I've made to the bookstore and library have resulted in running across several books that seem to be arguing that Princess Elizabeth was really attracted to Thomas Seymour? Like, are we doing that again? Because I really don't want to be doing that again, dude was a child molester. I mean, I am no historian, so I can stick my fingers in my ears on this subject if I want to, and I really want to, because that entire story has always given me the heebie-jeebies, and I am irrationally unwilling to consider "the evidence" on this one. Call me unobjective if you want, but when a man sneaks into a girl's bedroom, slaps her on the rear end, and slices her dress to ribbons while she's still wearing it, I am really not interested in hearing about how the girl in question might have been attracted to him or found the whole thing titillating.

Anyway. Is anyone else encountering these books?

For example: https://books.google.com/books?id=P_zHBQAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=elizabeth:+renaissance+prince&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwijxNnx_L7KAhVLRyYKHR4lCS4Q6AEIHTAA#v=onepage&q=%22elizabeth%20flirted%20back%22&f=false

(from Elizabeth: Renaissance Prince by Lisa Hilton)

And this is the book I saw earlier this week, which actually gave me the creepy-crawlies as I was flipping through it:
The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor by Elizabeth Norton

"She would never allow her heart to rule her head again," eww eww ewwwwwwwwwww...
La Reine Noire: Elizabethlareinenoire on January 26th, 2016 10:05 pm (UTC)
EWWW. Double, triple ew. This totally reminds me of all that shitty stuff about Elizabeth of York and Richard III that Philippa Gregory loved so much.

I confess I haven't actually read more than a few pages of Lisa Hilton's stuff, but that was enough for me in her book about English queens in general. Maybe she's not all that bad, but I was thoroughly unimpressed and this does not improve my opinion.
tempestsarekind: i am my father's daughter [elizabeth]tempestsarekind on January 28th, 2016 02:52 am (UTC)
…I don't think I know the Elizabeth of York stuff, although I'm sure I could guess. :/

I wasn't familiar with Lisa Hilton's work before now, but I can't say that this has made me any more inclined to look into it!