A King, three Queens, a handful of nobles and a host of former courtiers…
In the Tower of London, the dead outnumber the living, with the likes of Anne Boleyn rubbing shoulders with one man who has made his way back from his place of death at Bosworth Field to discover the truth about the disappearance of his famous nephews.
Amidst the chaos of daily life, with political and personal tensions running high, Richard III takes control, as each ghostly resident looks for their own peace in the former palace – where privacy was always a limited luxury.
‘Kindred Spirits: Tower of London‘ is a light-hearted, imaginative read. It’s a new take on historical fiction but make no mistake, this is not only a fun read but an educational tool. If you get lost off between your kings and queens, this is the book for you. It makes what was essentially a messy historical period understandable and even makes the reader empathise with previously maligned characters. Having chosen Richard III and Anne Boleyn as protagonists, one might have expected this to be rather a different book but it is fun and full of heart.
It’s obvious that Jennifer C. Wilson is passionate about history and has a comprehensive knowledge of the period. My one criticism is that I would have preferred the list of characters at the beginning of the book.
However, this is a brilliantly unique idea from a distinctive new voice in fiction.