Benediction is just so darned good! I quickly found myself reading and then re-reading whole sections at a time last night, just so I could luxuriate all over again in Ginny’s gorgeous prose and uncanny gift for visceral and visual description. What a writer! Already I can’t bear the thought of finishing Benediction so I’ve begun plotting methods to slow my reading down even further. Such strategies may or may not work.
Thank you again. I absolutely love this book!
As an amateur Ricardian for over 40 years, Benediction struck a chord with me – it’s the first novel that captured the private life of the king from boyhood through to Bosworth Field in a way that gives the reader a richly nuanced portrait of Richard in the proper context of his time. Ms. Cross presents the lives of nobles enmeshed in the Wars of the Roses in clear, unsentimental, yet heartrending terms, just as it must have been for them in the fifteenth century. To experience the ongoing battles between honor and pragmatism they fought both within and between themselves is no dry history, it is rich with feeling and emotion.
Benediction brings the story of Richard of Gloucester to life in a fresh, detailed, diligently researched, and oh, so readable novel — it is an absolute delight and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
In his play, Shakespeare painted Richard III as a full-bore villain, willing to do anything to gain the crown, even murder his little nephews. To tell a good story, Shakespeare happily shaped history to fit his needs. Virginia Cross, on the other hand, has paid great attention to historical facts while striving to show Richard in a better light. In Benediction, Richard III is a principled, misunderstood man trying to do his duty despite his personal desires. His moving story, set against a crisply portrayed Medieval setting, includes the complex relations between lovers, brothers, enemies, and friends. A mesmerizing portrait of the last Plantagenent king.