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eBook º ePub The Vizard Mask é 9780140243260 Free å ❰PDF / Epub❯ ★ The Vizard Mask Author Diana Norman – Danpashley.co.uk Penitence Hurd and the Plague arrived in London on the same dayBound up in righteousness as tight as a parcel she journeys from Puritan America to find her aunt and steps inAs the saintly Her former morality shaken she meets Aphra Behn playwright and spy for Charles II who introduces her to the wicked Restoration stage where nearly all England's first actresses are somebody's mistress and Penitence is changed foreverOriginally published in 1994 out of print Released as ebook 2013 Well written seems well researched I'm honestly not super familiar with details of the 17th century and kept me interested Felt much like a viewer watching Penitence's life play out rather than going through her life with her? Some parts do drag and I'll never understand the romance he was a dick and they just had sexual attraction no real relationshipIt was mostly interesting for the historical bits; plague great fire the court of Charles ll the Monmouth Rebellion the Bloody Assizes William and Mary etc etc

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Nce has no option but to point out the wickednessThe Plague releases its horror over London's stress and rookeries and one by one the inhabitants of Dog Yard die many with a wild rollicking bravery forcing Penitence to acknowledge that courage and a paradoxical decency are to be found among the wicked as much Very very glad that the much missed Diana Norman's earlier out of print novels are making their way into e format but sad that this particular one is apparently a scanned version many many typos But it's entirely worth it for this huge satisfying novel that captures the romance sualor creativity and chaos of the Restoration era with an unblinking depiction of the horrors of London life for the poor and for women of ill repute Penitence is a carefully drawn character based on the almost nonexistent biography of a real actress and Norman gives her a resume that puts her in the middle of nearly every level of Restoration society from the gutters to the throne room Norman has also delighted me here by bringing the great Aphra Behn to life as Penitence's confidant and savior Few historical fiction writers have managed to balance lush description with witty dialogue the way Norman has here and in her other novels She was a master at presenting heroines and stories formulaic enough to be satisfying but boundary breaking enough to stay with you after you finish them

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The Vizard MaskPenitence Hurd and the Plague arrived in London on the same dayBound up in righteousness as tight as a parcel she journeys from Puritan America to find her aunt and steps into a city full of rogues hell fire and fleshly pleasures When she discovers her aunt is running a brothel in St Giles in the Fields Penite It's 1664 and Puritan Penitence Hurd arrives from America armed with nothing but her faith a bag filled with wampum and tobacco and the address of her long lost aunt The address takes her to the Cock and Pie on Dog Street a brothel with a Madam who goes by the moniker of Her Ladyship Told that her aunt is long gone and most likely dead and with no where else to go Penitence accepts a position as seamstress as Her Ladyship is surprisingly reluctant to allow her to whore like the others Plague soon breaks out and all on Dog Street are uarantined in their homes to catch it and die or survive the forty days and be freed Penitence's room is across the way from room rented by the mysterious Henry King and they strike up a strange friendship as Henry teaches her to use The Vizard Mask to become someone else and thus lose her terrible stutter As the plague loosens its hold Henry and Penitence share one night of passion before he gains his freedom and disappears from her life Fate has a few unfortunate surprises for Penitence pregnancy Newgate illegal pamphlet printing to name a few and many times the only way to get past it is the oldest way in the world but she will do anything to keep her independence Once she sees the glitter and magic of the King's Theater she is determined to beat the odds and make it although when she crosses one of King Charles' rowdy noblemen and he strikes back she's willing to give up her freedom for royal protection no it's not who you are thinking it is As she settles into a safe albeit boring life with her royal protector Penitence gets a shock when Henry King once again drops into her life and his name is not Henry KingThat's as far as I'm going if you want to know then read it for yourself Penitence's story begins just before the Great Plague of London through to the Duke of Monmouth's rebellion and it’s aftermath to the coronation of William and Mary Fans of Charles Stuart be warned he does not come off looking too pretty in this one he’s portrayed at his rutting double dealing worst hereAt times very witty and bawdy with lots of laugh out loud moments makes this a fast fun read but there are some very difficult moments as well keeping her son hidden and to safety after the failed Monmouth rebellion will have you on the edge of your seat as well as the descriptions of the Bloody Assizes after the failed rebellion That said there are times when the pace dropped off and got a bit tedious the plague went on waaaaaay too long as well as that last bit at the end trying to get buried in Poet's corner yawn Even with the flaws I enjoyed it a lot and most especially when Penitence and Henry were in the same room – some of the best banter I’ve come across in a long time Four stars