Another interesting book from David Baldwin. The house of Neville were famous for marrying its daughters well in the period known as the Wars of the Roses and this book gives an insight into what that meant during this troubled period when families supported different factions. Like many other women the sisters found themselves married to men from different sides Yorkist and Lancastrian, and one, Eleanor, to Thomas Lord Stanley who managed to support the winners every time without ever really faouring any. Through the activities of their husband's David Baldwin has managed to give a good idea of what life was like for Joan the wife of William FitzAlan, Earl of Arundel, Cecily, married first to Henry Beauchamp, Duke of Warwick and later to John Tiptoft, Earl of Worcester, Alice to Henry, Lord FitxHugh, Katherine to William, Lord Hastings and Margaret married to John de Vere, Earl of Oxford.
It is a difficult task to write about women at this time since they tended to be kept in the background, but David Baldwin has written an interesting book from a different perspective. What a refreshing change from more soley about the men of the period.
Pauline Harrison Pogmore
Secretary. Richard III Society. Yorkshire Branch.