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These were very complex times as to who was related to who, married to who and loyal to who at any one moment in time (it was forever shifting).
The story was told in such a way as to make those relationships understandable and the story held my interest throughout.
It is possible that Buckingham has been portrayed in a much more favoured light than he deserves but we will never know for certain.
This period and it's history is much too complicated to try to spell out in a review - either you know the basics going in and don't need a rehash or if you don't I'd just have your eyes glazing over trying to explain it all. What I enjoyed most about this one was the *fresh* look at the period from the POV of Harry and Kate and how his rebellion against Richard III might have come about. I just loved Kate's voice and her dry sense of humor, as well as seeing them both as children and then adults caught up in a political storm beyond their control.
I loved the way the author brought some humor into the York/Lancaster differences, as well as busting some of those commonly held myths - Katherine being much older than Harry as well as the Woodville women being practicing witches. I appreciate that Higginbotham doesn't try to muddle her story with *authentic* period language - no "woe is me" to be found in this book (but that's a good thing).Read more ›
Higginbotham admits in her author's note that very little is known about Buckingham and his motives, so I enjoyed reading about a plausible recreation of his what might have happened. We'll never really know, of course. I kind of felt that the marriage between Katherine and Henry depicted here seemed the same as the other marriages in medieval historical fiction - rocky starts, solidifying as they get to know each other. Having read a lot of medieval fiction recently, I've noticed that this sort of marriage seems to crop up a lot.
One thing I'm not sure was a decision that worked was telling the story from the perspective of Katherine and Henry. It was definitely interesting to get the perspective of characters who we don't often get to know very well in wars of the roses fiction because they're not the main players... but because they are often secondary figures in events, they're not always present for key events, or aware of what's going on. That works for me as a reader who already knows the wars of the roses well and so I can gain novelty and enjoyment from reading the same tale again from this fresh new angle, but for other readers it may be different.Read more ›
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In this riveting new historical novel, author Susan Higginbotham explores the tumultuous and deliciously intriguing War of the Roses, the well-known, frantic medieval British civil war between the two branches of the Plantagenet family -the House of York and the House of Lancaster. In a time where kings seem to grow on trees, enemies are constantly hiding in the shadows, alliances are made...and compromised Higginbotham paints a fascinating and well-drawn portrait of the War and its characters.
Young Kate Woodville is the youngest of twelve in the Woodville family, a lower gentry family who have recently dedicated themselves to the House of York after defecting from the House of Lancaster. Kate's life is suddenly changed when her sister Elizabeth, a widowed mother of two, meets Yorkist King Edward IV, and secretly becomes his bride. This simple act of passion and romance sets off a chain reaction that completely changes Kate's life and the fate of England. Once the marriage becomes public, Kate and her other unwed siblings are quickly wed into influential families in order to increase their power. At a young age Kate is married to Harry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham. Kate must learn to play the thorny games at court, while surviving the near-constant shift of power between York and Lancaster forces -and even factions within each side. After King Edward IV dies, Kate's life is plunged into uncertainty and confusion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written and enjoyable historical novel about the 15th century Duke of Buckingham who is usually depicted as a villain and his marriage to
Katherine Woodville. Read more
Initially I was sceptical about this book because as an avid tudor history reader I wasn't sure what could be added to existing books. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Scarpetta
It was a good read. It was sad, disturbing but this Richard was more realistic than the romantic one. Refreshing.Published 21 months ago by Sophie Maya
This book captured me with the dedication, "To those who died in 1483." I paused here considering what I already knew about this tragic year. Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2013 by Carpe Librum
The Wars of the Roses is a time steeped in mystery and obviously it allows authors a great deal of scope to explore ideas and possibilities. Read morePublished on 2 Nov. 2013 by Kindle Bookworm
I have read these two books in fairly quick succession and they deal with the same period and the same topic, the Wars of the Roses. Of the two I prefer Stolen Crown. Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2013 by H. M. Sykes
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