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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (2 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099492482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099492481
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jean Plaidy, one of the preeminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also know as Victoria Holt. Jean Plaidy's novels had sold more than 14 million copies worldwide by the time of her death in 1993.

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"Plaidy excels at blending history with romance and drama" (New York Times)

"Plaidy, by the skilful blending of superb storytelling and meticulous attention to authenticity of detail and depth of charaterization has become one of the country's most widely read novelists." (The Sunday Times)

"Full-blooded, dramatic, exciting" (The Obsever)

"One of England's foremost historical novelists" (Birmingham Mail)

"It is hard to better Jean Plaidy . . . both elegant and exciting" (Daily Mirror)

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The first of Jean Plaidy's much-loved Tudor series - Henry Tudor finally unites the warring Houses of York and Lancaster.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Nov. 2008
Format: Paperback
From the back cover "And though their union was born from political necessity, it became a wonderful love story..." Huh? You have to wonder sometimes what is going through the publisher's heads - the marriage of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York was not a love match by any means - why would they try to label it as one??

Originally published as Uneasy Lies the Head, this book covers the reign of Henry VII following the defeat of Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth. With a very tenuous claim on the throne of England Henry marries Elizabeth of York, eldest daughter of Edward IV, in an effort to strengthen his claim. Despite keeping peace in the country and restoring the empty coffers, Henry is always fearful of conspiracies to challenge his reign with pretenders to the throne claiming to be one of the lost princes in the tower.

So much of this book is known history, we've all read enough of the Tudors I don't need to rehash it all again. The book takes the reader from the beginning of Henry's reign until the end and at his death and the assumption to the throne of his son Henry VIII. Although I did enjoy this book very much, it was a bit dry at times, especially at the beginning, and those not familiar with the Wars of The Roses might have a difficult time picking up the story.

Henry was nicely portrayed as a parsimonious penny pincher always worried about threats to his crown, the younger Henry a bit too full of himself and his "knightly" responsibilities, Katharine of Aragon suitably pious and obedient - my only complaint was the how Elizabeth of York was portrayed. A virtually non-existent character, the few times she was in the storyline she was quite vapid and very forgettable. She was pretty much there for the procreation of children. All in all a pleasant read, not the best but not the worst either. 3.5/5 stars.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By princess_pinchie on 18 Feb. 2010
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I have to say I disagree with the other review for this book by "the magpie". It does not have dialogue as described in their review so I'm not entirely sure whether they've read the same book? I have a degree in History and I have to say that Plaidy does stick to the facts in general. It is important to remember that this is a work of fiction, it does not claim to be 100% factually correct.

This is the first in the Tudor series by Jean Plaidy. Beginning with the birth of Prince Arthur, it chronicles the reign of Henry VII. Plaidy guides us through the events of his reign - marches on London, pretenders to the throne, births and deaths and the arrival of the Spanish Infanta - Katherine of Aragon. She even manages to add a little on the events over the border in Scotland. At over 400 pages long, she really does pack in the detail and manages to make you actually care about some of the characters, such as Elizabeth Woodville and even Perkin Warbeck - a pretender to the throne.

I think Plaidy does particularly well in describing the precarious nature of Henry's rule. She also manages to simply describe the complicated family relationships, as well as the dynastic marriages and European politics. It would be easy for an author to become bogged down in the facts but the narrative seems effortless. Katherine of Aragon emerges as a particularly endearing character by the end of this novel and continues into Plaidy's next Tudor novel, "Katherine, the Virgin Widow"

It makes for a good, easy read, no "bodice ripping" as far as I could tell. In fact there are about 3 references to sex but no seductions etc. It is subtly understated in comparison to more modern novels, but still well worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pepper on 2 Oct. 2013
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This is a very well researched historical novel, covering Henry VII's reign, beginning with the birth of his first son and ending with his death which leads to Henry VIII's reign.

Considering there was no google when Plaidy wrote this novel, it is astounding how well she sticks to the historical facts with the detail she does, although inevitably as with all historical novels, liberties are of course taken. I have to say I think this novel is better than Phillipa Gregory's 'The White Princess', the recently published novel which covers a lot of the same time period. Plaidy's novel features the births (and in some cases, deaths) of Henry Tudor's children, the death of his wife, the arrival of Catherine of Aragon, and of course the inheritance of the 'two prices mystery'.

I recommend this novel if you are interested in this period in history, and you perhaps want something which steers clear of the 'bodice ripping' genre which many recent historical writers have become accustomed to. It is an easy read and will most likely encourage you to look into the era more deeply, as most dramas/documentaries nowadays often focus on Henry VII's son Henry VIII. I very much recommend this.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D.M.P on 14 April 2009
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whilst studying tudor history at A level, i decided to venture into the world of historical fiction evolving around the tudor theme. This was the first book i came to, and it was truly a brilliant read. I couldn't put it down, read it in three days. Plaidy was clearly a talented writer, having the ability to turn fact into fiction whilst keeping it's validity. It tells the tale of Henry VII and the years he had on the thrown, including the arrival of Katherine of Aragon, death of Arthur and the death of his own wife.
If you like the tudors and are looking for a good, easy-to-follow read, this is your book . :D
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