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4.0 out of 5 stars A ripping yarn set in mediaeval times, 23 Jun 2014
This review is from: Wars of the Roses: Stormbird (Kindle Edition)
There are lots of novels written about the Wars of the Roses. They tend to be by our female authors, and from what I can tell they tend to be heavy on "relationships". This is not one of those books. Iggulden is more into disembowelling and torture than anything so nambypamby as a relationship.

The king of England (Henry VI) has made a truce (for 20 years, in theory) with the king of France. Two counties, Anjou and Maine, have been handed back to the French, and the king gets to marry a French princess (Margaret of Anjou). Not everyone is entirely happy with this arrangement, in particular the English settlers in those two areas.

Henry VI is no great warrior, it seems. Much English territory in France is lost because the residents see no benefit in Henry's truce. Instead they fight to keep their farms. The French army used the resistance as a breach if the truce, and sweep over the English lands they have been granted and on into Normandy, and right up to the fortifications of Calais.

Dispossessed settlers and disenchanted peasants revolt, the men of Kent under Jack Cade prominent among them. They kill the High Sheriff of Kent, stick his head on a pole and advance upon London, fighting across the bridge over the Thames and sacking the Tower of London, forcing the king to flee.

There is something wrong with King Henry - he spends much of the book on his sickbed, and although his wife becomes pregnant, Henry dies before the child is born. Richard of York is appointed regent. Cue the sequel...

I missed all this stuff at school in Scotland - they didn't give us English history until the Union of the Crowns in 1603. So I don't know how much is true and how much is Shakespeare. The author appends a historical note in which he admits that he doesn't know either... But as a ripping yarn set in mediaeval times, it does the job.
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Initial post: 3 Jul 2014 00:02:02 BDT
Jake Vigors says:
Henry doesn't die before the child is born... goole it.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2014 06:36:06 BDT
jacw2000 says:
I'm sure you're right - thanks for the correction
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