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Blood Sisters: The Hidden Lives of the Women Behind the Wars of the Roses by [Gristwood, Sarah]
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‘For viewers who plan to settle in with ‘The White Queen’, one recent work of history will guide them through the distaff maze of the Wars of the Roses: ‘Blood Sisters’ by Sarah Gristwood’ Boyd Tonkin, Independent

‘In this gem of a book, she effortlessly weaves the dramatic, often tragic, lives of seven royal women…If you treat yourself to one history book this Christmas, make it this one. It’s the book that I wish I had written’ Alison Weir, Books of the Year, BBC History Magazine

‘Entertaining and vividly drawn … A different way of looking at this complex period and Gristwood weaves the story with considerable skill … highly readable’ Literary Review

‘Gristwood successfully evokes the lives of all these women, and in doing so brings a new and welcome perspective on the Wars of the Roses… [a] very agreeable narrative’ Dan Jones, Sunday Times

‘Gristwood’s sensitive approach marks out Blood Sisters as much more than the narrative of an age. It is an exploration of what it was to be a medieval queen… A compelling portrait of this bloody age, complete with the heartbreak and triumphs that went with it… Like a delicately woven tapestry, threads of evidence have to be gathered and pulled together with care. Gristwood does an excellent job of examining in sensory detail the impact of ermines, cloths of gold, Spanish leather and purple velvet’ Spectator

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"[A] gem of a book... enlivened by incisive analysis, exquisite detail and an elegant and witty style."-Alison Weir, BBC History Magazine

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3214 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPress (13 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007M4F1PQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 100 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,497 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I enjoyed this book, because it connected the lives of these strong women of the Cousins' War . So little is known of them only being mentioned when their male counterparts are spoken of. Each have their own story and historians can only bring them alive from facts as is known. Anne Neville has the least known facts, not even where her tomb can be found in Westminster. A good read.
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A modern assessment of the several women behind the Cousins' War
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Arrived in excellent condition and very well priced.
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A good 'real history' book to read. It gives you all you need to know about these ladies, which considering women weren't really written about much in the 15th/16th centuries, is remarkably informative.
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Brilliant.
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I loved it so interesting very disappointing when it came to an end what a fantastic insight into women who changed history
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Bought this to go with the TV series. The book is much better !! An enjoyable read ....would recommend to others
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This is absolutely first class, and a perfect example of how wonderfully detailed research coupled with highly intelligent interpretation of the facts, the personalities, the contexts in which their lives were lived and their relationships with the events surging around them can produce a thoroughly readable, enjoyable history book.

Sarah Gristwood is examining the lives of many of the key women within the period of the Cousin's War (currently being examined fictionally by Philippa Gregory). In doing so, she sheds valuable light on the kings, crowned, putative, or sometimes deposed, around whose destinies great families rose and fell during what we know as the Wars of Roses. The reasons behind these bloody events are fully explained and the author's style and readability make complex matters, in the dim and distant past, come alive in dynamic prose. Although these women did wield not swords in battle, their roles as mothers, daughters, sisters and wives meant their challenges were no less real. For example, Elizabeth Woodville, Queen to Edward the Fourth, had to flee into sanctuary with her children twice as the shifting tides of power politics tore the ground from under her feet. Another interesting, more shadowy lady, is Margaret of Burgundy, sister of Edward the Fourth, who meddled from afar by supporting at least two successive imposters purporting to be her nephew (one of the Princes in the Tower)and thus a challenge to Henry the Seventh's nascent Tudor dynasty. All fascinating stuff.

I cannot praise this book too highly and the illustrations which accompany the text are also carefully and meaningfully selected.
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