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on 18 July 2015
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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on 24 March 2017
A modern assessment of the several women behind the Cousins' War
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on 4 June 2017
Arrived in excellent condition and very well priced.
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on 3 April 2014
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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on 18 July 2017
Brilliant.
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on 21 September 2013
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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on 19 August 2013
Bought this to go with the TV series. The book is much better !! An enjoyable read ....would recommend to others
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on 9 October 2012
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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on 3 March 2016
A good book probably factually accurate. Bit heavy going reading. Bit dry.
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on 26 June 2017
The women of the Wars of the Roses have their stories told beautifully in this book. Sarah Gristwood shos us who they all were as individuals but also shows us how their lives intertwined. The women couldn't fight in the decisive battles, but they could be peacemakers, negotiators, mothers of kings, or wives of kings. We can get an idea of the womens relationships with each other too...at some point, all of these women are related to others by marriage, or form surprising bonds of friendship.
This is a complex era of history and this amazing book has helped fuel my passion and interest in it!
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