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Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses Paperback – 28 Feb 2013

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (28 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007309309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007309306
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

About the Author

Sarah Gristwood was born in Kent and read English at St Anne’s College, Oxford University. She has written for the ‘Guardian’, the ‘Telegraph’, the ‘Independent’ and the ‘Mail’ and for magazines including the ‘New Statesman’ and ‘Empire’. The author of Sunday Times bestseller, ‘Arbella: England’s Lost Queen’, she is married to film critic Derek Malcolm and lives in London and Kent.

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