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- File Size: 895 KB
- Print Length: 321 pages
- Publisher: Preseli Press (26 July 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B011YBZU8U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 271 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,842 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Owen - Book One of the Tudor Trilogy Kindle Edition
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Written in the first person in present tense, it is really easy to journey through life with Owen, sharing his hopes and fears, his aspirations and concerns, his loves, particularly for Queen Catherine of Valois, and losses. Because surprisingly little is really known about him, Tony is able to tell a fictional but plausible tale of his life, set against the backdrop of known fact.
Early in the book we have a period of history where there is a lot of posturing, as the soon to be warring factions attempt to control Catherine and the young King Henry VI and Tony gives us a wonderful insight into this.
Following the death of Catherine, Owen is arrested and spends an horrific period of time in Newgate prison. He escapes but is recaptured and held under house arrest. Eventually, he is pardoned by the King but is forced abroad for a factually sketchy but incredibly interesting period in France, a country where the influence of England is increasingly waning.
Back at home in Wales, with his sons granted Earldoms by the King, the plot hots up with the cousins war now in full swing. Following the death of Edmund, Owen spends much of his time looking after his grandson, sadly never seen by his father, as Jasper works tirelessly for the Lancastrian cause. Again, the depiction of the action is exciting and compelling as the fates of Owen and Jasper spiral towards the sad and inevitable conclusions of the war, death an exile.
All in all, a very engrossing tale and a book I was very reluctant to put down. I look forward to 'Jasper' appearing at the top of my reading pile.
I’m pleased to say that neither of those things were issues in this book. The historical detail was rich and informative. I felt as though I learned a great deal about this particular period of history while immersed completely in Owen’s story. And the language was spot on too. Nothing felt out of place.
The story is fascinating. Owen Tudor, a Welsh servant, falls in love with Queen Catherine of Valois, the widow of King Henry V. I had never heard of Owen, and knew nothing of his remarkable story. Their romance, and the dangers it brings, is played out against the background of the conflicts, intrigues and betrayals of the time that led to the War of the Roses.
Riches certainly knows his subject. There was so much detail here. The reader is carried from Windsor, to Wales, to France, into battles and life at court, with rich detail at every turn.
I felt though, that there was so much detail here, so much going on, that Owen’s own story was a little lost at times - in terms of his emotions and feelings. I didn’t always feel connected to him, even though the novel is written in first person.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had no knowledge of Owen Tudor and although this is historical fiction it has sufficient facts to give a good insight into his life and death. I enjoyed the experience. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Cookie Girl
I saw this and thought "not many people talk about Owen Tudor" - I am glad I bought this. Tony Riches has a nice easy-to-read style and has made Owen come alive. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Tringlass
From the beginning this book keeps your attention. There is life in it and I often felt as if I were in Owens minds eye as he tells the storyPublished 28 days ago by Paul Hickmott
I really loved this. Tony Riches is every bit (if not a tad better) then my long term favourite Philippa Gregory. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I've always found this period in history interesting and this novel was enjoyable and kept me wanting to read on which is something I find lacking in some historical reads. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Red queen
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