The Traitors of Bosworth Hardcover – 1978
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The full trilogy cosists of:
1) "The Killing of Richard III" (Link: The Killing of Richard III: Wars of the Roses I)
2) "Tudor Agent" (Link: Tudor Agent: Wars of the Roses II)
3) This book: "The Traitors of Bosworth."
The hero, Henry Morane, was a spy working for Richard III until the death of that King at the battle of Bosworth. The new King, Henry VII, saved Morane from execution at the hands of Sir William Stanley, and employed him to work for the new regime, in the hope that someone who had been loyal to the previous king until he died might be loyal to the next.
At the start of this third book Morane is still working for Henry VII. The new King has put down a number of rebellions but, as he feared might be the case, some of those who betrayed the previous monarch have been intriguing against the current one.
Morane has given his reluctant loyalty to the new Tudor regime, even when it gives him dangerous missions. Partly this is because he nurses a secret hope that if the traitors who betrayed his old master at Bosworth continue to show the serial disloyalty they displayed in the past, diligent service to his new master may give him the chance to bring his old enemies down ...
Quite a few of the characters in this trilogy lived in real history, and an author's note at the beginning explains which of those in this book are fictional. Like the previous stories in the trilogy this book contains much historical detail, some of it true, some of it speculation, most of it entertainingly described. The series describes a period characterised by plots, counter-plots, treason and bloodshed, which is much more enjoyable to read about than it must have been to live through.
The presentation of Morane as a Yorkist turned Tudor James Bond is a little anachronistic, but the book is fun. Just don't take the series too seriously.
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