Warwick: The Man Behind The Wars of the Roses Paperback – 21 Mar 2014
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I wouldn't question the author's wisdom in choosing the subject for this his second book. It is only surprising with all the recent crop of fiction on this era that one of the most important and colourful characters in any period of English history could have fallen below the radar of other more established authors currently 'turning medieval'. And it wasn't the typo errors, layout problems... the usual things that plague self-published books. I can live with that in small doses as here: fiction writers are employing the creative process after all, not the technical; and proofreaders and editors are restrictively expensive for most. I would rather have these books out with them than not at all, and it didn't spoil my enjoyment of this one.
But as I read on, I found I was making up for shortcomings in the plot with my own knowledge of the period. Far too many essential episodes in the history are missing here. The War of the Roses is a mind-boggling maze of political twists and turns and yes, it would be a challenge to write the missing episodes, even more so to sprinkle them about the text without the whole thing turning into an epic. But I found the central characters well-developed and with enough depth and potential to carry this off and if added the episodes would give substance and reason for the characters' actions and better engage the less-informed reader. It is a challenge that any author writing about the War of the Roses simply MUST face.Read more ›
It was the mark of a good teller of historical fiction that I was so absorbed with the story I felt an irrational annoyance of Warwick for changing sides so easily at the end and saddened by his demise ~ even though my rational brain kept saying, 'this is what actually happened!'
It has increased my understanding of the tensions and rivalries behind the Wars of the Roses and I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ideal for boy's own annual type of read. Too many detailed battles made the story disappear into background.Published 1 month ago by pensioner
A very informative well written novel about Warwick who felt "let down" by the man he had helped to put on the throne, Edward lV.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Felt very disappointed by this book. Felt that it rushed through too much and was left questioning why on several occasions that the story just continued instead of developing into... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
enjoyed the book. another point of view of the course of events in the late 15th century.Published 2 months ago by E Kelly
Product arrived earlier than expected, full of information - ideal for someone who is interested in this period of historyPublished 2 months ago by Louise Read
Very well put together. It was good to read about a man who is usually only referred to in passing while reading of the York and Lancaster rivalry. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jack swift
Like his writing, commented on his book Eleanor Cobham, again not disappointed BrilliantPublished 2 months ago by buster