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Red Roses: Blanche of Gaunt to Margaret Beaufort Hardcover – 3 Mar 2016
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About the Author
Amy Licence is an award-winning author and historian whose books include" Cecily Neville: Mother of Kings" and" The Six Wives & Many Mistresses of Henry VIII." She has written for the "Guardian," the "TLS," "Huffington Post" and "BBC History" and appeared in Philippa Gregory s BBC documentary "The Real Women of the Wars of the Roses.""
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Some, such as Margaret of Anjou were participants in tactical marriages, and some such as Katherine Swynford, John of Gaunt's long time mistress, later wife, were in romantic, chosen relationships. One of the joys of this book is the analysis of Margaret Beaufort, whose long life culminated in watching her grandson, Henry the Eighth, crowned as a perfect Tudor monarch. This tiny little woman, married and mother of the future Henry the 7th at the extremely tender age of 13, was at the heart of English politics throughout her multiple marriages and is analysed here in a much more sympathetic way. The lives being studied are placed clearly in context, and in an understandable chronological order that covers their occasionally overlapping periods of influence.
The more one reads about these little child brides, royal baby makers and matriarchs, the more one is in awe of their sheer strength, both physical and mental as war and uncertainty flowed around their husbands, sons, brothers, fathers and lovers. These were challenging times to be a woman, and as Eleanor Cobham and Jacquetta Woodville, amongst others discovered, nothing could damage a woman's finances and reputation quite as much as an allegation of witchcraft.: even the heroic Henry the 5th, victor at Agincourt, used it to clip the wings of his widowed stepmother, Joan of Navarre.Read more ›
It was great to read about the origins of this conflict and how the men used their power to manipulate these strong women. This is a fantastic book, with the history in manageable chunks so not as to feel overwhelmed. Amy's writing about the subject is enthusiastic and encourages the reader to discover more about this period of history. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.
I have waited eagerly for this book, bringing together all the Lancastrian ladies in one volume was an incredible undertaking and has been achieved with great skill and tact. This meticulously research is presented in a largely chronological format, detailing not only the lives of John of Gaunt’s 3 wives and of the major Lancastrian wives who came after, but also of women with less obvious Lancastrian links, such as Joan Beaufort, queen of James I.
Amy Licence emphasises the deep sense of family and duty each woman felt towards the Lancastrian dynasty. She skilfully highlights the changes in the actions and responsibilities of the women over time; clearly demonstrating the differences in expectations from the marriage of Blanche of Lancaster to the marriages of Margaret Beaufort.
Ms Licence’s passionate narrative builds on the lives of these women, demonstrating how events impacted on them, and how they influenced those around them, not only in their close family spheres, but also on the international stage. The work analyses the effects on the fortunes of the dynasty and the lives of the women, caused by plague, war and political machinations and discusses the vulnerabilities and risks of being a woman in the later middle ages; from childbirth to accusations of witchcraft.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am still reading this and I'm only half way through. It gives an insight into the lives of the women who are known today as Lancastrian. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
In Red Roses: Blanche of Gaunt to Margaret Beaufort; Amy Licence has taken the Lancastrian Roses out of the shadows and given them life. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Anne Marie Bouchard
This is a rare find. A well written and interesting book about some of the women who had a part to play in history who are ignored by many historians.Published 9 months ago by AnneGray
I bought this book at Amy Licence's author evening held at Waterstones in Canterbury - and could not put it down. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Eagleheroine
A fascinating account of women whose names are familiar, but whose personal stories are hardly known. Their influence on history is far greater than might have been imaginined. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Norma Cradock
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