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Red Roses: Blanche of Gaunt to Margaret Beaufort Hardcover – 3 Mar 2016

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (3 Mar. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750964006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750964005
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By EleanorB TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Mar. 2016
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I agree totally with the two other reviewers of this excellent book. The Wars of the Roses can seem like an over ploughed field at times, but this is a refreshing look at the women whose marriages, political alliances, personal influence and in many cases, prolific child bearing were key elements in the process which saw Lancastrian domination yield to Yorkist power and finally to the Tudor dynasty.

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.
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A stunning new book on the women of the House Of Lancaster during this lengthy struggle in the mid fifteenth century. It introduces litlle known figures such as Blance of Gaunt and Mary De Bohun. As well as more well known personalities like Margaret of Anjou, Lady Margaret Beaufort and Jaquetta Woodville. The book examines this complicated dynastic struggle in all its guises and also explores the conflicting loyalties these women experienced in this convoluting war. A must read for those who are interested in both the Wars of the Roses and for those who wish to examine the different personalities of the differing women who supported the House of Lancaster at this time. Upcoming historian Amy Licence again shows her zest for History and for the personalities which tell this bloody and dramatic tale! A must for academics and lay readers alike! Definitely a five * read.
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Being honest I do find the Wars of The Roses rather confusing. I just wish at school we had these sorts of books to learn from. Not overloaded with facts and dates, Red Roses is quite simply enthralling. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the women and their role in this turbulent time.
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.
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With this book, historian Amy Licence has excelled herself. Red Roses is a thorough and comprehensive examination of the lives of the women of the House of Lancaster, from its inception with the marriage of Blanche of Lancaster and John of Gaunt to its crowning glory, with the regency of Margaret Beaufort for her 17-year-old grandson, Henry VIII.
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.
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