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Interesting Idea but somewhat disappointing
on 11 June 2004
I thought that this sounded like an interesting and new take on the Wars of the Roses and I must confess to being a little disappointed. Seward has chosen 5 historical characters to see the conflict through, but it didn't seem as if there was enough on each of these to make it really work.
One thing I found particularly peculiar was the authors habit of refering to William, Lord Hastings as William through most of the book, rather than the usual 'Hastings'. Despite knowing her real name to have been Elizabeth Shore, he insists on refering to her as 'Jane' Shore, because 'that is how she is known to history', and we seem to have rather more of her fathers story than of hers, even when she was one of the 5 chosen principle characters!
I also felt that the book was a little unbalanced in terms of bias. It was quite apparant to me that the author favoured the Lancastrians and had nothing but praise for Margaret Beaufort, John Morton and the Earl of Oxford.
This is also a book which really does require some knowledge of the events of the Wars of the Roses already, as it does not go into these in so much depth.
In short an interesting idea for a new take, but it did not work as well as I would have hoped and I was left feeling a little disappointed.