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"A poignant tale of Elizabeth of York."

Our story begins with Elizabeth being fitted for her wedding gown for her marriage to the Dauphin of France. At the point where she can't take anymore, a message comes that her father wants to see her. Now Elizabeth is Edward's favorite daughter and she loves spending time with her father. As she goes into the room, she realizes all the men are talking about her. When the king sees her, he sends everyone out and pulls Elizabeth on his knee, then tells her that the wedding has been called off. The King of France has decided to marry the Dauphin to someone else. As the king leaves the room, he asks who Elizabeth would like to sit with her. He's not surprised when she asks for Dickon, her favorite sibling.

King Edward has just died. For some reason, Elizabeth's mother arranges for her son from her first marriage to bring Edward V back to London for his coronation. Paranoid, she takes Dickon and her daughters and goes into sanctuary. For some reason, Elizabeth Woodville is certain her brother- in-law Richard means to harm her and her children. This is later proved to be true when Richard kills Elizabeth's son and Edward ends up in the Tower. Then he tricks Elizabeth into releasing Dickon for Edward's coronation. This doesn't happen. Instead, Richard takes the crown for his own and orders the murder of the two princes. When Elizabeth discovers this, she agrees to marry Henry—a Lancaster—even though she knows her father would not approve.

When Richard's wife Anne dies, he begins making overtures toward Elizabeth, even though he is her uncle.

Which man will Elizabeth end up marrying? The man who murdered her brothers? Or the Lancaster?

THE TUDOR ROSE: A NOVEL OF ELIZABETH OF YORK is a wonderful story of the times in England right after the War of the Roses. Margaret Campbell Barnes tells a poignant tale of the woman who was the daughter, sister, niece, mother and wife of Kings of England. Going from the king's favorite child to dealing with her overwrought mother in sanctuary, then acting as companion to Queen Anne and finally ending up married to Henry Tudor, Elizabeth Tudor remained brave and strong—the one sibling everyone depended on. This is an amazing story of one woman's life—the woman who united England and began the Tudor Dynasty. I highly recommend this story to all lovers of historical novels.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted October 15, 2009

SUMMARY

One woman holds the key to England's most glorious empire in this intimate retelling of the launch of the Tudor dynasty

A magnificent portrait of Elizabeth of York, set against the dramatic background of fifteenth century England. Elizabeth, the only living descendant of Edward IV, has the most valuable possession in all of England—a legitimate claim to the crown. Two princes battle to win Britain's most rightful heiress for a bride and her kingdom for his own. On one side is her uncle Richard, the last Plantagenet King, whom she fears is the murderer of her two brothers, the would-be kings. On the other side is Henry Tudor, the exiled knight. Can he save her from a horrifying marriage to a cut-throat soldier?

Thrust into the intrigue and drama of the War of the Roses, Elizabeth has a country within her grasp—if she can find the strength to unite a kingdom torn apart by a thirst for power. A richly drawn tale of the woman who launched one of the most dramatic dynasties England has ever seen, The Tudor Rose is a vibrant, imaginative look at the power of a queen.

Genre: Literature & Fiction, Historical Fiction

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The Tudor Rose: The Story of the Queen Who United a Kingdom
(A Novel of Elizabeth of York)
by Margaret Campbell Barnes

Sourcebooks (Landmark)
October 1, 2009
Available: October 1, 2009
ISBN #1402224680
EAN #9781402224683
336 pages
Trade Size (reprint)
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