Pale Rose of England

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From the award-winning author of The King's Daughter comes a story of love and defiance during the War of the Roses.

It is 1497. The news of the survival of Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York, has set royal houses ablaze with intrigue and rocked the fledgling Tudor dynasty. With the support of Scotland's King James IV, Richard-known to most of England as Perkin Warbeck-has come to reclaim his rightful crown from Henry Tudor. Stepping finally ...

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Overview

From the award-winning author of The King's Daughter comes a story of love and defiance during the War of the Roses.

It is 1497. The news of the survival of Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York, has set royal houses ablaze with intrigue and rocked the fledgling Tudor dynasty. With the support of Scotland's King James IV, Richard-known to most of England as Perkin Warbeck-has come to reclaim his rightful crown from Henry Tudor. Stepping finally onto English soil, Lady Catherine Gordon has no doubt that her husband will succeed in his quest.

But rather than assuming the throne, Catherine would soon be prisoner of King Henry VII, and her beloved husband would be stamped as an imposter. With Richard facing execution for treason, Catherine, alone in the glittering but deadly Tudor Court, must find the courage to spurn a cruel monarch, shape her own destiny, and win the admiration of a nation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425238776
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 608,085
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Worth is the acclaimed author of five historical novels chronicling the demise of the Plantagenet dynasty in England. Each is the recipient of multiple awards that include three coveted Reviewers Choice Awards and a "Best Books" 2009 national pick from USA Booknews.com. She lives in Texas. Visit her website at sandraworth.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Stop people

    This is for REVIEWS, and NOT summarys of the book. People generally read a review BEFORE they purchase a book, so its impolite to assume we care to know that information. Please, refrain from doing so in the future, or you could ruin other books besides this one. Thank you!

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    Worth's best yet -- and that's saying a lot!

    The King's Daughter solidified Worth's reputation as one of the best authors in this outstanding genre of historical fiction authors; in Pale Rose of England she climbs to the top of the heap. Not only does she take a little known character in English history and breath vibrant life into her, but Worth's knowledge of history can only be overshadowed by the brilliance of her writing. No one. . .let me repeat that. . .no one writes historical fiction as well as Sandra Worth. If you love to see English history humanized, I urge you to buy this book. To read more about the plot, please see reviews that have gone before mine.

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

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    Although the War of the Roses has been the focus of much literature Sandra Worth provides a fresh perspective

    In a political marriage, Scottish Catherine Gordon and Lord Richard of Gloucester Perkin Warbeck marry. Catherine and Richard fall in love as she supports her spouse's claim to the throne of England. Shockingly instead of her marriage leading to universal support of her husband being king as the offspring of the former late ruler Edward, in 1497 it leads to a civil war when the House of Tudor declares Richard a fraud and imposter.

    Richard loses the war that keeps his rival Henry Tudor on the throne and Catherine as a royal prisoner is forced to serve in the demoralizing role of lady-in-waiting to the queen instead of being the king's wife as she expected. Henry VII is attracted to her and acts on his desire though Catherine rejects his attempts. She only cares for her husband trying to keep him alive even if it means selling her soul to the devil sitting on the throne.

    Although the War of the Roses has been the focus of much literature (Philippa Gregory's The Cousins' War- The red Queen, and The White Queen), Sandra Worth provides a fresh perspective by showcasing the story line though the eyes of the loser's wife. Lady Catherine makes the tale as she and Richard marry out of political expedience but their marriage of convenience becomes a love match. Readers who relish royal historical England will appreciate this engaging energetic look at the rise of the Plantagenet line to the throne from the side of those who lost.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    Highly enjoyable. Recomended enthusiastically

    The writing skills of Ms Worth make "Pale Rose of England" worth of reading. Is also very informative about an interesanting person of that era.

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

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    This was a great book!

    I must confess that I love history, especially when it comes to the Tudors. I've read one other book by Sandra Worth, The King's Daughter. I really enjoyed that book so I was eager to read this one as well. This novel is about Lady Catherine Gordon of Scotland and her marriage to Richard Plantagenet. Richard claims to be the authentic heir to the English throne. King Henry VII will not rest until every threat to his crown is eliminated. Henry mocks Richard and calls him Perkin Warbeck. Catherine Gordon believes whole heartedly Richard is who he claims to be. This book had me captivated. Sandra Worth wrote a compelling novel. I'm not that familiar with Catherine Gordon or Richard Plantagenet but I feel like I know them after reading this book. Of course this book is fiction but Worth does her research well. This book starts with the arrival of the young naive couple on English shores. They have big dreams and lofty goals. However fate had different plans for Richard and Catherine. Their lives are full of heartache, loss, and grief. Catherine is a strong character. She is beautiful, smart and loyal. My heart broke for her many times while reading this book. This book is an emotional roller coaster ride but in a good way. Worth's portrayal of these historical characters is amazing. I found myself hating them and sympathizing with them at the same time. Overall this book is great. I strongly recommend it.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

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    Love is worth everything we have to pay...

    I've got one word for Sandra Worth's new novel Pale Rose of England - PHENOMENAL! At times heartwarming and at others heart wrenching, this novel runs the gamut of emotions and magnificently details the lives of Catherine Gordon and the man whose identity was at the heart of one of the biggest controversies in England's history.

    Whether Perkin Warbeck was in fact the lost prince in the tower is a mystery which may never be solved. Worth's belief that the man who returned to England in 1495 calling himself Richard Plantagenet was truly the one time heir to the English throne was quite convincing and it's from this point of view that the novel is written.

    Backed by his aunt Margaret, the Duchess of Burgundy and his uncle by marriage King James IV of Scotland, Richard sets out to England with his pregnant wife Catherine to claim his crown back from Henry Tudor. But the couple's initial hopefulness is dimmed when the English people fail to rally to his cause and they finally realize that Richard's youth and inexperience are no match to the merciless and tough as nails Henry VII. Ultimately, both Richard and Catherine become prisoners of Henry's, where they are subjected to humiliation and degradation at court, culminating to a horrendous ending for Richard.

    Despite all the fighting and drama, at the heart of Pale Rose of England is love. The love shared between Catherine and Richard was legendary and as the reader you can feel all the genuineness and devotion reverberating off the page. In fact, the one sentence that has been attributed to Catherine Gordon was her refusal to accept a gift and proposal from Henry VII (whom had fallen in love with her), stating "It is the man, and not the king, I love." Catherine's courage and resilience regardless of the circumstances set before her was inspiring, her belief in her husband was unwavering and her love for him unfaltering. This was truly one of the most touching and beautiful novels I have read to date! My only advice.keep some Kleenex handy!

    If you're like me you'll want to know more about the Perkin Warbeck story and Worth has recommended both Ann Roe's book The Perfect Prince and Mary Shelley's The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck: A Romance.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

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    Love and Defiance Amidst the War of the Roses

    "Even so, she had brought to mind a pale rose that shines bright against the gloom of downcast skies." Lady Catherine Gordon joyfully fell in love with the long-lost Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York. He was presumed dead after being imprisoned in the infamous Tower of London by King Henry VII of England, but it turns out he was kidnapped and raised abroad as Perkin Warbeck. Now hiding in Scotland, he finds his true love, is befriended and supported by King James of Scotland, and prepares to claim his rightful place as King Richard IV.

    This Prince Richard has doubts about his potential success for he knows his enemy, the wily, cruel, obsessive Henry, who knows he has not the love of his people but rules by fear, oppression, and spying. Catherine is the bolster behind Richard's dread of the future, the force that finally impassions him enough to sally forth to do battle in a turning historical moment.

    The remainder of the story is one of tightrope-walking for survival in which Richard is labeled a traitorous coward, as well as a fraud; and Catherine desperately plays King Henry VII who has deeply fallen in love with her. As she manages to hold his attraction but reject his advances, she waits for word of the whereabouts of one she loves more than life, hints arriving from those who secretly affirm her cause and whose admiration for her stamina increases over time.

    The story may seem proverbial in one sense, but Sandra Worth has depicted her characters in this novel in a refreshing, profound, and powerful manner. The artist's pen herein depicts every significant character in his or her complex personality. The reader is riveted not only by Richard's transitions from despair to giddy certitude and back again, but also by the almost tender, pleading, and desperately needy revelations of King Henry to Catherine. These latter, vulnerable moments enable her to pity this man whom she really hates for the barbaric hate and cruelty he displays at a moment's notice. The author even shows him in both extremes in such a convincing manner that at times one holds one's breath from the tension of not knowing which side will burst forth.

    So Catherine proves herself to be a multi-faceted character - read it yourself to relish this beautiful portrayal of a noble, tender, sharp, and formidable character.

    The Pale Rose of England: A Novel of the Tudors is a story that must be told, in all its vicissitudes, for this tale brings us characters who wear distinctive, admirable laurels of personal victory on every page! Magnificent literary feat!

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

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    The Scottish Beauty and the would be King

    Another smashing novel to add to the list of hot historical fiction releases of 2011. "Pale Rose of England" is a prime example of why I love historical fiction so much. The lovely Sandra has always been one of my favorites, ever since my husband gave me "The Kings Daughter" for Christmas I have followed Sandra in her releases. I was ecstatic when I found out she was going to be releasing a new novel. What is most appealing about this novel is for once it is a heroine that I do not know every detail of their life. It is refreshing to read a new story and find a new heroine that I truly can admire.

    Catherine Gordon, young cousin of King James IV of Scotland was a worldly renownded great beauty. Dark glossy locks, "eyes like jewels", a royal barring, and above all else in my mind she is one of the most courageous women I have ever had the pleasure of reading about. Since Catherine was Scottish nobility she possessed that untamable Scottish highlander courage and strength. Being as beautiful as she was courageous Catherine I believe possessed the two attributes that would later come in handy in saving herself from complete destruction. Her life took a monumental turn when her "loving" cousin King James sent her a gift of velvet with a request to come to court. King James had plans for Catherine to come to court because the famous wandering prince Richard Duke of York was paying a visit to the Scottish court in search of support to his claim for the English throne. For the pair it was true love at first sight. With cousin James promising his support of Richard plight he also gave his blessing for their wedding.

    The married life agreed with the two love birds and they quickly had one child "Dickon" with another quickly on the way. Problems had arisen in Scotland between Richard and King James and the couple decided it was best for them to quit Scotland and go in pursuit of Richard's claim to England. With Richard being backed by his aunt Margaret of York, Duchess of Burgundy they decided it was time to pay England a little visit. They came to England with a purpose and Richard was able to raise troops to his cause to fight the "usurper" vile Henry Tudor. With naive dreams of reclaiming the crown the young loving family would find out first hand just how vile calculating King Henry VII of England really could be.

    With no other choice but to surrender Richard found his rebellion had failed and he was surrounded and cornered by Tudor in every possible way. King Henry gave a false pretense to Richard to lure him out of sanctuary that his family would be safe from his harm and while he made his way to Henry's tower he found his only thoughts were of his beloved Catherine. Catherine was told of Richard's capture from Tudor's henchmen that were sent to take her captive. Under great duress Catherine lost her unborn babe. It was not just Richard that had caused Catherine's great distress; Tudor had also stolen her young son Dickon and at that moment Catherine's world as she knew it completely came undone in one day. With no other choice but to go to King Henry's court, Catherine was now Henry's prisoner and trophy. Upon her arrival at court she was quick to discover that cold calculating Henry Tudor had a weakness and shockingly to Catherine he "coveted her person". She did the only thing she could do, raised her chin to the indignities that were thrown upon her with a defiant no. She never gave up hope that someday she might be able to swa

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