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The Beggar's Throne
     

The Beggar's Throne

by David Falconieri
 

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With the confidence of a master storyteller and the precision of a trained historian, David Falconieri weaves together an intricate tale of honor, treachery, power, and intrigue in The Beggar's Throne. Recounting the dynastic struggle between the Lancastrians and the Yorkists during the 15th-century War of the Roses, The Beggar's Throne will delight both

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With the confidence of a master storyteller and the precision of a trained historian, David Falconieri weaves together an intricate tale of honor, treachery, power, and intrigue in The Beggar's Throne. Recounting the dynastic struggle between the Lancastrians and the Yorkists during the 15th-century War of the Roses, The Beggar's Throne will delight both historians and general audiences. The Beggar's Throne relives the bitter struggle for the crown of England during the early years of Edward IV's reign. At the age of 21, Edward seizes the throne from an aging Henry VI, spurring countless battles for power and glory. The flames of this conflict also engulf the family of a miller whose two sons find themselves on opposite sides of the battle line. The family is sorely tested as the younger son's love for the only woman who knows the queen's dark secret eventually changes all of their lives.

About the Author:
A lifelong history enthusiast, David Falconieri first became intrigued by the War of the Roses as a teenager while reading Shakespeare's historical plays. After six years abroad, he traveled to Britain and began researching The Beggar's Throne by immersing himself in 15th century English history, examining ancient texts and visiting battle sites. He was born in Ohio and now lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife, Danamarie. The Beggar's Throne is his first novel.

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Library Journal
Like many novels set in the Middle Ages, Falconieri's first effort has damsels in distress and handsome knights, but the difference is that this is also a very well-written and exciting read. The Wars of the Roses and their principal figures have often been fictionalized but rarely with such a sure hand. Both Lancastrian and Yorkist views are represented here. Young Edward IV is fierce and noble, while Henry VI is a dreamy, gentle man who never particularly wanted to be king, much less embroiled in a bloody struggle for the throne. The story is told from the viewpoints of kings, nobles, warriors, and commoners, making for a well-rounded and readable tale. Particularly interesting is the story of Samuel and Christopher Miller, two brothers who wind up on opposite sides of the struggle. The history here is good, the writing is better, and the action is almost nonstop. Recommended for all public libraries.--Wendy Bethel, Grove City P.L., OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Denver Rocky Mountain News
The Beggar's Throne....well-researched and exciting novel. Falconieri's writing is vivid and wise....In The Beggar's Throne, Falconieri reminds us that the most chaotic historical times are not made up of stick figures, but of human beings..

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781931561570
Publisher:
MacAdam/Cage Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/01/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
391
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.16(d)

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Samuel walked without direction. He absently pulled his collar up against the cool evening

air, passing several people without noticing them. His mates were ate their favorite tavern as usual, but he had no desire to join them.

He was thinking about Kate and how he would see her again. He could not ask her to follow him around from camp to camp, but there was no telling when he would be near here again.

A strong hand closed around his mouth while an arm around his waist pulled him into an alley behind the main street. For an instant, Samuel thought it was Stanley and tried to free his mouth, but a blow to his stomach by a second person took his breath. Another blow brought him to his knees, gasping for any air at all. One of his attackers took him by the hair and pulled his head up.

Samuel could see only a dark outline of a face before him, a black shape silhouetted by the dim glow of starlight. A throaty voice hissed at him.

"Tell Kate we want the letter or we'll kill you both. Do you hear me?"

Kate! What could her connection be to these thugs? Samuel did not have time to consider an answer before the toe of a boot crushed against his ribs. He sprawled on the ground, pain stabbing through his body. Another blow to the ribs was all that he felt before consciousness drifted away.

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