The Tudor Rose: The Story of the Queen Who United a Kingdom and Birthed a Dynasty [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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The Tudor Rose: The Story of the Queen Who United a Kingdom and Birthed a Dynasty

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402249198
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 87,058
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

The late Margaret Campbell Barnes grew up in London. Her historical novels include Brief Gaudy Hour, My Lady of Cleves, King's Fool, With All My Heart, Isabel the Fair, and The King's Bed.
New York Times bestseller Margaret Campbell Barnes, now deceased, wrote several historical novels, including Brief Gaudy Hour, My Lady of Cleves, King's Fool, The Tudor Rose, Within the Hollow Crown, With All My Heart, Isabel the Fair, The King's Bed, Lady on the Coin, and Mary of Carisbrooke. Her novels have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide.
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  • Posted November 22, 2009

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    The Tudor Rose

    What a difference a year makes in the lives of royalty. As The Tudor Rose opens, we meet Elizabeth of York, eldest daughter of King Edward IV. She is getting ready for a wedding to the Dauphin of France, a man she has never met. Word comes that the marriage offer has been rescinded, and she is comforted by her father. Secure in the love of her family, she is a happy young woman, easily able to overcome this rejection.

    But a year later, her life has changed dramatically. King Edward has died, and life changes forever. Her uncle, Richard, who should be serving as protector of the new King, Elizabeth's brother Ned, instead takes the crown for himself. Worse, he imprisons both Ned and Richard of York, the eight-year-old brother known as Dickon. Elizabeth and her sisters and mother are living in santuary in a monastery. They agree to move to the castle under King Richard's protection, but then disaster strikes. As history fans know, the Princes in the Tower are murdered to eliminate the threat to Richard's crown.

    Filled with hate and scorn for her uncle, and knowing that the crown should now be hers, Elizabeth agrees to join forces with Henry Tudor, who has been living in France in exile. Henry has royal blood to substantiate his claim; he is related to King Arthur of the Roundtable. With the knowledge that Elizabeth will marry him if he defeats Richard, Henry invades England and kills Richard in battle. He is crowned King.

    Six months later, he marries Elizabeth. Far from her romantic dreams, it is unclear if he wants her for herself, or just to consolidate the royal bloodlines and end the civil War of The Roses. Elizabeth is a warm, outgoing woman and marriage to a cold, calculating man like Henry is difficult for her. They have four children. Arthur is the eldest, raised to be the next King, while Harry is known now as Henry the Eighth. Margaret becomes Queen of Scotland, marrying King James. Mary is the youngest girl.

    While she is content with her life and children, there are always troubles in a royal household. There are various pretenders to the Crown, and Henry must defend his right to rule. Two pretenders over the years both claim that, far from being murdered in the Tower, that instead the Princes escaped and that they are Dickton, now grown. Many rally behind them, and even Elizabeth is torn between her desire to believe her beloved brothers are still alive, and the common sense that knows that they are indeed gone forever.

    The book follows Elizabeth and Henry's life. It gives an inside look at royal marriages and the restrictions royal women lived with. It is ifascinating to see the background that produced Henry the Eighth, whose impact on English history was so significant and long-lasting. This book is recommended for lovers of historical fiction. Margaret Campbell Barnes has done an excellend job of researching Elizabeth of York's life, and of putting the reader into her shoes to get a glimpse of the obligations and constant manuvering for position those who were royal lived with.

    13 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Historical novel of Elizabeth of York mother of the Tudor dynasty

    This is a must read for students and fans of the Wars of the Roses/early Tudor era. Why? It brings up questions that are still debated today. Were the Princes in the Tower murdered? If so, by whom? Was Perkin Warbeck an imposter? What was the true character of King Richard III? Henry Tudor? Many more enigmas are explored as well.

    The author,instead of answering, encourages the reader to come to their own conclusions and research. There is a helpful reader discussion guide athe end of the novel.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Facinating

    A very interesting look at henry 8's mother. I would have liked it even more if the book had continued on into her son's rule to see her take on it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Good historical fiction

    I like historical fiction and this gave a very readable account of the time and what changed in England as it grew to be a more united kingdom. Her characters were likeable or horrible, true to their history.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    The Tudor rose

    Wonderful book i reckamend it

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    Dull and dull

    I feel bad leaving a review for a book I didn't finish, but I couldn't possibly finish it. After 100 pages I realized that the terrible writing, dull characterizations, and bland plot weren't ending. This was such an exciting time in England's history--it's a shame a book about it is so thoroughly terrible.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Johnna

    Nm wat bout you? XD

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2015

    Wonderful!

    Ebook, read your freebies 2015, first book of the year challenge 2015, historical fiction

    Elizabeth Plantagent, Henry VIII's mother, the sister of the princes slaughtered in the War of the Roses, marries Henry Tudor,the Welsh son of a non-royal who, although he descends from royalty, politically needs as a Lancastrian, to unite the warring factions by any means necessary, by marrying a Yorkite.

    As the next in line for the throne in England, Elizabeth is willing to marry in part seeking revenge for the deaths of her brothers by the hand of her uncle. Not the most demonstrative husband, Henry fathers children...heirs...through her to guarentee that the Tudors will remain on the throne.

    This time in history is seen through her eyes, with a mother's heart and a sister's prayer. Don't get it wrong, Elizabeth is her mother's daughter as well as her politician father's savvy eldest child. We see her love of family, care for others, and the true uniting of the houses of York and Lancaster through one who was known as The Tudor Rose, who becomes the namesake of Elizabeth I.

    The author has been criticized by some as a romantic and not a scholar. She did a lot of historical study to make this a fair retelling of this history. However, there was little outside of historical texts that she could turn to, and with what she had, it is a well written book for 1953.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    Elizabeth

    She blushes and puts it in her hair" th..thank you" i whisper and look at him.. my brown eyes shining

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    Horse

    So im a gaurds horse?

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    To Jet

    Ermygerd! Ranger jet from the midnight castle?!

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    Jet

    *yawns an sits* (To to Jet: Yeah why? I lost where they went)

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    Julian

    Yeah over there points to a garden runs over and picks one and gives it to her

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    Chance

    * walks home* gtb

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    Princess clarissa

    Smiles. "Ok julian..." she leads her mare, star, around

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    Ember

    Walks around town.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Boarder

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2013

    Good Book

    This was a very good book. I just wish it had ended differently. However, still a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Sierra

    Y r u allowed to chat here but not email?

    0 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2014

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