To Hold the Crown: The Story of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York (Tudor Saga Series)

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From exile and war to love and loss—every dynasty has a beginning.

Henry Tudor was not born to the throne of England. Having come of age in a time of political turmoil and danger, the man who would become Henry VII spent fourteen years in exile in Brittany before returning triumphantly to the Dorset coast with a small army and decisively winning the Battle of Bosworth Field—ending the War of the Roses once and for all and launching the infamous...

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To Hold the Crown: The Story of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York

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Overview

From exile and war to love and loss—every dynasty has a beginning.

Henry Tudor was not born to the throne of England. Having come of age in a time of political turmoil and danger, the man who would become Henry VII spent fourteen years in exile in Brittany before returning triumphantly to the Dorset coast with a small army and decisively winning the Battle of Bosworth Field—ending the War of the Roses once and for all and launching the infamous Tudor dynasty.

As Henry’s claim to the throne was tenuous, his marriage to Elizabeth of York, daughter and direct heir of King Edward IV, not only served to unify the warring houses, it also helped Henry secure the throne for himself and for generations to come. And though their union was born from political necessity, it became a wonderful love story that led to seven children and twenty happy years together.
Sweeping and dramatic, To Hold the Crown brings readers inside the genesis of the great Tudor empire: through Henry and Elizabeth’s troubled ascensions to the throne, their marriage and rule, the heartbreak caused by the death of their son Arthur, and, ultimately, to the crowning of their younger son, King Henry VIII.

“Plaidy excels at blending history with romance and drama.”
New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307346193
  • Publisher: Crown/Archetype
  • Publication date: 10/7/2008
  • Series: Tudor Saga Series , #1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 339,231
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

JEAN PLAIDY is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also known as Victoria Holt. To Hold the Crown is the first book in her nine-book series on the Tudors.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

    Good, but not Plaidy's best

    I was always curious about Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, I also love all things Plaidy so when I saw this book I was psyched! Although it's good, it gets more into Henry VII and young Henry VIII and their relationship and doesn't develope the relationship between the King and Queen, as I hoped. Still worth reading if you're a fan of this genre.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    Good Historical Read

    This first book in the 9 volume Tudor saga set the historical stage, but it was not as riveting as some of her other books. I would have enjoyed more insight into the relationship of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. Still a worthwhile read. Am starting on Katharine of Aragon, which duplicates some of the info contained in Book 1.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2010

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    A good read, but not a page turner.

    I have read many books by Jean Plaidy so I was eager to read To Hold The Crown. Her usual writing style is easy and insightful. I found this book, however, to be daunting and repeptative. Although I was able to glean facts from the text I found I had to force myself to finish the book. Jean Plaidy is an accomplished writer, to be sure, however, this is not my favorite of hers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2009

    Title Misleads

    This book in not really about Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. It mostly focuses on Henry VII trying to establish a solid foundation for the Tudor dynasty to build off of. In fact Elizabeth of York really only has a role in the beginning of the book. However, To Hold the Crown is interesting and gives insight into how the Tudor dynasty started. The story is told from multiple points of view which can get a little annoying at points. If you are a Tudor history buff or just want to learn a few facts about the Tudors this is a good book for you. It is a quick and easy read which can help pass the time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Good

    A little slow at first. Page 200 has a spelling error.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    Not what I expected

    Suprised when I read this, bought it since I am a fan of the
    author but it didn't live up to my expectations- Queen Elizabeth was just background filler instead of a main character and the book has a tendency to repeat itself. Did enjoy it though.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    Good book

    This book was good but the story was more about Henry VIII than Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. It held my interest and was well-written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2011

    The Tudor Dynasty Begins

    I love reading about the Tudors; so when I discovered that Jean Plaidy wrote a series on them, I was ecstatic! The storyline kept my interest and I was able to completely immerse myself into whatever situation arose before me on the page. I am so looking forward to reading the entire Tudor series and more from Jean Plaidy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    Outstanding read. Transports you right to the center of everything and keeps you there until the very end. You will laugh with the characters, cry with the characters, and regret the story is ending. So, now on with the next volume - Katharine of Aragon!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2009

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    My Escape

    I loved this book. I enjoyed the Tudor children and reading how their childhood would create the character flaws that are now so well known. I great look into the life of Henry VII.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    Decent

    Overall it is a decent book. Some of the characters are a bit flat. Follows history moderately well. Not a bad book by any means.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2008

    A Must Read!

    Plaidy again excels at her talent. Weaving together the tramatic story of Henry the seventh and Elizabeth of York in outstanding detail.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2014

    A new prince in the tower theory

    This read does get a bit confusing switching character views through out, but there is quite a lot to see. I am a big Tudor buff and was happy to see a look at Authur and a young Henry VIII, if your only idea of the 8th Henry is that famous fat king picture this is a good look at who Henry was before that point. I also love the new theory of the princes in the tower which has always been a favorite mystery of mine!

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