‘A great tale… the golden thread that led to the crown of England’ Conn Iggulden
Jasper Tudor, son of Queen Catherine and her second husband, Owen Tudor, has grown up far from the intrigue of the royal court. But after he and his brother Edmund are summoned to London, their half-brother, King Henry VI, takes a keen interest in their future.Bestowing Earldoms on them both, Henry also gives them the wardship of the young heiress Margaret Beaufort. Although she is still a child, Jasper becomes devoted to her and is devastated when Henry arranges her betrothal to Edmund.He seeks solace in his estates and in the arms of Jane Hywel, a young Welsh woman who offers him something more meaningful than a dynastic marriage. But passion turns to jeopardy for them both as the Wars of the Roses wreak havoc on the realm. Loyal brother to a fragile king and his domineering queen, Marguerite of Anjou, Jasper must draw on all his guile and courage to preserve their throne − and the Tudor destiny…
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About the Author
Joanna Hickson spent twenty five years presenting and producing News and Arts programmes for the BBC. Her first published book was a children’s historical novel Rebellion at Orford Castle but more recently she has turned to adult fiction, concentrating on bringing fifteenth century English history and some of its fascinating principal characters to life.
She is married with a large family and gets inspiration from her Wiltshire farmhouse home, which dates back to her chosen period.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was such an enjoyable book, I quickly went back and found one that I had not read ( The Tudor Bride) and purchased that one right away. I had not read a lot about Jasper Tudor although he does seem to have had two daughters. It is a different way of looking at Margaret Beaufort also- sort of with narrowed eyes. His life with Jane ( who surely existed in some fashion) was one of legend as was his birth to an anointed queen. His devotion to his nephew Henry VII was also legendary but possibly NOT how much he taught and protected him. Reading about the intersection and egress between England and Wales was quite fascinating in this book. The clash of cultures helps us to understand this particular period. Recommendef for this reason, as well as explaining how the Tudor kings came to exist. A 5th book, The Tudor Crown will be published next May and I cannot wait to receive that one.
A fairly fast read. I live the way every chapter is from I different characters point of view
Each of Joanna Hickson's successive books have been better than the one prior. This novel centered around Jasper Tudor was better than just good; it was excellent. There is another Tudor book in the works and I can hardly wait.