Red Rose, White Rose

Red Rose, White Rose

by Joanna Hickson

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Red Rose, White Rose by Joanna Hickson

The powerful story of Cecily Neville, torn between both sides in the War of the Roses, from the best-selling author of The Agincourt Bride.In fifteenth century England the Neville family rules the north with an iron fist. Ralph Neville, Earl of Westmorland, a giant of a man and a staunch Lancastrian, cunningly consolidates power by negotiating brilliant marriages for his children. The last betrothal he arranges before he dies is between his youngest daughter, nine-year-old Cicely, and his ward Richard, the thirteen-year-old Duke of York, England’s richest heir.Told through the eyes of Cicely and her half-brother Cuthbert, Red Rose, White Rose is the story of one of the most powerful women in England during one of its most turbulent periods. Born of Lancaster and married to York, the willowy and wayward Cicely treads a hazardous path through love, loss and imprisonment and between the violent factions of Lancaster and York, as the Wars of the Roses tear England’s ruling families apart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007447015
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 07/07/2015
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 575,836
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.40(d)

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.

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Red Rose, White Rose 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third book by Johanna Hickson. I've read all of Phillipa Gregorys books. These strories take place before her War of Roses novels. I knew that King Henry VI was mentally ill, what I find interesting is that his maternal grandfather also suffered madness. All three of these books are awesome and must reads for any fan of historical fiction!
Kathlingram More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book, well researched and written and I enjoyed it. My only problem was that I could not get "into it" for a long time due to the quite blatant fictional aspects of the book. Yes, I understand it was a novel. Let's go right to the point,though, and say she did not have an adult brother named Cuthbert, and that it is extremely doubtful that Cecily Neville had an illicit physical affair with a fairly close relative. So what would have been a 5 star book for me sort of melted down to maybe 3.75. I almost did not finish it but I am very glad that I did. Once I got going on it, I could not put it down. The historical details were mostly excellent and the last half of the book was a delight. Except that Cecily had no such adult brother, the role of Cuthbert as "other voice" worked very well. Perhaps he could have been a well depended on squire so there was not SO much fiction but he lent credence to the "unseen" things we needed to hear about Cecily and Richard's life. I do recommend this book to those who admire this part of the Plantagenet family and just say.."keep reading" as it is certainly worthwhile!
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This sounds like a very great book for people to reading because they can understand what they are reading about and if there is any bad words in the book then they should not be reading this book at all ecause