More like a gangland war for turf and loot than chivalry, the War of Roses disrupted the life of the English commoners for hundreds of years. Roan Rose is the story of one of these, a girl born on the Yorkshire dales. When the Countess of Warwick, decides to take sturdy, gentle Rose to Middleham Castle to be companion and bed-time poppet for her youngest daughter, her fate is changed forever.
Rose bonds strongly with Anne Neville, her young mistress. She also meets a royal boy enduring his knightly training—Richard of Gloucester, King Edward’s little brother. The noble children have illness and accidents as they grow, but Rose remains a constant, always there to nurse and serve.
Rose bears intimate witness to the passions, betrayals, battles and all the reversals of fortune which will shape her lady’s life—and her own. Anne Neville will briefly become a Queen, and Richard, Rose’s secret love, will become a King, one whose name has become synonymous with evil. When the King is betrayed and slain at Bosworth Field, Rose returns to a peasant’s hard life. She has one final service to perform.
|Publisher:||Books We Love Ltd.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
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Evocative novel of the War of the Roses: Love and war might both be like chess, and the analogy is appealing. Lowly pawn Rose is plucked from her abusive home to serve as friend to the Kingmaker’s daughter, and so begins a relationship where the pawn strides bravely across the board, only to seem lost, then queened and lost again. It’s the time of the War of the Roses. The Kingmaker will lose his footing on the road to controlling the throne. Military weaknesses will be probed. Sneak attacks will demolish almost certain victories. Alliances will shift. And Rose will rise and fall between village poverty and lordly castle, learning on the way to care for the sick, heal the dying, and offer support to the embattled powers of the land. With evocative descriptions of scenery (I love Yorkshire), recreating village life and luxurious castle with equal conviction, offering fascinating details and insights into healthcare, childcare, family ties, politics and more, Juliet Waldron’s Roan Rose is a truly fascinating epic tale of one woman’s survival. With great power comes great responsibility of course—responsibilities not always shouldered well by the world’s leaders, then or now. But small powers include responsibility too, and this novel shines in the ethical trials of a woman who knows how to heal and save, and who loves too deeply to betray but ends up torn in two. The chess game didn’t convince me, but the rest of the story did. And people are more important than pawns anyway. Disclosure: I was lucky enough to “buy” a free ecopy of this novel.