The Tudor Rose

The Tudor Rose

by Margaret Campbell Barnes

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ISBN-13: 9781402224683
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Pages: 313
Sales rank: 799,892
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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.

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The Tudor Rose 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
sandiek More than 1 year ago
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 Word comes that the marriage offer has been rescinded, and she is comforted by her father.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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a good book, with plenty of lush detail and great storytelling. The problem with all the books, fiction and nonfiction, about this particular Elizabeth is that no matter how hard the author tries, you always get a feeling that bomb is about to go off. Soon Uncle Richard will seize power, and this innocent princess's world will be shattered beyond repair.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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.
doodleb More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book. I just wish it had ended differently. However, still a good book.
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Wonderful book i reckamend it
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Yeah over there points to a garden runs over and picks one and gives it to her
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ermygerd! Ranger jet from the midnight castle?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
* walks home* gtb
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Nm wat bout you? XD