Plantagenet Princess, Tudor Queen

Plantagenet Princess, Tudor Queen She Was The Mother Of Henry VIII And Wife Of Henry VII, But Who Was Elizabeth Of York Raised As The Precious Oldest Child Of Edward IV, Elizabeth Had Every Reason To Expect A Bright Future Until Edward Died, And Her Life Fell ApartWhen Elizabeth S Uncle Became Richard III, She Was Forced To Choose Sides Should She Trust Her Father S Brother And Most Loyal Supporter Or Honor The Betrothal That Her Mother Has Made For Her To Her Family S Enemy, Henry Tudor The Choice Was Made For Her On The Field At Bosworth, And Elizabeth The Plantagenet Princess Became The First Tudor QueenDid Elizabeth Find Happiness With Henry Did She Ever Discover The Truth About Her Missing Brothers, Who Became Better Known As The Princes In The Tower Lose Yourself In Elizabeth S World In Plantagenet Princess, Tudor QueenSelected As An Editor S Choice By The Historical Novel Society And Long Listed For The HNS Indie Award

Writer of historical fiction and sufferer of wanderlust, Samantha enjoys exploring the lives of historical figures through both research and visiting historic places Certain that no person is ever purely good or evil, she strives to reveal the deep emotions and motivations of those she writes about, enabling readers to connect with historical figures in a unique way Samantha is an American write

[Reading] ➻ Plantagenet Princess, Tudor Queen  By Samantha Wilcoxson –
  • Paperback
  • 441 pages
  • Plantagenet Princess, Tudor Queen
  • Samantha Wilcoxson
  • English
  • 17 September 2018
  • 9781511803311

10 thoughts on “Plantagenet Princess, Tudor Queen

  1. says:

    As Wars of the Roses historical fiction goes, this novel is fairly good as regards accuracy I wasn t able to spot any historical blunder of note, which is an excellent sign and speaks well of the author s research Samantha Wilcoxson is, to my knowledge, an avid reader of Plantagenet fiction and non fiction, and that shows in this book.Another point to commend is the handling of characters There s neither overt canonisation nor overt demonisation of Yorkists and Lancastrians to be found here, partly, I suspect, because the protagonist, Elizabeth of York, straddles both sides of the conflict owing to her birth as daughter of the leader of one camp and her later marriage to the leader of the other camp, so through her eyes we perceive individuals and their motives rather than each side s abstract goals This personal vs group perspective might be deliberate to avoid black and white narratives that are common in books dealing with this period, for it makes the reader care for a character primarily.As a contra, I would note that Part I, which deals with Bess of York s time as royal princess whilst Edward IV was on the throne and that ends with Tudor soldiers coming to fetch her after her uncle Richard s death at Bosworth, is rather slow and mostly descriptive, reading like it s aiming to meet each historical milestone scrupulously at any cost, because none is missing, even though a few facts could ve been omitted with no harm for the story The story in this portion of the book isn t really as much a story as a sequence of known facts any history buff would know Fortunately, in Part II, when Bess is now a Tudor queen, there s of a story and less of a fact checking type of narrative It s the best part, and the one I liked best You see of Bess character here, she s fleshed out and her choices explained, although I would say that she s not exactly very relatable, at least not in my opinion, because she s rather self centred, inclined to shallowness, and shows an alarming lack of self reflection, which, on the other hand, is maybe why she settles into her new status as queen surprisingly quickly for someone that underwent such a string of losses and falls in love with Henry Tudor as easily as she had with her dead uncle.There s also another side to the balance in the portrayal of both sides of the civil war, because I got a very clear impression that in wanting to avoid demonising one side over the other, the author went for trying to portray both Richard III and Henry Tudor sympathetically A feat that is doable in theory, but when you have thorny details to deal with like the death of Bess brothers Edward V and Richard of York, how do you manage it without falling into either the Shakespearean trap or the Tudor trap Do you blame Richard III or Henry Tudor Can you blame only one and still keep him likable in your book Now, that s a dilemma I d not like to face were I a historical novelist Wilcoxson s solution might not be to every reader s liking, because the way out was to find a third party to play the villain, and she found it in the person of Margaret, Countess of Richmond.History wise, we could argue whether that s probable or not till the sky falls on our heads, but it s the narrative consistency I m interested in here, and I m not entirely sure the solution was presented as it should have, because it s included by the end with little build up I get that the purpose was to pull a twist and surprise readers, but perhaps a little padding before the last scene would ve done wonders for a smoother closing scene and epilogue, as it felt rather like it was cut short instead.Anyway, this book is definitely recommendable for those who d be interested in WoR fiction, for comparison with other depictions of the conflict or for entertainment on its own, as well as in the first Tudor queen consort Goodness knows Elizabeth of York doesn t feature much in HF, and that s a shame.

  2. says:

    Elizabeth of York was the daughter of Edward IV, niece of Richard III, wife of Henry VII, and mother of Henry VIII, Margaret, Queen of Scotland, and Mary, Queen of France But what was she like as a person In Plantagenet Princess, Tudor Queen The Story of Elizabeth of York, Samantha Wilcoxson brings the matriarch of the Tudor Dynasty to life for readers of historical fiction.I continue to be fascinated with the Tudors and Tudor era of history, so it isn t surprising that this novel immediately appealed to me even before I read its description Not having read a book that focused on Elizabeth of York made this an even bigger must read for me.The story is told in two sections Part I Plantagenet Princess and Part II Tudor Queen The one constant throughout both sections of the book was intrigue, particularly involving what happened to the Princes in the Tower Elizabeth s brothers Edward and Richard who vanished and were presumed murdered a mystery that continues to endure centuries later I enjoyed the author s imagining of what happened to the Princes, by the way The timing of the revelation was perfect Another constant was the conflict Elizabeth often feels regarding Henry s actions to retain the throne It was so easy to put myself in Elizabeth s shoes and imagine how torn she must feel over her loyalties to her family and her husband, and being forced to choose between them time and again.Wilcoxson s writing is fantastic, and I adored the descriptions of events happening within the Tudor Court, and the various locations or general surroundings Elizabeth found herself in Dialogue between characters was easy to follow and consistent, and Elizabeth s inner thoughts made perfect sense in relation to the conversation at hand These aren t things I d ordinarily make a point of mentioning in a review, but as these things were greatly lacking in something I recently reviewed, it stood out to me while reading this book.This is the first book in the Plantagenet Embers series I m currently reading book two, Faithful Traitor The Story of Margaret Pole , which I ll be reviewing sometime later this month Based on what I ve read so far It s a sure bet I ve found a new historical fiction author to follow Hooray I m definitely recommending this book to historical fiction fans.I received an advance reading copy of this book courtesy of BooksGoSocial via Netgalley.

  3. says:

    Apparently it is possible to write a story about Elizabeth of York with out scandalizing every aspect of her life and breathing life into sensational rumors Who knew The end The end was beautiful I don t know why I waited so long to read this book.

  4. says:

    As do I, whispered Cecily as she embraced her sister, a queen with no power.A Queen with no power This may be historically true But what a shame that her characterisation could have just as well been copy pasted from Wikipedia The Wars of the Roses Or rather, the end of them and the beginning of the Tudor Era So much pop culture is based on this part of history.To be honest, Plantagenet Princess, Tudor Queen The Story of Elizabeth of York is one of the weaker historical fiction books I ve read Sadly, the author seemed very reluctant to give her own interpretation of the events When history is re written into fiction or newly interpreted in non fiction, it always represents the author s own views It s in the nature of writing about history, in my opinion It s not that this book is completely free of the author s views, but I must admit I was astonished by how one dimensionally all these characters were portrayed I mean, if you look at the list of said characters, it s like a who s who of I ll kill you before you can even think of going for the crown Edward IV Elizabeth Woodville Cecily Neville Richard III Margaret Beaufort Henry VII George, 1st Duke of Clarencejust to name a few Not to forget the unknown fate of the Princes in the Tower which is a recurring theme There s so much potential and, in addition, the author, as she is using historical fiction and only needs to stay within the known facts, had all the options in the world to give us her version of this very bloody and unstable period of history Instead, she opted for the safe strategy a recounting of events But not only that considering who Elizabeth of York was, her background, what she witnessed, who she married, what she symbolized and represented, this could have been a very interesting re imagining of history Alas, it bored me nearly to tears A lot of times I came across passages similar to this one Henry VII turned her toward him and put his hand on her chin and tilted it upwards You must concern yourself only with the health of our son, he said, placing his other hand on her belly Everything else, you may trust to me He placed a soft kiss on her lips and was gone before she could think of anything to say in response And off he goes and leaves our queen behind The only really interesting characters were surprise, surprise Elizabeth Woodville and Margaret Beaufort she s called Margaret Stanley here, taking the name of her fourth husband That being said, if you look closely at Margaret s characterisation, the end will not come as a surprise However, it made me roll my eyes Why not simply go for it from the beginning and weave a story that would have shown true moral conflict.Plantagenet Princess, Tudor Queen The Story of Elizabeth of York is not utterly horrible, but if you ve read Hilary Mantel, Alison Weir or David Starkey whatever one may think of his political views , you ll know what I m talking about.I think that Plantagenet Princess, Tudor Queen The Story of Elizabeth of York is, nonetheless, a good introduction into the Wars of the Roses Even if it covers mainly the beginning of the Tudor Era, it still gives a good roundup of events that can be considered as one of the most important steps away from medieval feudalism Well, let s not forget the plague But that was much earlier anyway.

  5. says:

    What a treat this book was..Once again my eyes have been opened to another powerful historical woman who I had little knowledge of before If you re like me you will know of Richard III and Henry Tudor but until now I knew nothing about Elizabeth of York.This is such an emotive tale when you consider everything that happens The most difficult part being the underlying mystery of the princes in the tower. what really happened to them As the book progresses you can really see the affect this must have had on Elizabeth.Elizabeth must have really battled with her emotions considering individuals so close to her might have had a hand in their deaths..The young princes aren t the only ones to die in the tale The author takes the chance to show what things were like to be alive at that time Sicknesses that swept the land that would kill and poor it did not care..anyone could die I really can t imagine what it must have been like but even I had a lump in my throat at times..Death follows our Queen around in what I thought was a very well written book The chapters flowed so easy from one to the next with the perfect mix of detail and story that I likeI really like how the author handled the ageing process for the King and Queen, describing the changes that occurred over time It made the story feel real as I could imagine the events unfolding around them and how it changed their mind and bodies.Elizabeth s life is a hard one We don t know all the facts but Samantha Wilcoxson puts flesh on the bones of this tale making it an engrossing readI m a big fan of powerful, determined, emotive women in historical fiction novels and this is up there with the best I ve read This is the type of book that actually makes me want to learn about historyWhile this tale is dark in its events it s rather an inspiring tale, this woman had so much to deal with but she battled through until her deathLovely

  6. says:

    Looking for a good historical fiction to read that is also fair to Elizabeth of York, and doesn t shy away from depicting the best and the worst of the wars of the roses and early Tudor era This is your stop You won t regret it Many authors think that the only way to make their characters especially female characters appealing is by having them act modern or ahead of their times.It can be easy to fall into the trap of wishing to view these characters with a twenty first century lens or worse, do like Vergil, Shakespeare and so many others, and rewrite history to suit their sensibilities But the truth is much interesting and remains the best disinfectant Reading about the real Elizabeth of York, you come to appreciate the struggles that not only women went through, but other important players in this game, as well as come to understand this era better.By no means is this the real deal It remains historical fiction, but it is the closest novel that has come to portray Elizabeth accurately.Well researched and well written, this is one that every history buff will enjoy.Read of my review here

  7. says:

    Knock On WoodStories of English monarchical politics in the first couple of centuries after the Norman Conquest always fascinate me I ve read a number of books about those people and times, especially the long and bloody decades of what came to be called the War of the Roses This book drew me because its protagonist is often a background figure overshadowed by King Henry V and his ruthlessly ambitious mother.I enjoyed revisiting a sequence of events already familiar to me from other works However, this author isn t a gifted storyteller She dutifully recounts a credible version of this powerful tale and patiently explains essential points of the tangled familial webs that defined this most murderous epoch of English history My primary knock is that Wilcoxon s characters remain wooden throughout and suffer enormously by comparison to depictions delivered in The White Queen and The Red Queen novels by another historical fiction author.

  8. says:

    Interesting subjectWhile it never answered who really killed the princes in the tower, it did give me a theory I had not considered before Of course, we ll never know the answer Although I found it an easy book to read, I also found it easy to put aside for long stretches of time I did like it enough to continue on with the other books the author has written.

  9. says:

    Poorly structured, poorly written and generally unenjoyable Elizabeth of York has an incredibly interesting story yet this novel failed to encompass any of the intrigue surrounding her life If you want decent historical fiction, look somewhere else.

  10. says:

    Not very well fictionalization This was a very boring retelling of events in the war of the roses It certainly is not done with any imagination or verse It is mostly a recounting of birth dates and events Not recommended.

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