Blood sisters : the women behind the Wars of the Roses / Sarah Gristwood.
Publication year: 2013
ISBN: 9780007309306 (pbk.) : 9780007309320 (ePub ebook) :
Originally published: 2012.
Elizabeth of York
This is the story of the women who gave birth to the Tudor dynasty. It is a fiery history of queens, the perils of power and of how the Wars of the Roses were ended - not by knights in battle, but the sinewy political skills of women.
xvi, 400 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (colour), map (black and white) ; 20 cm
When I started to read this book I had forgotten that it was a textbook, not a novel, so initially it was a bit heavygoing. Fortunately I have read a number of books on the Wars of the Roses and I thought that the author brought the facts together in a comprehensive way that was fairly easy to follow. It was fascinating to hear more about the women whose lives were so pivotal to the stories that are more well-known, even though very little information was written down at this time about women generally. I felt particularly sorry for Marguerite of Anjou who felt so passsionately that the throne was hers, and also for Elizabeth of York who was powerless to achieve much herself but carried the all-important Yorkist bloodline. Our group collectively would give it 7/10.
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