[ Reading ] ➶ The Tudor Rose Author Margaret Campbell Barnes – Thomashillier.co.uk


The Tudor Rose Two Princes Battle To Determine England S Destiny Whoever Wins Will Take Britain S Most Rightful Heir As His Bride And Her Kingdom For His Own On One Side Is Her Uncle Richard, The Last Plantagenet King, Whom She Fears To Be The Murderer Of Her Two Brothers, The Would Be Kings On The Other Is Henry Tudor, The Exiled Knight Can He Save Her From A Horrifying Marriage To A Cutthroat Soldier Thrust Into The Intrigue And Drama Of The War Of The Roses, Elizabeth Has A Country Within Her Grasp If She Can Find The Strength To Unite A Kingdom Torn Apart By A Thirst For Power A Richly Drawn Tale Of The Woman Who Launched One Of The Most Dramatic Dynasties England Has Ever Seen, The Tudor Rose Is A Vibrant, Imaginative Look At The Power Of A Queen


10 thoughts on “The Tudor Rose

  1. says:

    Frankly, I went into this book not expecting to like it When I got interested in the Tudor books, the owner of our second hand bookstore told me that I should read Margaret Campbell Barnes who she regarded as the best Tudor author Being a book published in 1953, I expected it to be old fashioned with a lot of over descriptive waffle and wasn t really keen to look for it However recently a copy came my way and I read it last month.I really enjoyed it It was not old fashioned or over descripti Frankly, I went into this book not expecting to like it When I got interested in the Tudor books, the owner of our second hand bookstore told me that I should read Margaret Campbell Barnes who she regarded as the best Tudor author Being a book published in 1953, I expected it to be old fashioned with a lot of over descriptive waffle and wasn t really keen to look for it However recently a copy came my way and I read it last month.I really enjoyed it It was not old fashioned or over descriptive In fact it had a muchmodern feel to it like Philippa Gregory, with less description of every piece of clothing or building, which I found quite refreshing Our heroine here is Elizabeth of York, oldest daughter of King Edward IV, who becomes a pawn for control of England between Henry Tudor and King Richard III I loved Elizabeth, who is constantly fearing for the safety of her brothers The Princes in the Tower, fearing what her uncle Richard III has in store for her and unwilling to marry a rebel from the house of Lancaster However, when she hears the story of her brothers being murdered, she is determined to join the rebellion on the side of Henry Tudor and bring down Richard III.The Tudors fascinate me because you could not make up a story as juicy as what they really got up to The book is full of backstabbing, betrayal, intrigue, murder, dangerous obsessions, plotting, war, rebellion and child murder Seriously, why wouldn t you want to read it There is a lot of detail about the wretched life that Elizabeth s family endured in sanctuary while her brothers were sent to the Tower, which a lot of books gloss over This book also goes into Richard III incestuous interest in his niece and her confused reactions to his interest What I liked here is that Richard isn t painted as just being a bad guy he has a lotdepth to him which is explored in his devotion to his wife Anne and their son Richard has always been a character that fascinated me and part of that was his enduring love for Anne Neville It was nice to see those flashes of his nature in amongst the story of the murdered Princes There was some good tension with Elizabeth getting involved in the rebellion plots and a wonderful scene where she becomes convinced of her uncle s guilt.The second half of the book focuses on Elizabeth s life when she becomes the Queen of King Henry VII, stuck in a loveless relationship with a husband who shows little interest in her Her children become her solace and you can t help feeling sorry for her The relationship with Richard would have been incest but it was based on genuine affection and you can see why she thinks back to whether she picked the right side The most fascinating part of this book is the arrival of Perkin Warbeck, claiming to be the presumed dead Duke of York, Elizabeth s youngest brother The story leads us to believe in Henry that the man is a wicked imposter but Elizabeth wants to meet him herself to be convinced that her brother is truly dead This part of the story was brilliant The meeting between the two was so well written and I was on the edge of my seat trying to decide if he was an imposter or not Even when Perkin has been executed, it is not the end of the matter and Elizabeth discovers a few startling things about her husband I was riveted by this storyline and I loved the way the author chose to end it In amongst this drama we have her own son Arthur and his ill fated wedding to Catherine of Aragon and his sudden death How muchdrama can you have in one book This was an excellent Tudor novel and without doubt it is the best of the War of the Roses era books that I ve read I hardly put the book down in two days and I recommend it to everyone who is fascinated by this period of history


  2. says:

    There are few books about Elizabeth of York, so I was excited to find this one I thought this might be fluffy, like so many new Tudor books so imagine my surprise when I got to the end and realized it was originally published in 1953 That explains a lot The author covered lots of details and historical moments, but she didn t go into great detail, so knowing the history helps The only part she made sure to cover completely was The Battle of Bosworth which was a conversation between Elizab There are few books about Elizabeth of York, so I was excited to find this one I thought this might be fluffy, like so many new Tudor books so imagine my surprise when I got to the end and realized it was originally published in 1953 That explains a lot The author covered lots of details and historical moments, but she didn t go into great detail, so knowing the history helps The only part she made sure to cover completely was The Battle of Bosworth which was a conversation between Elizabeth and her court after the fact The story starts with Elizabeth s marriage preparations to the French Prince, followed by her father s death, her time in sanctuary, Richard s court and her life with Henry It s all here Lambert Simnel, Perkin Warbeck and Catherine of Aragon My only issues were name changes which the author mentioned in the beginning to help with confusion but since I know the characters and seeing Henry Stafford called Thomas Stafford kept throwing me off Also she had the 2nd Duke of Buckingham being old during the Richard III rebellion I don t believe he was even 30 What I did like was how she wasn t biased over the historical mysteries She covered both sides Elizabeth wasn t in love with Richard and naive, but the author covers feelings in a realistic way It was refreshing to see her always trying to find out the truth about her brothers I enjoyed that she and Margaret Beaufort were close not arch enemies which is trending Henry VII was not a loving husband, but due to his childhood, emotions had no place He was a determined King to make England prosper No romance fluff here


  3. says:

    I know I need to try to read books without getting my hackles up about the general hatred of Richard, but REALLY Where is there any historic evidence he was trying to hook up with his niece Nowhere, that s where.


  4. says:

    It takes two to start a dynasty In regards to the Tudors, it took Henry VII and Elizabeth of York Sadly, not much is known about or at least not as discussed of Elizabeth of York A young, enigmatic woman with Plantagenet blood in her veins Elizabeth is a woman of courage and strength Margaret Campbell Barnes attempts to bring Elizabeth alive in The Tudor Rose Although it is certainly an attempt it isn t a bad one.The Tudor Rose has somewhat of a slow start Not the pace of the story per It takes two to start a dynasty In regards to the Tudors, it took Henry VII and Elizabeth of York Sadly, not much is known about or at least not as discussed of Elizabeth of York A young, enigmatic woman with Plantagenet blood in her veins Elizabeth is a woman of courage and strength Margaret Campbell Barnes attempts to bring Elizabeth alive in The Tudor Rose Although it is certainly an attempt it isn t a bad one.The Tudor Rose has somewhat of a slow start Not the pace of the story per se but the actual plot itself This did pick up as the novel progressed but the kick start didn t begin until approximately page 40 Although the novel s claim main character is Elizabeth of York, she hardly appears to have a voice in the beginning events and is weak in her presentation Margaret Campbell Barnes fails to enclose the reader with Elizabeth s rapport or insight into her deepest thoughts Simply, the other characters are much stronger than Elizabeth, leaving something to be desired in her character development Speaking of characters, Elizabeth s siblings are portrayed as weaklings and almost immature children while her mother Elizabeth Woodville is depicted as the Wicked Witch of the West to use a description we know well The roles are much too stereotypical and lack much depth.The first few chapters of The Tudor Rose are each from a varying character s viewpoint of the events during Richard III s reign such as the princes in the tower which lead up to the Battle of Bosworth This strategy certainly keeps the story fresh but adds to the missing aspect of the novel truly being about Elizabeth of York However, Elizabeth s personal emotional debate and struggle regarding her Uncle Richard III s affections and possible marriage proposal was portrayed with passion and sentiment Her difficulties with balancing her love for her brothers possibly murdered in the tower and her mother and father while searching for love to replace these empty voids is strong, engaging, and one which many female readers can relate to Elizabeth s depth in the novel increased at this point double fold In fact, as the novel progressed, it becamesingularly about Elizabeth, although it still toldof her reactions to events versus an in depth character study.The novel would, at times, skip sections and opportunities for value adding descriptions Meaning, Barnes would describe an event forthcoming and then skip to its outcome For example, Elizabeth would be complaining of the lack of her wedding ceremonies to Henry VII and then suddenly the wedding ceremony was taking place in the next sentence This would temporarily throw off the pace On the upside, for the knowledgeable reader, Barnes doesn t engage in over tedious descriptions of who characters are and their relations, nor over analyzes events This is positive for the reader who knows the topics well, as it increases the pace but could be confusing for the average reader Although some of the pages were filled with pure fiction Elizabeth dressing as a boy, Elizabeth s pity for heir pretender Lambert Simnel they are not over used and the novel is rather historically accurate I couldn t decide whether I was annoyed or enthralled by the storyline of Henry s loveless but not hateful marriage to Elizabeth Regardless, it made for a dramatic reading I also didn t feel on par with the relationship between Elizabeth and Margaret Beaufort which depicted Beaufort as the awesome so to speak mother in law when she is usually over zealous in her piety and overbearing while Elizabeth viewed her own mother in the novel with pity, annoyance, and some contempt As a grammarian, I found annoying faults with Barnes s extensive habit of beginning sentences with, And This occurred several times throughout and begs for an editor Another bothersome aspect Elizabeth used the term, Wars of the Roses in her dialogue although this was not used to describe the Lancaster York battles until the nineteenth century Not a major issue, but one a history buff will notice.Although not an in depth look at Elizabeth of York as the title would suggest The Tudor Rose is still a solid slice of historical fiction presenting an overview of Elizabeth Woodville, Richard III, the princes in the tower, the heir pretenders, etc Although I am not usually a fan of older books The Tudor Rose was published in 1953 , I rather enjoyed this one


  5. says:

    Campbell Barnes begins the story of Elizabeth of York from 1483, when the French King breaks the betrothal contract between Elizabeth and his son Charles Through Elizabeth s eyes, we see history develop as she takes us through her father, Edward IV s death and its dire consequences The imprisonment of the two princes in the Tower Elizabeth s brothers by Richard of Gloucester s and later when he ceases the crown and becomes Richard III, the attempts on his life and eventual death at the hands Campbell Barnes begins the story of Elizabeth of York from 1483, when the French King breaks the betrothal contract between Elizabeth and his son Charles Through Elizabeth s eyes, we see history develop as she takes us through her father, Edward IV s death and its dire consequences The imprisonment of the two princes in the Tower Elizabeth s brothers by Richard of Gloucester s and later when he ceases the crown and becomes Richard III, the attempts on his life and eventual death at the hands of Henry of Richmond Through it all Elizabeth is a pawn between these two men Henry VII, the first Tudor King needs her to secure the crown as much as Richard did She marries him and gives birth to the great Tudor dynasty The book takes us right before her death There were a couple of instances where creative license was taken, but for the most part Campbell Barnes uses known history accurately and beautifully The writer weaves history and fiction almost seamlessly.I love the way she develops and explores the characters in this book She specifically explores the duality in their personalities and lets the reader be the judge Richard III s character is particularly fascinating in his duality and tended to take over the pages Henry VII s characterization wassubtle although no less effective


  6. says:

    Elizabeth Plantagenet, daughter of Edward IV was also the sister of the two murdered princes in theTower Although she grieved for them all her life and was very curious about the impostors that turned up to disturb the peace of the first Tudor reign, she gave birth to four children who lived Arthur, who died soon after marrying Katherine Of Aragon, Margaret who was married the the King Of Scots, the future Henry VIII and Mary, who after marrying the aged French King then married for love.In thi Elizabeth Plantagenet, daughter of Edward IV was also the sister of the two murdered princes in theTower Although she grieved for them all her life and was very curious about the impostors that turned up to disturb the peace of the first Tudor reign, she gave birth to four children who lived Arthur, who died soon after marrying Katherine Of Aragon, Margaret who was married the the King Of Scots, the future Henry VIII and Mary, who after marrying the aged French King then married for love.In this book as in all the other books I have read about her, Henry Tudor pays little attention to her.In others, I read she didn t love him I keep wondering how do they know Is it because the couple left no love letters or we persist in seeing her state marriage as a loveless one I do not see how any writer knows what actually went on in privacy between a married couple They didn t even have the press pursuing them in those days The first Tudor Queen Elizabeth died in childbed in 1509 The last Tudor Queen, another Elizabeth refused to marry or have children and died in 1603 The throne then went to James IV Of Scotland through her father s sister, Margaret.This book of course ends long before that with Elizabeth of York s love for her remaining son, who was to become Henry VIII


  7. says:

    The story is well written and historical information well documented I enjoyed this book and would recommend it as an easy read.


  8. says:

    I didn t get too excited while I was reading this Tho based on an interesting woman in Tudor history, Elizabeth of York, the one that literally started a dynasty and gave birth to the scandalous Henry the Eighth, it fell flat Tho the premise, story, and historical accuracy is all well and good, the writing style is what ruined it for me Everything is told thru people s convsersations There is very little actual action Battles, happenings, scandals, rumors, and major historical details are r I didn t get too excited while I was reading this Tho based on an interesting woman in Tudor history, Elizabeth of York, the one that literally started a dynasty and gave birth to the scandalous Henry the Eighth, it fell flat Tho the premise, story, and historical accuracy is all well and good, the writing style is what ruined it for me Everything is told thru people s convsersations There is very little actual action Battles, happenings, scandals, rumors, and major historical details are related to the reader by Elizabeth and another person talking about it, not doing or being there themselves This being told in third person, I fail to see why it was done this way.The story begins with Elizabeth in sanctuary with her mother, Elizabeth Woodville, and her siblings Her father, King Edward, has died and his son, another Edward is to follow him on the throne, but a greedy uncle Richard imprisons both him and Elizabeth s other brother in the tower and takes the throne for himself The princes, Elizabeth s brothers, disappear, presumed to be murdered by Uncle Richard the king To top that off, King Richard wants to marry Elizabeth despite the fact that she is his niece Elizabeth encourages Henry Tudor to take the throne and her hand in marriage During her marriage and her child bearing, two imposters claim to be one of her dead brothers Each time, Elizabeth is both hopeful and worried that it may indeed be her dead brother The novel ends with Henry the Eighth marrying Katharine of Aragon.The part I enjoyed most was when Elizabeth was plotting against her uncle Richard and dressing as a boy Unfortuneately, that was a very small part of the book


  9. says:

    This book was madeenjoyable by being in England while I read it and visiting key locations mentioned throughout Also tied some aspects of British history together for me.


  10. says:

    A Tudor Rose, what a delightful book Ms Campbell jogs one s memory of history and in a delightful style, she tells the reader of the story of The Tudor Rose Of how the War of the Roses, one white and one red tore the English country apart It is the story of an arranged marriage which joined the two houses together to become the house of Tudor Very sad story, as English history is bloody and the story is of the life of Elizabeth, Queen of England, mother of Henry VIII The story starts o A Tudor Rose, what a delightful book Ms Campbell jogs one s memory of history and in a delightful style, she tells the reader of the story of The Tudor Rose Of how the War of the Roses, one white and one red tore the English country apart It is the story of an arranged marriage which joined the two houses together to become the house of Tudor Very sad story, as English history is bloody and the story is of the life of Elizabeth, Queen of England, mother of Henry VIII The story starts out with Elizabeth as a princess, the death of her father, the grabbing of the throne by her Uncle and the killing of the two young princes in the tower Then the fight for the crown with the return of Henry VII from France to take the crown, marrying Elizabeth to join together two powerful Royal families This is a story of many arranged marriages and of power,and betrayal Lives that are lost, and always the fight for power, and then there are always the pretenders to the throne, trying to usurp whoever happens to be King at the time


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