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History tells us that the intelligent, wealthy, and powerful Margaret of York had everything any woman could want, except for love. The acclaimed author of A Rose for the Crown takes us between the lines of history and into her heart.

It is 1461: Edward, son of Richard of York, ascends to the throne, and his willful sister, Margaret, immediately becomes a pawn in European p...more
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Published August 23rd 2011 by Touchstone (first published February 12th 2008)
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Rio (Lynne)
I enjoyed AES's last 2 reads A Rose for the Crown and Queen By Right because, she is a good storyteller. Sweeping sagas that would make a perfect Sunday Night Movie. Her books tend to be more biased romantic fiction with lots of sugar thrown in. It's obvious she has a crush on Richard. The man is ALWAYS perfect and loyal...a bit too much even for Richardian fans. In this book she tells an extravagant story about Margaret of York. The first 90 pages were typical AES. Even with ridiculous plots, I...more
Alaine
This is the second book I've read of Anne Easter Smith and I really enjoyed it. This author does a wonderful job of creating strong female characters who sweep you off into their world. The first book, A Rose for the Crown, tells the story of Richard Duke of Gloucester. This book is about his sister, Margaret of York, who is eventually married to Charles, Duke of Burgundy.

This is quite an epic tall about Margaret, but she had a long and interesting life so there was a lot to tell. I found with...more
Margaret
Anne Easter Smith is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. Her books are hefty in size and I feel perfect in audio format. A Rose for the Crown was a favorite of mine and I was not disappointed with Daughter of York. Staying put in the late 1400's with Edward IV the king of England this book focused on the life of his sister Margaret.

Chocked full of vivid details this book was a wonderful representation of not just the life of Margaret but her mother Cecil and brothers George and Richard al...more
Elizabeth
Having read Queen By Right: A Novel first, I can safely say that I prefer this novel. Margaret's story doesn't drag as much as her mother's, and I was surprised to be drawn into it. However, the simplest thing to do it read Queen By Right: A Novel before Daughter of York: A Novel. Even then, the reader can skip the first 27 pages of DoY, as they are nearly a carbon copy of the last few events that occur in QBR. Margaret's story doesn't truly begin until two years after Edward IV's coronation. I...more
Cynthia Haggard
Writing historical fiction is not easy, especially if you are writing about a real person. You cannot assume that your readers are going to understand how hard it is, or the difficult choices you have to make.

DAUGHTER OF YORK is the story of Margaret of York (1446-1503), sister to Edward IV and wife to Charles, Duke of Burgundy. In Ms. Smith’s telling of this story, the narrative arc is hung almost entirely on the romantic attraction between Margaret, and Sir Anthony Woodville, brother to Edward...more
Tara
If only I had a dollar for every "Certes!" ...

This was my first foray into pre-Tudor England, and it was ... fine. Nice to get some perspective on the Plantagenet's and Margaret herself is a very likable and intriguing figure.

The dynamic of the three York brothers was interesting, although it was a little bit hard for me to connect "Dickon" with Richard III. I suppose I assumed Richard was the product of some terrible and abusive childhood. Isn't this the guy who murdered his little nephews? Th...more
Linda Bridges
Margaret of York, sister to King Edward of England, is a pawn in the political game of Europe. At home, the War of the Roses is being fought as Edward tries to establish his claim to the throne. He has married Elizabeth Woodville, much to the chagrin of just about everybody. At age twenty-two, Margaret is still an unmarried princess with suitor after suitor being approached and then rejected as Edward tries to make the best deal for England. Margaret is finally married to Duke Charles of Burgan...more
Samantha
Daughter of York showed promise. The book's summary made me excited to read it. In the beginning it seemed like a well-written, intereseting novel (helped along by Anne Easter Smith's saying in the acknowledgments that the fabulous historian Ann Wroe gave it her stamp of approval). However, after the beginning it started to lag in pace and interest. I tried to hold on. But like a sinking ship, York sank, going from mediocre to boring.

The book starts out with Margaret of York becoming a princess...more
Katie
If three Anne Easter Smith books from my library holds list hadn't come in at once, and if I hadn't challenged myself to read 50 books this year, I likely would not have picked up Daughter of York after reading Queen By Right. For starters, Cecily Neville really wasn't queen by right -- and her husband's claim was shaky at best.

But I've been a fan of the House of York since I read about the Wars of the Roses in Sharon Kay Penman's The Sunne in Splendor about 20 years ago. When the Anne Easter Sm...more
Sammy
I really did enjoy this novel. It was a fun historical romance (which, as you can tell by my book list, is one of my guilty pleasures), not one of the best ever, but still good.

I applaud Anne Easter Smith for not worrying too much about being a stickler for historical accuracy. It felt like she wrote with the knowledge of all the facts, but where facts fell away she didn't feel it wrong to put a bit of imagination in there, aka fiction! In some historical fictions the author worries too much abo...more
Sariah
I want to give this more of a 3.5. It was a good historical fiction to read, and I enjoy Anne Easter Smith novels, overall. However, so much of the book was just okay. Smith likes to take characters from her other novels and intertwine them (even the fictional ones), so that can be entertaining if you have read her other books. And I like how true to history she keeps (although she did make up the love story that was central to this plot... I can forgive that because it IS a historical fiction a...more
Jennifer
This was a really good book. It took me an unusually long time to read but I enjoyed it the whole way. The only thing that really irritated me was the author's insistence on using the word "certes" to try and make her dialog sound authentic. The rest of your dialog is in modern English so cut it out! It made the dialog sound like something from a historical romance novel. Other than that though, really interesting and I enjoyed reading about a figure I knew nothing about previously.
Melissa
I am a huge fan of Anne Easter Smith and this book did not disappoint. While some of the plot point are more far fetched than in her previous novels they are easily overlooked because of the connection you feel to Margaret of York.
Karyl
I really wanted to like this novel, all about Margaret of York, sister to Edward IV of England and wife of Duke Charles of Burgundy. I had just come off Philippa Gregory's The White Queen, which overlaps in its timeline, but Gregory's was a lot more fictionalized and a much more flattering portrait of Elizabeth Woodville, wife to Edward IV. I was looking for a bit more history, though still in a fictionalized account. Anne Easter Smith does an excellent job of staying rather true to the actual h...more
Cheryl
This is a historical novel about Margaret of York, the younger sister of England's King Edward IV, the first Yorkist king, and the wife, then widow, of Charles the Bold of Burgundy (now part of Belgium and France).

The character, Margaret of York, was absolutely fascinating to me. In some ways I identified with her, as a bookish girl more interesting in a life of the mind than in domestic life. Margaret,of course, was well-socialized to believe that her highest goal in life was marriage and espec...more
Jennifer
This book covers a 20 year span in Margaret York's life. From Christmas 1461, a few months before the crowning of Edward IV, to 1480, three years after the death of Charles of Burgundy. All of the trials and tribulations of the York family are seen through Margaret's eyes. To her, family is everything and she loves her mother and especially her brothers very deeply. Margaret is proud to be a York. Being the King's sister makes Margaret a pawn, thus arranging the most advantageous marriage possib...more
Heather
I have a confession to make – this was my first read based on The War of the Roses! Gasp…I know…I don’t know what took me so long – but now that I have broken that spine I am reading more and more about it now. I think that this was a decent introduction to that time period because it doesn’t just throw you right into the War. You get a little bit of life before the War on the York side and as we follow Margaret’s story, you really are not right in the middle of everything. As Margaret is living...more
Julia
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Mandy Moody
When I started this book I assumed it was about Richard the III, told from his sister Margaret's point of view.
I was wrong.
This is a book about Margaret Plantaganet, York Princess and Duchess of Burgundy. Though I had geared up to read about Richard, I wasn't disappointed at all to read about his sister, instead.
Margaret was a wonderful character. She was bright and resourceful, and if the authors characterization of her is even remotely correct, she was a lot of fun.
I loved seeing the relation...more
Lady Heather
Daughter of York is about Margaret, younger sister of Edward IV (and older sis to Richard III). The book spans about 20 years of her life, from her late teens to a couple years after her husband's death. I found Margaret to be a fascinating character. She loses her father and a brother as a teenager (and it ain't pretty!) and spends the time covered in the book with her family torn apart in war. Her oldest brother Edward in crowned King and marries Elizabeth Grey, a nobody widow. She falls in lo...more
Ambrosia Jefferson
As I mentioned when I first started reading this book ended up not being one of my favorites of the series with Anne Easter Smith. I do not know if it is because I could not really warm to Margaret or if perhaps I was just a little bit over done with the War of the Roses. Now that part said the book was not a bad book I did like it.

Margaret is a pivotal character in the war of the Roses. Not only is she the Sister to two Kings she is one that goes on as far as she can to try to keep her family o...more
Jasmine1021
I am a fan of historical fictions,so during my holiday I did some research and eventually,found this book about my favourite historical so far,the wife of the last valois duke of Burgundy,Margaret of York.
The language of this book is quite fabulous and fascinating,the descriptions were very detailed.I extremely enjoyed the part of Margaret's arrival in Sluis and her conversation with the dowager duchess Isabel.I think the writer successfully described Margaret as a dignified princess ,and I real...more
Sandy
-Margaret of York, Duchess of Burgundy, had everything any woman could want, except for love.

Margaret becomes a political pawn for her brother, King Edward IV, but this is no surprise for her. She was brought up to understand her place in the York family, that being duty to Country and Crown. Margaret is in love with Anthony Woodville, brother to Queen Elizabeth (Woodville), her brother’s wife, however she is betrothed to Charles of Burgundy. As a royal European duchess, Margaret develops into a...more
Jennifer
I wish I could say that I loved this book, but alas, I did not. The plot was very slow, and I slogged through about 2/3's of it before finally skimming the rest of the book and putting it down.

I would not call this book historical fiction (it could very well be that the author never meant it as historical fiction, but that was the shelf where I found it at the bookstore). To me, historical fiction remains based in facts known. If books are about historical people, they remain true to the facts,...more
Erica
Aside from the lame attempt to create a relationship between Duchess Margaret and Lord Rivers, this is a pretty good book. Margaret tends to be overlooked considering she was the sister of the first York king, Edward IV, and the sister of the 'evil' York king, Richard III. It was Margaret who brought the printing press to England, it was Margaret who refused to let the duchy of Burgandy fall to France after the death of her husband Charles, and it's Margaret who helped Edward keep his throne thr...more
Emily Kara
Once I got into it, this book grabbed my attention and kept it. I'm a huge lover of history, and oh how I wish Margaret and Anthony Woodville could have ended up married! This book did a fantastic job evoking images of the past, and made a complicated stretch of history manageable. I know much more about the York family now than I did before, and Smith did a fantastic job researching and not playing with the facts- most of this book is true, with the only glaringly false bits being Margaret's ro...more
Alyssa
Three and a half stars. This was an excellently informative historical novel about a great lady that history usually overlooks: Margaret of York. Esteemed by her male contemporaries for her intelligence and impressive grasp of politics, she was also a patron of the arts, including of the printing press.

On the whole, this book as exhaustively researched, and as a result we get a very completed portrait of Margaret, in terms of both her personal life and her political one, as well as where the two...more
Shrina
Mar 27, 2008 Shrina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction enthusiasts
I wish I could give this book 3 and a half stars. I really did enjoy it. I just thought it was about a 100 pages too long. Being a Tudor fanatic that I am, it was nice to get a background (albeit fictitious) of the Plantagenet family (the royals before the Tudors). And also she gives a good depiction of Richard III as a youngster (serious, moral, loyal to his family). I think it may have been the loyalty that later made him so very cruel, but I digress.

I loved Margaret of York. What strength sh...more
Robin
“I love Anne Easter Smith's well researched novels. She can weave a story around these historical figures and facts that will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. This book is about Margaret, Princess of York and eventual Duchess of Burgundy. Margaret grew up in an ever changing world in 15th century England as the throne went back and forth between the Yorks and the Lancasters during the Plantagenet Wars of the Roses. Even so, during Margaret's youth her brother, Edward, takes the...more
Sara
I first read "A Rose for a Crown" a couple years ago and was put off by how bad I thought it was. Maybe it was because I was too young to understand what was going on or the historical significance but I enjoyed "Daughter of York" a great deal more. With finishing up the White Queen (TV miniseries) I have been researching into the War of Roses and loving the time period (no matter how confusing the bloodlines.) The writing was well done (though it dragged at times), the characters realistic and...more
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A native of the UK,
Anne Easter Smith is an award-winning historical novelist who has lived in the US for more than 40 years. Her four novels about the York family during the Wars of the Roses are published by Touchstone at Simon & Schuster. She was the Features Editor at the Press-Republican in Plattsburgh, NY for 10 years, and her writing has been featured in a number of national magazines. S...more
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