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Trinity (Wars of the Roses #2)

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The brilliant retelling of the Wars of the Roses continues with Trinity, the second gripping novel in the new series from historical fiction master, Conn Iggulden.

1454: King Henry VI has remained all but exiled in Windsor Castle, struck down by his illness for over a year, his eyes vacant, his mind a blank.

His fiercely loyal wife and Queen, Margaret of Anjou, safeguards he
Hardcover, 462 pages
Published June 16th 2014 by Michael Joseph
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Bookworm Sean
Jun 13, 2016 Bookworm Sean rated it really liked it
This book contains one of, if not the best battle sequences I’ve ever read: it was just that good. The battle at St Albams was told from alternating point of views capturing the field superbly. The action is described simply yet vividly. For a moment, I was there; I was fighting beside the Kingmaker: The Earl of Warick; I was in his daring charge, across the alleyways as he rushed to capture King Henry VI.

The Kingmaker from The White Queen TV series as portrayed by James Frain

I could not recom
Nov 14, 2014 Andy rated it really liked it
Shelves: hist-f-feudalism
3.5 rounded up to 4 stars

Have to say I nearly didnt read this & only did so as forgot to cancel the Library hold on it.... glad i did in the end as have to say enjoyed it far more than the first in the series "War of the Roses"

Why? Well it sticks with the theme as advertised & gets to the nub of the conflict by introducing the minor earls or should that be the major conspirators as we find it's those pesky Earls scheming/jockeying for power that force the larger pieces to come to the boa
Sep 29, 2015 happy rated it really liked it
With this second volume of his Wars of the Roses series, Mr. Iggulden has once again done a very good job of telling the story of the rivalry between two branches of the English Royal House. In this volume the author tells the tale of the opening stages of the multigenerational feud that tore apart the House of Plantagenet.

The story begins in 1454 with the feud between the houses of Neville and Percy. One of the first scenes is Thomas Percy,the younger son of Earl of Northumberland, raiding the
Susan Johnson
Mar 05, 2015 Susan Johnson rated it it was amazing
This book is being published in America under the name War of the Roses: Margaret of Anjou.

I thought this book was historical fiction writing at its best. War of the Roses: Margaret of Anjou is the middle book of Conn Iggulden's trilogy and it is outstanding. It can be read as a stand alone and is really much better than the first one of the series. Iggulden's expertise is writing about battles and making them come alive as he did on his excellent Genghis Khan series. You won't find the romanti
Trinity is the second installment in Iggulden's unique Wars of the Roses trilogy, which began with Stormbird. For inexplicable reasons, it is being released as Margaret of Anjou in the US. Margaret is an important character, as she was in the first book, but she is not featured any more than several others.

This book started out slowly for me. Relating the feud between the Percys and the Nevilles and its impact on the beginning of the Wars of the Roses should have been interesting as the loss of
This was only 3 stars for me....I was expecting it to be a little higher because it was Conn Iggulden. I thoroughly loved reading the first two books in his Conquerer series as well as the first one in his Emperor series. This one just didn't grab me as much as the others. I think it felt lopsided. To me that means that it was super heavy on the historical facts and light on the fiction side.

I liked Margaret of Anjou though. I appreciated her strength and conviction and I even found myself feel
Ayush Tickoo
Sep 11, 2016 Ayush Tickoo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply awesome!
Jul 02, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Conn Iggulden is just so readable! His writing mechanics are perfect, giving the reader all the signals he needs to follow the unfolding action. He does not junk up the book with excessive descriptions of nouns. The book's said action was several fold but focused on the wars between the Houses of York and Lancaster which began in the mid-1400s, and that is as technical as I plan to get in this review. Less noble houses than those of York and Lancaster were responsible in part for the wars by ...more
The Book Queen
Jun 06, 2015 The Book Queen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Well, that was fabulous.

Elia Princess of Starfall

Trinity is the second book in Conn Iggulden's Wars of the Roses series and revolves around the deepening political and dynastic enmity between Margaret of Anjou, the formidable wife to King Henry VI of England, and the king's embittered cousin Richard Plantagenet duke of York as they fight over who will rule in England and who, in the end, will be the true king. There are bitter inter-family feuds, secret treaties, chaos and corruption in England, furious intrigues, swift and inglorious battles
The Lit Bitch
Jul 23, 2015 The Lit Bitch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
War is coming….or is it winter? This is the book that inspired the wildly popular A Song of Ice and Fire series (AKA Game of Thrones). This latest book in the War of the Roses series was a constant action sequence.

I haven’t read the first book in the series and that did put me at a bit of a disadvantage because I didn’t fully understand the relationships between some of the characters but I do know my British history so it didn’t take too long to get situated in the story.

I absolutely loved this
Oct 08, 2014 Paul rated it it was ok
Sadly disappointed by this book.
There's none of the intrigue, treachery, subterfuge or evocative emotion of the first book, leaving what's left feeling remarkably hollow. Richard, Duke of York and one of the key protagonists, seems to have lost all trace of his backbone for no apparent reason. Derry Brewer, spymaster, is hardly used at all and everything just kind of plods along at it's own pedestrian pace rather than keeping your mind buzzing and ticking over.

Even the relevance of the name of t
May 13, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
The second book of Conn Iggulden's engrossing trilogy about the war of the roses, so named for King Henry's House of Lancaster's logo, if you will, was a red rose while his nemesis, the House of York, was a white rose. The mid 15th century dispute was an amazing blood feud by the major British royal families forced to choose fealty to the bedridden King Henry the Sixth or Richard Plantagenet, the Duke of York and Defender of the Crown.

Someone once said something to the effect that if you try to
Cormac Healy
Oct 20, 2015 Cormac Healy rated it it was amazing
This is comfortably better than the first book in the series, which I found a little convoluted, and the plot was spread a little too thin (much like butter scraped over too much bread). Thankfully, Trinity was a return to form from my favourite writer of historical fiction.

As someone who knows very little about the Wars of the Roses I was absolutely loving the twists and turns, and the conflicting ambitions of the characters, especially that of the Duke of York. There is barely a dull moment,
May 06, 2015 Cynthia rated it liked it
Margaret of Anjou was French and married to Henry VI who was the contemporary King of England. She was also the mother to a child, Edward, who she hoped would someday secede his father. The problem was that Henry VI was ill and lay in a coma like state while Richard of York ruled. Henry’s Lancaster clan was symbolized by a red rose and Richard’s clan by a white rose. Iggulden writes and interesting and often exciting tale. Though lots of the action takes place on the battlefield I was afraid I’d ...more
Girl with her Head in a Book
Conn Iggulden has made a name for himself not only through The Dangerous Book For Boys but also as the author of historical battle epics such as Emperor and Conqueror. Trinity is the second instalment in his latest War of the Roses series which takes us back to the origins of the conflict that tore down the Plantagenet dynasty for good. Richard's defeat at Bosworth is well-known and even Edward IV's climb to power is fairly well understood (particularly for those of us who hail from the North) ...more
Jun 10, 2016 Isaac rated it really liked it
An improvement on the first book.
The Wars of the Roses start in earnest.
The pace is fast. The cast is huge. And again, Iggulden saves the best for last with a memorable ending at the Battle of Wakefield.

It's a shame the first book "Stormbird" had very little to do with the actual "Wars of the Roses". You could almost read this book first and ignore Stormbird.
Mar 06, 2016 Roos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ik hoop dat deel 3 snel wordt vertaald!
Mar 01, 2015 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads/First Reads
"War of the Roses" which I won through Goodreads/First Reads is a thrilling historical epic by Conn Iggulden which begins in England in 1454 when King Henry VI struck down by a debilitating disease that's kept him comatose for over a year suddenly awakens, wanting his seal and throne back from Richard Duke of York who has been ruling capably in his stead as Protector and Defender of the Realm. Agitated by whisperings that the Duke of York and his Chancellor Richard Neville, Earl of Salisbury ...more
Benjamin Thomas
I am not overly familiar with the grand historical chapter of British history known as the Wars of the Roses. I have come across bits and pieces of it over the years so feel I have a sort of cursory outline understanding of it. So it has been a great pleasure to read the first book of Conn Iggulden’s series, Stormbird, as well as this second chapter.

The title (in the UK, at least), “Trinity” references the forces allied against King Henry VI and his queen, Margaret of Anjou, namely York, Salisb
Rebekah May
Book 1: Stormbird review
Book 3: Bloodline review
Book 4: Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors review

Upon rereading, my appreciation for this novel only grows. I'm removing my original review because I have quite a lot to add and I don't want this to end up too long. I found that, after reading this back-to-back with Stormbird, the change in writing style is actually quite noticeable. I felt like this was more mature, almost more confident. It was clear Conn Iggulden had better footing in the world/time
Robin Carter
Mar 18, 2015 Robin Carter rated it it was amazing

I often find that if you ask an Iggulden fan what their favorite book is, there is a clear divide between those who love the Emperor series and those who love the Conqueror series. You can be a fan of all the books, but that draw to preference usually goes to one series. As a fan of his books since the very first, back in 2002, i have put some thought into this before and think its to do with the restriction of history.

Conn is a brilliantly natural story teller, of the type that if born be
Monique Snyman
Dec 27, 2014 Monique Snyman rated it really liked it
Brilliant, excellent, fantastic, gripping, extremely accurate, superbly written - Wars of the Roses: Trinity by Conn Iggulden is all that and more! This is one of the best books I've read this year and by God, I cannot wait for the next installment of this wonderful historical fiction series!

The characters (obviously based on real people) are so real that it became difficult to imagine them being anything but how Conn Iggulden portrayed them as being. Someone, get me Edward of March's number! Ho
Oct 25, 2015 Kara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

When they say history is written by the victors, they don’t just mean writing a rosy picture of themselves into the history books – they mean the entire landscape is shifted to reflect who won. The King George Inn becomes the George Washington Inn. The Temple of Athena becomes the Church of the Virgin Mary. The hats copied after the ones worn by the executed queen are ditched and replaced by the fashion set by the new ruling party. And on and on. Even in historical fiction, the authors tend to f
Jul 05, 2015 Gianna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Margaret of Anjou, the second of the Wars of the Roses series, doesn't surprise with its style. Similar to the first novel, the reader quickly encounters a multitude of characters. Dialogues are crafted well, and this is how important information is frequently conveyed. I enjoyed "seeing" a glimpse of Owen Tudor, who is often just a quick note in other books on this topic.

Readers, who have followed the proliferation of historical fiction about the Tudors and the war of the Roses in rec
Book Batter
Sep 27, 2014 Book Batter rated it liked it
When we left Stormbird, the first in Conn Iggulden’s War of the Roses trilogy, it was 1453. King Henry VI was drowning in a fog that has swamped and deadened his senses and his intellect. The mystery illness that afflicted him had rendered him incapable of ruling his Kingdom or defending his throne against the ambitious pretender, his cousin Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York. Having been declared Defender and Protector of the Realm by his supporters, York had succeeded in jostling himself into ...more
Aug 09, 2016 Jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Trinity (Wars of the Roses #2)
by Conn Iggulden

The brilliant retelling of the Wars of the Roses continues with Trinity, the second gripping novel in the new series from historical fiction master, Conn Iggulden.

1454: King Henry VI has remained all but exiled in Windsor Castle, struck down by his illness for over a year, his eyes vacant, his mind a blank.

His fiercely loyal wife and Queen, Margaret of Anjou, safeguards her husband's interests, hoping that her son Edward will one day know the
There was something missing from this book. Not the various women sitting at home popping out babies and pining for their men. Plenty of books on the Wars of the Roses feature those women. This book was missing the perspectives from the previous novel. In Stormbird the reader was introduced to various peasants living in the English and French countryside while the French and English armies rampaged around them. I missed those perspectives here. I missed Derry Brewer.

For a book with Margaret of
Monica Bittencourt
Mar 02, 2016 Monica Bittencourt rated it really liked it
E o banho de sangue continua.... Puxar a espada era que nem tomar um copo d'água para eles naqueles tempos. Mas, o autor é muito bom em te envolver na trama e nas descrições que parece que você faz parte de tudo que está acontecendo. A História é cheia de intrigas e cada hora um ganha e pega o poder para si e você vai se querendo saber o que vai acontecer depois. Até o "vilão" (Duke of York) parece ter suas boas intenções e te faz ficar em dúvida se deve torcer para ele ou não. Adorando conhecer ...more
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I was born in the normal way in 1971, and vaguely remember half-pennies and sixpences. I have written for as long as I can remember: poetry, short stories and novels. It’s what I always wanted to do and read English at London University with writing in mind. I taught English for seven years and was Head of English at St. Gregory’s RC High School in London by the end of that period. I have enormous ...more
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Wars of the Roses (4 books)
  • Stormbird (Wars of the Roses, #1)
  • Bloodline (Wars of the Roses, #3)
  • Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors (The Wars of the Roses, #4)

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