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A Royal Ambition
Iris Gower
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A Royal Ambition

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  4 Ratings  ·  1 Review
King Henry V's beautiful widow, Catherine, is determined to marry Owen Tudor, a Welsh gentleman-at-arms. But her life decisions are not her own, overshadowed as she is by more powerful men who are closer to the Throne. The Duke of Bedford would marry her off to a foreign prince; her son, the King, is a weak child who turns like a straw in the wind. Henry Beaufort would ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 293 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Thorndike Press (first published July 1999)
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Feb 07, 2010 Susan rated it it was ok
This is a novel about the relationship between Catherine of Valois and Owen Tudor.

I found the story here to be rather underdeveloped. Catherine and Owen meet at about the time Henry V marries Catherine and are instantly attracted to each other, but there's little chemistry between the two. Once Henry V is dead, his brother Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, periodically appears to menace Catherine and Owen in a rather vague fashion, but nothing really comes of this plot line (although Humphrey has be
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Iris Gower (b. 1935) was a Swansea-based novelist. Her historical romances are all set within Swansea and Gower in South Wales.

Iris (real name Iris Davies) was born in Mumbles and lived in Derwen Fawr, a part of Sketty, Swansea. She had four adult children, though her husband of 48 years, Tudor Davies, died on 15 April 2002 after suffering a major stroke. She later lived with a partner, Peter.

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