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The King's Bed

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  3 reviews
This is the story of an inn-keeper's daughter and the natural son of a king. Because her family had served King Richard, and because the king spoke kindly to her when he stopped at her family's inn on the way to Bosworth Field, Tansy was devoted to the Yorkist cause. After the army left, another visitor arrived -- a young man of no apparent importance, wo called himself Di ...more
Paperback, 251 pages
Published September 1st 1981 by Ace Books (first published 1961)
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Margaret Campbell Barnes recounts the story of Richard (Dickon) Broome, an illegitimate son of Richard III. Dickon was raised not knowing his parentage, but is summoned to Bosworth and acknowledged by his father on the eve of the battle. The King had spent a night previously in Leicester at the White Boar Inn and planning on returning left behind the King's bed (a portable one that traveled with him). Tansy Marsh, the daughter of the Boar's proprietor saves young Dickon's life as he flees Boswor ...more
Nov 01, 2008 Elizabeth rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anglophiles, history buffs, and hopeless romantics.
THE KING'S BED was one of Margaret Campbell Barnes's later books. It tells the story of Richard (Dickon) Broome, illegitimate son to Richard III, and how he faces and deals with the short rise and fall of his father's reign. Though it is certainly a pleasurable read, it is not one of MCB's best books. At the time she wrote this, she was already quite successful and was working with a reliable formula. There is a sense that she turned this book out rather quickly. This is not to say that her work ...more
Story of the illegitimate son of Richard III.

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Margaret Campbell Barnes was born in 1891 and died in 1962. She was the youngest of ten children born in the Sussex country side. By all accounts she lived a happy childhood and was eventually educated at small private schools in Paris and London.

The majority of her books were written between the 1940's and 1960's.

She married Peter Barnes in 1917, a furniture salesman, and the couple had two sons,
More about Margaret Campbell Barnes...
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