To Hold the Crown: The Story of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York (Tudor Saga #1)
Henry Tudor was not born to the throne of England. Having come of age in a time of political turmoil and danger, the man who would become Henry VII spent fourteen years in exile in Brittany before returning triumphantly to the Dorset coast with a small army and decisively winning the Battle of Bosworth Field ...more
Originally published as Uneasy Lies the Head, this book covers the reign of Henry VII following the defeat of Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth. With a very tenuous claim on the ...more
I am sick and tired of pro-Ricardian crap and while I would never ju ...more
I also found fault with ...more
The plot was weak - there basically wasn't one, act ...more
I liked this book but I didn't love it.
I enjoyed reading about Henry VII but, while I was really looking forward to reading about Elizabeth of York, I feel like I still know nothing about who she was. I realize that there's not a whole bunch of information available about her, but come on... it's supposed to be a book about the love story between her and Henry and she's barely in it. Oh, and there's no love story. Was Elizabeth of York ...more
In contrast with The King’s Daughter, a book that grabbed me and pulled me in, To Hold the Crown just seemed to gloss over the characters & events of the book. Elizabeth of York hardly played a part in this book. Re ...more
This book was a good back ...more
In the aftermath of the bloody Wars of the Roses, Henry Tudor has seized the English crown, finally uniting the warring Houses of York and Lancaster through h ...more
The book had many themes, but I focused on the Tower Princes and Henry VII's lust for money, heirs and a good name among the Euro ...more
First things first, the packaging and subtitle of To Hold the Crown are not at all accurate to the actual text. If you were thinking of reading this is in the hope that it focuses on the romance between Henry VII and Elizabeth of York you’ll be disappointed. A more accurate description would be the story of Henry VII and a young Henry VIII, because despite Elizabeth being the focus of the first chapter she quickly disappears from the narrative, becoming little more than Henry’s meek wife bent to...more
Henry is pictured to be the miser and always worrying king that somebody else will come to claim the throne from him. He seems to be avoiding wars and executions whenever possible, but at the same time not being always correct in his decisions. At the same time Elizabeth seems to be totally submissive. She doesn't even defend her own mother against her mother-in-law. And she also seems not to show so much affection to her children. Her presence ...more
most of the book is around averting those who would try and take the crown plus constant negotiations with Spain.
This is my first Jean Plaidy and I loved it. The tudor era is my favourite period of history anyway bit it was well written, seemingly well researched and kept me hooked the whole way through despite me knowi ...more
If you follow my reviews, you know I usually start with a story. Well the story about this book is that it was picked as a group read for the Tudor History Lovers group here on Goodreads. In this group we pick a Tudor figure every two months to read a book about. For June and July that person was El ...more
The uneasy head of the title belongs to King Henry VII - the Lancastrian king who married the Yorkist Elizabeth - daughter of Elizabeth Woodville. Having come across this motley bunch in Philippa Gregory's The White Queen (and also Henry's mother, Margaret Beaufort in the Red Queen), I had a little knowledge of the ...more
I am sure major liberties were taken as we don’t know just what was said at some of t ...more
Jean Plaidy is one of my favorite authors of historical fiction and this book did not disappoint me.
I did find, however, that the plot bounced around a lot. Is ...more