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Tudor Rose

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One woman holds the key to England's most glorious empire in this intimate retelling of the launch of the Tudor dynasty
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Published October 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published January 1st 1953)
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Rio (Lynne)
There are few books about Elizabeth of York, so I was excited to find this one. I thought this might be fluffy, like so many new Tudor books (so imagine my surprise when I got to the end and realized it was originally published in 1953.) That explains a lot. The author covered lots of details and historical moments, but she didn't go into great detail, so knowing the history helps. The only part she made sure to cover completely was The Battle of Bosworth (which was a conversation between Elizab ...more
Orsolya
It takes two to start a dynasty. In regards to the Tudors, it took Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. Sadly, not much is known about (or at least not as discussed) of Elizabeth of York. A young, enigmatic woman with Plantagenet blood in her veins; Elizabeth is a woman of courage and strength. Margaret Campbell Barnes attempts to bring Elizabeth alive in The Tudor Rose. Although it is certainly an attempt; it isn’t a bad one.

The Tudor Rose has somewhat of a slow start. Not the pace of the story per
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Sasha Strader
I know I need to try to read books without getting my hackles up about the general hatred of Richard, but REALLY?!?! Where is there any historic evidence he was trying to hook up with his niece? Nowhere, that's where.
Tara Chevrestt
I didn't get too excited while I was reading this. Tho based on an interesting woman in Tudor history, Elizabeth of York, the one that literally started a dynasty and gave birth to the scandalous Henry the Eighth, it fell flat. Tho the premise, story, and historical accuracy is all well and good, the writing style is what ruined it for me. Everything is told thru people's convsersations. There is very little actual action. Battles, happenings, scandals, rumors, and major historical details are r ...more
Hilcia
Campbell Barnes begins the story of Elizabeth of York from 1483, when the French King breaks the betrothal contract between Elizabeth and his son Charles. Through Elizabeth's eyes, we see history develop as she takes us through her father, Edward IV's death and its dire consequences. The imprisonment of the two princes in the Tower (Elizabeth's brothers) by Richard of Gloucester's and later when he ceases the crown and becomes Richard III, the attempts on his life and eventual death at the hands ...more
Gaile
Elizabeth Plantagenet, daughter of Edward IV was also the sister of the two murdered princes in the
Tower. Although she grieved for them all her life and was very curious about the impostors that turned up to disturb the peace of the first Tudor reign, she gave birth to four children who lived Arthur, who died soon after marrying Katherine Of Aragon, Margaret who was married the the King Of Scots, the future Henry VIII and Mary, who after marrying the aged French King then married for love.
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Yvette
So this is my interpretation of Elizabeth's obvious character change after reading this book...That marriage to an unloving and business-minded man like Henry squashed her Plantagenent spirit slowly and simply over the years. Eventually she accepted the kind of woman and queen she needed to be for Henry, and became that person, as her personal sacrifice for the peace and prosperity of her country. But I think she always held a glimmer of hope that things might change between her and Henry, and o ...more
Elizabeth
This is the new Sourcebooks edition due out in September 2009. Once again, you'll find my reading guide in the back. While still in the vein of Tudor-related topics, this takes us away from the focus of Henry VIII and his myriad wives, with an intimate and compassionate look at his mother. MCB is at the top of her game yet again!
April Martinez
The Ruder Rose:The Story of the Queen Who United a Kingdom and Birthed a Dynasty

Anyone who always found the mystery of the two Princes who disappeared in the tower frustrating will adore this book! Added bonus, the story of Henry VIIII mother and father! I love the style of this author, the way she brings the history into her story. I've read about her mother, The White Queen and about her son, Henry VIII, and of of course her granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth, but now I feel like I've read the res
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Pauline Lloyd
I have now read three books on Elizabeth of York, all different. Makes you wonder! None of the authors allowed truth to get in the way of a good story.
Sue Hilger
excellent fictionalized story of the War of the Roses and tge parents of Henry XIII. .... page turner
Elizabeth
A good read that kept me moving but very predictable. I felt I could predict the next storyline.
Rebecca Hill
Elizabeth of York has long been the shadow queen. Queen in her own right, she became the consort of Henry VII, and was kept in the background, so that people would not view Henry marrying her as gaining his crown through his wife. Elizabeth as the oldest daughter of Edward IV, was brought up in wealth and oppulance. Her world revolved around gaiety and laughter, until her father died, her brothers disappeared and her uncle became king Richard III. After the death of his wife, it looked that Rich ...more
H. A. Mims
My biggest complaint with this book is the writing style. According to other reviews, it was originally published over 50 years ago, so that might have something to do with it. But the dialogue itself, and more than that, the dialogue tags? Clumsy and incredibly distracting at times. All the characters are running around temporizing and expostulating and bewailing everything in sight… left me feeling like I was watching some melodramatic silent film rather than reading a simple conversation.

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Debbie
I received "The Tudor Rose" as a review copy from the publisher. It's a historical fiction set in fifteenth century England. While I enjoyed the story, it was mainly as an enjoyable history lesson rather than as an exciting novel.

I cared about the characters and what happened to them. The world-building was very good with small historical details bringing the time period alive in my imagination. The author also introduced an element of mystery to the story (what happened to the princes?) that ke
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Jessica
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Samantha
The only aspect of this book that I enjoyed was the subject matter. I was looking for something on Elizabeth of York, who seems to be a quite overlooked part of history considering she is the link between the Plantagenet and Tudor dynasties. This novel covers most of her life (for some reason it ends shortly before her death rather than following her to the end), but not in a detailed or completely accurate way. For the first third of he book I felt that it was a quick, easy read but not necessa ...more
Nely
The Tudor Rose is based on the life of Elizabeth of York - who is the eldest daughter of Queen Elizabeth Woodville and King Edward IV. The story starts with Elizabeth, her mother and her two brothers being in sanctuary. Elizabeth's father has recently passed away and her brother Edward is in line for the throne. But due to her greedy uncle, Richard of Gloucester, who has usurped the throne and the disappearance of her brothers (who are believed to be dead) - Elizabeth has a legitimate claim to t ...more
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Éowyn
This book was written over 50 years ago, so I suppose we must make some allowances for light that has been shed on past events between now and then, but still, there were a number of silly errors in this book which didn't help its credibility: the pre-contract was with Eleanor Butler (nee Talbot) and for some odd reason the book gives her given name as Joan, and Edmund Tudor died of the plague and not in battle.

Overall the book follows a somewhat traditionalist stance, although Henry Tudor comes
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Serena
Margaret Campbell Barnes' The Tudor Rose: A Novel of Elizabeth of York is a historical novel that chronicles the final moments of Edward IV's reign in England and the usurpation of the thrown by Richard, Duke of Gloucester and later the conquest of England by Henry Tudor.

"Elizabeth came out of her own private thoughts with a start. Her blue eyes stared almost uncomprehendingly. During her short life she had become accustomed to being offered as matrimonial bait for some political reason or anoth
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Mrs W
I love British royal history...and therefore enjoy the historical fiction. This one centers on Elizabeth of York, whose marriage to Henry VII ended the War of the Roses and began the Tudor period. This was originally published in 1953, which explains the dry style and third-person-omniscient POV (really weird reading that again). If you're a history buff, there's a storyline that will bug the snot out of you. I was glad that I was already familiar with the history, since the political scheming i ...more
Marie
This is a 3.5 star read

Elizabeth of York is the eldest daughter of Queen Elizabeth Woodville and King Edward IV who seems to be of a strong character based on all accounts of her life. She was ultimately used as a pawn in the ongoing political struggles caused by the Wars of The Roses but was instrumental in uniting the two different parties of the wars. Elizabeth's younger brothers Edward and Richard were the infamous Princes in the Tower who disappeared at some point in 1483, which the novel p
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Steve
Within the Hollow Crown is a marvelous reinterpretation of Richard II. Ms. Campbell attempts to portray the King as a man who fell deeply in love with his wife Anne, after they wed. This love allowed Richard to bring peace to his realm and attempt to restore England to financial solvency, after decades of brutal taxation to fund glamorous foreign wars. Tragically, his beloved is taken from him. Without the strength and stability Queen Anne provided the King, he gradually--albeityy unawares--beca ...more
Erin
" The Tudor Rose" outlines the story of Elizabeth of York. I had never heard of Margaret Campbell Barnes but have read many other books on the War of the Roses a la Sharon Kay Penman, Anne Easter Smith, Sandra Worth, Philippa Gregory etc. I try never to do this with any author but I couldn't help but make some comparisons.

There were certain threads that seem to be found in one book after another. First, most of the historical fiction authors DO tend to paint Edward IV as a two timing womanizer
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Louise
Margaret Campbell Barnes writes a plausible story about Elizabeth of York. The story begins at her coming of age just before the death of her father, King Edward IV, and ends with the death of her eldest son, Arthur.

Barnes considers the young Elizabeth as she plots against what seemed to be an inevitable marriage to the man most likely responsible for the disappearance of her brothers. Then she considers both Elizabeth's and Henry Tudor's views of their marriage. The life of this royal pair is d
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Joy
It's defenitly not the worst book I've read about the Plantagenets/Tudors, but I would not read it again. Everything that happens, is told through conversations.
For example: the Battle of Bosworth is told through a conversation between Elizabeth and a few of men who were there. So there's very little action.

Also, I wasn't satisfied with the docile and naïve Elizabeth. In the beginning of the book, you feel her Plantagenet spirit but after a while Elizabeth just becomes a sleek, docile wife. Sh
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Dava Stewart
This book was saved on my iPad for several months, while I read the Game of Thrones series. I didn't remember anything about it except that it was historical fiction when I randomly chose it for my next read. It was so odd reading this story, set in a time period that so much of the fantasy of Game of Thrones was based on.

The beginning of this one is much better than the middle, although it does pick up slightly toward the end. I got it for free, and it was much, much better than many of the ot
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Teddy
Elizabeth is daughter of Edward IV and niece to Richard III. When her father dies, it is her brother who is to take the crown. However, Richard III decides that the only one suitable to be King is himself. He sends both of Elizabeth's brothers to the tower to be held. Richard has his coronation and all of a sudden Elizabeth's brothers go missing and are presumed dead.

Many think that Richard III ordered their disposal . Now Elisabeth is the only living descendent to Edward IV and should be the ri
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Pam Rivera
I have to admit that I was very confused at the start of the book about who's who and their relationships to each other and to the crown. Once I sort of figured it out (or else gave up and focused on the central characters), I was intrigued by the mystery, appalled by the ease in which close family members murdered, plotted and schemed against each other for the crown, squeamish about the incest which occurred to strengthen the entitlement to the crown, saddened for the dreams of love that Queen ...more
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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,
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