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The Tudor Rose

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,216 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews

One woman holds the key to England's most glorious empire in this intimate retelling of the launch of the Tudor dynasty

A magnificent portrait of Elizabeth of York, set against the dramatic background of fifteenth century England. Elizabeth, the only living descendant of Edward IV, has the most valuable possession in all of England-a legitimate claim to the crown. Two pr

Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published January 1st 1953)
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Rio (Lynne)
Nov 11, 2013 Rio (Lynne) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Frankly, I went into this book not expecting to like it. When I got interested in the Tudor books, the owner of our second hand bookstore told me that I should read Margaret Campbell Barnes who she regarded as the best Tudor author. Being a book published in 1953, I expected it to be old fashioned with a lot of over descriptive waffle and wasn't really keen to look for it. However recently a copy came my way and I read it last month.

I really enjoyed it! It was not old fashioned or over descripti
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.
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
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
Jan 22, 2011 Gaile rated it really liked it
Shelves: 15th-century
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.
In thi
Mercedes Rochelle
Elizabeth of York seems like such a sad, lonely person to me yet we can't forget how important she was to the future of England. After all, Henry VIII who was not thought to be destined for the crown must have been influenced by her. This book is a thoughtful exploration of her hopes and (mostly) disappointments, both through events and the deeds of people around her.

I was surprised at the beginning that she did not have a young girl's crush on Richard III, which I had seen referenced in many o
Feb 11, 2016 Freyja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the areas of history I love to read books around. Margaret weaves a fantastic story around a very turbulent point in English History. All the characters were compelling and a joy to read. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys books around the Plantagenet's and the Tudor's. Elizabeth of York is a compelling character to create a story around as so much dramatic change happened in her life of which she is often at the centre. Margaret creates a relatable and likable version of her ...more
Sep 25, 2015 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Tudor Rose, what a delightful book. Ms. Campbell jogs one's memory of history and in a delightful style, she tells the reader of the story of "The Tudor Rose". Of how the War of the Roses, (one white and one red) tore the English country apart. It is the story of an arranged marriage which joined the two houses together to become the house of Tudor. Very sad story, as English history is bloody and the story is of the life of Elizabeth, Queen of England, mother of Henry VIII. The story starts o ...more
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
Sep 12, 2010 Yvette rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 07, 2015 Cassondra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an interesting portrayal of Elizabeth of York, the woman who started the Tudor Dynasty and the mother of Henry VIII. Beginning just before her father, Edward IV's death and following her through the rest of her life before her own young death in childbirth at the age of 37, this book is a walk through history. As learning history is most interesting to me through fiction, I was happy to learn about the end of the Wars of the Roses and a time period of which I had been less familiar ...more
Feb 13, 2015 Elena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Elizabeth of York, a figure about whom almost nothing is known historically.
Thus the author had to invent a lot to supply the inevitable deficiencies in her biography. This would be acceptable of course, given we are talking about an historical fiction.
What is obscure to me is the reason why the author chose instead to write a rough historical inaccuracy, depicting Richard III lusting after his niece Elizabeth and planning to marry her, while she dreams of Henry Tudor, an adv
Dana Jones
There are not many books written about Elizabeth, eldest daughter of a King and wife to Henry Tudor. I was very excited to find this one.

The story begins shortly before King Edward IV dies and a betrothal for Elizabeth is called off. We then see Elizabeth through the rest of her life-sanctuary with her family, dealing with Richard, getting married to Henry Tudor, and having children.

My biggest complaint was that the characters, including Elizabeth, were too stereotypical and/or light. We learn
Andrea Stoeckel
Jan 02, 2015 Andrea Stoeckel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Elizabeth Plantagent, Henry VIII's mother, the sister of the princes slaughtered in the War of the Roses, marries Henry Tudor,the Welsh son of a non-royal who, although he descends from royalty, politically needs as a Lancastrian, to unite the warring factions by any means necessary, by marrying a Yorkite.

As the next in line for the throne in England, Elizabeth is willing to m
Jul 03, 2009 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 07, 2014 April Martinez rated it really liked it
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
Apr 17, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh this book made me so sad. I am a huge fan of this era and just finished reading Weir's masterful Six Wives of Henry VIII. This wasn't the smoothest read for me but it might have been because I was really sick when I read it. There were parts in the middle that felt like it read in fits and starts. Ultimately towards the back end of the book I was finally hooked. I'm sad that I read this through KindleUnlimited because I would like to read it again. I'd recommend this for anyone who likes stor ...more
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.
May 30, 2015 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my continuing search for fine fiction about the medieval British royals I try to stick to writers I know to be fairly historically accurate and who also can tell a good story. I was not familiar with Margaret Barnes but did enjoy this novel about the beginning of the Tudor line and the woman who began the dynasty, Elizabeth of York. I found it most interesting that the original Tudor was not British at all, but half-French and half-Welsh, son of Katherine of Valois and a rowdy squire from Wal ...more
Sue Hilger
Oct 22, 2012 Sue Hilger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
excellent fictionalized story of the War of the Roses and tge parents of Henry XIII. .... page turner
Jun 30, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read that kept me moving but very predictable. I felt I could predict the next storyline.
Kaytlin Henry
I've been reading chronologically through Philippa Gregory's books, so this was a nice change of pace as you see the characters with very different view points. I did, however, feel like the writing was a bit plain in comparison to Gregory's. Don't get me wrong, Gregory has her own flaws, but The Tudor Rose seemed too simple at times. Also, I had a hard time following sentences on several occasions; I felt a could have added many a comma to help clear things up.

Getting a different feel for thes
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Elizabeth of York is one of the blander players in the turbulent Wars of the Roses, but Margaret Campbell Barnes did a great job crafting an engaging story despite having limited material with which to work.

I couldn't help but feel utterly disappointed by the cold relationship that never warmed between Henry VII and Elizabeth, but that is hardly MCB's fault (blame Henry VII).

I know, I know, I'm always going on about historical accuracy and not liking liberties ta
Rebecca Hill
Sep 13, 2014 Rebecca Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Heather 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.

Oct 11, 2009 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 29, 2009 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Oct 11, 2009 Nely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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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