The Tudor Rose
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...more
I really enjoyed it! It was not old fashioned or over descripti ...more
The Tudor Rose has somewhat of a slow start. Not the pace of the story per ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Getting a different feel for thes ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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