The Stolen Crown: The Secret Marriage that Forever Changed the Fate of England
On May Day, 1464, six-year-old Katherine Woodville, daughter of a duchess who has married a knight of modest means, awakes to find her gorgeous older sister, Elizabeth, in the midst of a secret marriage to King Edward IV. It changes everything-for Kate and for England.
Then King Edward dies unexpectedly. Richard III, Duke of Gloucester, is named protector of Edward and Eli...more
The Stolen Crown begins is told from the alternating POV of Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham and his wife Katherine Woodville. Henry (Harry) was married as a young child to Katherine, younger sister of Elizabeth Woodville - Queen of England and wife to Edward IV (no small feat for those *grasping* Woodvilles). When they grow older Harry and Katherine are able to establish a strong marriage, but Harry wants more power and position at court than Edward is willing to give him and he chafes a ...more
Popular theory is that the Duke (Harry) was a child when he married Kate, but actually they were about the same age. The Wars of the Roses, to me, was the cruelest of the English wars, killing the entire male lineage of noble families.
However, there's a first time for everything, and this was it for me. Just a couple chapters in, I was already captivated by the story and the characters, which were so unusual. A Wars of the Roses novel that has as narrators Katherine Wood ...more
“The Stolen Crown” alternates first-person narratives of Katherine Woodville (sister to Queen Elizabeth Woodville) and her husband, Harry Stafford, the Duke of Buckingham during the turbulent times leading to the Battle of Bosworth. As usual in Higginbotham’s novels; the beginning of ...more
If the characters had been generic people, I would have said it was light, a little mindless, but fun. Given that it involves the Plantagents, the Woodvilles, and the Tudors, it is much less enjoyable. They author writes with a strong and obvious bias against ...more
This was a beautifully written historical fiction novel. It takes place in the mid to late 1400s in England when King Edward IV reigns amidst the War of the Roses. He marries Elizabeth Woodville and the story is told by both her sister Kate and her husband Harry, the Duke of Buckingham. I really liked the alternating perspectives because it gave a lot of insight into the way they thought and felt and that made it easier to understand why they did what they did (especially Harry).
I neve ...more
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The title of this book is not exactly accurate. This is the story of Henry Stafford and Katherine Woodville, the Duke and Duchess of Buckingham. The secret marriage is that of Katherine's sister to King Edward IV --- this marriage led to the elevation of the entire Woodville family and is why Katherine and Henry were wed while they were still both children. The stolen crown refers to events much later than King Edward's marriage -- but I don't want to spoil for those not familiar with t ...more
Further more, there were Historical inaccuracies in the ...more
As many readers have stated in their reviews, the historical notes at the end of the book are awesome & certainly enhance the experience!
The Stolen Crown is the third novel that I have read by Susan Higginbotham. I really enjoy her writing style, because it's easy to follow, and the dialogue and actions don't feel forced at all. Her descriptions of events and dialogue between characters always seems to flow.
The Stolen Crown is written in first person point of view, told by Katherine Woodville and Harry, Duke of Buckingham. They are l ...more
First of all I must say that she sure did an excellent job keeping all the different Edwards and Henrys and so on apart. I went in after having studied the long lists of names in the beginning and wondered how this would turn out. But she kept track of them all and she made sure that I as the reader could keep track of them all. ...more
Here is my only complaint about this book. The cast of characters is ENORMOUS (five whole pages of character names precede the first chapter) and difficult to keep ...more
The story starts off toward the end with Harry, Duke of Buckingham in prison and awaiting execution. Most of that first c ...more
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The Stolen Crown was another good read from Susan Higginbotham for me, but I didn't quite get into it as much as The Queen of Last Hopes. It starts promisingly with exciting opening scenes that immediately grabbed my attention and made me want to keep reading, but it does tails off in the middle – that is, it’s well-written, but the story kind of treads water for a while in the middle whilst Katherine Woodville and Henry Stafford grow up, and you just know we’re all waiting for Richard III to se ...more
In her third book Higginbotham takes on Katherine Woodville and Harry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, two lesser known players in the Wars of the Roses. Katherine is the younger sister of Elizabeth Woodville, who was secretly married to King Edward IV of England and Harry is commonly known as one of the suspects in the Princes in the Tower debate.
I found it very interesting to ...more
What an awful time to be alive if you were a woman!! Katherine's father used to fight for the Lancastrian's and then flips to the Yorkist. Her sister is the Yorkist queen. Her uncles fight for the Lancastrians. Her husband's family is similarly conflicted. These people are shaped and wo ...more
Young Katherine Woodville dis ...more
My third novel, The Stolen Crown, is set during the Wars of the Roses. It features Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, and his wife, Katherine Woodville, as narrators. My fourth novel, The Queen of Last Hopes, ...more