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Tony Riches

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Tony Riches is a full-time author from Pembrokeshire, West Wales, an area full of inspiration for his writing. After several successful non-fiction books, Tony turned to novel writing and wrote 'Queen Sacrifice', set in 10th century Wales, followed by 'The Shell', a thriller set in present day Kenya.

His real interest is in the history of the Tudors and now his focus is on writing historical fiction about the lives of key figures of the period.

Best known for his Tudor Trilogy, Tony's other international best sellers include 'Warwick ~ The Man Behind the Wars of the Roses' and 'The Secret Diary of Eleanor Cobham'. In his spare time Tony enjoys sailing and sea kayaking. Visit Tony online at www.tonyriches.co.uk, Tony Riches Author on Facebook
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Tony Riches A page a day is a book a year, so even if you still have to juggle other responsibilities, write something, every day, until it becomes a habit, which…moreA page a day is a book a year, so even if you still have to juggle other responsibilities, write something, every day, until it becomes a habit, which it will.(less)
Tony Riches I was born within sight of Pembroke Castle and when I began to study its history I found there were no books about Owen Tudor, the father of Sir…moreI was born within sight of Pembroke Castle and when I began to study its history I found there were no books about Owen Tudor, the father of Sir Jasper Tudor, the Earl of Pembroke, who once owned and lived in Pembroke Castle. I found several accounts of the life of Henry Tudor, Jasper’s nephew, (who later became King Henry VII and began the Tudor Dynasty) but there were no novels that brought his story to life. That was how the idea for The Tudor Trilogy was born. All three books are based on the known facts and are as factually accurate as possible – and the truth is more amazing than anything I could ever dream up.

In book one, OWEN, a Welsh servant of Queen Catherine of Valois, the lonely widow of King Henry V falls in love with her and they marry in secret. Their eldest son Edmund Tudor marries the wealthy heiress Lady Margaret Beaufort, and immediately fathers a child with her to secure her inheritance. Unfortunately, Lady Margaret is barely thirteen years old and the birth of her son, Henry, nearly kills her. When her husband dies mysteriously without even seeing his son, his younger brother Jasper Tudor swears to protect them.

This is during what have been known as ‘The Wars of the Roses’ and in book two, JASPER, (published 25th March), Jasper and young Henry flee to exile in Brittany and plan to one day return and make Henry King of England. In the meantime, King Richard III has taken the throne and has a powerful army of thousands – while Jasper and Henry have nothing. Even the clothes they wear are paid for by the Duke of Brittany. So how can they possibly invade England and defeat King Richard at the Battle of Bosworth?

I am currently writing the final book of the trilogy, HENRY, and plan to explore how he brought peace to England by marrying the beautiful daughter of his enemy, King Edward IV. I also want to understand how their son, who became King Henry VIII, became such a tyrant and transformed the history of England forever.
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I've always had a fascination with the 'Dark Ages' and look out for new discoveries, so was keen to read this book from Dr Miles Russell. I don't suppose we'll ever know how much of the Arthurian legends are based on fact, although there is some anal ...more
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“Autumn is the time of balance and of
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message 2: by Jill

Jill Great to meet here too, Tony. Thank you for your friendship.


message 1: by Saul

Saul Tanpepper Hi Tony,
Thanks for the invitation to connect. It's great to meet you. I'm looking forward to bumping into you around the GR site and the Genre Underground!
--Saul


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