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Margaret of Anjou

(Wars of the Roses #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  5,974 ratings  ·  398 reviews
The brilliant retelling of the Wars of the Roses continues with Trinity, the second gripping novel in the new series from historical fiction master, Conn Iggulden.

1454: King Henry VI has remained all but exiled in Windsor Castle, struck down by his illness for over a year, his eyes vacant, his mind a blank.

His fiercely loyal wife and Queen, Margaret of Anjou, safeguards
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published June 16th 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published June 16th 2014)
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Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
This book contains one of, if not the best battle sequences I’ve ever read: it was just that good. The battle at St Albams was told from alternating point of views capturing the field superbly. The action is described simply yet vividly. For a moment, I was there; I was fighting beside the Kingmaker: The Earl of Warick; I was in his daring charge, across the alleyways as he rushed to capture King Henry VI.

The Kingmaker from The White Queen TV series as portrayed by James Frain

I could not
Dana Ilie
Conn Iggulden is one of the young and talented authors that are standing proudly beside Ken Follett. Iggulden writes books that once you open them you live them.
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounded up to 4 stars

Have to say I nearly didnt read this & only did so as forgot to cancel the Library hold on it.... glad i did in the end as have to say enjoyed it far more than the first in the series "War of the Roses"

Why? Well it sticks with the theme as advertised & gets to the nub of the conflict by introducing the minor earls or should that be the major conspirators as we find it's those pesky Earls scheming/jockeying for power that force the larger pieces to come to the
Susan Johnson
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is being published in America under the name War of the Roses: Margaret of Anjou.

I thought this book was historical fiction writing at its best. War of the Roses: Margaret of Anjou is the middle book of Conn Iggulden's trilogy and it is outstanding. It can be read as a stand alone and is really much better than the first one of the series. Iggulden's expertise is writing about battles and making them come alive as he did on his excellent Genghis Khan series. You won't find the
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With this second volume of his Wars of the Roses series, Mr. Iggulden has once again done a very good job of telling the story of the rivalry between two branches of the English Royal House. In this volume the author tells the tale of the opening stages of the multigenerational feud that tore apart the House of Plantagenet.

The story begins in 1454 with the feud between the houses of Neville and Percy. One of the first scenes is Thomas Percy,the younger son of Earl of Northumberland, raiding the
Trinity is the second installment in Iggulden's unique Wars of the Roses trilogy, which began with Stormbird. For inexplicable reasons, it is being released as Margaret of Anjou in the US. Margaret is an important character, as she was in the first book, but she is not featured any more than several others.

This book started out slowly for me. Relating the feud between the Percys and the Nevilles and its impact on the beginning of the Wars of the Roses should have been interesting as the loss of
This was only 3 stars for me....I was expecting it to be a little higher because it was Conn Iggulden. I thoroughly loved reading the first two books in his Conquerer series as well as the first one in his Emperor series. This one just didn't grab me as much as the others. I think it felt lopsided. To me that means that it was super heavy on the historical facts and light on the fiction side.

I liked Margaret of Anjou though. I appreciated her strength and conviction and I even found myself
Elia Princess of Starfall

Trinity is the second book in Conn Iggulden's Wars of the Roses series and revolves around the deepening political and dynastic enmity between Margaret of Anjou, the formidable wife to King Henry VI of England, and the king's embittered cousin Richard Plantagenet duke of York as they fight over who will rule in England and who, in the end, will be the true king. There are bitter inter-family feuds, secret treaties, chaos and corruption in England, furious intrigues, swift and inglorious battles
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1454. It has been seventeen years of Henry VI's rule. But all is not well with Henry Vi's mind. This is causing trouble as other powerful members, especially Richard of York, plot to take the throne. Caught up in the middle is Henry's wife- Queen Margaret of Anjou.

It was interesting to see the Queen's political games after Henry's capture. While the troika of Lords opposed to the Lancaster rule -York, Salisbury and Warwick- is indeed formidable it is never wise to underestimate the power of a
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sadly disappointed by this book.
There's none of the intrigue, treachery, subterfuge or evocative emotion of the first book, leaving what's left feeling remarkably hollow. Richard, Duke of York and one of the key protagonists, seems to have lost all trace of his backbone for no apparent reason. Derry Brewer, spymaster, is hardly used at all and everything just kind of plods along at it's own pedestrian pace rather than keeping your mind buzzing and ticking over.

Even the relevance of the name of
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Conn Iggulden is just so readable! His writing mechanics are perfect, giving the reader all the signals he needs to follow the unfolding action. He does not junk up the book with excessive descriptions of nouns. The book's said action was several fold but focused on the wars between the Houses of York and Lancaster which began in the mid-1400s, and that is as technical as I plan to get in this review. Less noble houses than those of York and Lancaster were responsible in part for the wars by ...more
Bookish Ally
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent historical book! For someone that has read several books about pre-Tudor and Tudor England this book fills in some blanks and lends perspective. Any historical inaccuracy is detailed in foot and post note.

For people who have read (or watched) the books by Phillippa Gregory on Elizabeth Woodville and Elizabeth of York this is your prequel.

I must also say that this presents Margaret of Anjou in a very sympathetic light. Again - a great perspective.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not that much into historical fiction, but I actually liked this one.:)
The Book Queen
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Well, that was fabulous.

Mark Harrison
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent second book as York, Salisbury and Warwick plot against Henry, his brilliant French wife Margaret and the Houses allied to them. Lots of plotting, betrayal and breathless battles. Real life Game of Thrones but less dragons. Superb pace and very satisfying.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series just gets better. I so appreciate the historical accuracy, too. Great and complicated characters.
I wrote a short review for the whole series here
Rebekah May
Book 1: Stormbird review
Book 3: Bloodline review
Book 4: Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors review

Upon rereading, my appreciation for this novel only grows. I'm removing my original review because I have quite a lot to add and I don't want this to end up too long. I found that, after reading this back-to-back with Stormbird, the change in writing style is actually quite noticeable. I felt like this was more mature, almost more confident. It was clear Conn Iggulden had better footing in the world/time
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book of Conn Iggulden's engrossing trilogy about the war of the roses, so named for King Henry's House of Lancaster's logo, if you will, was a red rose while his nemesis, the House of York, was a white rose. The mid 15th century dispute was an amazing blood feud by the major British royal families forced to choose fealty to the bedridden King Henry the Sixth or Richard Plantagenet, the Duke of York and Defender of the Crown.

Someone once said something to the effect that if you try to
Cormac Healy
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is comfortably better than the first book in the series, which I found a little convoluted, and the plot was spread a little too thin (much like butter scraped over too much bread). Thankfully, Trinity was a return to form from my favourite writer of historical fiction.

As someone who knows very little about the Wars of the Roses I was absolutely loving the twists and turns, and the conflicting ambitions of the characters, especially that of the Duke of York. There is barely a dull moment,
Girl with her Head in a Book
Conn Iggulden has made a name for himself not only through The Dangerous Book For Boys but also as the author of historical battle epics such as Emperor and Conqueror. Trinity is the second instalment in his latest War of the Roses series which takes us back to the origins of the conflict that tore down the Plantagenet dynasty for good. Richard's defeat at Bosworth is well-known and even Edward IV's climb to power is fairly well understood (particularly for those of us who hail from the North) ...more
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An improvement on the first book.
The Wars of the Roses start in earnest.
The pace is fast. The cast is huge. And again, Iggulden saves the best for last with a memorable ending at the Battle of Wakefield.

It's a shame the first book "Stormbird" had very little to do with the actual "Wars of the Roses". You could almost read this book first and ignore Stormbird.
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
In this re-read, I focused on Queen Margaret. Her situation was generally dire, yet she kept the crown for her husband and for her son, the heir apparent to the crown.

Again I say thank you, Mr. Iggulden, for a good read.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me help with the confusion: Originally, the title of this novel was Trinity. Now it's Margaret of Anjou. So if you're trying to figure out the order of the books in this series, now you know what to read second.

I mentioned this about Conn Iggulden's first novel in the series: it's kind of nice to read historical fiction from a male perspective. Phillipa Gregory's bodice rippers have their place, but battle strategy also has its. I suppose we tend to think of medieval battles as brutal and
Nicolay Hvidsten
The Duke of York did nothing wrong.

Well, there was that one time he tortured William de la Pole, and subsequently had him shanghaied and decapitated by pirates, but other than that I mean.

This second installment in Conn Iggulden's excellent series begins with Richard Plantagenet on the throne in all but name after Henry VI's collapse, and by all accounts he's doing a damn good job. There are no riots, no famines, no wars with France (other than the usual raiding along the coast). Quite frankly,
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, let me rephrase it a bit, I love Conn Iggulden and his ability to create a story where you are immersed into it. I couldn’t pick a side, every character felt real and I understood what they were doing. I still can’t pick a side.

It was good to see Margaret grow to be a strong woman, especially when her husband is unable to not only lead the country, but also take care of himself.

It’s strange to think these characters existed and the events that unfolded. Trinity is a book
Christopher Taylor
This second book of the Wars of the Roses gets more into the actual wars, with multiple battles. It is a mistake to go into this (or any of Iggulden's books) choosing a side, it is simply cruel reality and history. Because this is a civil war, both sides have decent and awful people on them. Families are torn apart, even putting each other into prison or at war with each other.

One cannot help but feel sympathy and even respect for the opposing sides; each makes good arguments and has reasonable
Denise Deen
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not put this book down. Even though I had trouble keeping up with all of the Henrys, Richards, Edwards, Marys and Margarets (the only names they knew how to give back then I guess!!) the author wove several story lines (and view points) from different characters into a thriller of a novel. The battle scenes were very interesting and exciting. Even though you know the outcome of many of the characters , the writing built up an anticipation about their fate. I loved reading about Margaret ...more
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
I felt sad when I finished this one, not because it is a sad ending (even if I didn't wear the white rose I would find it sad), but because it meant parting from the characters. Iggulden brings the humanity of both sides to life, so I find myself understanding this favorite story of mine in new, fuller ways. Even though I do not like his Richard III! I wish he had used the recent discovery of Richard III's skeleton to inform that character more realistically, rather than going with same old ...more
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Also publishes under author name C.F. Iggulden.

I was born in the normal way in 1971, and vaguely remember half-pennies and sixpences. I have written for as long as I can remember: poetry, short stories and novels. It’s what I always wanted to do and read English at London University with writing in mind. I taught English for seven years and was Head of English at St. Gregory’s RC High School in

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Wars of the Roses (4 books)
  • Stormbird (Wars of the Roses, #1)
  • Bloodline (Wars of the Roses, #3)
  • Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors (The Wars of the Roses, #4)
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