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England 1422: Owen Tudor, a Welsh servant, waits in Windsor Castle to meet his new mistress, the beautiful and lonely Queen Catherine of Valois, widow of the warrior king, Henry V. Her infant son is crowned King of England and France, and while the country simmers on the brink of civil war, Owen becomes her protector. They fall in love, risking Owen’s life and Queen Cather ...more
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Published July 26th 2015 by Preseli Press
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I bought this book immediately I saw it advertised on Amazon Kindle as I didn't know much about the early beginnings of the Tudor dynasty at all. I began it yesterday morning, was fascinated and finished it earlier today. It is an extremely interesting and beautifully written book. Apparently very little is known about Owen Tudor so the novel is contains historical known facts and the rest is a product of Tony's vivid imagination. I loved it's fresh and original approach. The main character Owen ...more
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I enjoyed this look at the man who made the Tudor dynasty a possibility: Owen Tudor. Though he could have lived his life in relative obscurity, he took the bold step of marrying widowed queen Catherine of Valois. This book is brief, but it is still a more comprehensive look at Owen's life than I have previously read.

Instead of only telling the story of Owen and Catherine's romance, the author tells Owen's story. Using a
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I found it hard to cope with the first person present tense of this book. It did have one advantage though, because I got insight into the thoughts, feelings and motivations of Owen Tudor and I didn’t particularly like him. I know this is fiction, but as I learn most of my history from historical fiction and as I assume the author has done her research, I suppose that his portrayal in this book is reasonably accurate. The first 2/3 of this book were interesting, but I felt it lost pace towards t ...more
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in the Tudor dynasty.
My path to becoming a Anglophile began with Anne Boleyn who became Henry (Tudor) VIII’s second wife. I then started reading British history both before and after Anne Boleyn including histories on Scotland, Wales, and Ireland, but I concentrated mostly on royal history. With that stated, my interest in the Tudors has always been in the forefront. Tony Riches’ Owen, Book 1 of the Tudor Trilogy, seemed a natural for me to read. I am very glad that I have read Owen, and I will begin reading Jasper, ...more
Sally Cronin
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Characters bringing history to life

I loved history at school but it was never taught in depth. Central figures such as Elizabeth I, Queen Mary of Scotland and of course Henry VIII were mentioned, as were major battles or events in their lives. But you never got to know the person behind the crown or those around them in great detail.

I discovered Bernard Cornwell at an early age and have read all his books. And that is why I am delighted to have discovered Tony Riches, who writes his books with t
Terry Tyler
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Reviewed by me as part of Rosie Amber's Review Team

I am deeply fascinated by all things Plantagenet and Tudor, so leapt on this book when it became available on Rosie Amber's review team list. I was particularly eager to read it as Owen Tudor is someone about whom I knew little, apart from his having been Henry VIII's great grandfather. My knowledge of the events leading up to the Wars of the Roses is sketchy, too, so this book was an education as well as a great story.

The novel is perf
Oh how I love reading about people and places in history that I am unfamiliar with! I’ve read during the late 1400’s but don't really know that much regarding the early path of the Tudor’s.

Owen is the first book in Tony Riches’s Tudor Series, other than a few fictional characters he stayed true to history and events. There were lots of changes taking place after the death of King Henry V with his infant son now King of both England and France. Though there isn’t much known about Owen Tudor the
Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger
3.5 stars. I have listened to the audible version of this book. It is a very interesting story and I was happy to learn new things. Where it fell short: The technicalities sometimes created hitches during the reading. There were inconsistencies in descriptions, for example, i. e., Queen Catherine's hair color, or repeated actions in the same scenes. Owens narrative voice also fell a little flat. These are all little things that could be easily fixed. Generally, the story was good. The performanc ...more
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this great book and was a great time travel. Thank you Tony for this super book, first time a read about Owen Tudor, and I really enjoy learning about this personage. I will read all the Trilogy, I bought Jasper, I will star reading , I can read and learn everything about the Tudor's but I will always remain a Yorkist. But I recommend this great book. Tony really put the reader next to the person you are reading. Thank you Tony for this great adventure and learning

I love every p
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After the Welsh revolt of Owain Glyndŵr, Owen Tudor is taken into the English Court as a servant. He soon finds himself appointed as Keeper of the Wardrobe to the newly widowed Queen Catherine of Valois. In his position, Owen finds himself close to the lonely Queen as he runs the ins and outs of her daily life. He is also very close with the infant King, Henry. Owen is soon asked to spy on the Queen for the appointed Protector of the Realm, Duke Humphrey of Gloucester. With loyalty to the Queen ...more
Paul Bennett
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it

Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, OWEN is the epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience as he changes the course of English history.

England 1422: Owen Tudor, a Welsh servant, waits in Windsor Castle to meet his new mistress, the beautiful and lonely Queen Catherine of Valois, widow of the warrior king, Henry V. Her infant son is crowned King of England and France, and while the country simmers on the brink of civil war, Owen becomes her protector.

They fall in
Rebecca Hill
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Owen Tudor fathered a new era in England. By marrying the widowed queen of England, he fathered children that would help to shape the future of England. His life was not one of ease, but it was one that took several surprising turns, ending with a bitter end at the end of an executioners axe.

While I am a Ricardian (I know...) I still enjoyed this book, which brought to life the grandfather of the future king of England. It was an engaging and fun read. I highly enjoyed it! Get this one your to-r
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Rosie Lee
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant read
The Cats’ Mother
Most of my knowledge of the Wars of the Roses and the Tudors has come from Philippa Gregory, so it was interesting to read about how the dynasty started, from a male point of view for a change. This begins with Owen, from Welsh nobility but now working in a servant's role, meeting Catherine of Valois, young widow of Henry V. He remains with her household and watches her son, the infant Henry VI, grow up, before ultimately marrying her.
My main gripe is the first person present style, which I loat
Christina Rothfusz
Owen Tudor, a welsh servent becomes the Master of the Queens household and end's up marrying the lonely Queen Catherine of Valois. He becomes the founder of the Tudor dynasty - he's grandson will become Henry VII who invades Brittain and wins the crown at Bosworth field. He's the last Enligsh Monarch to do so.

I enjoyed the story telling and how well researched the book is.

Did feel that the ending was a bit rush. Also - the War of the Roses start, but little is said of the events leading up to t
Lori Keeton
This one started out better than it progressed. I have always loved Tudor history and was excited to read about this mostly unknown man who married the Queen of England & whose sons were the King's half-brothers. Maybe my historical tastes are changing.... ...more
Susan Souza
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable can't wait for 2 and 3

I have read several books on the Tudors this was a completely different perspective. Giving a little different look at Lady Margaret .
Trisha Hughes
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful read. I'm looking forward to the next 2 in the series. ...more
Heidi Malagisi
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Owen Tudor, the second husband of Catherine of Valois and the father of Edmund and Jasper Tudor. His affair with Catherine changed English history forever, yet not much is known about his past before he met Catherine. Was he married before he met Catherine and after she died? What must have been like for him as the Wars of the Roses began to take hold of England and everything he worked hard for began to fade away. The man who started as a Welsh servant turned step- father to King Henry VI and t ...more
‘Aim high, boy,’ my garrulous longbow tutor once advised me, his voice gruff from too much shouting. ‘It’s not the Welsh way to play safe and wait until you have a clear shot!’
You would never be content as a bargeman, Jasper. .... I expected to find contentment in Beaumaris—but felt life was passing me by. It’s in our blood, our restless quest for knowledge, learning and adventure. - Owen Tudor

Owen is a historical fiction book written by a man from a man's perspective. That is itself make t

Erika Messer
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First off I am a HUGE Historical Fiction fan, and also a True Tudor buff! So these books had been on my to read list for a while and I was thrilled to get to be on this tour and review them :) I was not aware of Owen Tudor when I started this book - which is great for me because I love to discover new people from the Tudor era and learn about their stories. The book starts as Henry VI is a young infant and his mother Catherine of Valois is alone after Henry V has passed away. Owen is sent to hel ...more
Amy  McElroy
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this fictional account of Owen Tudor’s life, and times, the author has brought to vibrant life the story of a man who struggled to find his place in a society which didn’t allow recognition of his strong Welsh heritage, and whose complex relationship with the young Queen would undoubtedly place him in grave danger. When we first meet Owen Tudor, in 1422, all this was well into the future, as he is newly introduced into the Queen’s household as her Keeper of the Wardrobe, a position which will ...more
Owen by Tony Riches is the first book in his Tudor Trilogy. In this book, we are introduced to Owen Tudor and follow along with his life's journey. The author takes readers on a riveting journey that begins with Owen's introduction to Queen Catherine. Her son has been named King, but he is still just an infant and so cannot truly rule. The author writes a poignant story of how Owen and the dowager Queen fall in love, and the consequences of their choices as two countries simmer on the brink of w ...more
Linnea Tanner
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Readers
The legacy of King Henry VIII has always fascinated me, but I knew very little about the earlier accounts of the Tudor dynasty. Thus, I selected Owen: Book One of the Tudor Trilogy by Tony Riches to learn more about how the Tudor Dynasty was established. The story of Owen, the great-grandfather of Henry VIII, is as fascinating as the tales about the legendary king. Told in the first-person perspective of Owen, the story begins in 1422 when he first meets his new mistress, Queen Catherine of Valo ...more
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Owen, Book One of the Tudor Trilogy by Tony Riches, was a beautifully written historical fiction account of the life of Owen Tudor, Welsh servant who became the second husband of Catherine of Valois, widow of King Henry V of England. Much of the story is documented through history; some of it is historical conjecture, but enjoyable, none-the-less. It begins as Owen is appointed Keeper of the Wardrobe in the queen's household, a job it takes to with relish. When Catherine's brother-in-law, Duke H ...more
Donna Maguire

I had been meaning to read this first book in the Tudor Trilogy for some time and now I have read Owen, the first book I really wish I had picked them up earlier!!

I am a massive historical fiction fan and the Tudor period is hands down my favourite. I am lucky enough to live a few miles from where the Battle of Bosworth Field was thought to have taken place and I still remember my first visit to there as a small child. After that I was captivated and anyth
Story of the first Tudor, Owen, a servant who managed to marry the dowager Queen Catherine. Their secret marriage almost led to his death; however, the young king saved him. His sons with the Queen were given titles and lands by their royal half brother and remained loyal to him when the Duke of York rose against the King starting the War of the Roses. The elder son, Edmund, was killed; but sired the future Henry VII. This is the first of a trilogy with the next book featuring the life of the se ...more
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Tony Riches is a full-time author from Pembrokeshire, West Wales, an area full of inspiration for his writing.

Best known for his Tudor Trilogy, Tony's other international best sellers include 'Mary - Tudor Princess, 'Brandon - Tudor Knight' and 'Katherine - Tudor Duchess'.

In his spare time Tony enjoys sailing and sea kayaking. Visit Tony's website at, Tony Riches Author on Fac

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