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Brandon: Tudor Knight

(Brandon Trilogy #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  260 ratings  ·  30 reviews
From the author of the international best-selling Tudor Trilogy:

Handsome, charismatic and a champion jouster, Sir Charles Brandon is the epitome of a Tudor Knight. A favourite of King Henry VIII, Brandon has a secret. He has fallen in love with Henry’s sister, Mary Tudor, the beautiful widowed Queen of France, and risks everything to marry her without the King’s consent.
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Published December 3rd 2018 by Preseli Press (first published December 2018)
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Amy Bruno
Holy Tudors, Batman! This book was fantastic!

I've read a lot of Tudor fiction, especially on Henry VIII, so I've become quite familiar with Charles but I feel like I have a better grasp on him thanks to author Tony Riches. If you haven't read Tony before, his books all feature the Tudors so he is an epxert on the family. And that comes across when you are reading - his knowledge on the times, the people, the politics is top level. I swear, I don't know how he keeps the branches on this ginormous
Cathy Ryan
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
We first meet Charles Brandon as a twenty-one year old, newly appointed to the King’s Spears. His father, who was Henry Tudor’s standard bearer, died during the Battle of Bosworth, and Brandon had been brought up at the court of Henry Vll. He became good friends with the young Prince Harry, who was later crowned Henry VIII, teaching him to joust and was one of his favoured group of courtiers.

Always finding himself lacking funds, Brandon incurred huge debts from borrowing money, primarily from T
Erika Messer
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Charles Brandon rose from the depths of servitude to become the right hand man of who most consider to be the greatest - and most controversial - King of England, Henry VIII. Brandon knew Henry from when they were children, and yet many people don't know his story. Brandon committed treason in the early stages of his accession to wealth, he was sent along with Princess Mary, sister of King Henry, to marry her off to the old decrepit King of France. Brandon also happened to be in love with Mary h ...more
Mary Yarde
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Then will you marry me now, here in France?”

He shouldn’t. Mary is the King’s sister. Henry will undoubtedly have something to say about their marriage. But they are in love, and everyone knows love makes fools of everyone...

With all the pomp and pageantry of a Tudor joust, Brandon - Tudor Knight by Tony Riches is the unforgettable story of Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk.

This book has been on my to-read list ever since it came out. I am a massive fan of Tony Riches work, and I was confiden
Elizabeth Lloyd
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
After reading Mary -Tudor Princess less than a year ago I was looking forward to seeing this love story from the point of view of Charles Brandon. Tony Riches has taken us into the mind of Brandon, a generous, clever man and undoubtedly a womaniser. An orphan whose father died fighting for Henry VII at Bosworth, Charles became the friend and mentor of Henry VIII when the latter was still a young prince. Frequently lacking funds, Brandon was a political animal latching on to the power and influen ...more
Heidi Malagisi
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A knight rescuing a princess and they lived happily ever after. This tends to be a cliché in every romantic fairy tale, but what if it actually happened? Though we do not have many romantic stories in the time of the Tudors because marrying for love was not the norm, one stands out. It is the story of Charles Brandon and Mary Tudor. Mary was the sister of Henry VIII and the Dowager Queen of France. Charles Brandon was one of Henry VIII’s knights and a champion jouster. They would fall in love an ...more
Amy  McElroy
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Charles Brandon became the 1st Duke of Suffolk and has long been one of those people I find fascinating so I was really looking forward to this as the second instalment in the Brandon trilogy.

The book follows Brandon's life from a young 21 year old who serves tables at the court of Henry VII to becoming one of the highest ranking nobles in England. Brandon's father was standard bearer for Henry Tudor and lost his life at the Battle of Bosworth. He was taken in by his uncle and became friends wi
Vivienne Brereton
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was expecting to be charmed and informed by Tony Riches’ novel and it didn’t disappoint. From the opening sentence, you enter the Tudor world of impossible glamour, chivalry, and rivalry. Living and breathing the sixteenth century as if you were really there. The young Henry VIII has taken his place upon the throne of England and suddenly, hope and endless possibility are in the air. Step up Charles Brandon, Tudor Knight. Riches delivers an excellent portrayal of a man who has worked his way ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tony Riches’ latest historical biography details the rise of Charles Brandon from commoner to aristocrat during the final days of Henry VII’s reign and the subsequent drama of Henry VIII’s court, the wars with France and his own family life.

Brandon is clever, ambitious and constantly in debt as he pursues his dream of a knighthood and further advancement. Firstly to his uncle then to Thomas Wolsey, Henry VIII’s secretary, and even Henry VIII himself, despite marriages, land grants and wardships
Ruth Harwood
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'veread a couple of Riches historical fiction about these historical figures, and I find him, though a little dry at times, interesting. He chooses characters not in the mainstream, such as Jasper Tudor as opposed to Henry VII, Owen instead of Catherine of Valois, and Brandon as opposed to Henry VIII.
We get a story that covers what is needed, an insight from the inside yet not the main historical figure, and a look into the life of a courtier and layman.
All in all, this was well written, though
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is #2 in a three-book Tudor series about Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk and close friend of King Henry VIII.

I guess this series is NOT intended to be read consecutively. Because it appears wholesale chunks of copy have simply been lifted from #1 and stuck into #2. The only other time I had that experience was when I read a bunch of historical fiction by Jean Plaidy.

While I understand that when an author has worked hard to research and describe events -- it's tempting to repeat those chunk
Kirsten Muller
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yet another good book by Tony Riches! I was very interested to learn about this man. I did not know much more about him than the basics and Henry Cavill's performance of him on the Tudors. It also provided an interesting contrast, since I had previously read Tony Riches book on Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's sister and one of Charles's wives.

The book seems to state that Charles's father was not a rapist as he is often accused of being. I don't think his father was innocent, but I can see why Charles m
kathleen r.
May 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
I just finished the first book in the trilogy and swing right into the second that focused on Sir Charles Brandon, the little known Duke of Suffolk during the reign of Henry 8, the second Tudor king. But unfortunately I ran into a snag, that just made continuing pointless. The fact this is part of a series isn't lost on me but it began to seem large parts of text were lifted in their entirety from the first volume whose central character was Mary Tudor, sister of Henry 8. Events were described v ...more
Nikkolle Fuscaldo
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic, I was immediately transported back in time from the very first page. I was no longer sitting in my living room but sitting in the court of Henry VIII watching the past unfold. I had never read a book specifically about Charles Brandon, who is usually a side “character” in many historical fiction novels, and I was incredibly pleased to find myself learning new things about a period I believed myself to be a self-taught expert on. I enjoyed the pace of the book as everythi ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is something singularly beautiful about a medieval book. The Royal Court full of  maidens in all sorts of colourful taffeta dresses. The knight in shining armour riding in a joust. The moated manor house, illuminated with expensive bee wax candles. Courtly love, dancing, the food. With all that, how can you not love historical fiction? BRANDON: TUDOR KNIGHT by Tony Riches is imaginative, rich in detail, and  well researched. Charles Brandon's story is one of personal ambition, love and loy ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s such a refreshing treating reading a Tudor era book without good old Henry VIII playing center stage. That being said Charles Brandon is a close friend and confidante so his life revolves around the King but here Brandon’s life is vividly portrayed.

This is my second book by Tony Riches, Jasper being my first, and again it’s evident that he knows his stuff. His attention to detail shows his research and passion for the time period. I knew very little about the life of Charles Brandon and wa
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I have never read anything by this author before and I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction as opposed to historical fact, however this was a very well researched book. there are lots of lovely historical facts hidden in it, lots about jousting, archery, food, clothes. It paints a very realistic look at Tudor life. I knew about Brandon of course but had never read a book written from his point of view. He had a very interesting life coming up from nothing really to marrying henry 8ths sister M ...more
Companion piece to Mary, Tudor Princess. The writing flew more easily on that one and it was quite the page-turner too. I'm glad Tony Riches decided to write this set of books, it's nice to have the romance from both sides and the story of two Tudor figures that tend to be rather ignored otherwise. I think both make for a good introduction to Tudor history, it was quite a pleasant read.
Stephanie Kline
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I'd never read Tony Riches before, or a novel entirely set on the life of Charles Brandon - one of Henry VIII's closest friends. I have to say I liked this! At times maybe a bit slow (and I'd be lying if I said I never skimmed a page or two of this), but overall I felt absorbed in the story. I'd recommend to a lover of Tudor historical fiction.
Alan Veren
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loyal Friend and Constant Companion!

Brandon was a true Renaissance Prince. Although from humble origins he rose to become a pillar of Tudor England. He laughed, quarreled and abetted one of Englands most outspoken monarchs and married a Queen of France.
This book is well written and a pleasure to read and learn about a remarkable man.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing

i choose five stars as I found this book to be educational and informative. The romantic stories were tender and had no unnecessary description. I never read any of this Authors books but do
Definitely read !pre of his work
Janet Russell
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great man! Charles Brandon

A great story well written based on the life of
Charles Brandon knight & best friend of Henry Tudor King of England, and husband of Mary Tudor Henry's sister & former Queen of France!
Well written & researched I enjoyed every word!
Well done Tony!!
Mrs Kim Gallagher
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Insightful of the Tudor court.

For the lovers of history this book gives a clear insight to the court life of Henry VIII It was a well researched book and made excellent reading. I heartedly recommend it
margaret fitzgerald
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting and easy to read

I enjoyed this history of Charles Brandon and learned a lot regarding the reign of Henry Vlll. It could benefit from better transition from different events.
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review to come....
Hazel Waite
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully touching

A real insight into the family life of the royal siblings. Hard and often thankless. Brandon is a great story of love and loss.
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully researched and impossible to put down!

This is the 6th book I have read of Tony Riches and can't wait for the next!
Wonderful reading !
Lisa Shardlow
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've always found Charles Brandon an interesting man, and I think this story did him justice. And there was a lot of jousting, which I absolutely love!
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brandon – Tudor Knight is the first book I have read by Tony Riches. Mr Riches has obviously did extensive research to write this book. I felt like I was transported in time living by Sir Charles Brandon. I did not realize he was such a fascinating character during the Tudor dynasty. I kept finding myself wanting to find out if certain scenes really happened.
I am giving Brandon – Tudor Knight a well deserved five plus stars. I loved it so much, I read the rest of the author’s books in just a fe
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received a copy of this book for review purposes; all opinions expressed in this review are my own honest thoughts.*

My love of the Tudors is what first really got me reading historical fiction, so I was especially excited to pick up Tony Riches' Brandon - Tudor Knight. I knew little of Charles Brandon's story outside of The Tudors television series, so the concept of hearing more of his life was particularly intriguing. As expected, this novel did not disappoint.

*full review on Pencils & Pag
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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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Brandon Trilogy (3 books)
  • Mary: Tudor Princess (Brandon Trilogy, #1)
  • Katherine - Tudor Duchess (The Brandon Trilogy Book 3)

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