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Brandon - Tudor Knight

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  15 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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Extended review forthcoming o
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!!
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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
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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 fictio