The Wars of the Roses
The greatest prize, and the most deadly - the crown of England.
Reay Tannahill's enthralling new novel is a family saga in
the grand tradition, a tale of brother against brother, cousin
against cousin, of love, hate and intrigue, of women inescapably
entangled in the fates of their men, and of a mystery that
has exercised people's minds for more than five hundred years.
At the heart of it all is the dangerous, complex human being
known to history as Richard III, here brought vividly alive
in Reay Tannahill's expert hands - in his private life cool
and sardonic, marrying for gain but learning to love, capable
of inspiring great loyalty, and discovering too late that
he can be ruled by emotions he is scarcely aware of possessing;
in his public life, bold, competent and tireless in pursuit
of profit and power, making enemies more easily than friends,
and himself in the end falling victim to the most devoted
of those enemies - the mother of the king who is to succeed
him, Henry VII.
Here, in all its vivid colour, its rich and absorbing detail,
is the story of an extended family in mediaeval England. Here,
too, is tragedy. For centuries, Richard has been held guilty
of murdering the Princes in the Tower. Reay Tannahill offers
a less conventional solution in what is perhaps the best and
without doubt the most moving novel she has yet written.
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