THE TUDOR ROSE by Margaret Campbell Barnes

THE TUDOR ROSE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another panel in this author's series of historical portraits, which have included Catherine Braganza, Anne Boleyn, Richard II, etc., fills in the details of the life of Elizabeth, the Plantagenet whose marriage to Henry Tudor helped to unite England in the 15th century. Her marriage to the French Dauphin called off, her uncle Richard usurping her brother's throne and murdering the two Princes, Elizabeth scorned Richard III's proposals after the death of his wife and on Henry's promise to destroy Richard, married him. Henry turned out to be exact, fair but unloving and threatened by pretenders, of whom Perkin Warbeck most disturbed Elizabeth's certainty of her brothers' death. And with the death of her first born and the fear that Henry may wish to marry his widow, Elizabeth faces peace when her second son, Harry is chosen to be Katherine of Aragon's husband. The obligations of royalty, the dilatory dynasties as York and Lancaster fought for control, the changing destiny of England under Henry's firmness, all are coordinated into a many-threaded background for a queen's story which is also a woman's. Should be satisfactory sales-wise.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1953
ISBN: 1402224680
Publisher: Macrae-Smith