Wars of the Roses

Wars of the Roses

Margaret of Anjou

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"The brilliant retelling of the Wars of the Roses continues with Margaret of Anjou, the second gripping novel in the new series from historical fiction master Conn Iggulden. As Traitors Advance...A Queen Defends It is 1454 and for over a year King Henry VI has remained all but exiled in Windsor Castle, struck down by his illness, his eyes vacant, his mind a blank. His fiercely loyal wife and Queen, Margaret of Anjou, safeguards her husband's interests, hoping that her son Edward will one day come to know his father. With each month that Henry is all but absent as king, Richard, the Duke of York, Protector of the Realm, extends his influence throughout the kingdom. The Trinity--Richard and the earls of Salisbury and Warwick--are a formidable trio, and together they seek to break the support of those who would raise their colors and their armies in the name of Henry and his Queen. But when the king unexpectedly recovers his senses and returns to London to reclaim his throne, the balance of power is once again plunged into turmoil. The clash of the Houses of Lancaster and York may be the beginning of a war that can tear England apart. Following on from Stormbird, Margaret of Anjou is the second epic installment in master storyteller Conn Iggulden's new Wars of the Roses series. Fans of Game of Thrones and The Tudors will be gripped from the word "go." "-- Provided by publisher.
"The brilliant retelling of the Wars of the Roses continues with Margaret of Anjou, the second gripping novel in the new series from historical fiction master Conn Iggulden"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, G.P. Putnam's Sons,, 2016
Edition: First trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9780425282427
0425282422
Characteristics: 426 pages : maps, genealogical tables ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Margaret of Anjou

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Jul 21, 2015

“This is no game of thrones.” One of the principle characters pronounces in Conn Iggluden’s “War of The Roses: Margaret d’Anjou”. No, but “Game of Thrones” was based on the Wars of the Roses (minus the dragons and zombies, of course) so it’s no surprise that Iggluden, like Phillipa Gregory, got on the band wagon to tell the “real story”.

Where Gregory concentrated on the women in her “Cousins’ War” series, Iggluden focuses on the men. And where Gregory is pro-Yorkist, Iggluden’s characters are much more nuanced. The Yorkists aren’t angels, and the Lancastrians aren’t devils, King Henry is more than a catatonic prop, and Queen Margaret is a much more sympathetic character.; she’s a proud woman fighting for her throne and her only child. Best of all, Derry Stu—oops, I mean Derry Brewer is far more in the background here than in the first installment “Stormbird”, which makes him more realistic.

I know Iggluden is often *imaginative* with history, but he sticks closer to the real story here, and the battle scenes are vividly gory. (Let’s put it this way; it’s a good idea to wear armor.) If you’re a fan of Susan Higginbottam or Bernard Cornwell, then you’ll like this one.

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