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Kingmaker: Winter Pilgrims by Toby Clements
  

Kingmaker: Winter Pilgrims

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A novel of the Wars of the Roses which is becoming the new Tudors, if you get my meaning, i.e. the new favourite period for historical novelists. This is the first in a series which follows an expelled young monk and nun who now join in the Civil War but their adventures begin on the way to France. This is the war from the point of view of the ordinary men and women. The monk, Thomas, becomes a soldier, the nun, Katherine, dresses as a boy and displays skills in healing. It is hard to believe this is a debut novel, it grips from the opening paragraph right through to the end. A splendid read; highly recommended.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. On a bitter winter’s morning in the winter of 1460, a young nun is attacked outside her convent walls by a band of outlaws. She is saved by a brave monk who scatters her attackers, but Brother Thomas and Sister Katherine soon find their troubles have just begun, and they must flee across England and into France in search of redress. The Wars of the Roses are raging and the young couple find themselves at Calais where they must disguise themselves and fall in with the armies of the Duke of York and the Earl of Warwick as they wait to return home to seize the throne from the Lancastrian, Henry.
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Kingmaker: Winter Pilgrims by Toby Clements

Magnificent. An historical tour de force, revealing Clements to be a novelist every bit as good as Cornwell, Gregory or Iggulden. Kingmaker is the best book I've read this year by some margin. (Ben Kane). February, 1460: in the bitter dawn of a winter's morning a young nun is caught outside her priory walls by a corrupt knight and his vicious retinue. In the fight that follows, she is rescued by a young monk and the knight is defeated. But the consequences are far-reaching, and Thomas and Katherine are expelled from their religious Orders and forced to flee across a land caught in the throes of one of the most savage and bloody civil wars in history: the Wars of the Roses. Their flight will take them across the Narrow Sea to Calais where Thomas picks up his warbow, and trains alongside the Yorkist forces. Katherine, now dressed as a man, hones her talents for observation and healing both on and off the fields of battle. And all around them, friends and enemies fight and die as the future Yorkist monarch, Edward, Earl of March, and his adviser the Earl of Warwick, later to become known as the Kingmaker, prepare to do bloody battle. Encompassing the battles of Northampton, Mortimer's Cross and finally the great slaughter of Towton, this is war as experienced not by the highborn nobles of the land but by ordinary men and women who do their best just to stay alive. Filled with strong, sympathetic characters, this is a must-read series for all who like their fiction action-packed, heroic and utterly believable.

Reviews

Magnificent. An historical tour de force, revealing Clements to be a novelist every bit as good as Cornwell, Gregory or Iggulden. Kingmaker is the best book I've read this year by some margin. - Ben Kane

Winter Pilgrims took me on a journey. I'm already looking forward to the next one. Storytelling doesn't get much better than this. - Giles Kristian

About the Author

Toby Clements was inspired to write Kingmaker: Winter Pilgrims having first become obsessed by the Wars of the Roses after a school trip to Tewkesbury Abbey, on the steps of which the Lancastrian claim to the English throne was extinguished in a welter of blood in 1471. Since then he has read everything he can get his hands on and spent long weekends at re-enactment fairs. He has learned to use the longbow and how to fight with the poll axe, how to start a fire with a flint and steel and a shred of baked linen. He has even helped tan a piece of leather (a disgusting experience involving lots of urine and dog faeces). Little by little he became less interested in the dealings of the high and mighty, however colourful and amazing they might have been, and more fascinated by the common folk of the 15th Century: how they lived, loved, fought and died. How tough they were, how resourceful, resilient and clever. As much as anything this book is a hymn to them. He lives in London with his wife and three children. Winter Pilgrims is his first novel.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Toby Clements

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9781780891699

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