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Red Rose, White Rose by Joanna Hickson
  

Red Rose, White Rose

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There are three family trees at the start of this to attempt to keep you straight for this is the Wars of the Roses, a complicated and confusing time. Here we concentrate on the York/Neville connection. We follow Cicely Neville from 1433 to 1461 and have the battle side of the story narrated by her half-brother, Cuthbert, for Cicely would not have known those details. Born a Lancaster and married to a York when she was nine she was to become a very powerful woman indeed. Her father married twice and she was the youngest of 21 children! Many of course died but it still left her with a huge family. This is a lovely retelling.

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Red Rose, White Rose by Joanna Hickson

The powerful story of Cecily Neville, torn between both sides in the War of the Roses, from the critically acclaimed author of The Agincourt Bride. In fifteenth century England the Neville family rules the north with an iron fist. Ralph Neville, Earl of Westmorland, a giant of a man and a staunch Lancastrian, cunningly consolidates power by negotiating brilliant marriages for his children. The last betrothal he arranges before he dies is between his youngest daughter, nine-year-old Cicely, and his ward Richard, the thirteen-year-old Duke of York, England's richest heir. Told through the eyes of Cicely and her half-brother Cuthbert, Red Rose, White Rose is the story of one of the most powerful women in England during one of its most turbulent periods. Born of Lancaster and married to York, the willowy and wayward Cicely treads a hazardous path through love, loss and imprisonment and between the violent factions of Lancaster and York, as the Wars of the Roses tear England's ruling families apart. So nearly queen herself, Cicely Neville was the mother, grandmother and great-grandmother of kings - and her descendants still wear the crown.

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About the Author

Joanna Hickson

Joanna Hickson spent twenty-five years at the BBC writing and presenting for radio and television. Gripped by Shakespeare's historical plays, Joanna began researching the King Henry V's 'fair Kate' as a schoolgirl and the story of Catherine de Valois and the Tudor genesis has remained with her throughout life. Joanna Hickson lives in an old farmhouse in East Lothian and is married with a large family and a wayward Irish terrier.

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Publication date

24th November 2014

Author

Joanna Hickson

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Publisher

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
544 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780007447015

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