'An enthralling adventure story, honest and powerful. The Wars of the Roses are imagined here with energy, with ferocity, with hunger to engage the reader.' Hilary Mantel February 1460 In the bitter dawn of a winter's morning, a young man and a woman escape from a priory. In fear of their lives, they are forced to flee across a land ravaged by conflict. For this is the Wars of the Roses, one of the most savage and bloody civil wars in history, Where brother confronts brother, king faces king, And Thomas and Katherine must fight - just to stay alive ...
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.
'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
'It's amazing ... there's a real sense of time and place, and real immersion in the period, real rounded characters, with utterly plausible lives. Fantastic! People who love Conn Iggulden and Bernard Cornwell are going to love it too.' Manda Scott
'Toby Clements captures the grimness, grit and grime of 15th-century life, but with compassion and humanity, as seen through the eyes of common people ... period detail is wonderfully accurate as are the setpiece skirmishes and bloodbath at Towton.' Daily Mail
'It is Clements's ability to excite both tender emotions and a capacity for bloodthirstiness that has allowed him to achieve what Shakespeare couldn't manage, and spin a consistently enthralling story out of the Wars of the Roses.' Daily Telegraph
'Kingmaker is a huge work; intelligent, well-researched, entertaining ... and even, better, there's stacks more to come.' Sunday Sport
Publication date: 26/02/2015
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
Publication date: 10/04/2014
Publisher: Century an imprint of Cornerstone
|Publication date:||26th February 2015|
|Publisher:||Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, Historical Fiction,|
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 ...More About Toby Clements