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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

'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 ...

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'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

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

26th February 2015


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Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone


576 pages


Historical Fiction
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