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Blood Sisters The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses

by Sarah Gristwood

Blood Sisters The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses Synopsis

The true story of the White Queen and more, this is a thrilling history of the extraordinary noblewomen who lived through the Wars of the Roses. The events of the Wars of the Roses are usually described in terms of the men involved: Richard Duke of York, Henry VI, Edward IV, Richard III and Henry VII. But these years were also packed with women's drama and - in the tales of conflicted maternity and monstrous births - alive with female energy. In this completely original book, Sarah Gristwood sheds light on a neglected dimension of English history: the impact of Tudor women on the Wars of the Roses. She examines, among others, Cecily Neville, who was deprived of being queen when her husband died at the Battle of Wakefield; Elizabeth Woodville, the commoner who married Edward IV in secret; Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII, whose love and ambition for her son knew no bounds. Until now, the lives of these women have remained little known to the general public. Sarah Gristwood tells their stories in detail for the first time. Captivating and original, this is historical writing of the most important kind.

Blood Sisters The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses Press Reviews

`For viewers who plan to settle in with `The White Queen', one recent work of history will guide them through the distaff maze of the Wars of the Roses: `Blood Sisters' by Sarah Gristwood' Boyd Tonkin, Independent `In this gem of a book, she effortlessly weaves the dramatic, often tragic, lives of seven royal women...If you treat yourself to one history book this Christmas, make it this one. It's the book that I wish I had written' Alison Weir, Books of the Year, BBC History Magazine `Entertaining and vividly drawn ... A different way of looking at this complex period and Gristwood weaves the story with considerable skill ... highly readable' Literary Review `Gristwood successfully evokes the lives of all these women, and in doing so brings a new and welcome perspective on the Wars of the Roses... [a] very agreeable narrative' Dan Jones, Sunday Times `Gristwood's sensitive approach marks out Blood Sisters as much more than the narrative of an age. It is an exploration of what it was to be a medieval queen... A compelling portrait of this bloody age, complete with the heartbreak and triumphs that went with it... Like a delicately woven tapestry, threads of evidence have to be gathered and pulled together with care. Gristwood does an excellent job of examining in sensory detail the impact of ermines, cloths of gold, Spanish leather and purple velvet' Spectator

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007309306
Publication date: 28th February 2013
Author: Sarah Gristwood
Publisher: HarperPress an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 416 pages
Categories: Biography: historical, political & military, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700,

About Sarah Gristwood

Sarah Gristwood was born in Kent and read English at St Anne's College, Oxford University. She has written for the `Guardian', the `Telegraph', the `Independent' and the `Mail' and for magazines including the `New Statesman' and `Empire'. The author of Sunday Times bestseller, `Arbella: England's Lost Queen', she is married to film critic Derek Malcolm and lives in London and Kent.

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