Blood Sisters

Blood Sisters

The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses

eBook - 2013
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To contemporaries, the Wars of the Roses?the series of dynastic conflicts that tore apart the ruling Plantagenet family in fifteenth-century England?were known collectively as a ?cousins war." The struggle that ultimately brought into being the Tudor dynasty was truly a domestic drama, as fraught and intimate as any family feud before or since. What set the Wars of the Roses apart, of course, was that there was a kingdom at stake. Since the end of the fourteenth century, control of the House of Plantagenet?and the vast territory it ruled in the British Isles?had been claimed by.
Publisher: Washington : Basic Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780465065981
0465065988
9780007309320
Characteristics: 1 online resource (433 p.)

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gogo12127
Dec 18, 2014

This is an interesting read. It is not an easy read, however. So many characters flow in and out of the story – many named Henry, Elizabeth, Margaret, Richard, and so on – that it is difficult to keep track of everyone. The author has a "Glossary of Select Names" preceding the text, and that helps somewhat. She has following that what she terms a "Simplified Family Tree." Too simple, in my opinion, for a book describing all the inter-family and intra-family relationships and rivalries. Still a worthwhile read, however.

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GummiGirl
May 17, 2013

Provides a different perspective on a familiar period in English history. (Note that unlike most accounts of the Wars of the Roses, this one doesn't end with Bosworth Field but includes the reign of Henry VII.) It uses household records to supply many details about the ceremonies that attended royal life, and some of the everyday expenses too. The author succeeds in bringing the royal ladies to life without exaggerating their influence.

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