Wars of the Roses

Wars of the Roses

Stormbird

Book - 2014
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"Capturing the violence and romance of medieval life, Iggulden makes real those grand characters who live in the collective memory. A page-turner sure to have readers eager for the next in the series."
                                                                        -- Kirkus

The first book in #1 New York Times--bestselling author Conn Iggulden's brilliant new historical series about two families who plunged England into a devastating, decades-long civil war.

In 1437, the Lancaster king Henry VI ascends the throne of England after years of semi-peaceful regency. Named "The Lamb," Henry is famed more for his gentle and pious nature than his father's famous battlefield exploits; already, his dependence on his closest men has stirred whispers of weakness at court.
           
A secret truce negotiated with France to trade British territories for a royal bride--Margaret of Anjou--sparks revolts across English territory. The rival royal line, the House of York, sees the chaos brought on by Henry's weakness and with it not only opportunity in the monarch, but also their patriotic duty in ousting an ineffectual king. As storm clouds gather over England, King Henry and his supporters find themselves besieged abroad and at home. Who or what can save the kingdom before it is too late?
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2014.
ISBN: 9780399165368
Characteristics: xxxii, 460 pages, 1 unnumbered page : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Stormbird

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greg2016
Nov 09, 2016

Took a while to get into this one. My advice is to not try to follow the family trees at the beginning - just read the book. People and their place in the story will become clearer as you proceed.

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charlie2911
Feb 11, 2015

I have previously enjoyed Iggulden's books very much. I especially loved the 'Emperor' series about Rome. I was disappointed here and I think it was due to the vast array of characters and their changing attitudes and allegiances. It was a struggle

ChristchurchLib Aug 24, 2014

When 22-year-old Henry VI, scion of the House of Lancaster, takes the throne of England in 1437, the rival House of York sees an opportunity to unseat the gentle, pious king known as "the Lamb." Especially once Henry agrees to trade certain British territories to France in exchange for a royal bride, Margaret of Anjou, and a truce between their constantly warring nations. This opening installment of the Wars of the Roses series combines the intricate dynastic politics of Sharon Kay Penman's historical sagas and the fast-paced, visceral military action of Bernard Cornwell's novels. Historical Fiction newsletter August 2014.

ChristchurchLib Aug 24, 2014

When 22-year-old Henry VI, scion of the House of Lancaster, takes the throne of England in 1437, the rival House of York sees an opportunity to unseat the gentle, pious king known as "the Lamb." Especially once Henry agrees to trade certain British territories to France in exchange for a royal bride, Margaret of Anjou, and a truce between their constantly warring nations. This opening installment of the Wars of the Roses series combines the intricate dynastic politics of Sharon Kay Penman's historical sagas and the fast-paced, visceral military action of Bernard Cornwell's novels. Historical Fiction newsletter August 2014.

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Eosos
Jun 06, 2014

I rushed right through Stormbird in a day.

Appreciated a lot about the book. There are extensive historical notes and family trees. All interesting and helpful. Good characters were to be found in Margaret of Anjou, Thomas Woodchurch, Derry Brewer & Lord Suffolk. The POV from the Frenchmen was well done. Nice to have more than one side of things.

Still ended up with only a 2 star from me. Parts of the story felt too slow. Especially the section about the marriage of Margaret and Henry. The negotiations and troubles and proxy and......after awhile I just wanted to get on with the story. Though without it all, I doubt I would have liked Margaret as much. Bit of a conundrum there for me.
The story of Jack Cade felt jarring at the beginning. I had no idea why it was there and it took awhile to sort out why we kept coming back to his tale.

I imagine the next book will be better as the subject matter will be more interesting. Bring on the Duke of York!

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