Blood Sisters: The Women Behind The Wars Of The Roses by Sarah Gristwood

Blood Sisters: The Women Behind The Wars Of The Roses

bySarah Gristwood

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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 and Henry VII. The reality though, argues Sarah Gristwood, was quite different. 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, acclaimed author Sarah Gristwood sheds light on a neglected dimension of English history: the impact of Tudor women on the Wars of the Roses. She examines Cecily Neville, the wife of Richard Duke of York, who was deprived of being queen when her husband died at the Battle of Wakefield; Elizabeth Woodville, a widow with several children who married Edward IV in secret and was crowned queen consort; Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII, whose ambitions centred on her son and whose persuasions are likely to have lead her husband Lord Stanley, previously allied with the Yorkists, to play his part in Henry's victory.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.

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SARAH GRISTWOOD was born in Kent and read English at St Anne's College, Oxford University. She has written for theGuardian, theTelegraph, theIndependentand theMailand for magazines including theNew StatesmanandEmpire. The author ofSunday Timesbestseller,Arbella: England's Lost Queen,, she is married to film critic Derek Malcolm and liv...
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Title:Blood Sisters: The Women Behind The Wars Of The RosesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.75 × 5.13 × 1.09 inPublished:April 29, 2013Publisher:Harpercollins (uk)Language:English

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ISBN - 13:9780007309306

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Reviews"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" - SpectatorPraise for Sarah Gristwood:"Historical biography at its best, written in a lively and witty style with such beautiful turns of phrase that one must read them again for the sheer pleasure of it. Gristwood marvellously evokes the spirit of the period, and brings her subject vividly to life" - Alison Weir"A vivid accessible and entertaining study. fascinating" - Simon Sebag Montefiore"Vivacious and absorbing. full of intriguing suggestions, stimulating analogies and shrewd connections. Gristwood is a mistress of the trivial detail that enthrals" - Sunday Times"Fresh, vivid and beautifully detailed.conveyed with exactly the right mixture of suspense and sympathy" - Independent