Pub Date: July 8, 2014 | G. P. Putnam’s Sons | eBook, Paperback
In the middle of the fifteenth century, a mentally unstable and physically feeble young King Henry VI makes a fateful bargain, under the influence of spymaster Derry Brewer, giving up a large swath of England’s hard-won territory in France in exchange for twenty years of peace and marriage to a young French princess. But the deal quickly sours, as the newly reclaimed French territories slide into warfare, Henry’s nobles seethe, and thousands of his subjects revolt. Henry’s new queen, the remarkable and resourceful Margaret of Anjou, finds that instead of enjoying a life of peace and luxury, she must save her weak-willed husband from multiple threats to his throne. A rebel army attacks the heart of London, sons and fathers battle one another, and great men betray their king. It is the beginning of the Wars of the Roses, when the House of York, represented by a white rose, and Henry VI’s House of Lancaster, symbolized by a red one, bitterly fought for control of what would ultimately become the world’s most powerful and influential nation.
Conn Iggulden is one of the most successful and critically praised authors of historical fiction writing today, with over seven million copies of his books sold worldwide. Now, with WARS OF THE ROSES, he plunges readers into one of the most bloody and brutal periods in history, when two rival branches of one royal English family threw their country into a devastating, decades-long civil war. In a starred review, Kirkus says:
“Capturing the stink and gore, 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.”
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About the AuthorConn Iggulden is the author of two previous series on Julius Caesar and on the Mongol Khans of Central Asia and also the co-author of The Dangerous Book for Boys. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and children.
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