The powerful story of Cecily Neville, torn between both sides in the War of the Roses, from the critically acclaimed author of The Agincourt Bride.
In fifteenth century England the Neville family rules the north with an iron fist. Ralph Neville, Earl of Westmorland, a giant of a man and a staunch Lancastrian, cunningly consolidates power by negotiating brilliant marriages for his children. The last betrothal he arranges before he dies is between his youngest daughter, nine-year-old Cicely, and his ward Richard, the thirteen-year-old Duke of York, England's richest heir.
Told through the eyes of Cicely and her half-brother Cuthbert, Red Rose, White Rose is the story of one of the most powerful women in England during one of its most turbulent periods. Born of Lancaster and married to York, the willowy and wayward Cicely treads a hazardous path through love, loss and imprisonment and between the violent factions of Lancaster and York, as the Wars of the Roses tear England's ruling families apart.
"Gripping and emotional." (Woman)
"Superb…a real find." (The Bookseller)
"Captivating." (Woman's Own)
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A fascinating woman often left on the fringes
AN interesting accent, which seemed wrong at first for a Duchess, but I became used to it and it didn't cause problems. Some narrators read the story, some perform it. This narrator read the story - really well, and that's usually fine. However the story is presented from two perspectives - one female and one male. It was confusing at times working out who's story was being told, because it was delivered in the same voice. Other than that, brilliant narration.
Great to have a book about a woman often left on the fringes but who always appears to be a strong matriarch. Great writing which brought the 15th century to life.