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Ward has concluded a treaty with Burgundy France s wayward Dukedom totally embarrassing Him In Front Of The in front of the Court The romance between Warwick s daughter and the Kings brother is also well done as its conseuences when the King forbids the wedding between the twoAs far as the characters go most of those written about in the novel are actual historical figures The main exception to this is Derry Brewer He makes his return after being almost totally absent in the second novel of the series His is depicted almost as Margaret s Henry VI s ueen and de facto leader of the Lancastrian cause right hand man He is always there to give advice and pass on intelligence Sometimes the advice is good and sometimes it isn t but he still remains high in her esteem I felt that Warwick is portrayed fairly sympathically especially in the second half of the novel He is shown as feeling that he has earned his position as the most powerful non royal in England He feels wronged by the ueen as she attempts to distance his family from the King and put her numerous relatives in place of the Nevilles It all comes to a head when the ueen basically vetoes the marriage of Warwick s daughter Isabel to Edward s brother George Duke of Clarence The relationship between the two is portrayed as a love match Warwick is depicted as not uite understanding why the King won t approve the union He sees it as a natural match good for both the oung people involved and at the same time cementing his family s relationship with the Royal family I thought the author did a good job a explaining the ueen s reasons for strongly suggesting that the Edward not approve the match The novel ends on Warwick and the two oung lovers fleeing England and going ahead with the wedding despite Edward s disapprovalKing Edward is the other main character
the novel the first half he is depicted as a head strong outh wanting revenge on those who killed his father In the second half is pictured as totally infatuated with his wife and as willingly going along with her plans to disentangle the crown from the Nevilles in general and Warwick in particular Obviously this back fires when Warwick flees England If there is a villain in the novel it is definitely Edward s ueen Elizabeth She is portrayed as scheming and underhanded She is not above using her influence on the King to get what she wants That is usually displacing some Neville relative with one of her own familyI thought the battle scenes while not particularly gruesome where very well done esp Towton The movement of York s army through the snow was really brought to life In his author s note Mr Iggulden says that if the high estimates are to be believed Towton was even deadly the first day of the Somme in 1916 In in contrast to the Somme and its machine guns and artillery all the deaths at Towton were with arrows swords axes billhooks halberds and other edged weapons hand to hand combatIn summary this is a very good historical novel Mr Iggulden brought me into the times and minds of those who experienced the chaos and uncertainty of those ten ears This just might be the best of the series and one of his best novels I would give this 425 stars so I ve rounded down for good reads Conn Iggulden is one of the finest storytellers out there and it s no surprise to me that Bloodline proved to be an outstanding powerful novel that fully immersed me in the events of the Wars of the Roses for two glorious days History and some of the most dominant personalities of the mid 15th century comes alive on the page This book starts with the buildup to the famous battle of Towton Edward Plantagenet of House York has taken to the field The English people and many lords are rising up for him But Henry primarily ueen Margaret also have their forces The two meet in a large snowstorm outside of TowtonThe rest of the book gets into the conflict that arises by Edward marrying Elizabeth Woodville and then promoting her family to high positions which then cause problems with the NevillesThe Wars of the Roses shows that while it is King that may rule England many of the troubles can be directly TO POWERFUL LANDED FAMILIES THAT ARE OFTEN THE SEEDS powerful landed families that are often the seeds conflicts Neville Percy Woodville etc Their internal machinations often draw in KingsA wonderfully told and fairly accurate representation of the wars of the Roses This entire series is excellent and a great addition to my collection Any fan of this turbulent period in English history will enjoy this top notch Historical Fiction. Ledge of the period' Daily Express'A page turning thriller' Mail on Sunday Conn Iggulden is one of the most successful authors of historical fiction writing today Following the Sunday Times bestseller Stormbird and Trinity Bloodline is the third book in his superb new series set during the Wars of the Roses a remarkable period of British history He has written two previous historical seri. .of the novel
E of York had the right of things He knew his demise wouldn t change a great deal His son could simply take on the role of head of the house and carry on the bloody war The sons can take vengeance for their father s defeat They are now the leaders of vast armies and they want blood they want revenge on the house of Lancaster So they proclaim Edward King of England and contest the weak *King of house Lancaster Henry VI The white rose is set to *of house Lancaster Henry VI The white rose is set to the red once again The action that commenced was as epic and turbulent as these historical times Iggulden describes battlefields perfectly It almost feels like our there historical times Iggulden describes battlefields perfectly It almost feels like Dragon Slayers Academy Set II your there the events I still attest he is one of the best historical fiction author s at this particular aspect of writing I stormed through these parts of the book as Edward stormed his enemies with sword in hand Pages seemed to fly like the arrows of the English longbow I do love a good historical novel and this is easily the best one in this series so far The broken bonds of war So Warwick and Edward set out what they achieved to do they won a crown and avenged both their fathers but now that the fighting has finished and so politicking begins Edward is now king and Warwick is left with the task of trying to manage a headstrongouth who thinks he knows how to rule He doesn t listen to his friends and in the end terns him against himself He doesn t appreciate what he has done for him in the past he doesn t reward Warwick enough for his service and backs the Woodville faction Had he sense he would have kept such a powerful friend and such a dangerous enemy much closer His loss wasn t worth the gain of the Woodville family It s like exchanging gold for copper It is no wonder why tension begins to rise between the two Edward makes Warwick look the fool in France But he did only marry for love I think in this the self serving and fickle nature of each family shines through the writing Everybody is out for themselves The Woodville s wanted power and to destroy those that got in between them and the king thus another bloody chapter in the Wars of the Roses begins It will be interesting to see how Iggulden handles the fall of the Kingmaker Earl Warwick and the murder of the Duke of Clarence I m looking forward to the end of this series at the bloody field of Bosworth with the last charge of the final Plantagenet King Richard III War of the Roses series1 Stormbird An interesting four stars 2 Trinity A bloody four stars3 Bloodline A strong four stars This series just keeps getting better and better but being a Yorkist I wish Edward IV was portrayed positively but I suspect it s accurate Can t wait for the next volume but a Arkadaşım Muzo (Genconun Yalan Dünyası year to wait I guess Once again Mr Iggulden has written a very very good historical novel This entry in his Wars of the Roses series covers the time from just after the Battle of Wakefield to when Richard Neville the Earl of Warwick AKA the King Maker decides to throw his lot in with Lancastrian cause roughly from 1460 1469 The novel is divided into two parts The first part covers the time for just after the Battle of Wakefield to the Battle of Towton I felt this section had some of the best and most evocative scenes in the novel They included to impaling of the heads of the losers at Wakefield on the Micklegate Bar one of the Gates of the City of York the Lancastrian forces recovering Henry VI after the 2nd Battle of St Albans the refusal of the City of London to open its gates and welcome Henry and his ueen and finally the authors depiction of the Battle of TowtonThe second part of the novel opens about 4rs after Towton and is of a political potboiler than an adventure story Mr Iggulden tells the story of the fall of the Earl of Warwick While it too has some excellent seuences it moves much slower pace than the first part In this half of the novel the author looks at how Edward IV s ueen Elizabeth Woodville moves to neutralize influence of the house of Neville and how that eventually drives Warwick into exile The picture drawn of Warwick as he tries to figure out just what is happening to him and his family is very well done Some of the events included in this section of the novel include John Neville s Warwick s brother legal executions of the ueen s father and brother after being stripped of the Earldom of Northumberland the embarrassment of Warwick at the King of France s court as he is trying to negotiate a commercial treaty with France In this scene Warwick is actually meeting the French King when he is told that Ed. The victorious Edward of York seals his claim to the English throneThe fourth and final installment in the series will publish in 2016 Praise for the Wars of the Roses series 'Pacey and juicy and packed with action' Sunday Times'Energetic competent stuff; Iggulden knows his material and his audience' Independent'A novel that seamlessly combines narrative historical credence and great know. I had previously read the first novel in the series Stormbird and liked it but did not love it the fictional character in the series Stormbird and liked it but did not love it the fictional character Brewer was irritatingly unreal to me In this third novel he only has a small part and his behavior and actions are much believableThe novel is divided into two parts the first mainly dealing with the vicious Battle of Towton betwee Nearly a 5 Star as its a 45pts for meBack on familiar ground with the third instalment of Conn Iggulden s War of the RosesIt grows on The Art of War in World History you many new characters come to the fore after the last series climaxed in the fall of the Duke of York it takes a little time to attune but onceou are there its a smooth ride of a story By now Derry is older maybe not so wiser whilst the ueen has matured as she s doubled in age from the frightened 15 Lutheran Bible Companion, Volume 2 year old girl that arrived in England The sons of York Warwick have come of age armies are readily brought to battle as the struggle intensifies I really learned a lot about the period as well as the folk involved much so than a few dusty history books about the periodThe battle scenes too of St Albans Towton leap out from the text the telling of the strategy is particularly impressive leavingou with a vivid picture of how it all played out Gorefest not included nor reuired as the compress the ordinary soldiers found themselves in fighting with billhooks staffs or cleavers is chilling enoughParts do drift albeit very small no doubt important details which will come to the fore later For the most it s an impressive tale of the War Of the Roses with the balance between narrative battle scenes spot on unlike his later two books in the Wolf of the Plains series which turned into endless battle after battleEndless scheming mistrust abound Mere khawab reza reza you clearly get to see how the Wars of the Roses came about why it continued as the sides fractured despite victories on the battlefield One could say that the kingdom of England was torn asunder by two harpies firstly Margaret of Anjou latterly Elizabeth Woodville They certainly weren t confined to whispering sweet nothings in the earImpressive the series is to be continued cant wait I love how Iggulden brings something new to the Wars of the Roses in each installment in this series He has taken a story that has been told many times and adds in a few new details that other authors left in the background An example the opening scene at York s Micklegate with men struggling to place the heads of Richard of York Richard Neville of Salisbury and Edmund of Rutland on spikes I think I was holding my breathMargaret should have taken the Duke of York s warning seriously In killing York and Salisbury she thought she had vanuished her enemies but she truly had unleashed the sons Warwick and March now York are able to do what their fathers had not Rather than a triumphant entry into London Margaret finds herself running into exileThe portrayal of Richard Neville Earl of Warwick is particularly well done I enjoyed the view of his inner struggle with the death of his father the fight for his immature but undeniably kingly cousin and his eventual fall How he tried to do the right thing at every turn but somehow things turned out disastrously wrongEdward s reign is filled with it s own drama largely due to his choice of wife Theoung king may have established his dominance as a soldier on the bloody fiel After being slightly disappointed with the previous book in this series I was anxious to see if Iggulden returned to some of what made Stormbird so fantastic I was not disappointed with Bloodlines This King Edward oh my What a beefcake I ve read different books about the war of roses but I feel this saga is one of my favorites about that period of war between cousins in order to achieve powerIn this book the house of York will rise with a powerful warrior king led to the throne by none other than the famous kingmaker and the Nevilles will achieve their goals under king Edward s reign until a she wolf changes things This was just so damn good The entire novel felt like one great big action This was just so damn good The entire novel felt like one great big action as Iggulden captured the desperate and crucial nature of the fighting superbly It was violent and intense it was clever and brutal importantly though it was careful Edward and Warwick knew that their future and the continuing existence of their houses rested on this conflict They couldn t lose they couldn t make a mistake So they didn t The sons truly have been unleashed King Edward VI and Earl Warwick from the White ueenIn his final moments Richard Duk. This novel from bestselling author Conn Iggulden is the third book in the critically acclaimed Wars of the Roses series Following Stormbird and Trinity this novel will continue through the brutal Civil War that we now know as the Wars of the Roses Bloodline sees the Lancastrian and Yorkist factions clash at the battle of Towton the single most bloody conflict every fought on British soil.