The Rose of York: Love and War

The Rose of York Love and War Based on history this acclaimed trilogy recounts the life of alleged villain Richard III in three stand alone books This is the Love Story It is fifteenth century England Like Romeo and Juliet Richa

  • Title: The Rose of York: Love and War
  • Author: Sandra Worth
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Based on history, this acclaimed trilogy recounts the life of alleged villain Richard III in three stand alone books This is the Love Story.It is fifteenth century England Like Romeo and Juliet, Richard of Gloucester and Lady Anne Neville are bound by love and swept apart by a family feud that erupts into civil war Anne s father, the Kingmaker, forces her to wed EdwardBased on history, this acclaimed trilogy recounts the life of alleged villain Richard III in three stand alone books This is the Love Story.It is fifteenth century England Like Romeo and Juliet, Richard of Gloucester and Lady Anne Neville are bound by love and swept apart by a family feud that erupts into civil war Anne s father, the Kingmaker, forces her to wed Edward of Lancaster.When Edward is slain in battle, the young lovers expect to marry Instead, they encounter another devastating obstacle that threatens to part them forever This tale of love and war, tragedy and ultimate triumph is the prize winning debut that launched Sandra Worth s career It claims five of the fifteen awards and prizes she has won EDITORIAL REVIEWS Worth has done meticulous research Though conversations and some incidents must of necessity be invented, she makes them seem so real that one agrees this must have been what they said, the way things happened Myrna Smith, Reading Editor, Ricardian Register, Quarterly Publication of the U.S Richard III Society, Inc Vol XXIII, No 2From Midwest Book Review A n historical epic of honor and love during the Wars of the Roses A deftly written, reader engaging, thoroughly entertaining and enthusiastically recommended historical novel which documents its author as a gifted literary talent From Heartstrings Reviews An extraordinary epic Through Ms Worth s polished prose, a window is opened of which the sights and sounds are magnificent and from it flow the voices of the anguished and the proud, the glorious and the damned, the just and the unjust This first book deserves a wealth of accolades for its balanced exploration of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, before he became king of a troubled kingdom Award of distinction Exceptional Merit Cheryl Jeffries.

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    • Sarah u says:

      If you want Wars of the Roses cliches, this book is full of 'em. Saint Richard and Saint Anne falling in lurve? Check.Nasty Warwick is nasty (and speaks pirate!)? Check.Evil queen Marguerite is evil who gets pregnant by Somerset because her mad husband is mad? Check.I can't reconcile with the author turning Lord Hastings into a rapist to excuse his later execution. That's absurd (and disgusting, imo). I have given the book an extra star because it made me laugh. Whether it was supposed to.

    • Karla says:

      Overly romantic depiction of Richard III, bordering on absurdity. The simplistic and unimaginative prose made it very difficult to finish this book. I felt I was reading a low-level YA novel. Both Anne and Richard suffer from one-note characterizations - they're both totally in love with each other and are sainted sufferers thwarted at every turn by politics, fate, destiny, younameit. They aren't people from history, or even compelling romance, but idealized archetypes of noble, slandered hero a [...]

    • Judith Arnopp says:

      I dont usually like to give negative comments. i know every book will appeal to someone but being a long term supporter of Richard iii i couldnt help myselfard iii has suffered centuries of bad press, most of which has now been proved false but Ms Worth paints him with such glowing colours that he becomes a saint. Richard the third was a man of his time, violent, an unparalled military leader and a competent knight and king. He was not a saint. I would have prefered some gritty realism. would no [...]

    • Barb says:

      I made it to page 76 where Will Hastings is turned from one of my favorites into a disgusting evil pig, I could read no further. I wasn't loving it up until that point anyway, too many shifts from the present too the past, I was getting motion sickness

    • Victoria says:

      I just can't do it. This is dire. Sorry. I don't give up easily but I can't continue with this, life is too short and there's too many good books out there.

    • Ikonopeiston says:

      I found this novel and its two successors to be a wee tad flowery for my tastes. It seems to partake more of the romanticism of the nineteenth century than the practicality of the fifteenth. The three books made my teeth hurt.

    • Debbi says:

      This book, and two more in the trilogy "Crown of Destiny" and "Fall From Grace" comprise a trilogy about the story of Richard the 3rd of England (you know the one, Shakespeare made him a villain with a hunchback in his play, and he says the famous words "my kingdom for a horse!". The truth of Richard's life is very different from what Shakespeare and others would have us believed, and this book is one that tells the story of his life, his lifelong love of, and eventual marriage to Anne Neville, [...]

    • Rebecca Huston says:

      Yet another attempt to tell the story of Richard III and Anne Neville, first book of a trilogy (no, I didn't read the other two). I found this one to be very dull to get through, and a thorough waste of my time. Only two stars. Skip this one and find Sharon Kay Penman's excellent The Sun in Splendour.For the longer review, please go here:epinions/review/_20054

    • Marie says:

      This book is the first of a series by Sandra Worth, published in 2003 about the Wars of the Roses. For those who do not know, The Wars of the Roses was a period in England of civil wars from about 1450-1485. Its origins began before 1450 with much civil unrest. The term 'Roses' signify the white rose of the Yorks, the red rose of the Lancastrians. Both of these houses were direct descendants of Edward the III and began to fight for the crown. The Lancastrian King Henry VI had become unpopular al [...]

    • Linda Sims says:

      HISTORY BROUGHT TO LIFEWhen I was asked by the author to review this book, I was very happy to do so. Although based on actual characters from history, it's not a book listing facts and dates, as text book might. No this is a dramatised tale. Of course the author has used artistic licence, giving her interpretation of the characters motivation and actions.Richard III depending on your viewpoint was much maligned, or a monster responsible for the death of the two princes in the tower. As to the t [...]

    • Darbyscloset says:

      Loyalty Binds MeSandra Worth’s book “The Rose of York: Love and War” is a tale of faith driven by loyalty. The story is about Richard III along with his best friend and confident Anne. The reader experiences their growth from childhood to adulthood, and grows along with them, in their understanding of life before democracy and their appreciation for Richard’s faith in fairness for all. This story is similar to a timeline of Richard’s and Anne’s interactions. For their lives cross ove [...]

    • The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears says:

      Practically every medieval history buff has an opinion about Richard III. There are those firmly in Shakespeare's camp - the wicked hunchback who murdered his own nephews and stole the crown. There are also those in the Josephine Tey/Richard III Society who believe that Shakespeare was writing to appease the 'upstart' Tudors and that Richard was the victim of historical slander. Well, Sandra Worth is obviously in the latter camp, which is fine. However, it also makes for a certain suspension of [...]

    • J.J. says:

      Apologist History at its Finest and WorstFirst, I must say that the story IS well-written and the characters are compelling. What makes this particular work inferior, in my opinion, is the strident clinging to the duality that defines History's view of Richard: that he is either villain or hero, saint or sinner. Me. Worth clearly claims sainthood. Having read other pro-Ricardian novels, as well as Alison Weir's book regarding the Princes in the tower-which does not actively vilify Richard, but r [...]

    • Leslie says:

      The more I read about the early monarchs, the more I'm convinced - a lot of them were loony birds. They were paranoid (probably because most of their extended families wanted them dead), often delusional, unable to form stable relationships after being raised by multiple people in multiple places usually amongst a war for dominance, forcing them to grow up too fast. I wonder, can they be blamed for their erratic behavior after such odd and bizarre upbringings? Richard the III is no different fro [...]

    • Regan Walker says:

      A Great Love Story Wrapped in Excellent Historical Fiction In this award-winning story set against the time of the Wars of the Roses, when the houses of York and Lancaster battled for the throne of England, Worth brings to life the story of two real life lovers Lady Anne Neville and Richard of Gloucester (the last Plantagenet king). It’s the first in a trilogy based on ten years of thorough research of the life of Richard III of England (1452-1485).LOVE AND WAR tells of Richard and Anne’s ea [...]

    • Wendy Dunn says:

      Set amidst the bloodiest conflicts of the War of Roses and recounting the story of Richard of Gloucester, later Richard III of England, Sandra Worth’s novel, the first of a series, treads a well worn but still very much loved path for many historical fiction writers and readers. Worth’s view of the child and teenage Richard is sympathetic and engaging; robbed of his childhood by his kin’s savage tug of war for England’s crown, torn by conflicting loyalties, this novel follows Richard’s [...]

    • Rachel says:

      I read this book for the European Royalty book club here at . I normally would not have purchased this book because I was not that interested in Richard III. I have read several books about English kings and queens and I was not eager to add another book about this king which is so notorious in history. How wrong I was. One of the best things is how surprised I was with the story. I was addicted to it by page 40, even though the main characters were children still.The story takes place during th [...]

    • Dex says:

      An absurdly romanticized view on Richard III, unashamedly painting him as a saintly, cherubic figure. Instead of this being endearing at all, he comes off entirely one-dimensional and oftentimes weak in character. If you are looking for any plausibility, please skip this book. The writing was positively purple and at times so unbelievable I had to skip over entire sections of terrible dialogue to get through it, specifically a few speeches by some of the men which were intended to be romantic an [...]

    • Sara says:

      Whenever I get depressed about the state of the world, I turn to medieval England and then I feel so much better. After all, no matter how badly I have it or how lousy our country is doing, it is absolutely better than taking a mace between the eyebrows or being married off for my lands. So I delved into my guilty pleasure of Plantagenet based fiction and it was pretty dreary. Not really recommending this author to anyone. She's sympathetic to Richard III, which doesn't bother me, but I just fel [...]

    • Sharon says:

      Love & War is the first in the Rose of York Trilogy. The setting is during the War of the Roses in England. This first book centers around the life of Richard III. He is sometimes portrayed in history as one of cruelest kings (mostly from Shakespeare's work,) but has recently been studied and found to be a just king. He is actually responsible for many modern day rights given by the judicial system.Richard's story begins during his boyhood being an awkward, sickly child. He has always loved [...]

    • Mary says:

      I have never found the view of Richard III as being a monstrous, hunch-backed ogre to be believable in the least. He was known as a fine warrior and had admirably overseen Northern England for many years before he became king.Unfortunately this book portrays Richard as an angelic and unbelievably wise individual who is constantly martyred by outside evil forces. All the characters in the book are written in a very one dimensional way. Richard is wise and good, Ann is sweet, Elizabeth Woodeville [...]

    • Michelle says:

      Easy enough to read. Three stars is slightly harsh - I'd give it another half star if I could. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't engaging enough to warrant another full star. The beginning felt slow. The book, in general, feels like the first part of a trilogy rather than a complete story. Still, I moved through the book quickly. It isn't a difficult read, and interesting enough to continue chapter after chapter. Worth makes Richard a likable protagonist - good, pure. Perhaps too much so. I found the [...]

    • Sera says:

      This book is the first of three that tells the story of Richard III. I don't know much about Richard (I haven't even read the Shakespeare play); however, it is my understanding that history has not been kind to him. Then, a few decades ago, both scholars and writers started to reexamine Richard's accomplishments. There is now a more balanced approach to Richard, and this book provides such a perspective. In fact, it is downright favorable to Richard.The book opens with Richard as a young boy and [...]

    • Jane says:

      I am a fan of anything Richard III, and this first book did not disappoint me. In the story, we are introduced to the young Richard, and his gentle nature, well groomed by Warwick, The Kingmaker, and John Neville, father of Anne, Richard's sweetheart, and later, wife. Richard here is painted as loyal to his brother, King Edward, and struggles when he has to choose between his beloved John Neville and Edward. He chooses Edward and feels deep regret when both Warwick and John are killed in battle [...]

    • Calista Fung says:

      I did find the characterizations of Anne and Richard to be slightly over-romanticized. Of course, it is always hard to match up to the wonder that is The Sunne in Splendour, and all things considered, I think Worth has presented a well-researched, although sometimes literally weak, book. It was still an enjoyable book and I am happy to reach for the next installment in the series. I much prefer that Richard's life was given the appropriate stretch over three books rather than trying to cram a li [...]

    • Lisa Christian says:

      I could not bear the saintly Richard III and Anne Neville. I usually enjoy Ricardian works - with sound historical research - but this novel was entirely implausible. I struggled to finish, muddling through the saccharine prose, and I'm not sure why I finished the novel at all. I hardly think that it is worth the effort to review.Characterisations were weak, weak, weak.I would write a longer review, but I just don't want to waste more time even thinking about this drivel.If you want to read a Yo [...]

    • Anne says:

      I couldn't finish this book. I kept trying to return to it because I hate not finishing a book, but the juice wasn't worth the squeeze in this case. I enjoy historically-based fiction about the Wars of the Roses, but I just couldn't get into this version of the tale. It felt bland and expected to me, but perhaps I'm just overly familiar with the story.

    • Elizabeth says:

      The first 75% of this book was actually pretty good. Not amazing but it told a decent story despite the shoddy research. The last 25% was the worst vomit inducing, poorly written romance I've read. I would've just put it down but I paid .99 cents for it so by god I was going to finish it. I most certainly think I'm going to pass on the next two books of the series.

    • Rozonda says:

      Not badly written, but too romantic and unrealistic for my liking at many moments. Richard III was far from being the monster depicted by Shakespeare, but this portrait of him as a lover is way too sweet.

    • Mariana says:

      I'm so glad I finished this book! Almost two months of pure torture. Bless Sandra Worth. One more star only for the author's note because I like it when authors #expose themselves as Richard III fuckers. It's so relatable.

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