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Rose of Raby: The first and second books in a saga about the Yorks, Lancasters and Nevilles, whose family feud started the "Cousin's War", now known ... Neville (1415-1495), the Thwarted Queen Paperback – December 1, 2011


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"The author combines attention to historical detail with an insightful exploration of human psychology." Raymond Barglow, author of HILDEGARD'S WANDER THEATER.


"With a few deft strokes, Ms. Haggard brings the 15th century alive with its castles and battles and kings fighting over vast territories. She's especially good at conveying the plight of female children, routinely used to secure political alliances."  Beth Franks, author of CINDERELLA'S FALL, Zyzzyva Magazine, Issue 77, Fall 2006.

"This book is very interesting. It is so sad to think that by the time these girls were the age of my daughter, they were frequently married with several children. What a difficult life for a woman. I'm not sure I could have borne it with as much grace." Mindy K. Wall.

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What happens when Cecylee's husband discovers she's had a love-affair with an archer? Does he lock her up? Or worse?

Why not give yourself a treat and immerse yourself in an era where high fashion meant pointed headdresses? And find out?
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Spun Stories Press (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984816909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984816903
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,269,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born and raised in Surrey, England, CYNTHIA SALLY HAGGARD has lived in the United States for thirty years. She has had four careers: violinist, cognitive scientist, medical writer and novelist. Why does she write historical novels? Because she has been reading them with great enjoyment since she was a child. Because she has a great imagination and a love of history that won't go away. And because she has an annoying tendency to remember trivial details of the past and to treat long-dead people as if they were more real than those around her.

Cynthia's biggest influence was her grandmother, Stephanie Treffry, who had a natural story-telling ability. As a widow in 1970s Britain, Grandma Stephanie didn't drive a car, so would spend time waiting for buses. Her stories were about various encounters she had at those bus-stops. Nothing extraordinary, except that she made them so funny, everyone was in fits of laughter. A born entertainer, Cynthia tries to emulate her when she writes her novels.

In case you were wondering, she is related to H. Rider Haggard, the author of SHE and KING SOLOMONS'S MINES. (H. Rider Haggard was a younger brother of her great-grandfather.) Cynthia Sally Haggard is a member of the Historical Novel Society. You can visit her website at spunstories.com.



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By Ruth A. Hill on December 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
I realized that the first two books are included in this edition of this series. I have already reviewed book 2 here ([...] so I will only be reviewing book one in this review.

This was the second book I read in the series, but it is the first in the series. This book was a short, easy read, and its purpose is to introduce the audience to Ceylee. When the book opens, she is nine years old and already being betrothed to an older man. I found myself mulling over this portion of the story quite a bit. My daughter is nearly nine, and the thought of her being betrothed does not set well with me. I am so glad I was not born into royalty. I believe I would have been beheaded or at least imprisoned in the tower for insubordination.

I was somewhat disappointed in this book. While the characters were introduced, the only character that seemed to be three-dimensional was Ceylee. I did not find myself caring about any of the others. So the author certainly accomplished her purpose of introducing Ceylee to us, but I just wish we had come to know some of the other character a little bit more.

While this is a light, historical read--probably perfect for teenagers--I would have preferred a more in-depth first book. I was shocked when several years were skipped, and suddenly Ceylee was grown and having to make an important decision. I am glad I read the books out of order merely because the second book is indeed better than the first.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100 percent mine, and I was not financially compensated.
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ROSE OF RABY is the first and second books in a series of four about Cecylee Neville (1415-1495), mother of Richard III and Edward IV, Queen by Right and Abbess. This tale of Cecylee's girlhood and love-affair will appeal to readers of YA novels. Cecylee is the apple of her mother's eye. In her father's eyes, however, she is merely a valuable pawn in the game of marriage. But does Cecylee wish to marry the boy her father has picked out for her? Does she wish to marry at all? For at the age of ten, she has experienced too much violence at the hands of men. Several years later, when Cecylee is twenty-six years old and the wife of Richard, Duke of York, a mysterious young man rides into her life. Who is he? And what is he doing in Rouen? By turns baffled and enchanted, Cecylee finds herself confronted by an intriguing challenge.

This book is very interesting. It is so sad to think that by the time these girls were the age of my daughter, they were frequently married with several children. Cecylee was raised to think she was better than others because of her birthright. This caused her to be frequently be cold toward others, when in fact it was the result of her mother's loss of her children that resulted in her treasuring Cecylee and giving her too much freedom for the era. Also she finds herself turned by a pretty face and compliments, even though her husband is more generous and loving than most during this time period. What a difficult life for a woman. I'm not sure I could have born it with as much grace.
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"Rose of Raby" tells the story of Cecylee, a girl belonging to England's royal Neville family in the 15th century. Although this book is fiction, it aims at historical accuracy.

At the age of nine, Cecylee is given away in marriage, in order to strengthen ties between two royal families in 15th century England. We see the world through her eyes. She'd rather not be a pawn in the adult's game, which at first she only dimly understands. "Why be betrothed now?" she asks herself. "At nine I'm expected to enter a woman's estate, with a woman's cares and responsibilities. Where is my girlhood? I don't want it to end." But the choice is not hers to make. We discover, though, as we get further into this book, that Cecylee is unwilling to surrender to others the right to determine all "affairs of the heart" for her.

Quite skillfully, it seems to me, the author combines attention to historical detail with an insightful exploration of human psychology.

"Rose of Raby" belongs to a series of books by this author. You will find reviews, including mine, of the entire series under the Amazon book title: "Thwarted Queen."
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This book is a combination of the first two books of this saga. However, it is very short. Each book is only 50 pages long and the print is large. The book itself is pretty good and well written.
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I have read alot of books on this period and this struck me as mostly fiction, not really based on fact. Very disappointed in this book and its author. Wish I could get a refund on it.
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