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The Prince Who Did Not Become King: Edward of Lancaster, 1453-1471 [Kindle Edition]

Susan Higginbotham
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Edward of Lancaster, son of Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou, spent many of his seventeen years as an exile before dying at the battle of Tewkesbury. This is a short nonfiction piece (about 8,000 words) about the life of the young man who died fighting for his family's right to rule England.

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  • File Size: 53 KB
  • Print Length: 27 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GB47ZM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars a snapshot of history April 11, 2012
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This well done, clearly written, concise biography of Edward of Lancaster,
1453-1471, was a refreshing look at a little known Prince of England, whose short life did not allow him to put much of a stamp on history, but is interesting on a human scale. As a longed for child, Higginbotham notes that varying sources she used viewed him at times as ruthless, even at the age of 13, but tempers that with the logical reflection that he was being groomed to be King and was a grandson of a "warrior king" with a fierce reputation and perhaps took his cues from that. To die at 17 is hard to fathom, but the author has researched many records and resources surrounding the death; legend and truth are elusive at times in looking so far back into history, but Higginbotham does a marvelous job of footnoting and providing a good bibliography for her work. Recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Okay March 10, 2014
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It's a good job he didn't become King - if all I've read about him is true, his reign would have made 'Bloody Mary's look like heaven. He seems to have been a bloodthirsty little monster.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, quick read May 24, 2012
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Little is known about Prince Edward, the only heir of King Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou. Susan Higginbotham brings what information she can find to us about his birth, exile, marriage to Anne Neville and his death. Was he illegitimate or not? How was he killed? I'm surprised a Prince's life had such little documented about it. Interesting, quick read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short and not very sweet April 20, 2014
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Ms. Higginbotham writes as a serious historian and is true to her sources; consequently this is a very short book as Edward of Lancaster 1) did not live long; 2) was not in the public eye for most of his life, and consequently has little written about him; and 3)was on the losing side. The only thing that saved him from complete obscurity was the Tudor propaganda machine, which turned his death into martyrdom (it probably wasn't.) A welcome antidote to the fictionalized accounts of his life, emphasis on fictionalized, that occur in the currently popular Tudor/Plantagenet historical fiction.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring biography February 12, 2014
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I have read interesting novels of him but this was a yawner. Was not thrilled with this book. Would not recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quick glimpse January 9, 2014
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An interesting little book about an often overlooked person. He did not live long enough to make a mark, but his death did. A quick read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! February 9, 2013
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Little is known on this young boys life and Mrs. Higginbotham is able to lay it all out with an unbiased view. Her resources are all there and dependable. She explores all options in her writing and gives us many different options to think about.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read December 10, 2012
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Nice little essay about Edward (son of Henry VI). Well footnoted. It is more like a study essay, but there is a great amount of detail packed into it. Enjoyable. Accessible.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Edward the Unknowable
Very little is known of him; very little was told of him. It's not the author's deliberate fault : there's just no direct information. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Best as a secondary source
Interesting coverage of the Lancastrian Prince of Wales. Probably better for a reader familiar with the period. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Doug
1.0 out of 5 stars Unsatisfied
I was unsatisfied with this story. I found it poorly written, lacking in depth, nuance, and had too many rhetorical questions.
Published 23 months ago by Paul J. Dyer
5.0 out of 5 stars great companion piece to The Queen of Last Hopes
This critique of the short life of the son of England's King Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou covers the few known facts, mostly relayed through the political movements of his... Read more
Published on December 9, 2012 by Arleigh C. Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars Hanging for for information
I was very disappointed in this book. I'm an avid reader of historical fiction, especially of English and French royal dynasties. Read more
Published on October 6, 2012 by Katherine
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
If you are looking for more information regarding this time period and topic, this is a solid book. It was well written.
Published on September 6, 2012 by AMG
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
If you're hoping that this book is like other historical works by this author,guess again. This is a dry, non-fiction account of Henry VI's son's short life. Read more
Published on August 13, 2012 by Hamlet
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Susan Higginbotham's meticulously researched historical fiction brought to life by her heartfelt writing delights readers. Higginbotham runs her own historical fiction/history blog, History Refreshed by Susan Higginbotham, and owns a bulletin board, Historical Fiction Online. She has worked as an editor and an attorney and lives in Apex, North Carolina, with her family.

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