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Treason [Kindle Edition]

Meredith Whitford
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It was a time of war.

A time of battles.

And a time of Treason.

As the Lancastrian forces struggle to win the English crown in the War of the Roses, a young man's life is ripped apart.

Martin Rosbart sees his parents killed and his home destroyed.

He is orphaned and alone.

He signs up to serve with his cousins, the Yorkist kings Edward IV and Richard III.

And the boy becomes first a man – and then a soldier.

But on the blood-soaked battlefields of the War of the Roses, he learns the true cost of loyalty and of love.

And he learns the true meaning of betrayal.

‘Treason’ is a meticulously research and brilliantly written story that brings the War of the Roses vividly to life – and sheds new light on Richard III, one of English history’s greatest villains.

It is a sweeping historical adventure story that is perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell, Robyn Young and Simon Scarrow.

Treason is the winner of the SimeGen Reviewers Choice Award and the EPPIE Award for Historical Fiction

‘I so much enjoyed reading Treason’ – Elizabeth George, best-selling author of the Inspector Lynley mysteries.

‘Sweeping, grand, ambitious … a fascinating historical novel, a wonderful work of fiction, and a romance of ages.’ -- Kara L Wolf

‘Sublime … historical fact melds seamlessly with historical fiction.’ -- Historical Novel Society Review.

'Treason is a lesson in history and storytelling, marrying one to the other with skill and bloody effectiveness.' - Richard Foreman, author of Augustus: Son of Rome.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher.

Editorial Reviews


Sweeping, grand, ambitious … a fascinating historical novel, a wonderful work of fiction, and a romance of ages. -- Kara L Wolf

… I can’t say how much I enjoyed spending time in Martin Robsart’s head. -- Juliet Waldron

… sublime … historical fact melds seamlessly with historical fiction. -- Historical Novel Society Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 700 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 190449272X
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (November 13, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TREASON's War of the Roses Is An Excellent Read! February 7, 2005
This historical is about the War of the Roses as seen through fictional character Martin Robsart. His family is killed and he flees to his "cousins" Edward, Duke of York and his brother who eventually becomes King Richard III . Martin and Richard have known each other as children and their friendship picks up where it left off and they become the best of friends. They grow up and face nearly every life adventure together. Martin's viewpoint during the novel is witty, insightful and at times humorous. He follows Richard through nearly every aspect of his life including his ascent to the throne of England. Theirs was not an easy life even though Martin is privy to the royal lifestyle.

The author also discusses what could probably, if not possibly, have happened to the Princes in the Tower. Her theory on this makes a great deal of sense that I found very believable. This was an incredible page turner and I was up late many nights, into the wee hours of the morning, devouring every page. The descriptions of everyday common things as well as the emotions before and after battle & war are very convincing and make you feel as though you are there experiencing everything the characters do! I was sad to see it end and hope there are more historical novels forthcoming from this author! Bravo Meredith!
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical fiction at its best! July 14, 2006
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Meredith Whitford has taken the familiar story of King Richard III of England and given us a fantastic take on his life. Seen through the eyes of his closest childhood friend, Martin, Richard comes to life as a flesh and blood young man whose main aim in life is to be a good person who follows his moral standards. We see Richard from about the time of the loss of his father, through the rise of his elder brother Edward IV, and finally as a reluctant king who must make the decision to replace his bastard nephew as King of England. Whitford's research gives us the rich details that pull you into the lives of all the characters and makes you see beyond the myths and legends that have arisen over this oft-misunderstood monarch. Always sympathetic to Richard, this telling of his life and times will stay with you long after you close the cover. Highly, highly recommended for readers of quality historical fiction. This one's a keeper.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loyalty, love and treason June 30, 2006
This novel about the Yorkist kings Edward IV and Richard III effectively combines known fact and plausible fiction. The characters and their times come to life through the eyes of the fictional Martin Robsart.

Beatifully written, but never sentimental, this novel provides action, romance and insight into the dynastic struggles and bloody politics of England during the second half of the 15th century.

Highly recommended to all who enjoy well written historical fiction and especially to those interested in the man who became Richard III.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intimate look at the last Plantagenets February 17, 2005
If you are a Ricardian, there is no such thing as too many novels about Richard III and the mystery of the Princes in the Tower. I am aware that some readers don't think like that, so let me quickly add that Treason is something new. As a long time Ricardian, from my `50's childhood when I read Josephine Tey's Daughter of Time and became intoxicated by the drug of history, I've read a great many novels, some perfectly awful, about the endlessly mysterious (Devil or Angel?) Richard III.

Here the familiar story of the House of York is told by a fictional friend and age mate of the future King Richard-Martin Robsart. As the book opens, Martin's Yorkist family is destroyed during the northern campaign that culminates in the snowy horror of the Battle of Wakefield. Our narrator, Martin, a strong child succored by royal kin, survives, recovers, and participates in the sunrise triumph of Edward the Fourth. This Yorkist King, under whose rule Martin will grow to an exuberant manhood, never fulfills his promise as a ruler. Edward's failure to plan and his early death sets in train the ruin of the House of York. Martin, and all his kith and kin, must leave England in order to escape the vengeance of the first Tudor King. Happily, however, Martin survives the Battle of Bosworth and can help us unravel the mystery of the disappearance of King Richard's nephews.

Treason is an articulate, fast paced novel that swiftly engages the reader. The distant medieval world--heraldry, passion, and blood feud--springs to life. If you love stories about the last Plantagenets--and even if you don't--Treason is definitely worth your time, a deft new take on popular story.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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I am among those who believe the Tudors framed Richard III and created a monster where in life there was none. So is Meredith Whitford, and she has written a marvelous, beautiful historical novel about his life told through the voice of his (fictional) best friend Martin. Whitford follows Martin and Richard from their 8th year through their exciting and tumultuous lives, and offers fresh and plausible possibilities about what may have happened to "the Princes in the Tower." Whitford has an uncanny ability to write multi-dimensional, extremely human characters complete with flaws, internal strife and heart breaking honesty and love. Her writing will draw you in. "Treason" is full of well researched detail about the reigns of Edward IV and Richard III, and has charming fictional characters with their own rich stories to round out the novel. Sharon Kay Penman (The Sunne in Splendour) has finally met her match! This is one I will re-read time and again, just as I do The Sunne in Splendour.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent historical fiction
Well written fiction that makes history exciting. An accurate, thoroughly researched view of England in the 15th century. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Linda Biedermann
4.0 out of 5 stars RIII
An enjoyable Richard III account narrated by his fictional cousin, life-long companion, and member of the inner circle. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cascaderose
3.0 out of 5 stars readable (spoilers ahead)
I found the prose very crisp and flowing, but the characters irritating. This is a pro-Richard III novel where everyone who doesn't like Richard is the worst. Read more
Published 5 months ago by reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars British history brought to life
Although fiction, this work is based upon accurate historical research and is certainly a "good read". Would make an epic movie.
Published 7 months ago by Jeffrey C. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
This is yet another historical novel about Richard III. I thought it was another interesting take on the story. I think the author had an interesting spin on his history. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Georgiemom
4.0 out of 5 stars good historical fiction
Whether the author's hypothesis is historically true or not, I found this book compelling and enlightening. A good way to learn a little English history.
Published 7 months ago by Car
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good historical fiction!
A very well written and interesting novel with excellent characters/story line. My only criticism is the number of characters involved and the difficulty associated with trying to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by John P. Cohan
4.0 out of 5 stars A friend recounts the inside story on Richard III
A fictional account of the life of Richard III as seen through the eyes of his faithful follower, Martin, and friend since boyhood. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Penelope James
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-researched, great concept
Historical fiction is my favorite genre, but unfortunately many writers are making the foray into it without proper research. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Schucker
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating trip back in time.
This book will take the reader into an amazing time in English history in a gracious and comfortable writing style. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mary R. Fairchild
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More About the Author

Meredith Whitford lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has a husband, two adult children, two grandchildren, and usually two cats.
Educated entirely after leaving school, she finally went to university as a mature-age student. She has a BA in History, English and Classics from the University of Adelaide, and in 2011 completed a Master of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) degree at Flinders University, Adelaide. Her Masters thesis was a novella, "What Became of Winifred Wimsey?", using characters from the crime novels of Dorothy L Sayers and Margery Allingham. In 2012 she began a PhD on Margery Allingham.
She has been Director of Between Us Manuscript Assessment Service ( since 1998.
After being rejected by several publishers on the grounds that "No one is interested in books about Richard III," her first novel, "Treason", published by indie Bewrite Books, won the 2002 international Eppie Award for historical fiction and has received excellent reviews. Its sales have increased since the recent (2012) discovery of the remains of King Richard III in Leicester; 30,000 downloads in six months alone. A new paperback edition of "Treason" has just been released by VIVID/Fontaine Publishing. Her second novel, "Shakespeare's Will", was released in 2010. (This is now published as an e-book under the title "Love's Will" by Endeavour Press. A new paperback version will be released soon.) With its strong female lead character in Anne Shakespeare,its description of a love affair between Shakespeare and the Earl of Southampton, and its witty Shakespearean references, "Shakespeare's Will" has attracted a wide readership and a lot of good reviews. Meredith has also just published "Churchill's Rebels", a biography of Jessica Mitford and her first husband, Esmond Romilly, nephew of Sir Winston Churchill. This is available in e-book, with a paperback to be released very soon.
When she is not writing or reading (and she usually is) her hobbies are cryptic crosswords, being pedantic, and sleeping.
She suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME). On the up side, she has the great good luck to be a synaesthete.
She can be contacted at

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