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To Hold the Crown: The Story of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York (A Novel of the Tudors Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Originally published as Uneasy Lies the Head, this book covers the reign of Henry VII following the defeat of Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth. With a very tenuous claim on the throne of England Henry marries Elizabeth of York, eldest daughter of Edward IV, in an effort to strengthen his claim. Despite keeping peace in the country and restoring the empty coffers, Henry is always fearful of conspiracies to challenge his reign with pretenders to the throne claiming to be one of the lost princes in the tower.
So much of this book is known history, we've all read enough of the Tudors I don't need to rehash it all again. The book takes the reader from the beginning of Henry's reign until the end and at his death and the assumption to the throne of his son Henry VIII. Although I did enjoy this book very much, it was a bit dry at times, especially at the beginning, and those not familiar with the Wars of The Roses might have a difficult time picking up the story.
Henry was nicely portrayed as a parsimonious penny pincher always worried about threats to his crown, the younger Henry a bit too full of himself and his "knightly" responsibilities, Katharine of Aragon suitably pious and obedient - my only complaint was the how Elizabeth of York was portrayed. A virtually non-existent character, the few times she was in the storyline she was quite vapid and very forgettable. She was pretty much there for the procreation of children. All in all a pleasant read, not the best but not the worst either. 3.5/5 stars.
It's Plaidy that I turn to when I crave a good comfort-read.
This novel is Plaidy's take on the story of the marriage between King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York: the marriage which effectively ended the War of the Roses by uniting the houses of York and Lancaster.
Like her other historical fiction novels, To Hold the Crown will never be compared to, say, a Sharon Kay Penman novel. Plaidy, rather, exists in a class of her own: solid writing and a good historical foundation make her stories feel comfortable.
Kind of like your favorite pair of old sneakers.
The story of Henry and Elizabeth has been written about numerous times, but I still think Plaidy does it best. You won't find any heros or villains in this story. Instead you'll find human beings who make mistakes and are trying to do the best they can with the tools they have. Plaidy is the consummate professional: she presents each character in a fair light, flaws and all, and allows the readers to draw their own conclusions, as opposed to leading you to those conclusions.
Those of you who are still tracking down the infamous Princes in the Tower will find an interesting idea as to their ultimate fate within these pages. Plaidy, as always, is plausible and sharp as a tack.
What didn't I like? The darned new cover chosen by Three Rivers Press!
For now, I'll forgive them simply because they are reprinting so many of Plaidy's historical fiction novels.
If you haven't read one, do so soon. And if you've read Sandra Worth's recent novel, The King's Daughter, you'll recognize that the subject matter is the same. For my money, I recommend Plaidy's version for a more complete and perhaps a more realistic look at the lives of Henry and Elizabeth.
He was not a very loving man, at times a bit envious of his sons- especially the young Henry. He was somewhat ruled by his mother and always 'uneasy' that someone claiming to be royal- or one of the mysterious Princes in the Tower - would snatch his crown from him. As if he didn't deserve it?
He didn't love his wife much- the daughter of the late King Edward IV, Elizabeth of York. (Their marriage would bring the houses of Lancaster and York together, therefore bringing the War of the Roses to an end.) Although he was fond of her. He and she both found the act of lovemaking bothersome- a duty to get heirs and Henry wanted heirs badly. He did his 'duty' enough to get Elizabeth pregnant with several children, although only four lived.
He was very frugal, known as 'the miser king' throughout Europe. Even his mother-in-law Queen Elizabeth (wife to Edward IV and the mother of the Princes in the Tower)was not given a proper funeral- one that suited her rank - do to Henry's miserliness. However, he did take a bankrupted England and brought her back to comfort.
After the loss of his dear Arthur, who left Katharine of Aragon a widow, Henry was kind to his daughter-in-law for a bit and then proceeded to drive her into poverty. It would be seven years before Katharine would seal her fate and marry the conceited and ever confident Henry VIII.
Uneasy Lies the Head is a tale of a king who maybe didn't have any claim to the throne, but would lead the nation to fruition.
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