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Pale Rose Of England (2011)

by Sandra Worth(Favorite Author)
3.94 of 5 Votes: 5
0425238776 (ISBN13: 9780425238776)
Berkley Trade
review 1: I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. I compare it to The White Princess by Philippa Gregory, as the central story in both books is the threat to Henry VII's throne by the pretender Perkin Warbuck claiming to be the missing prince Richard. Both Gregory and Worth use the same historical facts to build their case that Warbuck was indeed the missing prince and rightfully should have been Richard V. However, Worth's central character is Warbuck/Richard's wife, Catherine Gordon of Ireland instead of Elizabeth of York. Worth's novel is much more fleshed out. There is too much stupid romance for my taste (as usual) but the historical aspects are very interesting to read. Obviously, Worth thinks even less of Henry VII than Gregory does; Henry comes across as ... morea petulant tyrant. Perhaps he really was. I'd never read any fiction about him or Elizabeth of York until these two books, and now I see why there is little fiction about them; they are rather uninteresting and non-sympathetic characters.
review 2: The Pale Rose of England was an interesting look into the life of Lady Catherine Gordon, a stunningly beautiful Scottish Princess caught up in the muck and mire of Henry VII's court. Married to someone who had an even greater claim to the throne than Henry, her husband was a threat to the Tudors. Through many hardships, strong will, and determination, her love survives and her determination never ceases. I had a little difficulty getting into the story, but once through the initial introductory material, I couldn't put it down. Lady Catherine Gordon was a real person brought to life by Sandra Worth in this historical novel. less
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A great introduction to Perkin Warbeck's story, from a sympathetic perspective!
I love how Sandra melded together history and fiction.
This was wonderful!
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