Blood Sisters

Blood Sisters

The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses

Book - 2013
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Publisher: New York : Basic Books, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, ©2013
ISBN: 9780465018314
Branch Call Number: 942.0409 GRISTWO
Characteristics: xxv, 390 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical table, maps ; 25 cm


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Dec 18, 2014

This is an interesting read. It is not an easy read, however. So many characters flow in and out of the story – many named Henry, Elizabeth, Margaret, Richard, and so on – that it is difficult to keep track of everyone. The author has a "Glossary of Select Names" preceding the text, and that helps somewhat. She has following that what she terms a "Simplified Family Tree." Too simple, in my opinion, for a book describing all the inter-family and intra-family relationships and rivalries. Still a worthwhile read, however.

May 17, 2013

Provides a different perspective on a familiar period in English history. (Note that unlike most accounts of the Wars of the Roses, this one doesn't end with Bosworth Field but includes the reign of Henry VII.) It uses household records to supply many details about the ceremonies that attended royal life, and some of the everyday expenses too. The author succeeds in bringing the royal ladies to life without exaggerating their influence.


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