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Family Saga / Coming of Age
15th Century / Wars of the Roses
Bearnshaw Series #2
In the sequel to Bearnshaw: Legend of the Whyte Doe, author Natalie Rose departs from the story of Sibyl Bearnshaw to create a new character, her son, Edmund. Edmund never knew his mother, but he knows his father – Edward Plantagenet, now King Edward IV of England. In recognition of his son, Edward assigns Edmund to serve as a page to his brother, Richard of Gloucester, who is also to oversee his education.
Even though only nine years old at the start of the book, we watch as Edmund grows to be a man – we see his first loves, his loyalty to his family, his growing importance and his new-found determination to establish the truth behind the rumours about his mother and, slowly, he learns from people who knew her, and is presented with one of her prized possessions.
The beauty of this tale is its ability to detach itself from the main events of the turbulent times following Edward's death in order to pursue the changes in Edmund's life, whilst not losing the momentum as events accelerate threatening Richard III, the country and, as he soon realises, his own safety. For he is a Plantagenet and, following a failed assassination attempt, he is high on Henry Tudor's list of those who must be eliminated.
Ms Rose does not offer us her version of the fate of the Princes in the Tower, merely a hint or two, and she skillfully presents Richard's reasoning behind his decisions.
I enjoyed this book immensely.
© Richard Tearle
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