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In 1470, a reluctant Lady Anne Neville is betrothed by her father, the politically ambitious Earl of Warwick, to Edward, Prince of Wales. A gentle yet fiercely intelligent woman, Anne has already given her heart to the prince's younger brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Unable to oppose her father's will, she finds herself in line for the throne of England--an obligatioIn 1470, a reluctant Lady Anne Neville is betrothed by her father, the politically ambitious Earl of Warwick, to Edward, Prince of Wales. A gentle yet fiercely intelligent woman, Anne has already given her heart to the prince's younger brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Unable to oppose her father's will, she finds herself in line for the throne of England--an obligation that she does not want. Yet fate intervenes when Edward is killed at the Battle of Tewkesbury. Anne suddenly finds herself free to marry the man she loves--and who loves her in return. The ceremony is held at Westminster Abbey, and the duke and duchess make a happy home at Middleham Castle, where both spent much of their childhood. Their life is idyllic, until the reigning king dies and a whirlwind of dynastic maneuvering leads to his children being declared illegitimate. Richard inherits the throne as King Richard III, and Anne is crowned queen consort, a destiny she thought she had successfully avoided. Her husband's reign lasts two years, two months, and two days--and in that short time Anne witnesses the true toll that wearing the crown takes on Richard, the last king from the House of York....

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The Reluctant Queen: The Story of Anne of York Reviews

  • Louise
    2018-11-06 21:14

    I got what I wanted on this, which is more context for understanding the rise of Richard III.As far as I can tell, Jean Plaidy sticks with historical record. I had to look up Anne’s kidnapping (the cookshop caper) to see if it actually occurred; I presume much is grafted on to a scant record. I don’t know if Anne visited the imprisoned Margaret of Anjou (but I was surprised her request was to visit Margaret and not her mother).Like the other Plaidy books I’ve read, the story is linear. The people are somewhat linear too, but she fleshes out major roles and relationships, such as Richard’s loyalty to Edward IV; the Duke of Warwick’s wealth (from his wife) and power; the tenacity of Queen Margaret and how the Woodville marriages inflamed those of higher birth.This is highly readable and if you are interested in understanding the War of the Roses, Plaidy books provide a good foundation.

  • Barb
    2018-10-22 00:47

    I wish I had known that Plaidy was going to leave out huge parts of Anne Neville's life in this fictionalization. I just couldn't bring myself to read this, it seemed a little silly to me that Plaidy would omit Anne's first marriage. And I didn't care for the style, too much information communicated to the reader in dialogue, I didn't care for her characterization of Richard. I loved Sharon Kay Penman's version of the story and I couldn't reconcile the two versions, I'll have to try again some day when Penman's story isn't so fresh in my mind.

  • Ikonopeiston
    2018-11-04 01:08

    This is a most unpleasant book. It is badly written with no insight into the psyches of the persons with whom it deals. I gave up on it when the author referred to Richard of Gloucester as "the Little Duke". It is true he was no giant like his brother Edward nor so tall as his other brother George, but I doubt anyone during his time had the temerity to refer to him as 'little'. This is the sort of book which appeals chiefly to the devotees of soppy, illiterate romance fiction. It is not a biography in the true sense of the word but a sort of beach book loosely based on a mostly unknown life. Bah! Not worth the time.

  • Ashley W
    2018-11-05 19:05

    I've been disillusioned by the last few Jean Plaidy books I have read, but this one reminded me why I love her writing. Anne of York, the daughter of the "Kingmaker" Richard Neville and the wife of the infamous Richard III, comes to life within this book, and she felt like a real person instead of someone merely there to tell a story. She actually has a personality, good traits, and flaws. I love Anne's story because she had so many ups and downs in her life and all she wanted was to marry for love, something which was practically unheard of during this time period. The novel is definitely pro-Richard III, which is always an enjoyment, because personally, I don't think he was involved with the plot to murder the princes in the tower. He didn't have anything to gain from it, not like Buckingham or Henry VII. Anyway, Anne meets Richard when they are young children and he is brought up in her father's care to learn military strategy and social graces. From the moment she sees him, Anne falls head over heels in love with him and that love never goes away. Even when her powerful father turns on Richard's brother, Edward IV, and she learns she is to marry the son of Margaret of Anjou and Henry VI, she remains loyal in her love for Richard. When Margaret of Anjou (who Anne comes to admire and even love)'s son dies, Anne and Richard reunite. Everything should have turned out immediately happy for the two lovers, except for one person's involvement: Richard and Edward's other brother,George, Duke of Clarence. He is a very ambitious man who despite scheming for the crown numerous times, always seems to get off because he is the king's brother. George is married to Anne's sister, Isabel, who loves him to the point of distraction, and because Isabel is the elder sister, their father's inheritance mostly goes to her. If Anne married, she would get half of the inheritance. Being the greedy scum he is, he decides to keep her single by drugging her and imprisoning her in a cookshop. Needless to say, I absolutely hated George (and to a certain extent, Isabel, for her blindness towards George's actions) and couldn't wait for that butt of malmsey wine to come up. Soon, Anne and Richard finally marry, and though I knew how the story ends for Anne, Richard, and their young son, I couldn't help but wish for their happiness. They had so much unconditional love for each other, but they underwent so much grief that they truly did seem cursed at the end. Gaining the crown itself was a curse for them as they had to give up their private life for the public life of the court and court intrigues. It made me admire Anne to an extent because I really felt for her. No matter what happened in her life, she persevered through it, which isn't easy, but it makes you stronger. And Anne, though she kind of lost it in her later years, was in certain ways, strong.

  • Marissa
    2018-10-27 17:50

    I had somewhat low expectations when I began listening to the audiobook production for this novel. I have never been particularly interested in Anne Neville or her husband Richard III but I thought I’d give the novel a try. I am glad I did because it was one of the more enjoyable novels by Plaidy that I’ve read. Anne is gentle and sweet and unassuming. Her husband, Richard III, is less loveable but the love between then seemed so natural nonetheless. I was very interested to see how Plaidy would handle the controversy over Richard III’s seizure of the thrown and the fate of the young princes, his nephews, whom he displaced in favor of himself. I figured it would be very difficult to portray this story from the point of view of someone who loved Richard but Plaidy did it gracefully. I’ve been reading a lot of politically-charged his fic lately and this novel was relatively less political than my recent reads so I found that refreshing. Plaidy’s novels all follow a certain format which, at times, I find comforting, and at other times, I find a little boring. Nonetheless they are always worth reading. I always love to see how the pioneering his fic writers handled their historical characters. I recommend this novel to lovers of his fic. It’s not the best novel I’ve ever read but it’s comfortable and enjoyable and a his fic classic.

  • Gary
    2018-10-27 01:53

    Jean Plaidy's Queens of England series give fascinating insight into the lives of their subjects, and combine richly human and sensitive portrayals with attention to detail, and a love of English history.The story of Anne Neville, the sensitive and intelligent daughter of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, who as a little girl falls in love with Richard, Duke of Gloucester, second son of the Duke of York, later to be Richard III.A balanced account of Richard III, portraying him as neither the devil portrayed by Shakespeare and Thomas Moore or the saint that some believe him to have beenEssentially a man changed by power.The real villains of the peace are George, Duke of Clarence, brother of Richard' and King Edward IV.Anne is forced to be betrothed to Prince of Wales Edward, and exiled in France, later becomes a war of Clarence and imprisoned in a cook shop in Chepeside on the orders of Clarence, rescued by Richard, and finally the two are married.But turmoil continues to shadow her life as events put Richard on the throne and political intrigue and conflict continue to dog England.The circumstances of the murder of the two princes in the tower are left open as are the circumstances of Anne's own death at the end of the novel.Rich characterization and depth.

  • Jessica
    2018-11-10 21:05

    History is written by the victors, which is why I have to give the finger to Mr. Shakespeare and his "Richard III." In reality, Richard III and his beloved Anne were two of the most charming, sweet, and tragic lovers in history. This is a beautiful version of their story, if you aren't familiar with it, start here. Anne of York was the only queen of England to have also been a kitchen maid, a gentle, intelligent lady who saw her happiness ripped away time and again, and her story (and Richard's) is utterly fascinating.

  • Susan
    2018-11-03 23:01

    Wars of the Roses

  • Ana T.
    2018-10-21 00:56

    I went searching for a blurb of the story at Random House's site and this what I found is what is written above- I must say that I am a bit puzzled, Anne was not bethrothed to the older brother of her childhood love and Plaidy certainly never made that mistake... The Reluctant Queen is part of a series Plaidy wrote about the Queens of England and it’s the story of Anne Neville, Richard III’s queen. The story is told in the first person and reads like a memoir, as she lays sick and feeling death approach, Anne Neville recounts her life from childhood to Queen of England.She was the youngest daughter of the Earl of Warwick, the Kingmaker, and along with her sister Isabel the richest heiress of England. She spent her childhood in Middleham Castle, one of her father’s properties, and where she met Richard of Gloucester, the youngest son of the Duke of York and brother of the future Edward IV. Plaidy follows the usual route of showing them as a sort of childhood sweethearts but Anne is soon as a political pawn by her father. After Edward IV’s marriage to Elizabeth Woodville the relationship between him and Warwick becomes strained, the Earl wanted to be the power behind the throne and Edward wants to follow his own way. Eventually Warwick changes his allegiance and supports Margaret of Anjou. As Anne’s sister had been married to Clarence, Edward VI’s brother to strengthen political ties, so Anne is married to Margaret’s son Henry in 1470. I found it a bit odd that Plaidy only mentions a betrothal and not a marriage as I was under the impression from other reads that Anne had indeed married Henry. However, when they arrive in England to fight for Henry’s claim to the throne the Earl of Warwick is dead, after the Battle of Tewksbury so is Henry and Anne becomes first a prisoner, and afterwards went to live with her sister Isabel and the Duke of Clarence.Apparently, Clarence wanted to prevent Anne from marrying again and wanted her to stay as his ward so he could control the whole of the Warwick fortune. However, Anne and Richard wanted to marry and to prevent that Clarence has Anne kidnapped. It’s only after Richard finds her working as a maid in a common shop that she is taken to sanctuary and they finally marry in 1472.After her marriage Anne and Richard settle in Middleham Castle. Richard is Governor of the North and they have one child, Edward. While telling her story Anne notes that Middleham is where she feels at home and was most happy. But after Edward IV’s death, when Richard is appointed Lord Protector for his nephews they have to travel to London. Being this Anne’s story, we only see Richard of Gloucester through her loving eyes. But after he becomes king and their son dies Anne is filled with doubts and insecurities. She feels the end is near and is haunted by rumours that the king is poisoning her to marry his niece. I found it interesting that Plaidy really makes us feel that the future will be bleak for both of them.I thought the story was very well written in the sense that it is very clearly explained how the Wars of The Roses started and the complex political events of that time. It was less so when it comes to explain why and how Richard III became king. I had a bit of a problem with Anne as she at times seemed just too perfect. While she may be the object of admiration, I didn’t feel much empathy with her and I missed having a strong character to identify with and feel passionate about. For readers already familiarized with the Wars of The Rose this book will probably not bring anything new but if you are just starting on the subject it might make for an interesting read.Grade: 4/5

  • Stephanie
    2018-10-23 23:47

    I enjoyed this book. One must keep in mind some details are going to be left out or glossed over very quickly. Having read The Sunne in Splendour beforehand, I try to keep in my not all books concerning Richard III can be as wonderfully detailed as that masterpiece.I liked hearing the story, pared down as it is, from Anne's point of view. This is an enjoyable work of historical FICTION. An easy, quick read which I think was worth the time.

  • Yvette
    2018-10-24 20:54

    Interesting that the accusation of poison by Richard is not put to rest. Anne even has her own doubts. I like the Richard of this book. Faithful, loving...the princes seem to still be alive. And this book knocked Elizabeth Woodville a notch or two off the pedestal she has been placed on in my mind.

  • Paola Emilia
    2018-10-23 02:13

    Not the best I've read about Anne Neville although I love Jean Plaidy interesting at some points and boring at others.

  • Phil Syphe
    2018-11-10 01:56

    “The Reluctant Queen” is Anne Neville, second daughter of the famous “King Maker”, the Earl of Warrick, and wife of England’s controversial King Richard III. We see the Wars of the Roses through Anne’s eyes. At least that’s the idea. In fact, for much of the time we read Anne’s second-hand account of events. Sometimes this is done via dialogue, such as when Margaret of Anjou relates her early years with Henry VI, all of which is more for the reader’s benefit than Anne’s, while it’s not really significant to Anne’s story. Other times we have Anne saying, “I heard later …” or “Richard told me that …”, which is sometimes necessary, but often it’s not.The problem with this is that it creates a passive story. We hear reported speech. We’re “told” instead of “shown”. After detailing much of Anne’s early life, the author skips on to about a decade later. Why? Wouldn’t it make more sense to have cut – or at least reduced – the amount of the other characters’ back stories and focused on her heroine?This is a first-person narrative, thus one expects to experience that character’s life, not hear second-hand accounts of the other cast members’ past endeavours. Okay, you may argue that Ms Plaidy skipped over ten years or so because she felt nothing much of interest happened during that time, or because so little is known of Anne Neville from that period, but this is where an author with a good imagination conjures up something to entertain the reader. She proves she can do this during a spell were Anne winds up in a cookshop. This is the least likely section in the whole book to hold any truth, yet it’s one of the most engaging parts. This could’ve been expanded and made even better.Novels that feature Richard III tend to be either for or against the former king. Few strike a realistic balance. Some authors paint him too black, and Ms Plaidy is one who paints him too white. This doesn’t ruin her characterisation of Richard by any means, but it does spoil it a little.I’ve read many different books on the Wars of the Roses – fiction and non-fiction – and this one ranks somewhere in the middle. Despite all the above criticisms, “The Reluctant Queen” does have merit, and it was worthwhile reading it … but just the once.

  • Christine Cazeneuve
    2018-11-10 19:10

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book even if it was a bit more romanticized then I believe the relationship between Anne Neville and Richard III truly was. I love this author and so far she has not disappointed.

  • Danielle
    2018-10-18 21:08

    Anne Neville was a lady born in a time of uncertainity and war. Despite the events she wazs involved in, there is little known about her, personally and even though I'm a huge fan of Jean Plaidy, it showed. It felt more like the telling of every person rather than Anne. Many conversations were of Richard, for example, telling her the coversation between him and Edward IV. She, herself, is blank.The character is plain, boring and it's hard to feel any kind of emotion towards her. She does not have many friends, Isabel - her sister, was self-centered and naive, as the women seem to be. I do not believe for one moment that Anne was the only intelligent woman at that time, and as the novel continued, even she lost her common sense.We see much of Richard III, who is shown to be a weak, socially awkward character - honestly, one would expect this. He comes across as the loyal brother he was during Edward IV reign and it's nice to see him a new and positive light. And while I'm usually big on consistent characters, he did not change much and personally, I think it's a little far fetched. The deeds that happen during the very short reign of Edward V are rash and somewhat, illegal yet Anne is very much OK if not understanding about her husband's actions. And as the story of the Princes of the Tower unfolds (and mentioned once)it is clear that Anne is either plain foolish or doing some serious repression.Anne becomes weaker as she gets older and she blames herself and thinks that Richard blames her for her weak body and weak son. Whether this is true is debatable but considering Richard's behaviour towards being King, it is interesting to argue both sides.Other characters worth mentioning are:George, Duke of Clarence, a well constructed character and just what I would imagine, Edward IV, the boistorous and life loving King who was not as big as character as perhaps could have been, Anne's mother and sister, quiet and a little pointless, who are thought of as weak and naive (much like Anne in her later life) and Margaret of Anjou, an interesting character, a little predictable to be honest. but still, a decent enough character.While not the best of Plaidy's work, still a decent enough read. Not really of Anne Neville, the focus was primarily on Richard and what Richard was doing, where he was? However, an alternative twist.

  • Zoe
    2018-10-22 21:17

    Interesting in its entirely pro-Richardian tone, though the point of recent historical fiction has arguably been to reexamine those about whom little is known or only one side given. Plaidy was at the forefront of this wave or trend. It's believable that a woman in love with Richard from such a young age could easily be an apologist for his ambitions and subsequent actions, but Anne of York portrays his every action as entirely due to Richard's sense of duty to his brother (Edward IV) and the crown of England. The only part that really whacked me over the head as untrue ("didn't ring true" isn't strong enough) was all the discussion of the War of the Roses and its origins in a garden with the opposing sides picking flowers and so on. It wasn't known as the War of the Roses until centuries later. It was just civil war, or occasionally the Cousins' War. Setting aside that anachronism...Anne has objections to her fate of being shuffled between the sides as a marriage pawn but can't really do much about it. When she does end up with Richard it's good for us readers that he considers her an extension of himself so he can speak freely, giving us a lot of history and plot exposition (slight sarcasm intended). For all her knowledge and intelligence as a partner of one of the leading men of the day, no matter whether you like him or not, she generally has a very traditional role. She objects to it occasionally, as when she might have to marry the other side, but never takes action against what she sees as inevitable. Well, with the one exception of a pseudo-attempt to run away from her sister and "guardian" the smarmy Duke of Clarence, and if that isn't told as a morality tale against acting against those in power I don't know what is.Generally Anne is what women of her day would be expected to be, a marriage pawn and help to their husband once married off. It's interesting that it's almost refreshing to not have a bold, rebellious heroine doing what we'd expect a modern, empowered woman to do in an entirely different society, an eye-rollingly frequent occurrence in lesser historical fiction.

  • Mrs. C.
    2018-10-18 20:56

    Definitely pro-Ricardian, this novel tells Richard's story from the point of view of his childhood friend/cousin/wife, Anne Neville. Told in the first person, it basically begins with the Readeption of Henry VI, which her father (Warwick the Kingmaker) engineered, and presents her as intended for Henry's son but never married. It handles the story of Richard's two illegitimate children, Clarence's death (it's an accident here), Edward's death, the arrests and executions of the Woodvilles and Hastings, the calumny against Richard's mother, the role of Stillington, Buckingham's rebellion, and the death of Richard and Anne's son. Of course, it must end with the death of the narrator, but before the end, it deals with the Elizabeth of York issue, moving toward the idea that Richard began to eye Elizabeth after his son died and he realized he would not have an heir with Anne. I thought Plaidy did dream up some plausible explanations for the many mysteries involved with this story, but like most stories about Richard's reign, it has a hard time keeping up Richard's saintly image in the months and years following King Edward IV's death. I could recommend this book to high school students, and found it to be fairly easy to follow for the most part, even if one did not know much about the Wars of the Roses at the outset. However, ease of reading decreased toward the end. It definitely kept my interest. My main disappointment is that it left the story of the princes in the Tower up in the air. I presume the author was able to leave that question unanswered, assuming that their disappearance happened after Anne's death.

  • Angie
    2018-11-15 20:00

    This is between a 3.5 and 4 star book...I am a big Jean Plaidy fan, but I was a bit disappointed in this book. I can't really blame her, though. It is all Philippa Gregory's fault! I loved her book The White Queen and loved how Elizabeth Woodville was portrayed. I had never at that point had read anything about her. This book about Anne Neville was much the same story, but from the "enemies" eyes. Anne paints an awful picture of Elizabeth and her family. You get all the bad and none of the good. That was hard to read for me because I liked her! But, maybe it is justified...As she is telling the story we should expect nothing less, I guess. King Edward IV is portrayed the same, but as a bigger philanderer.I think the book was interesting and I learned some things about Anne Neville that aren't brought out in Gregory's The White Queen. Was she really kidnapped and made to work in a cookshop? Plaidy's work is usually more fact than ficiton so I am guessing that story to be true. In all fairness, if I had read this first I might not have loved White Queen as much, but so to speak, the damage has been done! This book is told in first person narrative, and was easy enough reading, but the ending leaves something to be desired. It ends when our storyteller dies, so King Richard is still on the throne and it gives us no closure on the ending of his reign. It is a little too abrupt. As far as Plaidy's writing goes, it is usually good with a few exceptions. This was not one of my favorites, but mainly for reasons listed above.

  • Destinee
    2018-10-21 20:12

    The Reluctant Queen: The Story of Anne of York, is a novel describing the life of Lady Anne Neville from childhood until death. This novel describes all of the good and bad events which took place throughout her life and during her reign as the Queen of England. This novel will be best suited for any students from grades 8 and up because of the vocabulary it uses, which many eighth graders and higher will already be accustomed with, hopefully. I believe this book wouldn't be very valuable as an educational or sociological standpoint, it gives students a little insight on what happens during the reign of a king and queen, but it was mostly all fiction and less educational. I think the author was trying to show how a ones life might be when they're from of a family of high standing in England during the 1400s. I feel there is no theme or lesson to be learned from this book because it focused mainly on the things going on in Anne's life and not about what was happening with the King until the end of the book where she was the new Queen, and even then I believe there was nothing to learn from that. This book was more of a book focused on drama and romance. I enjoyed all the drama that took place but I disliked the lack of a lesson, when reading a book I want to be left with a life lesson and I did not find one within this novel.

  • Andrea
    2018-11-02 23:02

    I greatly enjoyed this novel! It allowed me to see the events of the War of the Roses from Richard III's perspective, a view so often ignored by historians. It was refreshing to see his romantic and more human side, expressed in his encounters with Anne.However, the author was biased towards this side. First, Richard is portrayed in significant detail as being a loyal brother, in awe of Edward, ready to serve him, etc. Then, when he dies, he disinherits his son Edward and takes the crown. His excuse is that the marriage to Elizabeth Woodville was null, and that Richard felt a moral obligation to assume the throne as the rightful heir. Oh please. Nobody would have these moral qualms. It just wasn't.. believable. Plaidy should have expanded more on the idea of the Woodville faction's growing influence. This is why Richard felt threatened, possibly paranoid, and decided to take action.I was confused as to the nature of Anne's relationship with Edward of Westminster. Plaidy makes it seem like they were only betrothed, and a marriage did not happen because he died in battle. However, most sources consider their marriage as valid, and list Edward as her first spouse.In general, this is a great book, especially for supporters of Richard III.

  • Jeanne
    2018-11-03 20:59

    This is the story of Lady Anne Neville, who would eventually become Queen of England by way of her marriage to Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Her father the ambitious Earl of Warwick was a kingmaker of King Edward. When he falls from grace he be troves Lady Anne to Edward, Price of Wales. Anne does not want to marry Edward but has now choice in the matter. However, Edward is killed in battle before the marriage takes place and she is free to Marry the man she loves and who loves her. After the ceremony the Duke and Duchess make their home at Middleham Castle. They are most happy there as when they both lived their as children. The reigning king Edward dies and Richard is to raise and guide Edward's son, Edward on the throne. When the little Edward is deemed to be illegitimate. Richard inherits the throne as King Richard III, and Anne is crowned queen consort. Anne had her good and bad times trying to grow to adulthood and I think she was a good queen even thought she would have preferred to live at Middleham as a wife and mother.

  • Sheree
    2018-10-28 01:48

    3.5 stars for this one. I did enjoy the story of Lady Anne Neville (Anne of York) told in first person narrative. In 15th Century England the War of the Roses has ended, the war between the houses of Lancaster and York for the throne of England. With the support of the Earl of Warwick (the Kingmaker), King Henry VI of the house of Lancaster is deposed by the charismatic King Edward IV, former Duke of York. Anne the daughter of the Earl of Warwick goes on to become Queen of England as the wife of King Richard III (Edward's brother).Not a descriptive tale, Plaidy's factual writing style is quite cold but certainly informative and conducive to reading more of that period. This style also worked in Plaidy's depiction of Richard, a portrayal without the rumour and innuendo that usually surrounds King Richard III. As much as I did like the novel, it was an interesting read but I was not emotionally drawn in, hence my reason for not giving this book 4 stars

  • Elizabeth
    2018-11-17 20:02

    I found Jean Plaidy's fictionalization of Anne Neville unimaginative given the many extraordinary events of Anne's life that she could have drawn on. The way the story is told, from Anne's perspective looking back from her deathbed, makes it woefully passive. Historically it was relatively accurate with the exception of one significant departure. While the idea that the Duke of Clarence had Anne kidnapped and forced into a situation as a kitchen maid is laughable, it did make me think a little bit of what it would be like for a high born lady to see how ordinary people lived. I wish that Plaidy had used this part to better explore the class differences that would have been prevalent. As it was, Anne more or less forgot the entire incident as soon as it was over. This book was sorely lacking insight into the characters actions and decisions, I wish she had written Anne to a point where she was more involved in things instead of constantly having them explained to her.

  • Crystal
    2018-11-04 21:47

    Many history lovers are familiar with the general story of Richard III, but less so with his queen consort, Anne Neville. As their lives are quite intertwined from the beginning, this story really follows the two of them from early childhood through their adulthood, marriage, and beyond.The book talks a lot about the political climate during this time in British history – we cover threats from the Lancastrians, to the York reign, back to plots against the Yorkists from a variety of individuals. It’s a wonder that Richard was even able to hold onto the throne for as long as he was, given the fact that his beloved brother, Edward IV, had so many problems despite his popularity.To read the rest of my review, please visit my blog.

  • Robin
    2018-11-15 22:01

    This is written from Anne Neville's point of view, future wife of King Richard III. It paints Richard in a much different light than what we've been given in most literature that deals with this king. Everyone generally pictures a hunchbacked or slightly deformed, evil man who had his nephews killed so he could be king when they think of Richard III. This book really takes all that away. It really makes it seem like he had good intentions, even though it does leave it open to the possibility that he had more sinister ideas that his devoted wife wasn't aware of. Yet another very good read from this author. I continue to enjoy her historical fiction about different people through British history.

  • Amanda
    2018-10-25 19:56

    I started this book some time ago and just never got into it enough to finish. So a couple of weeks ago I saw the book and decided to start over from the beginning and then couldn't put it down. I think it helps that I had read the White Queen by Phillipa Gregory because the story is of the same conflicts but from another character so I loved getting the perspective from the other side. By the way, I have read several of Jean Plaidy books on the various queens of England that I don't have reviews on since they were read long before I started goodreads so I want to mention that she's a great author and all of her books are worth reading.

  • Stacy Brunner
    2018-11-09 21:14

    I loved, loved Jean Plaidy books when I was in the YA age range. I wish these books were geared toward young adults because I could rate it higher. The historical information is not covered in much detail. You get the chronology, but you don't get to really chew on the missing bits and mysteries that history leaves for us. The characters are not developed with much substance and in fact, I think they are portrayed as being "nicer" or "friendlier" than they actually were. But I think for young people, it's still a good book to get them hooked on history. There aren't racy love scenes or bloody battles.

  • Juliana Ortega
    2018-11-09 21:51

    The book describes the life of Lady Anne Neville she is the daughter of the Earl of Warwick. Lady Anne Neville had many ups and downs throughout her life and she knows she is going to pass soon so she decides to write down all of her memories. I think this novel would be best for 8th graders and or 9th graders. I feel that at that age you see things with different perspectives because you are growing and becoming mature. This novel is very educational because it shows all of the downs Lady Anne had in her life. there is no theme or lesson to be learned from this book. what i enjoyed most about the book was that there was lots of family drama which made it interesting to read.

  • Rebecca
    2018-11-15 23:16

    This was really a story of the War of the Roses, told from the perspective of Anne of York. Since she wasn't much involved, there was a lot of "I found out later..." comments. I love historical novels that write from different perspectives - but the history is always best as a backdrop to the characters and not vice versa. Since Anne dies before the War of the Roses is complete, I felt the book ended before the story was done, even though the main character was now dead. Strangely unsatisfying.

  • Cati
    2018-10-21 01:05

    I will just say that it was a nice way to find out some historical stuff. Though, other than that, the book is not remarkable in any way. Predictable dialog, flat characters. Also, somehow I remember Richard IIIrd from English history and his potrayal was..well...unconvincing to say the least, actually I found it a bit offensive as compared to the historical evidence existing outthere. I know this is supposed to be some sort of a historical romance, but I believe it fails to some extent even there.