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Blood Sisters

The Women Behind The Wars Of The Roses

By Sarah Gristwood

To contemporaries, the Wars of the Roses were known collectively as a “cousins’ war.” The series of dynastic conflicts that tore apart the ruling Plantagenet family in fifteenth-century England was truly a domestic drama, as fraught and intimate as any family feud before or since.

As acclaimed historian Sarah Gristwood reveals in Blood Sisters, while the events of this turbulent time are usually described in terms of the male leads who fought and died seeking the throne, a handful of powerful women would prove just as decisive as their kinfolks’ clashing armies. These mothers, wives, and daughters were locked in a web of loyalty and betrayal that would ultimately change the course of English history. In a captivating, multigenerational narrative, Gristwood traces the rise and rule of the seven most critical women in the wars: from Marguerite of Anjou, wife of the Lancastrian Henry VI, who steered the kingdom in her insane husband’s stead; to Cecily Neville, matriarch of the rival Yorkist clan, whose son Edward IV murdered his own brother to maintain power; to Margaret Beaufort, who gave up her own claim to the throne in favor of her son, a man who would become the first of a new line of Tudor kings.

A richly drawn, absorbing epic, Blood Sisters is a tale of hopeful births alongside bloody deaths, of romance as well as brutal pragmatism. It is a story of how women, and the power that women could wield, helped to end the Wars of the Roses, paving the way for the Tudor age—and the creation of modern England.

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2013

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Format: Book
Author: Gristwood, Sarah
Title: Blood sisters : the women behind the Wars of the Roses / Sarah Gristwood.
Publisher Date: New York : Basic Books, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, [2013], ©2013.
Subject: Plantagenet, House of Margaret, of Anjou, Queen, consort of Henry VI, King of England, 1430-1482. York, Cecily, Duchess of, 1415-1495. Elizabeth, Queen, consort of Edward IV, King of England, 1437?-1492. Anne, Queen, consort of Richard III, King of England, 1456-1485. Margaret, of York, Duchess, consort of Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, 1446-1503. Elizabeth, Queen, consort of Henry VII, King of England, 1465-1503 Beaufort, Margaret, Countess of Richmond and Derby, 1443-1509 Great Britain -- History -- Wars of the Roses, 1455-1485 Great Britain -- History -- Henry VII, 1485-1509
Isbn: 9780465018314 (hard cover : alk. paper)
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Format: Book
Author: Gristwood, Sarah
Title: Blood sisters : the women behind the Wars of the Roses / Sarah Gristwood.
Publisher, Date: New York : Basic Books, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, [2013], ©2013.
Description: xxv, 390 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Subjects: Plantagenet, House of
Subjects: Margaret, of Anjou, Queen, consort of Henry VI, King of England, 1430-1482.
Subjects: York, Cecily, Duchess of, 1415-1495.
Subjects: Elizabeth, Queen, consort of Edward IV, King of England, 1437?-1492.
Subjects: Anne, Queen, consort of Richard III, King of England, 1456-1485.
Subjects: Margaret, of York, Duchess, consort of Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, 1446-1503.
Subjects: Elizabeth, Queen, consort of Henry VII, King of England, 1465-1503
Subjects: Beaufort, Margaret, Countess of Richmond and Derby, 1443-1509
Subjects: Great Britain -- History -- Wars of the Roses, 1455-1485
Subjects: Great Britain -- History -- Henry VII, 1485-1509
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-370) and index.
LCCN: 2012044813
ISBN: 9780465018314 (hard cover : alk. paper)
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Call Number: 942.04092 Gri