A fictionalized account of the Wars of the Roses beginning at the Battle of Tewkesbury largely from Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond’s, point of view. Christopher Urswicke and Reginald Bray, retainers of the countess, work to help Margaret shield her son Henry Tudor from the triumphant Yorkists who are out to annihilate anyone that could threaten their newly formed dynasty.
Readers who note the subtitle and expect to find Margaret in the role of sleuth will be disappointed. The story is enjoyable and the historical detail solid, but it’s not what the cover leads you to believe. Margaret is not a sleuth here – she is cunning, manipulative, and ruthless – a political player of the highest stakes. A mass murder takes place more than half-way through the narrative, but it is rather quickly solved by Urswicke who plays all sides against one another. More books highlighting the historical feminine POV are always welcome, even if this one treads well worn ground by portraying Margaret as the cold-blooded schemer. Well written but any student of that time period already knows how this story goes and will be quite familiar with this characterization of Margaret.
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