Elizabeth of York was the daughter of Edward IV, niece of Richard III, wife of Henry VII, and mother of Henry VIII, Margaret, Queen of Scotland, and Mary, Queen of France. But what was she like as a person? In Plantagenet Princess, Tudor Queen: The Story of Elizabeth of York, Samantha Wilcoxson brings the matriarch of the Tudor Dynasty to life for readers of historical fiction.
I continue to be fascinated with the Tudors and Tudor era of history, so it isn’t surprising that this novel immediately appealed to me even before I read its description. Not having read a book that focused on Elizabeth of York made this an even bigger must-read for me.
The story is told in two sections: Part I–Plantagenet Princess and Part II–Tudor Queen. The one constant throughout both sections of the book was intrigue, particularly involving what happened to the Princes in the Tower (Elizabeth’s brothers Edward and Richard) who vanished and were presumed murdered—a mystery that continues to endure centuries later. (I enjoyed the author’s imagining of what happened to the Princes, by the way. The timing of the ‘revelation’ was perfect!) Another constant was the conflict Elizabeth often feels regarding Henry’s actions to retain the throne. It was so easy to put myself in Elizabeth’s shoes and imagine how torn she must feel over her loyalties to her family and her husband, and being forced to choose between them time and again.
Wilcoxson’s writing is fantastic, and I adored the descriptions of events happening within the Tudor Court, and the various locations or general surroundings Elizabeth found herself in. Dialogue between characters was easy to follow and consistent, and Elizabeth’s inner thoughts made perfect sense in relation to the conversation at hand. These aren’t things I’d ordinarily make a point of mentioning in a review, but as these things were greatly lacking in something I recently reviewed, it stood out to me while reading this book.
This is the first book in the Plantagenet Embers series. I’m currently reading book two, Faithful Traitor: The Story of Margaret Pole, which I’ll be reviewing sometime later this month. Based on what I’ve read so far? It’s a sure bet I’ve found a new historical fiction author to follow. Hooray!
I’m definitely recommending this book to historical fiction fans.
Author: Samantha Wilcoxson
Title: Plantagenet Princess, Tudor Queen: The Story of Elizabeth of York
Series: Plantagenet Embers #1
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: August 6, 2015 by BooksGoSocial
Rating: 5 stars
About the Book
She was the mother of Henry VIII and wife of Henry VII, but who was Elizabeth of York? Raised as the precious eldest child of Edward IV, Elizabeth had every reason to expect a bright future until Edward died, and her life fell apart.
When Elizabeth’s uncle became Richard III, she was forced to choose sides. Should she trust her father’s brother and most loyal supporter or honor the betrothal that her mother has made for her to her family’s enemy, Henry Tudor?
The choice was made for her on the field at Bosworth, and Elizabeth the Plantagenet princess became the first Tudor queen.
Did Elizabeth find happiness with Henry? And did she ever discover the truth about her missing brothers, who became better known as the Princes in the Tower?
Lose yourself in Elizabeth’s world in Plantagenet Princess Tudor Queen.
About the Author
Writer of historical fiction and sufferer of wanderlust, SAMANTHA WILCOXSON enjoys exploring the lives of historical figures through both research and visiting historic places. Certain that no person is ever purely good or evil, she strives to reveal the deep emotions and motivations of those she writes about, enabling readers to connect with historical figures in a unique way. Samantha is an American writer with British roots and proud mother of three amazing teenagers. She can frequently be found lakeside with a book in one hand and glass of wine in the other.