Pale Rose of England

Pale Rose of England From The Award Winning Author Of The King S Daughter Comes A Story Of Love And Defiance During The War Of The Roses It Is The News Of The Survival Of Richard Plantagenet, Duke Of York, Has Set Royal Houses Ablaze With Intrigue And Rocked The Fledgling Tudor Dynasty With The Support Of Scotland S King James IV, Richard Known To Most Of England As Perkin Warbeck Has Come To Reclaim His Rightful Crown From Henry Tudor Stepping Finally Onto English Soil, Lady Catherine Gordon Has No Doubt That Her Husband Will Succeed In His QuestBut Rather Than Assuming The Throne, Catherine Would Soon Be Prisoner Of King Henry VII, And Her Beloved Husband Would Be Stamped As An Imposter With Richard Facing Execution For Treason, Catherine, Alone In The Glittering But Deadly Tudor Court, Must Find The Courage To Spurn A Cruel Monarch, Shape Her Own Destiny, And Win The Admiration Of A Nation

Sandra Worth is the author of six historical novels chronicling the demise of the Plantagenet dynasty in England and the rise of the Tudors She is the winner of numerous awards and prizes, including three Reviewers Choice Awards For info, visit

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  • Paperback
  • 450 pages
  • Pale Rose of England
  • Sandra Worth
  • English
  • 14 May 2019
  • 9780425238776

10 thoughts on “Pale Rose of England

  1. says:

    History tells us that a young man known as Perkin Warbeck claimed to be the son of Edward IV, one of the lost princes in the tower and the rightful King of England Supported by his aunt Margaret of Burgundy, he eventually came to Scotland and obtained support from King James in his efforts to invade England and regain his lawful crown James gave Richard the hand of Lady Catherine Gordon, and she accompanied him during his second attempt to invade England, which was just as unsuccessful as the first Was Perkin really Richard Duke of York and England s rightful king, or was he a great pretender We ll never know Worth begins her novel in 1497 at the start of Richard s campaign in Cornwall, which quickly peters out as he is unable to rally support among the populace Captured by Henry Tudor s men, they are brought to court and kept on slim leashes and Richard and Catherine play a very tense game of cat and mouse whilst trying to keep their heads intact Catherine fares a bit better as she s taken into Queen Elizabeth s household, but Richard s every move is watched and members of the Tudor court take turns spitting on him and tossing rotten vegetables thus showing us how awful they all are Meantime, mean ole Henry has taken one look at the beauteous Catherine, goes into immediate lust mode and determines to have her for his very own Not quite sure what he planned to do about Queen Elizabeth but oh well Potential readers should be warned that Worth believes Perkin Richard is the true son of Edward IV, no ifs ands or butts about it In case you doubt it, we are constantly reminded about his princely bearing and the drooping Plantagenet eye he s inherited from his ancestors Edward I and Henry III I don t know about you, but I had a hard time swallowing that anyone, whether it be courtier or lowly priest, is up enough on intimate details of the royal family going back that far in time Edward I 17 June 1239 7 July 1307 and Henry III 1 October 1207 16 November 1272 to remember the drooping Plantagenet eye That s a whole lot of generations between them and Richard and I can t find any others having it Just sayin As for Richard and Catherine, I didn t pick up on much chemistry between the two They were married and had one child by the time the book begins, and the back history of their courtship filled out as the story progresses We know that they love each other because we are told they did, but I really didn t pick up on any grand passion between the two I did pick up on a lot of purity, perfection and absolute sugar coated sweetness on Catherine s part, and while Richard might have the bearing of a true king, he sure didn t have a strong nature to go with it He was kinda sic wimpish IMHO but Catherine sure thought he was the cat s meow, Clad in a white silk doublet, a furred cape around his shoulders, and a beaver hat on his sunny hair, Richard, Duke of York, cantered in on a pale war horse, a hand resting on his hip, a smile on his lips She gasped he was the handsomest man she had ever seen And to offset all that purity and goodness is the baddest most evil mean nasty awful bad guy ever Henry Tudor Honestly, every one in this book is either black or white, there are very few shades of gray to be found here I think it s obvious I wasn t as enamoured of this book as some of the other reviewers and to each his own when choosing a book, but this one was just a bit too fluffy for my tastes I was very disappointed that we didn t get a closer look at Elizabeth and what one would expect to be very conflicted emotions how do you choose between your brother or your son I was going to give this book an overall three star rating until the latter third covering Catherine s later years threatened to put me to sleep she spends lots and lots of time in the country One final note and that is on two items in the author s notes 1 English novelist Philippa Gregory, who holds a doctorate in history Erm, a simple bit of Google tells me it s English Lit The historian myth continues 2 Her reason for sending Richard to his execution via boat instead of how it really happened, I plead artistic license in not documenting this last indignity and in depicting him as being taken partway by boat This unfortunate young man had already endured deplorable degradation, and I felt no need to add such instances to the reader s burden I for one could have handled that additional burden.

  2. says:

    I ve got one word for Sandra Worth s new novel Pale Rose of England PHENOMENAL At times heartwarming and at others heart wrenching, this novel runs the gamut of emotions and magnificently details the lives of Catherine Gordon and the man whose identity was at the heart of one of the biggest controversies in England s history.Whether Perkin Warbeck was in fact the lost prince in the tower is a mystery which may never be solved Worth s belief that the man who returned to England in 1495 calling himself Richard Plantagenet was truly the one time heir to the English throne was quite convincing and it s from this point of view that the novel is written Backed by his aunt Margaret, the Duchess of Burgundy and his uncle by marriage King James IV of Scotland, Richard sets out to England with his pregnant wife Catherine to claim his crown back from Henry Tudor But the couple s initial hopefulness is dimmed when the English people fail to rally to his cause and they finally realize that Richard s youth and inexperience are no match to the merciless and tough as nails Henry VII Ultimately, both Richard and Catherine become prisoners of Henry s, where they are subjected to humiliation and degradation at court, culminating to a horrendous ending for Richard.Despite all the fighting and drama, at the heart of Pale Rose of England is love The love shared between Catherine and Richard was legendary and as the reader you can feel all the genuineness and devotion reverberating off the page In fact, the one sentence that has been attributed to Catherine Gordon was her refusal to accept a gift and proposal from Henry VII whom had fallen in love with her , stating It is the man, and not the king, I love Catherine s courage and resilience regardless of the circumstances set before her was inspiring, her belief in her husband was unwavering and her love for him unfaltering This was truly one of the most touching and beautiful novels I have read to date My only advice keep some Kleenex handy If you re like me you ll want to know about the Perkin Warbeck story and Worth has recommended both Ann Roe s book The Perfect Prince and Mary Shelley s The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck A Romance.Favorite Quote Love is worth everything we have to pay.

  3. says:

    So, Perkin Warbeck really was the Duke of York I wonder how the Ricardian author feels about the letter Warbeck wrote to Isabella of Castile in which he detailed his life story about how his unnatural uncle , Richard of Gloucester, murdered his older brother King Edward V, and delivered him Wabreck to the home of an unnamed Nobleman to be dispatched in similar fashion Funnily enough that letter, in which the blame for the deaths of the Princes is laid directly at Richard III s feet, is totally omitted from the story Instead the Tudors get the blame yawn.I like my Historic Fiction to be balanced, based on ALL evidence, and with at least a stab at being fair to all sides This is Ricardian Propaganda at its most vile.

  4. says:

    I read this novel because I wanted to find out about Catherine Gordon but was very disappointed because this book was sugary, candy floss romance and it didn t even do that very well than informative historical fiction What facts were included were questionable at best and ridiculous at worst, because the authors obvious bias and Yorkist agenda were clearly visible Only read this book if you like your historical fiction pink and fluffy, and you don t mind if the characters you are reading about bear little or no resemblance to the historical figures they claim to be If you like your HF novels meaty and reasonably accurate then this is not the book for you.I ve now read three of Ms Worth s novels and I m afraid this will be my last She is clearly not an author for me.

  5. says:

    This may have been good, but I just couldn t read it It did nothing to get my attention to make me want to try harder I started getting an ache in my eye.

  6. says:

    To say that I really enjoyed this book is an understatement The truth is it s an extraordinary story moving, intriguing, confronting, inspiring and beautifully written.The protagonist, Lady Catherine Gordon, is strong and courageous in the face of gut wrenching tragedy Her unquestionable loyalty to her first husband and her ability to move forward in the pursuit of happiness, when most would have crumbled, make her fascinating and inspiring.So involved was I in Catherine s plight that scenes from the story crept into my dreams I was incapable of disconnecting from the events that were so vividly brought to life and expertly woven with accurate period detail.As Lady Catherine s fair haired babe was ripped from her arms, I clutched mine a little tighter.I shared in Catherine s agony as her handsome husband was humiliated, tortured and executed.I found myself rejoicing when love and happiness blossomed once for the Scottish princess and on a number of occasions read through tear stained eyes.Prior to reading this book my loyalties were firmly placed with the Tudors but I must admit that Sandra s story has me questioning my loyalties.A seed of doubt has been planted and now I find myself wondering what if Perkin Warbeck was who he claimed to be What if Henry VII executed the rightful heir to the throne What if he knowingly murdered his wife s brother Little evidence exists to prove that Perkin was a boatman s son as Henry Tudor claimed, apart from a confession extracted under torture And what man would not confess under such unimaginable horrors I believe that evidence exits to suggest that he was than just an impostor, including Henry s own incriminating actions.To find out about Perkin Warbeck read Sandra Worth s article Uncovering the Mystery of Perkin Warbeck find out about this fabulous author read my interview with Sandra here highly recommend this book and look forward to reading of Sandra s work.

  7. says:

    This is the kind of historical novel that reminds me why I love the genre It s meaty, it s exciting, it s engrossing, it s romantic, it s chilling, and it s absolutely un put down able This era reign of Henry VII is one I m wholly unfamiliar with but Worth sets up the story and characters so well, I didn t find myself lost or confused or in need of an encyclopedia.The novel tells the story of Catherine Gordon, a Scottish noblewoman who is married to the man said to be the true King of England, Richard Plantagenet Perkin Warbeck, even though he is branded an imposter by the reigning monarch, Henry VII The plot covered in this novel is exciting enough, but I found Worth s characters to be so interesting and real, I cared about all of them even the horrible Henry VII.The romantic, clearly loving marriage between Catherine and Richard anchored the story for me in an era when I imagine love matches were rare, Worth s depiction of these two made me fall in love with them and made me deeply invested in the survival of their marriage and family At many times, I wished Worth would just lie and give me a few chapters of their bucolic happiness in a country estate, I liked them so much This novel, however, encompasses so much than just their marriage, and is really about Catherine Gordon not the Tudors nor Perkin Warbeck.Worth s skill as an author really shows in the development of Catherine I imagine it must be challenging to imagining a historical figure wholly and envision why they responded or acted the way they did in a way that remains true to history and true to the author s conception of them Worth s Catherine is a complicated woman who responds to the circumstances around her and does what she deems most moral and true to herself, and I found I genuinely liked her even if I didn t agree with her opinions or life choices.I can t recommend this novel enough I just loved it and resented having to work rather than read And, happily, Worth has published five other books for me to go back and devour while I wait for her newest

  8. says:

    Pale Rose of England by Sandra Worth3 StarsHistory holds a number of fascinating mysteries One of those deals with the fate of Edward IV s sons Were they murdered in the Tower If so, by whom Their Uncle Richard The future Tudor King, Henry VII Duke of Buckingham Or..did they actually survive Worth take the position that Perkin Warbeck was indeed the youngest son that young Richard survived, matured, and married Catherine Gordon, niece to King James of Scotland Worth states in her Author s Note that she believes Perkins to truly be Ricahrd IV, and she presents a persuasive case on the surface With so little information left about the central characters I can imagine developing a story like this is gratifying for an author But, Worth s writing style is not for me She is melodramatic, relies on grandiloquent phrases to convey love rather than build emotional connection for the reader, and is incredibly repitive Further, I originally planned to give her credit for her Author s Note I don t take issue when an author takes artistic license as long as it is admitted Worth, to her credit does that I also give her credit for giving both sides of the argument related to the authenticity of Perkins claims As I continued to read, what made me uncomfortable were some obvious inaccuracies That always gives me pause regarding the veracity of the author s other claims I ended up giving it a three because I was completely unaware of how convinced so many people were of Perkins authenticity Of course, there is that Plantangent eye trait that Worth will tell you about over and over, but he would have to present a very convincing case to persuade so many European leaders to his his cause I don t think I would read another work from this author, but I m glad I read this one.

  9. says:

    loved this book it has everything i ever wanted elizabeth of york even if for just a few pages , plantagenet princesses, early tudor england and, of course, richard of shrewsbury i like the author s theory, i think the pretender really was richard or half europe wouldn t have backed him up it just wouldn t make sense for so many kings to support his claim if he were just a boatman s son i loved everything about this book maybe the first 80 90 pages are a little too slow but that s understandable the author likes plantagenets than tudors you can see that after like 5 pages so if you love henry vii, this is probably not the book for you.

  10. says:

    I found this book oddly calming I enjoyed the entire text, but my favorite part was the small section of author commentary at the end It makes you appreciate the amount of work that goes into a historical fiction, but also lets you see, quite transparently, the amount of imagination that can be employed as well.

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