Exploring what's "new" on the historical shelves
Can't get enough Downton Abbey? Although Downton-like fiction is
still rarer than the more literary multi-generation family secret-type (don't
worry; more new Downton-type stories are coming) here are a few
keep you going between seasons.
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We've gone from the medieval match of Charles V of England to the final moments
of Richard III's disputed reign. Now, to the resolution of the struggle!
Elizabeth of York, who ended the bloodshed by uniting the two warring
factions, is the featured heroine of several novels. Daughter of Edward IV, she
wed Henry Tudor, exiled knight who defeated Richard III at the Battle of
Bosworth Field to become Henry VII Read More...
The previous column
focused on the personages who began the Wars of the Roses,
from Henry VI's claim for the throne being challenged by his cousin
Richard of York until the death of Edward IV. Now the stage is
set for the final decisive struggle between the Plantagenet heirs, represented
by Edward IV's brother Richard, and the Read More...
The old story goes that during the tumultuous days of fighting between rival
branches of the English ruling Plantagenet family, courtiers wanting to make
their loyalties known wore a white rose if they favored Richard of York, a red
one if they supported the Lancastrian Henry. For nearly 500 years since, the
struggle for the throne known as the Wars of the Roses has riveted the attention
of historians—and novelists.
Of particular interest Read More...
Borgia, the character who has captured the most attention in fiction
about the Renaissance is Catherine de Medici. Daughter of one of Italy’s
most important families, to secure a political alliance, she was bartered in
marriage to Henri, second son of King François of France. When the Dauphin of
France died, her husband Henri became king.
Like Read More...
"Over a decade in the making, the Showtime Original Series The
Borgias is the Read More...