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Ravenspur Rise of the Tudors review ´ 105 Dragon 'the man of destiny' who seeks to end the Wars of the Roses His claim will carry him to Bosworth Field There will be silence and the mourning of ueens There will be self sacrifice and terrible betrayals Two royal princes will be put to death There will be an ending and a new royal house will stand over them all. It actually pains me to give this book only 3 12 stars I wish I could give it because I really liked the first three books and I almost did because it did some things that were very important to me rightFor example neither Richard III nor Henry VII was portrayed as a mustache twirling villain who abuses everyone that crosses their path I would even argue that for most of the time both of them were amongst the most likeable characters A huge relief for me because I just like it better when both sides of the conflict have understandable motives and characters to root for even if the author is maybe a bit biased towards one side or family for example I thought it was crystal clear that the author is not fond of the WoodvillesBut somehow towards the end this seemed to fly out of the window I suddenly couldn t understand why Richard was doing the things he did any Especially strange in his POV parts He became totally flat all of sudden As did Edward IV but I think that may have been the author trying to show the reader how his alcoholism affected him Still weird that in one scene he frowns at his children for weeping about their sister s death the year before and yet in the next is super pained about it himself This flatness in particular dragged down the book for me because it s full of scenes surrounding battles Raising banners Planning Waiting for the battle to start The battle Fleeing Betrayal It all gets a bit repetitive with time which is a shame Obviously the battles really happened and I would never want to erase them from the book but give me characters with some depths to root for or be sad about when they die It worked fine in the three books prior Note The highborn people actually all seemed like assholes in the end to modern sensibilites cutting off ears of people doing their jobs burning villages violating sanctuary to slaughter soldiers etc It makes those actions easier to bear when they re otherwise interesting enough to make up for it especially when one has historical people like this at their disposalI do have to say that everything about the battles felt realistic I could see everything in my head very easilyI also sort of missed the women Margaret of Anjou took a backseat compared to the other books which was fine Her story was almost finished Elizabeth Woodville never had a big role but a thankless one But what about Margaret Beaufort Shouldn t she have been a bit prominent Or Anne Neville Also maybe the future ueen Elizabeth of York I think all three of them together don t even reach five pages out of over 450 which is a shameBut then even Henry VII got way less than I expected given The Rise of the Tudors being on the cover Henry VI was fittingly in this case barely a character any and I have honestly no idea why Derry Brewer was even brought back for this view spoilerHis death was so pointless I really thought he was supposed to see House Lancaster restored to the throne when Margaret couldn t hide spoiler Öteki Düşman Olay Levinas Schmitt ve Badiou’da Etik ve Siyaset year before and A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie yet in the next is super pained about it himself This flatness in particular dragged down the book for me because it s full of scenes surrounding battles Raising banners Planning Waiting for the battle to start The battle Fleeing Betrayal It all gets a bit repetitive with time which is a shame Obviously the battles really happened and I would never want to erase them from the book but give me characters with some depths to root for or be sad about when they die It worked fine in the three books prior Note The highborn people actually all seemed like assholes in the end to modern sensibilites cutting off ears of people doing their jobs burning villages violating sanctuary to slaughter soldiers etc It makes those actions easier to bear when they re otherwise interesting enough to make up for it especially when one has historical people like this at their disposalI do have to say that everything about the battles felt realistic I could see everything in my head very easilyI also sort of missed the women Margaret of Anjou took a backseat compared to the other books which was fine Her story was almost finished Elizabeth Woodville never had a big role but a thankless one But what about Margaret Beaufort Shouldn t she have been a bit prominent Or Anne Neville Also maybe the future ueen Elizabeth of York I think all three of them together don t even reach five pages out of over 450 which is a shameBut then even Henry VII got way less than I expected given The Rise of the Tudors being on the cover Henry VI was fittingly in this case barely a character any and I have honestly no idea why Derry Brewer was even brought back for this view spoilerHis death was so pointless I really thought he was supposed to see House Lancaster restored to the throne when Margaret couldn t hide spoiler

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Ravenspur Rise of the Tudors review ´ 105 England 1470 A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand The Yorkist king Edward IV is driven out of England his wife and children forced to seek sanctuary from the House of Lancaster Yet rage and humiliation prick Edward back to greatness He lands at Ravenspur with a half drowned army and his brother Richard at his. Ravenspur is the final book I would think in Conn Iggulden s superb history of the Wars of the RosesThe tale begins with Edward IV of House York returning to England after being chased out by forces Loyal to Henry VI House Lancaster the current King of England But Henry VI is old and frail Edward lands in England at Ravenspur to wage war with the full might of his Plantagenet bloodlinePutting aside any historical judgements of their rule as Kings of England I would just like to point out that there IS something to be said of the Plantagenet bloodline when it comes to war and battle As an aside the Plantagenet line which is from Anjou in France was always of interest to me The name itself is said to derive from Plante Geneste Latin for Broom Plant it s a yellow plant the Counts of Anjou used to wear them on the side of their helmets which was the nickname for Geoffery Count of Anjou and Duke of Normandy Now some historians hailing usually from England and the occasional rogue Princeton guy debate the ACTUAL coming of the Plantagenets to England starting with Henry II 1133 1189 or with King Henry III 1216 1272The reason behind this is the aforementioned Anjou in France bit See the original Plantagenets were really Angevins literally from Anjou This was an old line of powerful French noble families Though France during the 1100 s was not not the nation state of today The reach of the French King wasn t too far outside Paris Thus powerful Duchies like Anjou or Normandy had their own Lords who often rivaled the King of France s power The Angevins sported the three golden lions rampant a sign of their control of England the Duchy of Normandy and the Duchy of Auitane Henry II Richard the Lion Hearted and King John I were all Angevin Kings They spoke French Richard had a smattering of English had extensive holdings in France and through crafty marriages had managed to become a true forceThe Plantagenet line therefore is truly said to start with King Henry III He was born in England and ruled from 1216 1272 His father was King John I This Plantagenet line ends in 1399 with Henry IV House Lancaster forcing Richard II his cousin to abdicate Henry IV is the son of John of Gaunt First Duke Lancaster himself the fourth son of Edward IIIAnyways the whole point of that rambling jaunt through the convoluted world of European Dynastic Gymnastics was to point out that I as a Military Historian have admired the ability of the Plantagenet Kings of England to embody the English concept of Battle King And boy were there some great ones Henry II Richard I the Lion Hearted Edward I Longshanks The Hammer of the Scots and Edward III all were truly warriors of tremendous skill and fearsome physical attributes compared to even other noble Houses of the age In all the varied tomes I ve come across this Plantagenet name and its attendant Battle Kings I keep running across people who remark on their large and powerful frames Kings though they may be it is unwise to judge the Kings of this time by the modern standards These were truly gifted warriors and woe be unto you in these times if you lined up against them in battleOh yeahsorrythe book It s great Um here is a spoiler that s not really a spoiler the Tudors win If this is news to you and you re angry with me please immediately run to the bookstore and buy a History book Now For the rest of you the author tells a great tale of essentially the fight of Edward IV to claim reclaim one could say technically the Crown and for Richard III to keep it For those of you raised to suckle at the teats of Shakespeare you will find a warrior s description of Richard I tend to agree with the author s description rather than the fanciful and no doubt artistic rendition of Richard III as a hunch backed and diabolically nefarious character I believe IMHO that he truly did love his brother Edward But with Edward s death the entire euation changed But that s me I think you should judge for yourself Now stop reading this overly long review and go read this excellent book Mortal Bonds yellow plant the Counts of Anjou used to wear them on the side of their helmets which was the nickname for Geoffery Count of Anjou and Duke of Normandy Now some historians hailing usually from England and the occasional rogue Princeton guy debate the ACTUAL coming of the Plantagenets to England starting with Henry II 1133 1189 or with King Henry III 1216 1272The reason behind this is the aforementioned Anjou in France bit See the original Plantagenets were really Angevins literally from Anjou This was an old line of powerful French noble families Though France during the 1100 s was not not the nation state of today The reach of the French King wasn t too far outside Paris Thus powerful Duchies like Anjou or Normandy had their own Lords who often rivaled the King of France s power The Angevins sported the three golden lions rampant a sign of their control of England the Duchy of Normandy and the Duchy of Auitane Henry II 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Ravenspur Rise of the Tudors review ´ 105 Side Though every hand is against them though every city gate is shut they have come home The brothers York will not go uietly into banishment Instead they choose to attack Yet neither Edward nor Richard realize that the true enemy of York has yet to reveal himself Far away Henry Tudor has become a man He is the Red. Okay this will be short and sweet and will cover the whole series because to be honest there s not much of a difference between the books The Wars of the Roses series is a solid recounting of history and by solid I mean that the reader listener in my case gets a pretty good picture of the roots of the initial conflict and how it escalated into a decades long war that not only decimated the English nobility but also put a huge burden on the common people That s about it really Iggulden forgets however that a story needs relatable characters and there was simply none Well maybe with the exception of Henry VI s spy master Derry Brewer Even the first book s main conflict Jack Cade s revolt that included a huge group of common people unhappy about Henry VI s politics especially the loss of land in France can t breathe life into the storySo all in all it s a repetition of a part of history that I could have read up on Wikipedia What did make me scoff a little was how stereo typically the two main female characters Magaret of Anjou and Katherine Woodeville were portrayed Very one dimensional and in Katherine Woodeville s case almost a caricature in her spite against Richard Neville whilst Neville was the noble brotherfather figure to the three York brothers whose only mistake and ultimate demise was to trust them It just underlines my opinion that history is always open to interpretation depending on what the authorhistorian prefers The narration was good though Hence the second star because it made a rather dour story entertaining enough to listen

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  • Ravenspur Rise of the Tudors
  • Conn Iggulden
  • English
  • 05 August 2020
  • 9780718181437