Elizabeth of York: The Last White Rose

Tudor Rose Novel 1

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Pub Date 12 May 2022 | Archive Date 26 May 2022
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The captivating new historical novel from Alison Weir, Sunday Times bestselling author of the Six Tudor Queens series .

'With Elizabeth of York, Alison Weir gives us her most compelling heroine yet... This is where the story of the Tudors begins and is historical fiction at its absolute best' TRACY BORMAN

'One of the great women of history... History has the best stories and they should all be told like this' CONN IGGULDEN

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Mother. Survivor. Queen.

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AN ENGLISH PRINCESS, BORN INTO A WAR BETWEEN TWO FAMILIES.

Eldest daughter of the royal House of York, Elizabeth dreams of a crown to call her own. But when her beloved father, King Edward, dies suddenly, her destiny is rewritten.

Her family's enemies close in. Two young princes are murdered in the Tower. Then her uncle seizes power - and vows to make Elizabeth his queen.

But another claimant seeks the throne, the upstart son of the rival royal House of Lancaster. Marriage to this Henry Tudor would unite the white rose of York and the red of Lancaster - and change everything.

A great new age awaits. Now Elizabeth must choose her allies - and husband - wisely, and fight for her right to rule.

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PRAISE FOR THE SIX TUDOR QUEENS SERIES:

'This series is a serious achievement' The Times

'Weir is excellent on the little details that bring a world to life' Guardian

'This brilliant series has brought Henry VIII's six wives to life as never before' Tracy Borman

'Profoundly moving... lingers long after the last page' Elizabeth Fremantle

'Well researched and engrossing' Good Housekeeping

'Vivid characters and a wonderful sense of time and place' Barbara Erskine

'Hugely enjoyable . . . Alison Weir knows her subject and has a knack for the telling and textural detail' Daily Mail

The captivating new historical novel from Alison Weir, Sunday Times bestselling author of the Six Tudor Queens series .

'With Elizabeth of York, Alison Weir gives us her most compelling heroine...


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Eldest daughter of the royal House of York, Elizabeth dreams of a crown to call her own. But when her beloved father, King Edward, dies suddenly, her destiny is rewritten. Her family's enemies close in. Two young princes are murdered in the Tower. Then her uncle seizes power - and vows to make Elizabeth his queen. But another claimant seeks the throne, the upstart son of the rival royal House of Lancaster. Marriage to this Henry Tudor would unite the white rose of York and the red of Lancaster - and change everything. A great new age awaits. Now Elizabeth must choose her allies - and husband - wisely, and fight for her right to rule.

A new book from Weir is always such a treat and this was no exception. Weir's new series focuses on three generations of the Tudor family and we begin with Elizabeth of York. This period is one of my favourites so I always enjoy books set during this time but Weir brings that extra bit of magic to her books. The people and places are captured and brought to life vividly. It is a joy to read and even though we know the ending, proves to be a tense read as well.

Weir really brings the people to life in this book, I could imagine them and enjoyed getting inside their head and thinking how they may have done. Of course, any book like this requires artistic licence but Weir's theories are plausible and well thought out. Everything was just perfection.

'Elizabeth of York' is a fantastic start to Weir's new series and I highly recommend this. I cannot wait for the next book!

Thank you to NetGalley and Headline for an advance copy.

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Elizabeth of York, the Last White Rose, is the first installment in a new series for Alison Weir and a strong start.

The eldest daughter of Edward IV, Elizabeth is destined for a crown; however, rather than the queen of France, she becomes the matriarch of the Tudor destiny after a series of intrigue, conflict, and most likely murder.

From the opening chapter, the reader is plunged into the dangerous world of War of the Roses through the founding of the Tudor dynasty and the sad closing chapter. Elizabeth lived through some of the defining moments of English history, and Weir takes us through them all. She was connected to some of the most divisive figures: Elizabeth Woodville, Richard III, the Princes in the Tower, and her husband, Henry VII. These figures are well-handled, although some might object to her handling of Richard and the two princes. However, it is believable.

At times the pacing is inconsistent, and I confess I did find some of Elizabeth's relationship with Henry VII a little too sentimental. Nevertheless, this was a brilliant read and one I would recommend.

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I love Alison Weir both fiction and non fiction and i Really enjoyed this work of fiction. It was enthralling and captivating. This is a woman that is rarely spoek about in history and yet one of the most famous families in history was born by her. It was a fascinating read and I cannot wait for more.

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Elizabeth of York , the Last White Rose by Alison Week

Eldest daughter of the royal House of York, Elizabeth dreams of a crown to call her own. But when her beloved father, King Edward, dies suddenly, her destiny is rewritten.
Her family's enemies close in. Two young princes are murdered in the Tower. Then her uncle seizes power - and vows to make Elizabeth his queen.
But another claimant seeks the throne, the upstart son of the rival royal House of Lancaster. Marriage to this Henry Tudor would unite the white rose of York and the red of Lancaster - and change everything.

Another wonderful , full of interesting history title by Alison Week . Her breadth of historical knowledge is epic.
I really enjoyed hearing about Elizabeth of York and her uncle's betrayal of the king and his family.
A brilliant read.
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The author dives straight in, with an exciting start, where the royal family are obliged to seek sanctuary. I really enjoyed the novel and I could not put it down until I had finished it. A fantastic read, as one would expect from this author. Highly recommended. Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for giving me a copy of the book.

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It's always a good day when I get a new Alison Weir novel to read. From experience I know I am going to enjoy the book and this latest in her long line of historical novels did not let me down.
Historical novels are all about the people involved, what they did, how they reacted, what they thought and what prompted their actions. The ending is already known. This is historical fact, not historical fantasy. The skill is getting inside the mind of a person who lived half a century ago and bringing them to life.
Alison Weir has mastered this technique brilliantly.
Before reading this novel I could have told you some basic facts about Elizabeth of York. I was aware she married Henry VII, and she was the mother of Henry VIII but I had no real idea about who she was. Alison Weir has fleshed out the skeleton and made Elizabeth a real live person with hopes and ambitions of her own.
This novel was a treat to read and I am already looking forward to when more books in this series are published.

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Suspicion,intrigue,murder welcome to a Tudor rollercoaster ride.

A masterpiece brilliantly researched with a cast of thousands

.After being pawns in a deadly game of chess Elizabeth Woodville( junior) and Henry Tudor negotiate the post Bosworth rocks as Queen and King .in a brilliant marriage.Sadly they lose children and others along the way including their much loved heir apparent.

Alison gives a plausible solution to the princes in the tower mystery ,Elizabeths brothers, and recreates the sadness that must have brought her very sympathetically. Personally I've never bought the theory that it was organised by Margaret Beaufort.

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It is the end of the Wars of the Roses and the beginning of the Tudor period.
Elizabeth of York, The Last White Rose by Alison Weir is an enjoyable and fascinating account of a turbulent time in English history as seen through the eyes of Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville.

First as a child and latterly as an adult, Elizabeth knows, and furthermore wants, to marry a powerful man who will one day be King, so that she will become a Queen and have her family around her. This is not arrogance on Elizabeth’s part but what she has been brought up to expect as a King’s daughter. Alison Weir convincingly conveys this certainty in Elizabeth and I found I warmed to the character very much, as a woman who does not shy away from what is required of her.

The narrative, which covers many years, positively races along and is an evocative illustration of court politics, family infighting and the power and importance of the church in everyday life at that time. The story is atmospheric and brings to life what it must have been like for Elizabeth. I especially liked the way that, as Elizabeth grows up she starts to regard her parents, particularly her mother, in a new light.

The story of how Elizabeth survives the intrigue and battles between the feuding houses of England and abroad, illustrates how precarious the hold on the throne is during this period. All decisions made by her father and her eventual husband relate to the need to hold the throne.

The most compelling aspect for me was the inspirational nature of this book. It has really made me want to learn more about the period and whilst the names of all the characters and familial connections can be a little confusing at first, it does soon becomes clearer.

I really enjoyed this novel and can thoroughly recommend it. I look forward to more in the series.

Thank you to Netgalley and Headline for allowing me to review this book

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Captivating and beautifully written. As always with Alison Weir I can rely on amazing historical research and accurate facts wrapped up in a gift of a story. Absolutely stunning and I wanted it to never end.

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The story of Henry VIII's mother - a life well lived.
Alison Weir's books are always well-researched and a joy to read. The marriage of Elizabeth of York to Henry VII signified the end of the long-running Wars of the Roses and meant relative peace for England. This fictional account of her life is moving, fast-paced and makes you want to read on through joy and tragedy. There's lots of detail about day-to-day life at court and her loving relationship with her parents and siblings, her husband, Henry VII and their children. If you enjoyed her Six Tudor Queens series, try this one. Another historical masterpiece from Alison Weir.

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This was totally and utterly enthralling

🏵️I've long been a huge fan of the Tudor period but all my knowledge begins with the rein of Henry VIII, so this was a real educational journey for me.

🏵️This novel is about Elizabeth of York who was Henry VIIIs mother. It gives us a wonderous insight into Elizabeth's childhood as a Princess as the daughter of Edward lV and on to her marriage to Henry VIl.

🏵️5 years ago I went through a phase of loving this genre of historical fiction but I've not touched on it since. After a visit to The Tower of London two weeks ago I was inspired to revisit books of this ilk so I leapt at the chance to read an ARC of this novel.

🏵️I'm so grateful to Alison Weir for bringing history to life in this glorious story. This is an absolute must for an history fan. This book has left me desperate for more of the same

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Another brilliant novel by Alison Weir in the first of her Tudor Rose series. I will always read books about the Tudors and Weir's are amongst the very best. She is so good at animating her historical subjects and making their daily lives so interesting and compelling, even when you know how it all ends. Thank you Netgalley for this advance read.

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