Publish Date: February 1, 2011
Origins: From Publisher for Review
Format: Trade Paperback
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Synopsis: 1947: The new of the survival of Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York, has thundered across Europe, setting royals houses ablaze with intrigue and rocking the fledgling Tudor dynasty. With the keen support of Scotland's kid, Richard - known in England as Perkin Warbeck - has come to reclaim his rightful crown from Henry Tudor, accompanied by his beloved Catherine. Based on a prophecy by a soothsayer that Catherine would be loved by a king, she believes Richard will succeed in his quest. Instead, Catherine would soon be prisoner of King Henry VII, and her beloved husband would, unimaginably, be stamped as an imposter.
As a favored lady-in-waiting to the queen, Catherine keeps Richard close to her hear, unwavering in her loyalty. Her dazzling beauty brings unwanted affection from a jealous king and enmeshes her in a terrifying royal love triangle. With her husband facing execution for treason, Catherine, alone in the glittering but deadly Tudor Court, must find the courage to spurn a cruel monarch and shape her own destiny, winning the admiration of a nation.
Review: I actually haven't read much (fiction or non-fiction) about the English royalty, but I enjoyed Ms. Worth's tale of love, betrayal, and the pursuit of power. I was enraptured by the characters and the descriptions. This was mostly new to me, so I was amazed at how much I enjoyed Catherine's story. Ms. Worth's way of writing made me want to learn more about the English royal dynasties and the War of the Roses. Pale Rose of England is a intriguing look at the fall of the Plantagenet family, as seen through Lady Catherine Gordon's eyes - the wife of the pretender king and coveted by Henry Tudor.