Oh! I love this book so much. This is the story of Elizabeth of York who is forced to marry Henry VII as part of the peace settlement to bring about the end of the Cousins' War. To her horror she finds her throne is threatened by a young man who is claiming to be her brother Richard, missing from the Tower of London. Half of England sides with the young man against the usurping Tudor, what should Elizabeth do? I think this is probably one of the most complex historical novels I have ever written - the merging of the personal and the political is very intense, and the blending of the historical research and the imagined psychologies has been a great joy.
Henry Tudor is king, snatching the crown from Richard III in a surprise victory at the Battle of Bosworth. Raised in exile in Brittany
and having taken the throne with a French and Scottish force, Henry had neither
the easy popularity nor the longstanding political allegiances of the House of
York. As a result, he had to face repeated rebellions and threats to his
throne. In an attempt to unify the warring Houses of Lancaster and York, Henry
marries the York Princess Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth
This book was released on 23 July 2013 in the United States and Canada, 24 July in Australia and New Zealand and 1 August in the United Kingdom.
Elizabeth features in the BBC and Starz television drama The White Queen (2013). A second series, The White Princess, adapting this book, has been green lit with Starz.