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Title:The Stolen Crown: The Secret Marriage that Forever Changed the Fate of England
Authors:Susan Higginbotham
Info:Sourcebooks Landmark (2010), Edition: 1, Paperback, 400 pages
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The Stolen Crown: The Secret Marriage that Forever Changed the Fate of England by Susan Higginbotham (2010)

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    The Tudor Rose: The Story of the Queen Who United a Kingdom and Birthed a Dynasty by Margaret Campbell Barnes (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Both are about the Wars of the Roses with different (partially overlapping) focus. Stolen Crown is about Katherine Woodville & Edward IV's reign. The Tudor Rose focuses largely on Henry VII coming into power.
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An insiders view of the War Between the Roses, from the perspective of Kate, Woodville sister to the queen. Story often dealt with the friendship of husband Harry, and his friendship with Richard 111, brother to the king. This story is told from a human interest view, and not so heavily focused on the actual wars. ( )
  Pmaurer | Jan 5, 2014 |
The 15th-century Wars of the Roses are prominent in this novelization of Kate Woodville's life. Younger sister of Elizabeth Woodville, who made a scandalous marriage to Edward IV,Kate is wed as a child to the Duke of Buckingham and she becomes caught up in the twists and turns of the warring houses of Lancaster and York. Fun reading and a convincing look at a little-known historical figure. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Oct 26, 2013 |
Read 80% and skimmed the rest. Maybe it was Kate apologizing to Harry for making him rape her. Maybe it was the fact that most of the book was really boring. No, I'm going to say it was the rape. ( )
  golden_lily | Mar 29, 2013 |
Having taken Tudor-Stuart history in college, how I wish this book had been around instead of the horrifically dry textbook outlining statistics about the black death and number of rats in Tudor London. Much conjecture here, but Higginbotham brings that period of time to life through the eyes of two relatively unknown players. ( )
  Anna_Erishkigal | Mar 29, 2013 |
The youngest sister of Katherine Woodville played a quiet part during the War of the Roses. Today’s reader never hears about her. She was born to a noblewoman accused of witchcraft, was sister to the queen that considered an upstart, and wife to a traitor to the crown. Married as a child, she was married for 18 years and had four living children as her husband turned traitorous to Richard III. She was in her twenties when it happened.

Higginbotham takes us through the War of the Roses with Kate Woodville, as an added bonus she uses Harry’s voice (Henry, Duke of Buckingham) to describe the events of War of the Roses. Harry was also a child when he and Kate married. He was liked, but never favored, with Edward IV. Only with Richard’s throne did he begin to have the titles and tribulations a duke would expect from the crown. But at what price? It cost the lives of Kate’s brother and several nephews, including the crown princes.

Kate and her children survive the traitorous acts of her husband to live on when Henry VII comes to the throne. Her little known story is just one of the many that should be told. Love, betrayal, and death surround her family as the quest for the throne is pursued.
Susan Higginbotham has done her research well and used the facts to form a compelling story that any fan of the War of the Roses will find this fictional account a must-read.

NOTE: I purchased this book with my own funds.
  sara.edens | May 9, 2012 |
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Katherine Woodville's sister never gave her a choice. A happy girl of modest means, Kate hardly expected to become a maker of kings, but when her sister impulsively marries King Edward IV in secret, Katherine's life is no longer hers to control.

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