Profiles the tumultuous era of the Wars of the Roses, the brutal 15th-century struggle to decide which branch of the royal family would win the crown of England, through the stories of five major players: William Hastings, a brave Yorkist soldier and charming courtier who rose from relative obscurity to become one of King Edward's closest advisers (and his pimp); the head of England's most ancient noble family, John de Vere, Earl of Oxford, who was determined to win the crown back for the Lancastrians; Lady Margaret Beaufort, the richest woman in England, a pious but dangerous noblewoman of royal descent and the mother of the future Henry VII; John Morton, a brilliant priest-lawyer and political genius who was skillful enough to be relied on by both Yorkist and Lancastrian kings to handle important state matters; and the beautiful daughter of a rich London merchant and sometime mistress of kings, Jane Shore.--Adapted from dust jacket.… (more)
"People of the Middle Ages existed under mental, moral and physical circumstances so different from our own as to constitute almost a foreign civilization. As a result, qualities of conduct that we recognize as familiar amid these alien surroundings are revealed as permanent in human nature" Barbara W. Tuchman 'A Distant Mirror'
During the last years of the fifteenth century, on a morning in late summer, a small man stood alone by himself in a meadow in the English Midlands.
Epilogue: For most of his reign, Henry Viii lived in fear of his Yorkist rivals, and not without reason.