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Review & Giveaway: 175. The Tudor Rose by Margaret Campbell Barnes...

October 6, 2009
the tudor roseAbout the book:
One woman holds the key to England's most glorious empire in this intimate retelling of the launch of the Tudor dynasty A magnificent portrait of Elizabeth of York, set against the dramatic background of fifteenth century England. Elizabeth, the only living descendant of Edward IV, has the most valuable possession in all of England--a legitimate claim to the crown. Two princes battle to win Britain's most rightful heiress for a bride and her kingdom for his own. On one side is her uncle Richard, the last Plantagenet King, whom she fears is the murderer of her two brothers, the would-be kings. On the other side is Henry Tudor, the exiled knight. Can he save her from a horrifying marriage to a cut-throat soldier? Thrust into the intrigue and drama of the War of the Roses, Elizabeth has a country within her grasp-if she can find the strength to unite a kingdom torn apart by a thirst for power. A richly drawn tale of the woman who launched one of the most dramatic dynasties England has ever seen, The Tudor Rose is a vibrant, imaginative look at the power of a queen.

drey's thoughts:
The Tudor Rose is an interesting look at the life of Elizabeth of York. There is so much detail here, and so many people that I was confused at times as to who was whom. But that's not the fault of author Margaret Campbell Barnes, rather, it's due to my not-all-here brain not paying enough attention to what I was reading. *wry grin*

Took my slow brain a bit to realize that Uncle Richard was that Richard III, the same mad King in the play by Shakespeare. And that Elizabeth's favorite son Harry was that Henry. Once I did, all the little pieces fell into place and clicked.

I did think the prose was a little stiff at times. And yet, it didn't stop me from feeling a little sorry for Elizabeth. Sure, she was a princess, and a favorite of her father's. But that doesn't mean anything when your father's dead and your little brothers marched off to the Tower, does it? Nor when your own uncle proposes marriage, and the only other alternative is a dry, cold fish.

Fans of the period will want to check this book out. And if you, like me, didn't know what happened to the two princes, then the book trots out a mystery to unravel.

Giveaway!
Thanks to Sourcebooks, ONE lucky ducky will win a copy of The Tudor Rose!
Rules:
-- Contest is open to US and Canada residents, no PO Boxes please!
-- To enter, comment and share who your favorite Tudor is, if you have one.
-- Follow for 1 extra entry.
-- Share for 2 extra entries (let me know what & where, please).
-- Every 10 people entered gets another copy in the hat, so tell everyone! =)
-- Do it all before 6:00 pm CST October 19th. Good luck!

Challenges: 100+, Pub

Disclosure: My copy of The Tudor Rose was an ARC provided for the blog tour by Sourcebooks Casablanca.

86 comments:

chey said...

This book sounds interesting.
I don't have a favourite Tudor.
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clenna said...

My favorite Tutor is Queen Elizabeth I. She was a strong woman.
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clenna said...

I follow

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dor said...

Ohh, what a great book. I have to say that I don't have a fave tudor yet.

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I follow on google friend.

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Anonymous said...

Henry VIII. Wasn't he an interesting fellow!

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Anonymous said...

Email subscriber.

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Jasmyn said...

I don't think I could pick a favorite Tudor. What makes them so interesting to me is how they all interact so it would be quite difficult to pick just one.

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Jasmyn said...

I am a follower

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rubynreba said...

I really don't have a favorite but like to read about all of them.
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rubynreba said...

I'm a follower.
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Melanie said...

Can't say that I have a favorite Tudor. But they make for interesting reading.

Lisanne624 said...

My favorite Tudor would have to be Queen Elizabeth I. Surely one of the earliest examples of "girl power!" (Although that whole burning Catholics thing was a bit over the top!)

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Lisanne624 said...

I'm a follower!

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Gwendolyn B. said...

Hmmm. Those Tudors - I'm afraid picking a favorite might start a war! Would love to read this, tho. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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Gwendolyn B. said...

I'm a Follower!

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Gwendolyn B. said...

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holdenj said...

Looks like a good story, with a little mystery, you say? The Tudors are a group are pretty darn fascinating, but I guess Elizabeth I would be my "favorite".
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ossmcalc said...

I do not have a favorite Tudor but would definitely love to read this book.

Thank you,

Christine
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ossmcalc said...

I follow your blog.

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Jo-Jo said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. I don't have a favorite Tudor yet.

I'm also a follower.
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Jane said...

I don't have a favorite Tudor.

I'm a follower of this blog.

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Jenny N. said...

My favourite Tudor is Elizabeth I.

+1 I'm already a follower of yours.

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booklover0226 said...

Elizabeth is my favorite Tudor.

I am a follower.

Thanks,
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lag123 said...

This book sounds good but I don't have a favorite Tudor.

I follow.

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Sheila Deeth said...

Elizabeth was always my favorite Tudor. I follow
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etirv said...

It would have to be the last of the Tudors, Queen Elizabeth I!

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway...I don't have a favourite Tudor (yet!).

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Anonymous said...

I'm a subscriber :)

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enyl said...

My favorite Tudor monarch was Queen Mary 1.

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enyl said...

I'm a follower.

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Bethie said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me. My fav Tudor is Elizabeth. Gotta love the name!

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Lynz Pickles said...

My favourite Tudor is Henry VIII. I don't like him, but there's something so fascinating about him that I can't stop reading about him.

I follow via RSS.

Pissenlit said...

I haven't got a favourite Tudor.

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Anonymous said...

My favorite is Catherine of Valois
who was married to Henry V. When
he died, she fell in love with a
commoner & at sometime married him
& had 4 or 5 kids, 1 of whom became
Henry VII. She managed to live & be happy despite Parliment.


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Anonymous said...

I am an email subscriber.




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Stacie said...

I don't have a favourite Tudor yet.

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Stacie said...

I follow you.

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HODGEPODGESPV said...

I do enjoy reading about Elizabeth and her father. spvaughan@yahoo.com

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Karen H in NC said...

I like Henry VIII...as long as he looks like Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Add my name to the drawing for this book please.

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Karen H in NC said...

+1 I am a follower

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Sue said...

Elizabeth I. Thanks for sharing.

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Carol said...

I don't have a favorite. I would like to learn more about Elizabeth and that time period.
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Carol said...

I follow your blog.
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Jennisis said...

I'd love to win this book!

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Sarah said...

My favorite Tudor is Mary Queen of Scots.

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Sarah said...

I am a follower of your blog.

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A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Please enter me in your giveaway. I don't really have a favorite Tudor. I enjoy reading about all of them!

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A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

I'm a follower.

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A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/bookmonstrosity/status/4711363885

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Laura's Reviews said...

This book sounds fantastic and I would love to win a copy! My email address is laarlt78(at)hotmail(dot)com. I am a follower.

Thanks!

budletsmom said...

I don't think I have a favorite tudor but would love to win this book.

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budletsmom said...

I am a follower.

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Amanda said...

I don't think I have a favorite Tudor, but this sounds like a good book.

I follow your blog via Google Reader.

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Winning Readings said...

Like Amanda, I don't think I have a favorite Tudor, but this book looks interesting and might help me find one!

And I follow.

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Anita Yancey said...

I don't really have a favorite Tudor. The book sounds very interesting. Please enter me. Thanks!

I am a follower!

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Jo-Jo said...

I blogged about your contest here for another entry.
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Ladytink_534 said...

Anne Boleyn!

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I'm a follower
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Beth (BBRB) said...

I can't choose a favorite Tudor! They all have such ... interesting qualities! :)

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Beth (BBRB) said...

I'm a follower.

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Nicole said...

I don't have a favorite Tudor.
+1 follower

renee said...

I don't have a favorite

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renee said...

I follow

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I Heart Book Gossip said...

My favorite Tudor is Anne Bolin.

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Anonymous said...

I like Queen Elizaeth I and have added this book to my TNBR list
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Carol W. said...

I think Catherine was my favorite Tudor.

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Carol W. said...

I follow.

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gaby317 said...

I like Henry V best out of all the Tudors. I admit that I'm basing my opinion on the Shakespearean play Henry V.

thanks for the entry

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gaby317 said...

I follow!

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Belinda M said...

I as of yet do not have a favorite tudor

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I follow your blog


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Julie said...

I don't have a favorite Tudor. This looks like a good read :)

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