What are the best novels about the War of the Roses?

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    #1The Sunne in Splendour

    The Sunne in Splendour

    The Sunne in Splendour: A Novel of Richard III is a historical fiction novel for young adult written by Sharon Kay Penman. It was first released in January 2008. It is about the controversial monarch and his alleged murder of his royal nephews.

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    Shirley Bradley
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "If you are interested in the War of the Roses, I must suggest The Sunne in Splendour. While it is fiction, the characters are so deep and interesting, it could be easily be nonfiction. I really enjoyed the drama and high stakes relationships in this novel, and recommend it to anyone interested in the subject."
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    #2The Seventh Son

    The Seventh Son

    The Seventh Son is a historical adventure and family novel written by Reay Tannahill. It was released in 2002. It is about the complicated and eventful life of Richard III, one of the most iconic figures in medieval England. 

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    #3The Tudor Rose

    The Tudor Rose


    The Tudor Rose is a thrilling historical novel for young adults written by Margaret Campbell Barnes. It was first released in 2009. It is about Elizabeth of York and her role in the 15th-century War of the Roses.

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    Anna Lawson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Margaret Barnes is one of my favorite authors and having read her recent book has been absolutely delightful. I enjoyed following the historical events and get wonderful storytelling skills."
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    #4Virgin Widow

    Virgin Widow
    Virgin Widow: England's Forgotten Queen is a historical adventure novel for young adults written by Anne O'Brien. It was published in 2010 by Berkley. It is about Anne Neville and her acts of bravery in the War of the Roses.

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    Richard McDonald
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I'm a bit of a student of history, and lately I've been fascinated by the War of the Roses, so I started looking around for books that gave entertaining, fictionalized accounts of the event. I chanced on a book by the name of 'Virgin Widow' in a local used bookstore, which just happened to be on topic, and it was very cheap, so I picked it up. It was an entertaining read, but it wasn't very historically accurate. If you want to be entertained, it works, if you want something that's entertaining and sticks a little more closely to actual history, I'd give it a pass."
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    #5The King's Grey Mare

    The King's Grey Mare
    The King's Grey Mare is a historical romance novel for adults written by Rosemary Hawley Jarman. It was originally published in 2008. It is about Elizabeth Woodville, the queen of King Edward IV.
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    Patrick Weber
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Jarman picks up the setting of her earlier "Crown in Candlelight," telling the story of the breathtakingly beautiful Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV, and grandmother of Henry VIII. Jarman's usual brilliance at weaving a written tapestry is everywhere in evidence. Elizabeth is the daughter of a powerful and none too scrupulous enchantress, who spins a complex web to further her family's fortunes, setting in motion a chain of events that help topple the Plantagenet dynasty."
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    #6The Adventures of Alianore Audley

    The Adventures of Alianore Audley

    The Adventures of Alianore Audley is a thrilling historical fiction novel for adults written by Brian Wainwright. It was first published in 2005. It is about an intelligence agent during the War of the Roses in the medieval period.

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    Howard Mitchell
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I bought this book and just finished reading it. The character development was better than I expected."
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    #7Royal Mistress

    Royal Mistress

    Royal Mistress is a historical romance fiction for adults written by Anne Easter Smith. It was first released in 2013. It is about a girl who King Edward found attractive and was made the king's royal mistress.

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    Ethan Phillips
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "As a huge fan of Anne Easter Smith’s, I eagerly looked forward to reading “Royal Mistress” after thoroughly enjoying each of her previous novels. I have yet to come across an author who makes history and its characters come alive the way she does."
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    #8Queen By Right

    Queen By Right

    Queen By Right: A Novel is a thrilling historical novel for young adults written by the award-winning author Anne Easter Smith. It was originally released in May 2011. It is about Cecily and her eventful life as a royalty in medieval England.

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    #9We Speak No Treason

    We Speak No Treason

    We Speak No Treason is a thrilling historical political novel written by renowned historical writer Rosemary Hawley Jarman. It was first released in 1977. It is about the intriguing battle for power inside the court of King Edward IV.

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    #10Goldsmith's Wife

    Goldsmith's Wife

    Goldsmith's Wife is a thrilling historical romance novel written by renowned author Jean Plaidy, who also used the name, Victoria Holt. It was first published in December 1976. The author was also known as Philippa Carr. 

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    Joan Obrien
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I've always been drawn to historical novels. One filled with excitement and romance during the time of the War of the Roses was such a wonderful find. Although published more than 40 years ago, it still held its charm and originality."
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    #11The Tragedy of King Richard III

    The Tragedy of King Richard III
    Richard III is one of the most known plays by Shakespeare and has been adapted several times for TV and film. This version, in particular, is indicated for scholars thanks to the documentation and extensive textual for clarifying the original text in 16th Century English. 
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    Vishal Patil
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The Tragedy of King Richard III is a great novel about the War of the Roses. It will teach you the history of it and bring you back in time."
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    #12The Kingmaker's Daughter (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)

    The Kingmaker's Daughter (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)

    The Kingmaker's Daughter is a historical fiction book written by Philippa Gregory. The Kingmaker's Daughter was published on August 14th 2012 by Touchstone. It is the fourth book in the The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels.

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    Brenda Cunningham
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The first thing I want to start off with is that Philippa Gregory writes historical fiction, not history books. Where as I have found most of her books very accurate, I feel that a person should remember that before any discussion actually ensues. I am a big fan of her works, I think they are interesting and usually keep to the facts while telling a good story. I found this to be a very enjoyable read, a vacation from the heavier history books written about this time. Also, this was my favorite of Gregory's Cousin's War series so far. I adore this time period, and the following Tudor reigns as well. The stories of the princes in the tower, and Richard the Third himself have always held a fascination to me- I am also a member of the American branch of the Richard the Third Society! I found that I really enjoyed the perspective of the story being told from Anne's eyes. It was interesting to see how she, the younger of Warwick's daughters, was handled through her life. I felt this was a very believable character. And the author did a very good job of handling the princes in the tower. It has to be a very challenging story to tell without any proof of who actually did kill the princes. I liked the way she handled it, including the self-doubt and confusion at the whole situation. A very good read. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history. This could even be considered a decent way to whet an appetite to a very complex but interesting time period."
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    #13The Innocent (The Anne Trilogy)

    The Innocent (The Anne Trilogy)

    The Innocent is the first book in the thrilling historical series for young adults written Posie Graeme-Evans. It was originally published in June 2005. It is set in the time of the War of the Roses.

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    Eugene Owens
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The writing is really tacky and dry. It was difficult to empathize with the protagonist and the plot contained too many cliches that I had to put down the book. If you were thinking of buying this book, don't bother wasting your money."
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    #14Jane Boleyn

    Jane Boleyn

    Jane Boleyn: The True Story of the Infamous Lady Rochford is a historical novel for young adults written by Julia Fox. It was originally published in December 2007.

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    Diana Gutierrez
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The book Jane Boleyn is a biography and does not directly mention the War of the Roses. It is an okay book, but not the most interesting read. The way the story is written there are a lot of uncertainties and the author repeats the words "maybe", "probably", and "perhaps" frequently."

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Best What are the best novels about the War of the Roses
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Sunne in SplendourBooks 41 Paid
2The Seventh SonBooks 36 Paid
3The Tudor RoseBooks 34 Paid
4Virgin WidowBooks 32 Paid
5The King's Grey MareBooks 29 Paid
6The Adventures of Alianore AudleyBooks 28 Paid
7Royal MistressBooks 24 Paid
8Queen By RightBooks 23 Paid
9We Speak No TreasonBooks 20 Paid
10Goldsmith's WifeBooks 18 Paid
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