For fans of Philippa Gregory and Hilary Mantel comes Mari Griffith’s debut novel Root of the Tudor Rose.
This is the story of a passionate romance and a secret marriage which gave its name to the most famous royal dynasty in the history of Great Britain: the Tudors.
When King Henry V and his bride, Catherine de Valois, are blessed with the birth of a son, their happiness is short-lived. Henry’s unexpected death leaves Catherine a widow at the age of twenty-one. Then her father, King Charles of France, also dies, and her son inherits both crowns. Henry VI, King of England and France, is just ten months old and needs all his mother’s watchful care to protect him from political intrigue.
The queen, an attractive young widow, is a foreigner at the English court and now finds herself regarded with suspicion, particularly by the Duke of Gloucester, who will seemingly stop at nothing to protect his own claim to the throne. But lonely, vulnerable Catherine has found true friendship with another foreigner at court, a young Welshman named Owen. Their friendship deepens, but their liaisons must be kept secret at all costs, because Catherine, Queen of England and forbidden to remarry, is in love with a servant …
** Oddly enough I didn’t write down any, which is strange as I devoured this book. Which in hindsight probably was the biggest reason why. No time to put it down to take notes!**
I believe Root of the Tudor Rose is what historical fiction ought to be. It provided more insight into a part of history I had only limited knowledge of and the right amount of fictionalization to have me hooked to the characters and story.
I usually have a difficult time reading fictionalized accounts of real people, where you as the reader have knowledge of their fate. Mari Griffith was able to push past my reservation and create characters I could not help but connect with. I lived vicariously through their actions, as well as through their experiences and I mourned with them. In my mind this is the sign of a truly great novel and author.
I found myself reading Root of the Tudor Rose within twenty-four hours. The few times I put it down to try and have conversations with my family, I kept glancing at where it sat a few feet away from me. Even my sister mentioned how I kept looking its way and couldn’t focus on the reality in which I resided.
If you are looking for a great historical fiction to read literary lovelies this is definitely the book for you!
For the sheer fact that I was very reluctant to put it down, I have to say I heart Root of the Tudor Rose this much:
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ !!
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Continue reading more about the author Mari Griffith below:
Brought up in South Wales and a fluent Welsh-speaker, Mari Griffith began her career as a singer before moving into radio and television as a presenter of many different types of programmes for children, for adults and for the BBC Television Schools Service. Then a career change saw her take up a staff appointment with BBC Wales as a bi-lingual continuity announcer. Two years later, after an intensive training course, she became a multi-camera television director. Now retired from broadcasting, Mari has found time to concentrate on something she has always loved – writing. Her debut novel ‘Root of the Tudor Rose’ tells the little-known story of the astonishing love affair which founded the Tudor dynasty. The book met with considerable critical acclaim, became an Amazon best-seller and remained high in the charts for well over a year.