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Wars of the Roses Trinity

Wars of the Roses Trinity Read é 105 Seek to break the support of those who would raise their colours in the name of Henry and his ueenBut when the King unexpectedly recovers his senses and returns to London to reclaim his throne the balance of power is once again thrown into turmoilThe clash of the Houses of Lancaster and York will surely mean a war to tear England apa Trinity is the second book in Conn Iggulden s Wars of the Roses series and revolves around the deepening political and dynastic enmity between Margaret of Anjou the formidable wife to King Henry VI of England and the king s embittered cousin Richard Plantagenet duke of York as they fight over who will rule in England and who in the end will be the true king There are bitter inter family feuds secret treaties chaos and corruption in England furious intrigues swift and inglorious battles and at the heart of it all lies the inept and ineffective Henry VI unable or unwilling to manage his own realm Out of the ashes rises the trinity of Richard Plantagenet duke of York Richard Neville earl of Salisbury and Richard Neville his son earl of Warwick three men determined to save England from ruin and her feckless king It s safe to say that interest in medieval history and warfare has been in a state of fevered frenzy since the infamous TV show Game of Thrones hit the small screen in 2009 Thanks to the incredible popularity of the show and the bitterly resented wait for the series much anticipated book the Winds of Winter people have been turning in droves to historical fiction hoping to find similar books to whet their appetite for politics murder treachery kings and wars without end Naturally Conn Iggulden has taken notice of this trend and with his wars of the roses series now looks to garner the interest and enthusiasm of forlorn GoT fans At times Iggulden s clear admiration for GoT crosses the line for subtlety and becomes painfully blatant He actually writes the phase Game of Thrones and upon seeing that I was highly tempted to call G R R M to ask whether he thought imitation was the sincerest form of flattery Guess which one Conn Iggulden isNow onto Trinity itselfTrinity focuses on the period of 1454 1461 and centres on England the borders of Scotland and Wales and the garrison of Calais At the start Henry VI lies in a catatonic state in Windsor unable to govern his disorganised and increasingly lawless kingdom leaving the Richard Plantagenet duke of York to take up the mantles and trappings of power as Protector and Defender of the Realm Understandably Henry VI s determined energetic and shrewd ueen Margaret reacts with fury and outrage at seeing York invested with the powers of a king and is fearful of his possible motives towards the Crown Despite the best intentions of York tensions simmer and spill into conflict as York and Lancaster the King and his Lords and England itself descend into civil war IMHO I think that Trinity is a noted improvement on the previous Stormbird The characters are clearly defined their importance and roles emphasised in relation to history the writing is tighter and enticing and plot itself does not stray markedly from the historical sources Derry Brewer while still an essential character has a believable role in Trinity and does not leave the influence and rarely the vicinity of his patron Margaret of Anjou Being fictional Iggulden wisely restrains putting too much prominence on his actions In essence Brewer has become a side character and benefits greatly from it Trinity strengths are definitely its fast pace sharp plotting and its evocative battle scenes The first battle of St Albans in 1455 was particularly well written and joyfully gory Iggulden s knowledge concerning the trials and hardships of knights their daily routine in war times and the methods of medieval warfare and weaponry were among my favourite aspects to Trinity and certainly Iggulden deserves kudos in that regard However Trinity did have its downsides and for me that lay in the characterisation writing and rather bizarre theories put forward throughout the novel For me the characters in Trinity were somewhat lacklustre inconsistent and passionlessMargaret of Anjou was called by Shakespeare the She Wolf and it was a name she did much to earn Margaret was a proud ambitious intelligent and tenacious woman Devoted to her husband and son Margaret never relinuished the struggle for their right to rule Employing mercenaries enlisting Scottish warriors in exchange for Berwick and accusing York and his allies of treason Margaret was a truly remarkable woman But in Trinity Margaret is muted downplayed and at times rather annoying There is no fire in her characterisation and the references to her beauty her struggles not to cry the emptiness of her womb grate as the novel wears on Her negotiations with the Scottish ueen Regent Marie of Guelders are ridiculous they struck me as far too casual and warm Henry VI was a highly inconsistent character One minute lying in a catatonic stateindifferent to the outside world and his own new born son Edward his rapid transformation from passive and benign to fierce and ruthless was difficult to believe or understand One minute he lying listless in bed the next he marches in armour to York demanding his kingdom back His lapse back into indifference felt rushed and underdeveloped We have no idea why it happened Richard duke of York got a mildly better deal in Trinity In Stormbird I felt he was slightly demonised and am pleased that Iggulden decided to add some moral ambiguity and emotional complexity to his character York is a proud and stern warrior firmly entrenched in his belief that Henry VI is surrounded by unworthy advisors He is by far the novels most complicated and intriguing character his struggle to reconcile his opposing tenets of loyalty to the king and the need for fair government give poignancy and credibility to his trials At times he comes as rather easily unnerved or alarmed which struck me as another inconsistency Derry Brewer is a completely fictional character he is the elusive and crafty spymaster for Margaret of Anjou and is determined to secure Henry VI s rule over England Brewer is often shown to be the novels most crafty character a master of disguises military ambushes countywide espionage and the like To me Brewer felt like semi superfluous character not really needed yet often kept around for plot purposes Despite this I enjoyed his jaunty and devoted character his loyalty to Margaret and Henry is to be commended and he serves as one of the morally good players in this novel The writing style of Trinity was perfectly serviceable and easy to read though the battle scenes were by far the best written The novel s fast pace left little time for greater complexity and intrigue to be fleshed out There was however a certain boisterous energy and enthusiasm that encouraged me to read uickly and kept me interested It was an easy read with a very workmanlike approach One of the stranger aspects to the book was Iggulden s attitude to Richard III York s youngest son Thanks to the discovery of Richards bones in Leicester in 2012 we now know that he had scoliosis and his right shoulder was noticeably higher then the left Richards scoliosis developed AFTER the age of ten and its cause was unknown still is today In Trinity however a two year Richard has a spine so bent and painful that York wishes that his son had been left to die out in the wilderness I can not emphasise how historically inaccurate this is and how we have no evidence that York would say such a thing The whole thing felt highly melodramatic All in all I give 610 to Trinity An enjoyable fast paced and well plotted novel although lacking in characterisation and writing nuance Trinity will appeal to historical fans indeed Devoted to Drew yet often kept around for plot purposes Despite this I enjoyed his jaunty and devoted character his loyalty to Margaret and Henry is to be commended and he serves as one of the morally good players in this novel The writing style of Trinity was perfectly serviceable and easy to read though the battle scenes were by far the best written The novel s fast pace left little time for greater complexity and intrigue to be fleshed out There was however a certain boisterous energy and enthusiasm that encouraged me to read uickly and kept me interested It was an easy read with a very workmanlike approach One of the stranger aspects to the book was Iggulden s attitude to Richard III York s Marriage by Deception year Richard has a spine so bent and painful that York wishes that his son had been left to die out in the wilderness I can not emphasise how historically inaccurate this is and how we have no evidence that York would say such a thing The whole thing felt highly melodramatic All in all I give 610 to Trinity An enjoyable fast paced and well plotted novel although lacking in characterisation and writing nuance Trinity will appeal to historical fans indeed

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Wars of the Roses Trinity Read é 105 The brilliant retelling of the Wars of the Roses continues with Trinity the second gripping novel in the new series from historical fiction master Conn Iggulden1454 King Henry VI has remained all but exiled in Windsor Castle struck down by his illness for over a year his eyes vacant his mind a blankHis fiercely loyal wife and ueen Mar Conn Iggulden is one of the young and talented authors that are standing proudly beside Ken Follett Iggulden writes books that once you open them you live them

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Wars of the Roses Trinity Read é 105 Garet of Anjou safeguards her husband's interests hoping that her son Edward will one day know the love of his fatherRichard Duke of York Protector of the Realm extends his influence throughout the kingdom with each month that Henry slumbers The Earls of Salisbury and Warwick make up a formidable trinity with Richard and together they With this second volume of his Wars of the Roses series Mr Iggulden has once again done a very good job of telling the story of the rivalry between two branches of the English Royal House In this volume the author tells the tale of the opening stages of the multigenerational feud that tore apart the House of PlantagenetThe story begins in 1454 with the feud between the houses of Neville and Percy One of the first scenes is Thomas Percythe younger son of Earl of Northumberland raiding the wedding of the sons of Neville s with the express goal of killing the head of the House of Neville the Earl of Salisbury The novel ends with the Battle of Wakefield that was fought in December of 1460 Mr Iggulden writes some good battle seuences including the 1st battle of St Albans and the Battle of WakefieldIn telling the story Mr Iggulden divides the story into two parts The first part telling the story of Henry VI s recovery from his stupor and culminating in his removing Richard of York as Lord Protector of England This takes place in 1454 5 The second part of the book takes place 5 yrs later and tells the story of York and Salisbury attempting to reverse the bill of attainder that has branded them as traitors While temporarily successful they eventually lose the Battle of Wakefield and as a result literally their headsI felt in this novel Richard of York is treated much sympathetically than he was in the first novel While he doesn t treat Henry and Margret with deference he doesn t usurp the crown in spite of numerous opportunities to do so Salisbury is presented as urging Richard to take the throne all in the name of good governance of course Richard is presented as motivated by giving England good governance and later redeeming his honor and recovering his inheritance not with malice towards Henry or the house of LancasterOn the Lancaster side of the novel his portrait of Henry VI is sympathetic Henry s awaking in the winter of 54 is well done He awakens after being completely unaware of his surrounding for several years and is even unaware he has a son His determination to resume his duties is well presented In the second half of the novel his determination seems to be mainly inspired by his wife Margret He is depicted as almost childlike By the time the second part of the novel begins he has an almost pathological aversion to blood which frustrates the people around him who are trying to make him act as a king His ueen Margret is presented as very determined to preserve her and her husband s position even when his brings her into conflict with the Duke of York Her attempts to make her husband act like a king are well doneFinally I felt the book flowed well but is a little slow in spots Mr Iggulden does stay reasonably close to the actual history What changes he has made are explained in his authors note The changes mainly consist of telescoping some events specifically Henry s recovery and putting Margret at the scene of Wakefield All in all I found this a solid 4 star read

  • Hardcover
  • 462
  • Wars of the Roses Trinity
  • Conn Iggulden
  • English
  • 04 June 2019
  • 9780718159856