Anne Easter Smith
- Title: Daughter of York
- Author: Anne Easter Smith
- ISBN: 9780743277310
- Page: 191
- Format: Paperback
History tells us that the intelligent, wealthy, and powerful Margaret of York had everything any woman could want, except for love The acclaimed author of A Rose for the Crown takes us between the lines of history and into her heart It is 1461 Edward, son of Richard of York, ascends to the throne, and his willful sister, Margaret, immediately becomes a pawn in EuropeanHistory tells us that the intelligent, wealthy, and powerful Margaret of York had everything any woman could want, except for love The acclaimed author of A Rose for the Crown takes us between the lines of history and into her heart It is 1461 Edward, son of Richard of York, ascends to the throne, and his willful sister, Margaret, immediately becomes a pawn in European politics as Edward negotiates her marriage The young Margaret falls deeply in love with Anthony Woodville, the married brother of Edward s queen, Elizabeth But Edward has arranged for his sister to wed Charles, son of the Duke of Burgundy, and soon Margaret is setting sail for her new life Her official escort Anthony Woodville Margaret of York eventually commanded the respect and admiration of much of Europe, but it appears to history that she had no emotional intimate Anne Easter Smith s rare gift for storytelling and her extensive research reveal the love that burned at the center of Margaret s life, adding a new dimension to the story of one of the fifteenth century s most powerful women.
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I enjoyed AES's last 2 reads A Rose for the Crown and Queen By Right because, she is a good storyteller. Sweeping sagas that would make a perfect Sunday Night Movie. Her books tend to be more biased romantic fiction with lots of sugar thrown in. It's obvious she has a crush on Richard. The man is ALWAYS perfect and loyala bit too much even for Richardian fans. In this book she tells an extravagant story about Margaret of York. The first 90 pages were typical AES. Even with ridiculous plots, I la [...]
Daughter of York showed promise. The book's summary made me excited to read it. In the beginning it seemed like a well-written, intereseting novel (helped along by Anne Easter Smith's saying in the acknowledgments that the fabulous historian Ann Wroe gave it her stamp of approval). However, after the beginning it started to lag in pace and interest. I tried to hold on. But like a sinking ship, York sank, going from mediocre to boring. The book starts out with Margaret of York becoming a princess [...]
Writing historical fiction is not easy, especially if you are writing about a real person. You cannot assume that your readers are going to understand how hard it is, or the difficult choices you have to make.DAUGHTER OF YORK is the story of Margaret of York (1446-1503), sister to Edward IV and wife to Charles, Duke of Burgundy. In Ms. Smith’s telling of this story, the narrative arc is hung almost entirely on the romantic attraction between Margaret, and Sir Anthony Woodville, brother to Edwa [...]
This is the second book I've read of Anne Easter Smith and I really enjoyed it. This author does a wonderful job of creating strong female characters who sweep you off into their world. The first book, A Rose for the Crown, tells the story of Richard Duke of Gloucester. This book is about his sister, Margaret of York, who is eventually married to Charles, Duke of Burgundy. This is quite an epic tall about Margaret, but she had a long and interesting life so there was a lot to tell. I found with [...]
If three Anne Easter Smith books from my library holds list hadn't come in at once, and if I hadn't challenged myself to read 50 books this year, I likely would not have picked up Daughter of York after reading Queen By Right. For starters, Cecily Neville really wasn't queen by right -- and her husband's claim was shaky at best.But I've been a fan of the House of York since I read about the Wars of the Roses in Sharon Kay Penman's The Sunne in Splendor about 20 years ago. When the Anne Easter Sm [...]
Margaret of York, sister to King Edward of England, is a pawn in the political game of Europe. At home, the War of the Roses is being fought as Edward tries to establish his claim to the throne. He has married Elizabeth Woodville, much to the chagrin of just about everybody. At age twenty-two, Margaret is still an unmarried princess with suitor after suitor being approached and then rejected as Edward tries to make the best deal for England. Margaret is finally married to Duke Charles of Burgand [...]
Anne Easter Smith is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. Her books are hefty in size and I feel perfect in audio format. A Rose for the Crown was a favorite of mine and I was not disappointed with Daughter of York. Staying put in the late 1400's with Edward IV the king of England this book focused on the life of his sister Margaret.Chocked full of vivid details this book was a wonderful representation of not just the life of Margaret but her mother Cecil and brothers George and Richard als [...]
Having read Queen By Right: A Novel first, I can safely say that I prefer this novel. Margaret's story doesn't drag as much as her mother's, and I was surprised to be drawn into it. However, the simplest thing to do it read Queen By Right: A Novel before Daughter of York: A Novel. Even then, the reader can skip the first 27 pages of DoY, as they are nearly a carbon copy of the last few events that occur in QBR. Margaret's story doesn't truly begin until two years after Edward IV's coronation. I [...]
If only I had a dollar for every "Certes!" This was my first foray into pre-Tudor England, and it was fine. Nice to get some perspective on the Plantagenet's and Margaret herself is a very likable and intriguing figure. The dynamic of the three York brothers was interesting, although it was a little bit hard for me to connect "Dickon" with Richard III. I suppose I assumed Richard was the product of some terrible and abusive childhood. Isn't this the guy who murdered his little nephews? Then aga [...]
I wish I could say that I loved this book, but alas, I did not. The plot was very slow, and I slogged through about 2/3's of it before finally skimming the rest of the book and putting it down.I would not call this book historical fiction (it could very well be that the author never meant it as historical fiction, but that was the shelf where I found it at the bookstore). To me, historical fiction remains based in facts known. If books are about historical people, they remain true to the facts, [...]
I really did enjoy this novel. It was a fun historical romance (which, as you can tell by my book list, is one of my guilty pleasures), not one of the best ever, but still good.I applaud Anne Easter Smith for not worrying too much about being a stickler for historical accuracy. It felt like she wrote with the knowledge of all the facts, but where facts fell away she didn't feel it wrong to put a bit of imagination in there, aka fiction! In some historical fictions the author worries too much abo [...]
I want to give this more of a 3.5. It was a good historical fiction to read, and I enjoy Anne Easter Smith novels, overall. However, so much of the book was just okay. Smith likes to take characters from her other novels and intertwine them (even the fictional ones), so that can be entertaining if you have read her other books. And I like how true to history she keeps (although she did make up the love story that was central to this plot I can forgive that because it IS a historical fiction and [...]
This is the second novel of Anne Easter Smith that I've read and I'm very much enjoying her style of writing and how she puts you right into the historical time. I was glad that I'd just read "The Sunne of Splendour" by Sharon Kay Penman as I was able to understand the historical references and also already knew a little about Margaret of York, sister of Edward IV and Richard III. Her life was not easy even if she did live a life of luxury. She was married off to Charles, Duke of Burgandy in her [...]
This is my first AES title and may be my last. I enjoy historical fiction immensely -- a well-told fact-based story that gives insight into an era and people is a delight. This is just a bodice ripper with a bunch of historical events and people -- as well as colloquialisms for authenticity (?) -- thrown in to spice things up. I don't need to read or hear an author's imagined sexual escapades.I listened to this on my daily commute and so I couldn't skim it the way I would have had I been reading [...]
To start I must say that the period writing was well-done, as much as could be from the sources available. Did have issues with tedium. I grew tired of:the word, certes,the servant Fortunata,the stating of the obvious,the declarations of how honorable Lord Scales was while he was committing adultery,the repeated phrase of how proud of the family Margaret was,the assurance that Margaret was intelligent and had a grasp for politics (which I know from history she was) but Smith gave little evidence [...]
This was a really good book. It took me an unusually long time to read but I enjoyed it the whole way. The only thing that really irritated me was the author's insistence on using the word "certes" to try and make her dialog sound authentic. The rest of your dialog is in modern English so cut it out! It made the dialog sound like something from a historical romance novel. Other than that though, really interesting and I enjoyed reading about a figure I knew nothing about previously.
I picked up this book mainly due to the subject matter. I have read a few books that take place during the War of the Roses, but little is ever mentioned about Margaret of York, Edward IV's younger sister, except that she was married off to the Duke of Burgundy. This book fleshes out her story in a manner I enjoyed. The only part I did not like was her over the top reaction every time her love's name was mentioned.
Parts of this book were really enjoyable; the detail about life in the English and Burgundian courts was delicious and I liked the strong female friendships (as much as was possible between royalty and their servants anyway). For that, I would've given it 4 stars. But the story started to drag about 3/4 in and the last part was quite a hard slog.Still very eager to read her book about Jane Shore though!
really liked this one.
Interesting story of Margaret of York. Married to the Duke of Burgundy, a terrible, brutal man.
3.5 StarsMargaret of York is one of those historical figures that just makes history interesting by her sheer force of personality, even if the work that portrays her doesn’t quite live up to her. This one excels at making her strong will and political acumen shine through; yet some of the storytelling and writing choices made by the author keep this from being one of the greats about this fascinating historical figure.Smith is known for her attention to details and historical realism. This wo [...]
This book covers a 20 year span in Margaret York's life. From Christmas 1461, a few months before the crowning of Edward IV, to 1480, three years after the death of Charles of Burgundy. All of the trials and tribulations of the York family are seen through Margaret's eyes. To her, family is everything and she loves her mother and especially her brothers very deeply. Margaret is proud to be a York. Being the King's sister makes Margaret a pawn, thus arranging the most advantageous marriage possib [...]
It was too long. over 500 pages. the chapters were to long as well. I hate leaving a book in the middle of a chapter and most of them were about 20 or more pages I think. I know it's an HF but stick to the facts and you don't have to make it so long.
All in all a fairly well written trilogy. Of course, the events described are set over five hundred years ago so a little - or a lot - of poetic license is understandable. Being English born and raised (and proud of it!), I was familiarized and educated with some of the historical and political machinations of the period. That the Wars of the Roses set England on course to develop into an imperial powerhouse is indisputable. The actions of the individual players are therefore all the more fascin [...]
This is a historical novel about Margaret of York, the younger sister of England's King Edward IV, the first Yorkist king, and the wife, then widow, of Charles the Bold of Burgundy (now part of Belgium and France).The character, Margaret of York, was absolutely fascinating to me. In some ways I identified with her, as a bookish girl more interesting in a life of the mind than in domestic life. Margaret,of course, was well-socialized to believe that her highest goal in life was marriage and espec [...]
I have a confession to make – this was my first read based on The War of the Roses! Gasp…I know…I don’t know what took me so long – but now that I have broken that spine I am reading more and more about it now. I think that this was a decent introduction to that time period because it doesn’t just throw you right into the War. You get a little bit of life before the War on the York side and as we follow Margaret’s story, you really are not right in the middle of everything. As Marg [...]
As I stated when I first began reading this book, I wasn't entirely sure if I was going to buy the romance between Margaret of York and Anthony Woodville. When I finished it, it's safe to say that I still didn't buy it. However, Anne Easter Smith tells a very good story and she certainly made the romance believable.I enjoyed how Margaret of York was characterized - politically savvy, witty, and spirited. Her relationship with her brother George, Duke of Clarence was touching, even when he ignore [...]
I am a fan of historical fictions，so during my holiday I did some research and eventually,found this book about my favourite historical so far,the wife of the last valois duke of Burgundy,Margaret of York.The language of this book is quite fabulous and fascinating,the descriptions were very detailed.I extremely enjoyed the part of Margaret's arrival in Sluis and her conversation with the dowager duchess Isabel.I think the writer successfully described Margaret as a dignified princess ,and I re [...]
Daughter of York is about Margaret, younger sister of Edward IV (and older sis to Richard III). The book spans about 20 years of her life, from her late teens to a couple years after her husband's death. I found Margaret to be a fascinating character. She loses her father and a brother as a teenager (and it ain't pretty!) and spends the time covered in the book with her family torn apart in war. Her oldest brother Edward in crowned King and marries Elizabeth Grey, a nobody widow. She falls in lo [...]
I really wanted to like this novel, all about Margaret of York, sister to Edward IV of England and wife of Duke Charles of Burgundy. I had just come off Philippa Gregory's The White Queen, which overlaps in its timeline, but Gregory's was a lot more fictionalized and a much more flattering portrait of Elizabeth Woodville, wife to Edward IV. I was looking for a bit more history, though still in a fictionalized account. Anne Easter Smith does an excellent job of staying rather true to the actual h [...]
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