The powerful story of Cecily Neville, torn between both sides in the War of the Roses, from the critically acclaimed author of The Agincourt Bride.
In fifteenth century England the Neville family rules the north with an iron fist. Ralph Neville, Earl of Westmorland, a giant of a man and a staunch Lancastrian, cunningly consolidates power by negotiating brilliant marriages for his children. The last betrothal he arranges before he dies is between his youngest daughter, nine-year-old Cicely, and his ward Richard, the thirteen-year-old Duke of York, England's richest heir.
Told through the eyes of Cicely and her half-brother Cuthbert, Red Rose, White Rose is the story of one of the most powerful women in England during one of its most turbulent periods. Born of Lancaster and married to York, the willowy and wayward Cicely treads a hazardous path through love, loss and imprisonment and between the violent factions of Lancaster and York, as the Wars of the Roses tear England's ruling families apart.
©2014 Joanna Hickson (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"Gripping and emotional." (Woman)
"Superb...a real find." (The Bookseller)
"Captivating." (Woman's Own)
AN interesting accent, which seemed wrong at first for a Duchess, but I became used to it and it didn't cause problems. Some narrators read the story, some perform it. This narrator read the story - really well, and that's usually fine. However the story is presented from two perspectives - one female and one male. It was confusing at times working out who's story was being told, because it was delivered in the same voice. Other than that, brilliant narration.
Great to have a book about a woman often left on the fringes but who always appears to be a strong matriarch. Great writing which brought the 15th century to life.
Chloe Massey's voice is soft and gentle and she really reads well. I had no problem in distinguishing which parts were Cecily speaking and which parts Cuthbert.
The strange love affair between John Neville and Cecily which is an underlying story throughout the book although I have no idea whether this is true. I think it may be artistic licence as if the King's mother and Duke of York's wife had had such an affair at the time, I'm not sure she would have died with her head intact!
The story of the story of the cousin's war you didn't know.
This is almost a prequel to Phillipa Gregorys' the White Queen which I have previously read but now am going to read again as it follows the Red Rose, White Rose story nicely.The book is really well written and is one of my firm favourites.
This book fills in many of the spaces left in other books covering the cousins war I loved it
I'm not too sure about the Northern accented narration though, it was the same for both genders also.
History lover, Amateur dramatic and tea drinker.
Red Rose, White Rose was a sweet unassuming listen, it painted the picture of a neglected figure in a very important dynamic time. It's very nice
The moment when Cecily is confronted By John Neville years down the line and has the moment of uncertainty, will she be betrayed?
I haven't listened to any of Chloe Massey's other work but her narration here is perfect. Her gentle northern tone and gracious lilt added to the enjoyment of the piece
The scene at Magna Sandal castle
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