The powerful story of Cecily Neville, torn between both sides in the War of the Roses, from the best-selling 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.
Praise for Joanna Hickson:
‘Thoroughly engrossing’ The Lady
A gripping and emotional story’ Woman
‘A bewitching first novel…alive with historical detail’ Good Housekeeping
'An enthralling blend of fact and fiction, drama and danger, passion and politics’ Lancashire Evening Post
About the author
Joanna Hickson spent twenty five years presenting and producing News and Arts programmes for the BBC. Her first published book was a children’s historical novel Rebellion at Orford Castle but more recently she has turned to adult fiction, concentrating on bringing fifteenth century English history and some of its fascinating principal characters to life.
She is married with a large family and gets inspiration from her Wiltshire farmhouse home, which dates back to her chosen period.
Red Rose White Rose
The author allows the reader to travel back in time in the impeccably researched historical novels of England and France.
Red rose white rose
I didn’t connect with this book as much as the agincourt bride books by the same author. The personality of the main narrative character did not feel very present, so it was hard to care for the characters and there was a lot of history between noble families that was hard to follow.
Red Rose White Rose
Wonderful insights into 15th century life. All Joanna's books are terrific. I hated to see them end!!