• The deeply romantic love match between Cecily and her husband, Richard of York, beginning from their meeting as children.
• Insights into the medical care available to someone through 14(!) pregnancies.
• Best of all, for me, understanding how the arranged marriages among England’s noble families led to shifting loyalties in the decades leading up to the start of The Wars of The Roses.While I read a lot of history fiction, this is the first book that gave me an appreciation of how much family relationships impacted politics at this time.
For example –
• What happens when your sister believes your own husband is guilty of treason?
• What is it like when your uncle becomes your mortal enemy?
• What if your own daughter marries someone on the “other side?”
I loved discovering how Anne Easter Smith uses the private details of her characters’ lives and ambitions to tell the political story of this fascinating era in English history. And I now understand the events that led to the beginning of the “Cousins War.” This is a thoughtfully presented and well-researched novel.
More about one of my favorite historical novelists, Anne Easter Smith.