Bloodline by Conn Iggulden

imageI would also like to read Bloodline by Conn Iggulden. It is Book three in the critically acclaimed Wars of the Roses series of historical novels by Conn Iggulden. Following on from the novels Stormbird and Trinity, Bloodline continues through the brutal Wars of the Roses and chronicles the events of 1461-1464. It begins Following the deaths of the three York protagonists who were slain at the Battle of Wakefield: Richard Neville, Earl of Salisbury, Richard, Duke of York, and York’s son, the young Edmund, when it appeared that the Lancastrians had triumphed and that the Wars of the Roses were finally over. However it marked a turning point in English history.

the Lancastrian figurehead and English King, the mad, saintly Henry VI, was being held prisoner. Meanwhile his wife Margaret of Anjou was inspiring armies in his name. Margaret’s son, the charismatic Edward of March, now Duke of York, declared himself King Edward IV, supported by the Kingmaker, Richard Earl of Warwick, Salisbury’s son, both swore vengeance on the Lancastrians. Edward married Elizabeth Woodford, and went on to inspire his knights and archers from the front, aided by the most powerful family in the land, the Nevilles, headed by Richard of Warwick. Previously The descendants of Edward III had torn themselves apart, killing the majority of their sons and heirs and men such as Edward and Warwick were motivated in large part by grief

Bloodline sees the Lancastrian and Yorkist factions eventually clash at the battle of Towton – the single most bloody conflict every fought on British soil. Which was not so much about Politics but was more to do with vengeance and power, and saw the victorious Edward of York seal his claim to the English throne.

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