Tuesday, February 5, 2013


The discovery of Richard III's remains has historical buffs around the world feverishly excited over this astonishing moment in history! In order to highlight this grand event, I’d like to recommend an excellent book by Robin Maxwell that was released in 2005, 


TO THE TOWER BORN, revolves around the mystery of the little princes in the Tower, their sister Elizabeth of York (Princess Bessie and later Henry Tudor's wife, Queen Bessie), and their Uncle Richard.  

Excellent book!

From Publishers Weekly
Anglophile Maxwell (The Wild Irish) fictionalizes another curious episode from English history with her spirited, colorful fifth novel, about the unexplained disappearance of princes Edward and Richard of York, who vanished without a trace from the Tower of London in 1483. The story unfolds from the point of view of Nell Caxton, the quick-witted, independent daughter of England's first printer and best friend to Princess Bessie (sister to the princes and daughter of Queen Elizabeth Woodville). With the sudden death of King Henry, the first in the Tudor line, and the ascension of his eldest son, 13-year-old Prince Edward, insidious power plays and conspiracies roil England. Before young Edward V can be crowned, Lord Hastings and Harry Buckingham lose their heads and the Duke of Gloucester connives to become Richard III. In the midst of the struggle, the two princes are abducted. Maxwell's solution to what happens next—events that have long been the subject of speculation—brims with page-turning drama. As always, she provides a lusty backdrop and makes the story accessible to readers who aren't versed in all the finer points of British history.
From Booklist
Maxwell is one of the most popular--and one of the best--historical novelists currently mining the rich vein of Tudor history. She is the author of the Elizabeth I quartet, The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn(1997), The Queen's Bastard (1999), Virgin (2001), and The Wild Irish (2003). In her latest deft accomplishment, Maxwell reaches farther back into English history to examine the antecedents of the Tudor era, the equally exciting days of the House of York. Specifically, her purview here is one of the great mysteries of English history, the murder of the boy-king Edward V and his little brother in the Tower of London. Who did it? Their usurping uncle, Richard III? Maxwell offers "a brand-new twist on this oft-told story." It is a maxim in historical novel writing, when delving into the old days in Europe, that court factions make good fiction. Maxwell's intelligent, learned, and dynamic reinterpretation of how the "Tower princes" died greatly supports that rule of thumb. Some grounding in English history would certainly prove helpful in the "reader friendliness" of this engaging novel. Brad Hooper
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