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Brief Candles by Pamela Jean Horter-Moore

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Brief Candles

by Pamela Jean Horter-Moore

 

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In 1483, twelve year old Edward V ascended the throne as King of England, following the sudden death of his father. Edward IV had reigned for twenty years, bringing England the stability and prosperity that had eluded it during the early years of those tumultuous times popularly known as the Wars of the Roses.
Although there were more periods of peace than the popular name would suggest, the Wars were the final dispute over succession by the colorful and dynamic Plantagenet dynasty, which had ruled England for three hundred years and whose history was marked by family conflict. The Wars of the Roses themselves were a struggle between the families of Lancaster and York, cousins descended from Edward III.

Under the leadership of Edward IV, York was victorious, but the legacy of the Plantagenets would not die. Edward had made a love match with Elizabeth Woodville, the daughter of English gentry, an ambitious woman with many relatives. This and other efforts by Edward to rule as a King on his own did not please his cousin and mentor, Richard Neville, nor his younger brothers, the treacherous George, Duke of Clarence and Richard, Duke of Gloucester. In time, Edward was forced to destroy his Neville cousin and to execute his brother George, who never ceased to conspire against him. For the remainder of Edward’s reign, Richard of Gloucester bided his time, eager for revenge against Edward’s queen and her family.

This was the history that young Edward V inherited in 1483, as the old wounds within the Yorkist family were reopened. He himself was too young to have experienced or participated in these conflicts, but it was he who suffered for them, ultimately losing his crown and his life in the power struggle between him and his Woodville kin and his uncle Richard of Gloucester.

My book centers upon Edward V as he is locked in bitter contest with his uncle to defend his friends and himself from the avalanche of events that will eventually end in death for him and his younger brother, the legendary “Princes in the Tower.” Responsible for their safety, if not for their murders, Richard assumes the crown as Richard III, loses the confidence of the Yorkist loyalists and likewise loses his life on Bosworth field. Thus, the Plantagenet dynasty is destroyed and, from it, the Tudor dynasty is born.

The struggle between Edward and Richard is a recounting of themes that occur time after time in literature and history. The royal youth is disinherited by an usurping uncle and must either regain his crown or lose his life. The Wheel of Fortune relentlessly turns, lifting some up and dashing others down, disregarding youth and innocence in its turning. In a world of men, power brings about corruption and destruction, and no one who seeks it is safe.




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Author Pamela Horter pictureWhen I first published my historical novel “Brief Candles” in 1983, it was the culmination of a twenty-year passion for that period of English history known as the Wars of the Roses.

My interest in the Wars of the Roses began when I was 12 years old. I had been leafing through old encyclopedias looking for a timeframe in which to set the short story I was writing.

When I encountered 12-year old King Edward V, I felt an immediate affinity for him and his tragic story. He lost his father, his loved ones, his crown and his life, along with that of his little brother Richard, Duke of York, in the darkness of the Tower of London.

As the years went by, I continued my enthusiasm for the time period and for the strange landscape of late fifteenth-century England. I understood the complex politics that divided the royal Houses of York and Lancaster and the colorful individuals who participated in this struggle between cousins for the throne of England.

I came to respect and admire King Edward IV, who won his throne on the battlefield at the age of 18 and who went on to reign over an England that was once more made stable and prosperous.

What happened after his death at age 40 is a matter that continues to provoke controversy and passion.

“Brief Candles” is Edward V’s story. After the death of his father, power politics interfered with his peaceful succession. His uncle Richard of Gloucester moved ruthlessly to undercut and destroy his supporters, overthrowing the young king and taking his place as Richard III. The uncrowned Edward V and his brother Richard of York disappeared in the Tower of London.

This was a violent and controversial period of English history, and I have dedicated a great deal of my life trying to understand it. “Brief Candles” is a true story of youthful innocence exposed to the brutal realities of power-lust and party rivalry.

(Pamela Jean Horter-Moore, October 2017)

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Henry by Tony Riches

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Henry is the third and last book of

The Tudor Trilogy  by Tony Riches.

 

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“A fine end to a superbly researched and well-written trilogy, one I would recommend to anyone with an interest in this period of history.” Best-selling author Terry Tyler

“Henry was a hazy, cold impression in my mind, but Tony Riches fills him out, gives him intelligence, compassion, human frailty, and a consuming love of country, and I ended the book with great admiration for this man.” Author Noelle Granger

Bosworth 1485: After victory against King Richard III, Henry Tudor becomes King of England. Rebels and pretenders plot to seize his throne. The barons resent his plans to curb their power and he wonders who he can trust. He hopes to unite Lancaster and York through marriage to the beautiful Elizabeth of York.

With help from his mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, he learns to keep a fragile peace. He chooses a Spanish Princess, Catherine of Aragon, as a wife for his son Prince Arthur. His daughters will marry the King of Scotland and the son of the Emperor of Rome. It seems his prayers are answered, then disaster strikes and Henry must ensure the future of the Tudors.




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Author Tony Riches Picture The like of Henry VII has been overshadowed by his son and granddaughter, King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth Ist. I was born close to Pembroke Castle, where the fourteen-year-old Margaret Beaufort gave birth to Henry Tudor, so have always been fascinated by his story. Several years of detailed research went into writing this book, including visiting the remote Forteresse de Largoët in Brittany where Henry spent his long exile. Henry struggled to rule a divided country but his marriage to the beautiful Elizabeth of York began the longest period of peace for generations. His story concludes the best-selling Tudor Trilogy and I am proud to have helped raise a statue in his memory in front of Pembroke Castle.

HENRY is exclusive to Amazon KDP Select and is available in eBook, paperback and audiobook editions.

(Tony Riches, October 2017)

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Jasper by Tony Riches

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Jasper is the second book of

The Tudor Trilogy  by Tony Riches.

 

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England, 1461: The young King Edward of York has taken the country by force from King Henry VI of Lancaster. Sir Jasper Tudor, Earl of Pembroke, flees the massacre of his Welsh army at the Battle of Mortimer’s Cross and plans a rebellion to return his half-brother King Henry to the throne.

When King Henry is imprisoned by Edward in the Tower of London and murdered, Jasper escapes to Brittany with his young nephew, Henry Tudor. Then after the sudden death of King Edward and the mysterious disappearance of his sons, a new king, Edward’s brother Richard III takes the English throne. With nothing but his wits and charm, Jasper sees his chance to make young Henry Tudor king with a daring and reckless invasion of England.

Set in the often brutal world of 15th century England, Wales, Scotland, France, Burgundy and Brittany, during the Wars of the Roses, this fast-paced story is one of courage and adventure, love and belief in the destiny of the Tudors.




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Author Tony Riches PictureWithout the bravery and determination of Jasper Tudor the Tudor dynasty would never have gained the English throne. I live close to the Welsh seaside town of Tenby and have been explored the ancient tunnel he used to help his nephew Henry Tudor reach a ship in the harbour and escape to Brittany. I’ve also visited the castles where they spent their long exile, and stood on the pebble beach at Mill Bay where they returned to claim the crown. Spanning from the aftermath of the disastrous Battle of Mortimer’s Cross to victory at the Battle of Bosworth. Jasper’s story is based on true events and many years of research. It deserves to be told.

JASPER is exclusive to Amazon KDP Select and is available in eBook, paperback and audiobook editions.

(Tony Riches, October 2017)

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