The match is a good one, and Kate is a supportive wife as Harry tries to gain favor with the king.Unfortunately, because of his Lancaster heritage, Buckingham will never reach a position of true power with the York king. Edward spends many years fighting wars against the French as well as uprisings led by the Lancasters and his brother George, Duke of Clarence, and Harry is always there in support of his king, alongside his friend, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, whom Harry has idolized from childhood.
The child King and his younger brother are sent to live in the Tower of London for their protection, and their mother the Queen takes her daughters into sanctuary at a nunnery. Harry is given estates and titles of honor, but his time away and his blind devotion to Richard take a toll on his marriage, especially when a point of legality steals the crown from the young Edward and places it on the head of Richard, now King Richard III, famous to many from Shakespeare's play of the same name.
Historical novels about the War of the Roses and its aftermath are everywhere right now, and I have read several of them. The Stolen Crownseems to be the most carefully researched and true to actual events, as they would have been seen through Kate's eyes. I often complain about historical novels not giving readers enough reference or background, and Susan Higginbotham always includes an interesting Author's Note, that I refer to often while reading. There is also a "cast of characters" in the front of the book, with descriptions and connections given.
The Stolen Crownto those interested in this era of history. It is interesting and exciting, written with an eye on the family behind the history.
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