(From the publisher):
The Sun of York was in the ascendant and Edward IV had taken the crown with the help of Warwick, the Kingmaker. Warwick had plans for a French alliance but Edward had fallen in love with Elizabeth Woodville after a meeting in the forest contrived by her and her mother. So fervent was the King's passion for the beautiful widow who refused to become his mistress that the marriage, which was to shake the foundations of the King's friendship with Warwick, took place. Disaster was inevitable, but, towering above those about him, reckoned to be the most handsome man in the country, strong yet affable, Edward rose above it and proved himself to be a King in the mold of the more illustrious of his Plantagenet ancestors.
But his love of what was called "luxurious living" began to have its effect; he was sexually insatiable and his mistresses were numerous. Elizabeth, however, knew how to keep her place and through the years provided him with many children, among them Edward V and his brother Richard Duke of York who, in later days, became known as the Princes in the Tower and whose fate has become one of the most intriguing mysteries of all time.
Edward's most trusted supporter was his brother Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and his worst enemy his brother George, Duke of Clarence. George's perfidy brought him to a violent end in the Tower of London but Richard lived on to become the Lord Protector and briefly to wear the crown.
At the center of events was Edward, splendid in appearance and beloved of the people. His favorite device was that of the sun in all its splendour surrounding the white roses of York. Two women he loved above all the others played their part in history -- his cool calculating Queen and Jane Shore, the warm hearted goldsmith's wife. He lived recklessly and when, on his death, an incident from his past came to light. Its effect was to change the course of history.
Richard came to the throne but there was one other waiting to take the crown -- a man whose very legitimacy was suspect. And so came the fatal confrontation on Bosworth Field which resulted in the coming of Tudors -- and the end of the long saga of Plantagenet Kings.
Original title: The Sun in Splendour
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ The "royals"
Fiction→ Historical→ European→ British Isles→ England