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Conn Iggulden

WA R S O F T H E R O S E S

Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors

Contents

Map and Family Trees

List of Characters

The Road to This Place

PART ONE

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

PART TWO

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Epilogue

Historical Note

Acknowledgements

Follow Penguin

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Map and Family Trees

England at the time of the Wars of the Roses

Family Trees

Royal Lines of England

House of Lancaster

House of York

House of Neville

House of Tudor

List of Characters

– Queen Margaret/Margaret of Anjou: Wife of Henry VI, daughter of René of Anjou

– Lady Margaret Beaufort: Great-granddaughter of John of Gaunt, mother of Henry Tudor

– Thomas Bourchier: Archbishop of Canterbury

– Derry Brewer: Spymaster of Henry VI and Queen Margaret

– Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham: Supporter of Richard, Duke of Gloucester

– Charles le Téméraire (the Bold), Duke of Burgundy: Enemy of King Louis XI, and backer of Edward IV

– George, Duke of Clarence: Brother of Edward IV and Richard, Duke of Gloucester

– John Courtenay, Earl of Devon: Supporter of Queen Margaret and the Prince of Wales at battle of Tewkesbury

– Edward IV: King of England, son of Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York

– Edward V: Elder son of Edward IV, one of the princes in the Tower

– Henry Holland, Duke of Exeter: Supporter of Henry VI and Queen Margaret

– Richard of Gloucester: Brother of Edward IV and George, Duke of Clarence, later King Richard III

– Lord Baron William Hastings: Lord Chamberlain to Edward IV

– Henry VI: King of England, son of Henry V

– Edward of Lancaster: Son of Henry VI and Queen Margaret, Prince of Wales

– Louis XI: King of France, cousin of Queen Margaret

– Jacquetta of Luxembourg: Mother of Elizabeth Woodville

– John Neville, Baron/Marquess Montagu: Brother of Earl Warwick

– John Morton: Bishop of Ely

– Ann Neville: Daughter of Earl Warwick, wife of Edward of Lancaster, then of Richard of Gloucester

– George Neville: Archbishop of York, brother of Earl Warwick

– Isabel Neville: Daughter of Earl Warwick, wife of George, Duke of Clarence

– John de Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk: Supporter of Edward IV and Richard III, formerly supporter of Henry VI

– Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland: Head of Percy family, reluctant supporter of Richard III, formerly a supporter of Henry VI

– John de Vere, Earl of Oxford: Supporter of Henry VI and Queen Margaret, and later of Henry Tudor

– William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke: Guardian of Henry Tudor in Pembroke Castle

– Anthony Woodville, Earl Rivers: Brother-in-law to Edward IV

– Edmund Beaufort, Duke of Somerset: Supporter of Queen Margaret and Edward of Lancaster

– Lord Thomas Stanley: Royal treasurer and stepfather to Henry Tudor

– Sir William Stanley: Brother of Lord Stanley and captain to Lord Hastings; fought with Edward IV, and later Henry Tudor

– Robert Stillington: Bishop of Bath and Wells

– Rhys ap Thomas: Welsh captain, supporter of Henry Tudor at Battle of Bosworth

– Edmund Tudor: Husband of Margaret Beaufort and father of Henry Tudor; died of the plague in 1456

– Jasper Tudor: Brother of Edmund Tudor, uncle of Henry Tudor

– Owen Tudor: Father of Edmund and Jasper Tudor; killed after Battle of Mortimer’s Cross

– Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick: Head of the Neville family after the death of the Earl of Salisbury, later known as the Kingmaker; formerly supporter of Edward IV, restored Henry VI to the throne

– Baron Wenlock: Supporter of Margaret and the Prince of Wales

– Elizabeth Woodville: Wife of Edward IV

– Earl of Worcester: Supporter of Edward IV and Constable of England

– Anne, Bridget, Catherine, Cecily, Mary and Elizabeth of York: Daughters of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville

– Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York: Younger son of Edward IV, one of the princes in the Tower

The Road to This Place

In the fifteenth century, two great houses of England were bound by blood.

The older line, Lancaster, held the throne for three generations – until King Henry VI fell ill. The lesser line, York, snatched up the reins then – and war followed.

There could not be two kings. Edward of York joined with Earl Warwick to settle the issue on the battlefield in 1461. The house of Lancaster was defeated. Queen Margaret fled to France with her son, leaving her husband, Henry, to be held in the Tower of London.

King Edward IV married Elizabeth Woodville, who turned him against Earl Warwick. After endless provocations, Warwick snapped and captured Edward, holding him prisoner. Warwick also allowed the king’s brother, George, Duke of Clarence, to marry his daughter.

Though Warwick freed Edward in the end, their friendship never recovered.

Edward acted on accusations of treason against Warwick, sending men to arrest him.

At the end of the events in Bloodline, Warwick ran. He left England with his heavily pregnant daughter and his son-in-law, George of Clarence. Denied safe harbour, the child was born and died at sea. Warwick and Clarence were made exiles in France, rejected by friends and family.

The French king, Louis XI, saw a rare chance. He gave Warwick and Clarence an army of mercenaries – and the ships to land them. They returned to the coast of England in September 1470. Leaves of gold and red and white had been swept up in a great gale, so that no one knew how they would land.

The season of vengeance had begun.

1470

Trust not him that hath once broken faith.

William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part Three

1

The river bent a tail around Pembroke Castle. Winter sun shone red against the walls and the keep rose above the rest, tall as a cathedral, and about as proud.

On the path by the gatehouse, the stranger rested his hands on his saddle pommel, rubbing a thumb along a line of broken stitching. His horse was tired, the animal’s head drooping as it found nothing to eat on stones.

Compared to the guards staring down, Jasper Tudor was as dark as a shepherd. His hair was thick with road-dust, like matted cloth. It hung to his shoulders, keeping his face in shadow as the sun set and the day began to die around him. Though he was weary, his eyes were never still, watching every movement on the wall. Each time a guard turned his head to the inner yard, or glanced at an officer below, Jasper saw and listened and judged. He knew when news of his presence had summoned the master of the castle. He knew how many steps that man had to climb to reach the outer gate, barred in iron and just the first of a dozen defences against an attack.

Jasper counted under his breath, distracting himself from the anger he felt just at being in that place. He imagined each turn of the stone steps within and his mouth quirked when he saw William Herbert arrive on the crenellations.

The young earl looked down at him, strong emotion making him mottled. The new master of Pembroke was just seventeen years old, a red-faced brawler, still reeling from the death of his father. It seemed Earl Herbert did not much like the sight of the dark and wiry man looking up at him. That much was clear from his expression and the way he gripped the stone with his thick hands.

Jasper Tudor had been the Earl of Pembroke once, a dozen years before. It was hard not to bristle when a man half his age looked down upon him in arrogance from his own walls.

Earl William Herbert merely stared for a time, his eyes pinched small as if he had swallowed something that irked him. The younger man had a wide head, not fat but broad, topped by sleek hair cut straight across.

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