Plantagenet Princess, Tudor Queen: The Story of Elizabeth of York By Samantha Wilcoxson – Review

Title – Plantagenet Princess, Tudor Queen: The Story of Elizabeth of York
Author – Samantha Wilcoxson
Genre – Historical Fiction
Length –   438 Pages
My Rating – 5/5 Stars


She was the mother of Henry VIII and wife of Henry VII, but who was Elizabeth of York? Raised as the precious eldest child of Edward IV, Elizabeth had every reason to expect a bright future until Edward died, and her life fell apart.

When Elizabeth’s uncle became Richard III, she was forced to choose sides. Should she trust her father’s brother and most loyal supporter or honor the betrothal that her mother has made for her to her family’s enemy, Henry Tudor?

The choice was made for her on the field at Bosworth, and Elizabeth the Plantagenet princess became the first Tudor queen.

Did Elizabeth find happiness with Henry? And did she ever discover the truth about her missing brothers, who became better known as the Princes in the Tower?

Lose yourself in Elizabeth’s world in Plantagenet Princess Tudor Queen.

This novel has been selected by the Historical Novel Society as an Editors’ Choice and long-listed for the 2016 HNS Indie Award.


What a treat this book was..

Once again my eyes have been opened to another powerful historical woman who I had little knowledge of before. If you’re like me you will know of Richard III and Henry Tudor but until now I knew nothing about Elizabeth of York.

This is such an emotive tale when you consider everything that happens. The most difficult part being the underlying mystery of the princes in the tower.. what really happened to them? As the book progresses you can really see the affect this must have had on Elizabeth.

Elizabeth must have really battled with her emotions considering individuals so close to her might have had a hand in their deaths..

The young princes aren’t the only ones to die in the tale. The author takes the chance to show what things were like to be alive at that time. Sicknesses that swept the land that would kill and poor it did not care..anyone could die. I really can’t imagine what it must have been like but even I had a lump in my throat at times..

Death follows our Queen around in what I thought was a very well written book. The chapters flowed so easy from one to the next with the perfect mix of detail and story that I like

I really like how the author handled the ageing process for the King and Queen, describing the changes that occurred over time. It made the story feel more real as I could imagine the events unfolding around them and how it changed their mind and bodies.

Elizabeth’s life is a hard one. We don’t know all the facts but Samantha Wilcoxson puts flesh on the bones of this tale making it an engrossing read

I’m a big fan of powerful, determined, emotive women in historical fiction novels and this is up there with the best I’ve read. This is the type of book that actually makes me want to learn more about history

While this tale is dark in its events it’s rather an inspiring tale, this woman had so much to deal with but she battled through until her death


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