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The Road Not Travelled: Alternative Tales of the Wars of the Roses Kindle Edition
B.R.A.G. Medallion HonoreeLife is made up of choices and which road we choose to take may be a pivotal decision that affects our whole life and others' lives too. We often wonder 'What if...?' when we think about our past and about history. This collection of short stories from over twenty talented authors explores some of the 'What ifs' associated with the Wars of the Roses. How would history have changed if one of the roads not travelled had been chosen instead? This anthology explores some of these roads and includes most of the famous figures of the Wars of the Roses - Edward IV, Elizabeth Woodville, Warwick the Kingmaker, Anne Neville, George of Clarence, Francis Lovell and, of course, Richard III to name just a few.
Twenty talented authors have donated their time and skill to contribute to this book which is sold in support of the Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK) and edited by Joanne R Larner. They are: C J Lock, Alex Marchant, J P Reedman, Toni Mount, Sandra Heath Wilson, Terri Beckett, Kit Mareska, Richard Tearle, Brian Wainwright, Jennifer C. Wilson,.Michèle Schindler, Bernadette Lyons, Maria Grazia Leotta, Susan Lamb, Clare Anderson, Jennifer Bradley, Roslyn Ramona Brown, Joanna Kingswood Iddison, Lisl Madeleine and Kathy Kingsbury. Foreword by Matthew Lewis, Chairman of the Richard III Society. Cover art by Riikka Nikko.
- ASIN : B094MPNY2R
- Publisher : Maddonna Publishing (June 10, 2021)
- Publication date : June 10, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 869 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 355 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B096M1KX98
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #815,481 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed June 14, 2021
The idea for this book came about when the editor, Joanne Larner, read a similar anthology whose stories presented alternative outcomes to events leading up to and including the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Being an avid Ricardian as well as a writer herself, she thought wouldn’t it be great to do something similar with the Wars of the Roses. So she contacted her writer friends, both professional and enthusiastic amateur and proposed an anthology, the proceeds of which go to Scoliosis Association UK, an organization that would surely be to King Richard III’s liking as he was a sufferer from this condition. And that is how "The Road Not Travelled" came about.
If you’re thinking this is some skimpy, half-a-dozen stories collection, think again. This is a good sized book that runs just over 350 pages. So you won’t be sitting down and reading this in an hour. Not unless you’re a speed reader, that is. There are 27 stories in all by 21 authors, and they run the range from serious to humorous. Most are straight forward alternative history, but a couple have touches of whimsy and one a bit of sci-fi. I have found anthologies a great way to discover new authors, and with this many you’re bound to find at least one or two you’d like to read more by.
Here’s a list of the stories and a very brief description of what each is about. I’ve listed other books by the names of authors who have published before, and hope I haven’t left someone out.
• “The Unwritten Story”, Parts 1, 2, & 3 by Maria Grazia Leotta. A framing story about a group of people who decide to write about Richard III.
• “York Ascendant” by Jennifer Bradley (Girls With Wings). Richard Duke of York survives Wakefield, and is able to claim the throne of England. But what about his sons?
• “If Only…” by Alex Marchant (The Order of the White Boar, books 1 & 2, and others). What if Edward IV had been up front with his youngest brother regarding Eleanor Butler?
• “The Desmond Papers” by C J Lock (Desmond’s Daughter series, Semper Fidelis series, and others). The Earl of Desmond knows a terrible secret. Will it cost him his life?
• “The Rose of Ireland” by Toni Mount (Sebastian Foxley The Color of…mystery series). What if Richard of Gloucester had secretly married someone other than Anne Neville?
• “How George Clarence Became King” by Brian Wainwright (Within the Fetterlock, The Adventures of Alianore Audley, others). Edward IV wins the battle of Tewkesbury, only to be killed by a stray arrow, leaving brother George as king.
• “April is the Cruelest Month” by J P Reedman (I, Richard Plantagenet series, Medieval Babes series, and others). Someone is trying to poison the king.
• "Of Cousins and Of Kings" by Roslyn Ramona Brown. What if the Earl of Warwick hadn't rebelled against King Edward?
• “God’s Anointed” by Joanne R Larner (Richard Liveth Yet books 1, 2 & 3, Distant Echoes, others). Richard of Gloucester learns a long hidden secret from Bishop Stillington, and comes to a decision as to how to proceed.
• “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” by Sandra Heath Wilson (Cicely Plantagenet series, and many, many others). A humorous retelling of Buckingham’s Rebellion. I’m still chuckling over “Morters? Was it something I said?”
• “Most Untrue Creature” by Bernadette Lyons (The Last Loyalty). A more serious story about the Buckingham Rebellion. This time, King Richard gives the Duke of Buckingham a second chance.
• “King Henry VII” by Joanne R Larner. How Henry VII came to the throne, but it’s not the Henry you’re thinking of.
• “A Conspiracy Unmasked” by Bernadette Lyons. A conspiracy against the king is uncovered.
• “Just Desserts” by Susan Lamb & Joanne R Larner (Dickon’s Diaries). An attempt is made on the young Prince of Wales’ life.
• “Love Match” by Terri Beckett. The queen is dead, and the king needs a wife.
• “The Butterfly of Bosworth” by Kit Mareska. A touch of sci-fi complete with a time machine.
• “The Birth of the Renaissance” by Joanne R Larner. How might history have been changed had Richard won at Bosworth?
• “Richard Liveth Yet” by Kathy H D Kingsbury. In this story Richard survives the battle of Bosworth…thanks to Henry Tudor?
• “A Castle Summer” by Joanna Kingswood Iddison. Queen Anne has died and King Richard takes his son Edward north to Sheriff Hutton Castle and, he hopes, safety.
• “Revenge” by Michéle Schindler (Lovell Our Dogge, Autumn Baron). King Richard is dead, and his friend Francis Lovell wants revenge.
• “The Apothecary’s Secret” by Clare Anderson. Brother Thomas Appleby overhears a terrible secret.
• “The Real Story of Stoke Field” by Sandra Heath Wilson. An exciting and very pro-Yorkist wish about how the Battle of Stoke Field should have turned out.
• “By the Grace of God” by Richard Tearle. Richard III won the Battle of Bosworth, but was severely wounded. Five years later, he is dying and wants to right what he feels is a wrong he committed.
• “The Thistle and The Rose” by Jennifer C. Wilson (Kindred Spirits series, others). Henry Tudor may have won at Bosworth and taken the throne by right of conquest, but what if he had no male heir to succeed him?
• “Baby Brother” by Kathy H D Kingsbury. A 72-year-old Richard is dying, and finds himself visited by his brothers George and Edward. A little bit of fantasy.
• “Lady in Waiting” by Clare Anderson. What if Richard had a direct descendant through a previously unknown bastard son?
• “Episodes in the Life of King Richard III” by Lisl Madeleine. An alternative version of Shakespeare and his play, Richard III.
Are some stories better than others? I think that’s a matter of opinion, but I can say in all honesty that all the stories are good in their own way. If you are pro-Yorkist or consider yourself a Ricardian and have ever found yourself wondering what if, this is a book you will want to read.
I give it 4 stars because it is enjoyable, fun to read, and supports a very good cause.
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So dip into this feast, and enjoy every delicious nibble! It’s well worth it.