10 tales of historical fiction set in the era of the Wars of the Roses, mostly featuring a younger Richard, as a child and as the Duke of Gloucester. Now listed in chronological order to capture the sweep of the period…from Richard’s traumatic birth to Duchess Cecily in 1452, to the sack of Ludlow and the death at Wakefield of the Duke of York and Edmund of Rutland, to the joys of a pilgrimage to Walsingham and subsequent disaster at Olney, when Richard’s brother Edward IV is captured by Warwick’s men. Then there is exile, and the fancies of a lonely young man abroad, followed by the earnest young Duke taking his wife Anne to the healing springs of Malvern on a journey of remembrance, and a chance meeting with the fickle Duke of Buckingham at a wedding of royal children. The anthology finishes with a sad story of Anne and Richard in Scarborough after the death of their only son, and then with a light hearted ghost tale about the Duke of Buckingham haunting Debenhams.
With historical notes where applicable
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Born to a Canadian soldier and English war bride, J.P. grew up in Victoria, British Columbia. but has lived in the U.K. for almost a quarter of a century.
Interests include anthropology, archaeology, folklore, fantasy, the Wars of the Roses era (Richard III in particular), Robin Hood, medieval life in general, Stonehenge and the megalithic culture. Recent publications include THE CAPTIVE PRINCESS, about tragic medieval royal Eleanor of Brittany and THE BARROW WOMAN’S BONES, a short story based on a Wiltshire legend–with real archaeology.