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Bloodline : The Wars of the Roses - Conn Iggulden

Bloodline

The Wars of the Roses

Paperback Published: 2nd May 2016
ISBN: 9780718196424
Number Of Pages: 496

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Two men may claim a crown. But only one can wear it . . .

Winter 1461: Richard Duke of York's head is on a spike.

As the Lancastrian Queen Margaret rides south with her victorious army she seeks to free her captured husband, King Henry VI.

With the death of York, her army appears invincible. Yet in killing the father, Margaret has unleashed the sons.

Edward of March, now Duke of York, proclaims himself England's king. Brother confronts brother. King faces king.

And blood will run deep in English soil . . .

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Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction Daily Mirror Superbly plotted and paced The Times Conn breathes new life into the darkest and most dramatic of times, with a flair for both the huge scale and human interest of it all Star Exceptionally well-written and gripping Stylist Compelling reading Woman and Home A page-turning thriller Mail on Sunday Pacey and juicy, and packed with action Sunday Times

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ISBN: 9780718196424
ISBN-10: 0718196422
Series: The Wars of the Roses
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 2nd May 2016
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1

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Conn Iggulden

About the Author


I was born in the normal way in 1971, and vaguely remember half-pennies and sixpences. I have written for as long as I can remember: poetry, short stories and novels. Itâ??s what I always wanted to do and read English at London University with writing in mind. I taught English for seven years and was Head of English at St. Gregoryâ??s RC High school in London by the end of that period. I have enormous respect for those who still labour at the chalk-face. In truth, I canâ??t find it in me to miss the grind of paperwork and initiatives. I do miss the camaraderie of the smokersâ?? room, as well as the lessons where their faces lit up as they understood what I was wittering on about.

My mother is Irish and from an early age she told me history as an exciting series of stories - with dates. My great-grandfather was a Seannachie , so I suppose story-telling is in the genes somewhere. My father flew in Bomber Command in WWII, then taught maths and science. Perhaps crucially, he also loved poetry and cracking good tales. Though it seems a dated idea now, I began teaching when boys were told only girls were good at English, despite the great names that must spring to mind after that statement. My father loved working with wood and equations, but he also recited â??Vitai Lampadaâ?? with a gleam in his eye and that matters, frankly.

Iâ??ve always loved historical fiction as a genre and cut my teeth on Hornblower and Tai-Pan, Flashman, Sharpe and Jack Aubrey. I still remember the sheer joy of reading my first Patrick Oâ??Brian book and discovering there were nineteen more in the series. I love just about anything by David Gemmell, or Peter F. Hamilton or Wilbur Smith. I suppose the one thing that links all those is the love of a good tale.

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