The King's Grey Mare

Rosemary Hawley Jarman

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The King's Grey Mare

The King s Grey Mare The King s grey mare was Elizabeth Woodville Queen and wife of Edward IV Beautiful beyond belief with unique silver grey hair she had once known joy of a marriage based on love only to see it snatc

  • Title: The King's Grey Mare
  • Author: Rosemary Hawley Jarman
  • ISBN: 9780752445632
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback
  • The King s grey mare was Elizabeth Woodville, Queen and wife of Edward IV Beautiful beyond belief, with unique silver grey hair, she had once known joy of a marriage based on love only to see it snatched away on the battlefield Hardened and changed by grief, Elizabeth became the tool of her evil ambitious mother the witch, Jaquetta of Bedford who was determined that herThe King s grey mare was Elizabeth Woodville, Queen and wife of Edward IV Beautiful beyond belief, with unique silver grey hair, she had once known joy of a marriage based on love only to see it snatched away on the battlefield Hardened and changed by grief, Elizabeth became the tool of her evil ambitious mother the witch, Jaquetta of Bedford who was determined that her daughter should sit on the throne of England By trickery, deception, and witchcraft, Jaquetta s wish was fulfilled But even a witch could not have known the tragedy which lay in store for the King s grey mare.

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    1. Orsolya on said:

      Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV, was surrounded with intrigue. Whether it is due to her ‘hasty marriage’ to Edward, her supposed witchcraft (doubtful!), or being the mother to the Princes in the Tower; her legend lives on. Rosemary Hawley Jarman brings this captivating Queen to life in, “The King’s Grey Mare”.“The King’s Grey Mare” follows Elizabeth Woodville’s life from a young girl to her rise and somewhat-considered fall on fortune’s wheel. Although the initial page [...]

    2. Misfit on said:

      Jarman recounts the life of Elizabeth Woodville, daughter of Richard Woodville, Earl Rivers and Jacquetta of Luxembourg. As a young girl she serves at the court of Henry VI as maid of honor to Marguerite d'Anjou until she meets and marries John Grey (a true love match according to the author) and bears two sons. When Grey is killed while fighting for the Lancastrians, Elizabeth's mother Jacquetta sets her sights on Edward IV and herein Jarman weaves the story of the Woodville's alleged sorcery a [...]

    3. Freda Warrington on said:

      Thoroughly enjoyable – she handles a complicated historical period (the Wars of the Roses) with great elegance. She achieves this by telling much of it in flashback; we see Elizabeth Woodville, or other characters, in a situation but thinking about a battle that’s just taken place or a person who’s been killed, thus changing the course of history. This however is done so well that I didn’t even notice that a lot of the story was “told” rather than “shown”. (Actually “show don [...]

    4. Lisa (Harmonybites) on said:

      I admit my high rating may be due to early imprinting and nostalgia, but this was one the novels that made me fall in love with both English history and historical fiction. I was maybe fourteen when I still read this book but I can still remember it vividly decades later. Jarman is known as someone sympathetic to Richard III, who thinks him much maligned--you can see that in his depiction in Jarman's We Speak No Treason centered on Richard III. Ordinarily, ardent Ricardians are harsh on Elizabet [...]

    5. Bryn Greenwood on said:

      This is one of those deeply researched and passionately felt historical novels that help fill in all the blanks left by a public school education and a Herman and the Hermits record. Everything feels real, even the things that historians can't possibly know and must therefore imagine. In that sense, Jarman is the perfect mix of historian and fiction writer. I go away from this book, feeling sure that these exact conversations were had.My only lingering complaint is Jarman's (or her editor's) hab [...]

    6. Audrey on said:

      Excellent book based on the wars oif the Roses and the life of Elizabeth Woodville and her marriage to Edward IV. Fascinating and terrible it shows the cost of unbridled ambition. It deals with intrigue, murder, betrayal and love. It vividly brings to life Elizabeth and her times and the politics of the Court. This book is highly recommended. A fascinating read about a bloodthirsty and tumultuous period if British history,

    7. Kara on said:

      Surprisingly, this book becomes a strong message on why killing your enemies will not, in the long run, work. Elizabeth Woodville uses every feminine wile in the book to try and get her way, over and over getting obsessed with someone and wanting their head on a plate, then a few pages later getting obsessed with someone new, each time thinking killing this person will solve everything.While I think Elizabeth was a very active member of Plantagenet politics, I don’t think she was quite as infl [...]

    8. Shawn Thrasher on said:

      Jarman's book about Elizabeth Woodville came long before The White Queen, but they cover almost exactly the same ground. Jarman is a more lyrical and old fashioned writer; Gregory flushes out some of Jarman's ideas in a more meatier and interesting way (the witchery of the Woodvilles, for example, is more deftly written by Gregory than Jarman). This isn't a bad book by any means; if you like the Wars of the Roses, then you'll (mostly) enjoy Jarman's book. My only beef was the zig and zag of the [...]

    9. Helene Harrison on said:

      Review - I always viewed Elizabeth Woodville as being a strong-willed woman, who always did what she wanted, but in this novel we see her firmly under the hand of her witch mother, which I don't believe. It immediately put me off. I was bored within the first few pages, but plodded on for a couple of chapters. Nevertheless, I couldn't finish the book as the description seemed at times to be overwhelming, and there wasn't enough action.Genre? - Historical Fiction / DramaCharacters? - Elizabeth Wo [...]

    10. Cheryl on said:

      This is the first time I've read a Rosemary Hawley Jarman novel and based on this it won't be the last. I just thought this was wonderful and very well researched. It's the first time I've seen the idea that Henry VII had the princes killed, which I found interesting given that Richard III is seen as a bit of a bad guy in this book. Although to Elizabeth Woodville everyone was a bad guy. I really liked the love story between the young Elizabeth and John Grey and I even liked the character of Gra [...]

    11. Jenny on said:

      I was disappointed, to be honest. As the book went on, I found myself skimming more and more. I felt it was clunky and full of irritating archaisms (eg boys and girls become 'knaves' and 'maids') and I wondered why at this late stage of the Middle Ages women are being addressed in French as 'Madame' all the time. The problem already noted elsewhere of great time jumps between paragraphs was also a hindrance and I didn't feel any characters really stood out as real people, except perhaps for Glou [...]

    12. Joanna Gawn on said:

      I love Plantagenet and Tudor history, and always look forward to reading any novel which has these at its foundation. This was not an easy book to read, in terms of both vocabulary and style; occasionally I was unclear on what was happening to whom, as the prose was so intricate. I feel a slight sadness for books whose progress I mark ten or twenty pages at a time, knowing that I am unlikely to read it again! Still, I am glad I took the time - and effort - to read it this once. However I would c [...]

    13. Sara on said:

      Back in my days of obsession over Plantagenet & Tudor history, this book was heads & shoulders above most of what I read. The story is told from the viewpoint of Elizabeth Woodville, the much vilified wife of Edward IV. The story of her first marriage (for love, as portrayed in this book) is very sympathetic although the account of her later life is more in line with conventional portrayals.

    14. Vanessa on said:

      I know I'll be in the minority here, but this didn't work for me at all. A long, twisting story with hard to read language, tedious repetitions, unlikable characters, witchery, mythos and declarations of love all over the place. This is the only book I've read of this authors and it will be the last.

    15. Laura on said:

      This is the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the wife of Edward IV of England. She is portrayed as a conniving woman, interested only in furthering her extensive family. The author obviously sympathizes with Richard III, who succeeded his brother.

    16. Jane on said:

      Update. I can't be bothered to finish this. A hand-me-down from my mom. Nice summer reading.

    17. Christine on said:

      This wonderful historical novel vividly recreates the heartbreak of the War of the Roses in medieval England.

    18. Jan Aldergate on said:

      before Phillippa Gregory there was Rosemary Hawley jarman. takes minor characters to tell the stories of English history and does it really well.

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