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Stormbird: Wars of the Roses
Stormbird“A brilliant, colourful and highly-
  imaginative venture into history for
  best-selling author Conn Iggulden,
  Stormbird: Wars Of The Roses takes
  a new look at the devout and gentle
  King Henry VI whose supporters are
  desperately trying to hold onto his
  rightful position as others seek
  to replace him with a stronger, more
  powerful king..

THE PIOUS AND GENTLE KING HENRY VI, known as The Lamb, sits on the throne of ultimate power as the king of England. He has come of age in 1437 and, after many years of Regency, has succeeded the long-dead Henry V, the great Lion of England.

But the young Henry suffers from poor health and a frail mind and relies heavily on his closest aides, the quick-witted and cunning Kings Spymaster Derry Brewer, who seeks a suitable and useful queen for Henry, and the gentle and loyal William de la Pole, Duke of Suffolk, to run the kingdom.

A brilliant, colourful and
highly imaginative
venture into history...”
Already there are those who plot to see another, stronger king as the ultimate ruler of England as there are fears that Henry and his advisors will allow the country to slide into ruin. The Plantagenet Richard, Duke of York, believes it is imperative that the country has at its head a tough and wise monarch who can ensure England's survival.

Henry is to marry the young and innocent French noblewoman Margaret of Anjou, little more than a child. It is a marriage designed to remove the risk of England losing all its territories in France; but in order to do so, they must concede some in return.

Derry Brewer has Royal consent for his plans and as the wedding goes ahead it looks as if all is well. But he has not reckoned with the English landowners living in France who will not give up their property and are prepared to fight to keep it.

The French king is so angry that the English appear to have gone back on their word that he takes his bloody revenge; forcibly evicting the English until they are compelled to flee as refugees to the coast. A bloody and savage war begins as the French army, led by the king, sweep across their newly-returned lands.

With England's territories in France under threat, a rebellion is taking place in Kent as the poor are facing a much higher cost of living. Led by Jack Cade, the men plan to march upon the county town of Maidstone and before long the Sheriff has been murdered. As more men join the rebellion, Jack prepares to march upon London and has no intention of letting anyone get in his way.

King Henry and his supporters are being attacked on two fronts, so will he manage to keep his throne and find the strength to fight both the French and his own people?

Hailed as a landmark piece of historical fiction writing, Stormbird: Wars of the Roses is the first in a series of books about the troubles. Gritty, raw and with a fine sense of period, this magnificent book reflects the real knights in shining or even somewhat tarnished armour and is a reflection of the times when even a king was not safe on his throne.

The writing is very vivid and the fight scenes descriptive, real and harrowing. Life was no picnic and you had to pick your side carefully or suffer the consequences. The book is, of course, very timely as 2013 saw the discovery of Richard III's bones.

Currently there is an obsession with the kind of historical action adventure of Game of Thrones and fellow historical novelist Phillipa Gregory's own series of books (also about the Wars of the Roses) one of which, The White Queen, was successfully serialised for television.

Conn Iggulden is a wonderful storyteller and a thorough researcher, seamlessly welding historical fact with fiction to produce an epic tale in a page-turning novel that keeps the drama coming.

* Internationally best-selling author of the Emperor and Conqueror series, Conn Iggulden's Stormbird: Wars of the Roses (Michael Joseph's biggest hardback fiction release), was published in Autumn 2013 by Penguin.

"A brilliant, colourful and highly imaginative venture into history" Maggie Woods

'This is energetic, competent stuff; Iggulden knows his material and his audience' Independent

'Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction' Daily Mirror

"This is the real 15th century England Game of Thrones!" Martin Belcher (Amazon *****)

"Full of period detail, the narrative weaves a glittering thread through the complex political chaos of the time. It's been said that Game of Thrones is the Wars of the Roses written as fantasy. This is the real thing; more glorious, more passionate, far, far more gritty" Manda Scott (Head of Historical Writers Association & Author)

"The writing is as ever impeccable; the author has the ability to recreate the very bones of history" Jaffa Reads Too (blogger)

EX-SCHOOL TEACHER AND ADVENTURER (Dangerous Book for Boys), Conn Iggulden is one of the most successful authors of historical fiction writing today and will go to any lengths to research his historical facts.

Stormbird is the first book in his brilliant new series set during the Wars of the Roses, an extraordinary period of British history. His previous two series, on Julius Caesar and on the Mongol Khans of Central Asia, describe the founding of the greatest empires of their day and were Number One bestsellers. Conn Iggulden lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and children.

Extraordinarily, Conn was the first author to ever achieve a simultaneous No 1 across both fiction and non-fiction charts, and over seven million copies of his books have now sold globally.

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