Wars of the Roses
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
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
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.
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
brilliant, colourful and
venture into history...
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
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
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.
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"
'This is energetic, competent stuff; Iggulden knows his material and his audience'
'Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction'
"This is the real 15th century England Game of Thrones!" Martin Belcher
"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.
Check out conniggulden.com.