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15 January 2017

Book Review: Plantagenet Princess, Tudor Queen: The Story of Elizabeth of York, by Samantha Wilcoxson

Available on Amazon UK and Amazon US

I've had to save this book for almost eighteen months because at the time it was published in 2015 I was researching for my own book on King Henry VII. I bought Plantagenet Princess as soon as it was published but as I started reading it I realised it could influence my thinking about Elizabeth of York. I returned to it as soon as my book was written and was fascinated to see Samantha's view of the same story through Elizabeth's eyes.

Elizabeth of York is too often portrayed as a victim of the Wars of the Roses and in my view deserves to be better understood. Samantha evokes the contrasts of the early Tudor period and explores new facets of Elizabeth's complex and often harrowing world.

Having spent three years writing about the life of Henry Tudor, I was particularly intrigued by her sympathetic view of Henry's relationship with Elizabeth, I'm glad I didn't read it before writing my book, as there are understandably different perspectives on Margaret Beaufort and Perkin Warbeck, among others.

Thought provoking and well researched, I recommend Plantagenet Princess to anyone interested in what life might have been like at the Tudor court of the fifteenth century. I will definitely be reading the other books in Samantha's Plantagenet Embers series.  

Tony Riches

(P.S. My new book, Henry - Book Three of The Tudor Trilogy will be published at the end of February.)

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About the Author

Samantha Wilcoxson is a writer and history enthusiast. She lives with her husband on a small lake in Michigan with three children, two cats and two dogs, she has plenty of writing inspiration. The Plantagenet Embers series debuted with 'Plantagenet Princess, Tudor Queen: The Story of Elizabeth of York'. It has been selected as an Editors' Choice by the Historical Novel Society and long-listed for the 2016 HNS Indie Award. Find our more at Samantha's website and follow her on Twitter @carpe_librum.


  1. Thank you so much for featuring 'my Elizabeth'! I am glad you enjoyed her story and can't wait to read Henry's. :-)

  2. Thank you Tony for recommending this novel, will be reading this as soon as I can source it. Waiting for your Henry as well 🙂


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