Roseblood: A gripping tale of a turbulent era in English history

Roseblood: A gripping tale of a turbulent era in English history

Paul Doherty / Jan 24, 2020

Roseblood A gripping tale of a turbulent era in English history England a kingdom on the brink of civil war The Red Rose King Henry of Lancaster s days are numbered Deemed unfit for rule even by his own mother he surely cannot last on the throne for long S

  • Title: Roseblood: A gripping tale of a turbulent era in English history
  • Author: Paul Doherty
  • ISBN: 9780755395965
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Hardcover
  • England, 1455 a kingdom on the brink of civil war.The Red Rose King Henry of Lancaster s days are numbered Deemed unfit for rule, even by his own mother, he surely cannot last on the throne for long Simon Roseblood London lord, taverner and alderman is one of few loyal servants left to fight his cause The White Rose Ruthless Richard of York has his eye firmly setEngland, 1455 a kingdom on the brink of civil war.The Red Rose King Henry of Lancaster s days are numbered Deemed unfit for rule, even by his own mother, he surely cannot last on the throne for long Simon Roseblood London lord, taverner and alderman is one of few loyal servants left to fight his cause The White Rose Ruthless Richard of York has his eye firmly set on the crown and plenty of powerful allies who will do anything to help him win it Henchman Amadeus Sevigny makes no bones about enforcing his own authority and asserting law and order at York s command.When Roseblood is summoned by Sevigny to stand trial for a crime he knows he didn t commit, their paths cross in ways that alter them both for ever And as the Wars of the Roses looms, an even greater foe is poised to rock the foundations of England, and wreak horror in a hotbed of political unrest.

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      • Paul Doherty

        Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.He has been published under several pseudonyms P.C Doherty, Celia L Grace, Paul Harding, Ann Dukthas, Vanessa Alexander, Michael Clynes and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name.Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough North Eastern England in 1946 He had the usual education before studying at Durham for three years for the Catholic priesthood but decided not to proceed He went to Liverpool University where he gained a First Class Honours Degree in History and won a state scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford, whilst there he met his wife Carla Lynn Corbitt He continued his studies but decided that the academic world was not for him and became a secondary school teacher.Paul worked in Ascot, Nottingham and Crawley West Sussex before being appointed as Headmaster to Trinity Catholic School in September 1981 Trinity is a large comprehensive 1700 on roll which teaches the full ability range, ages 11 18 The school has been described as one of the leading comprehensives in the U.K In April, 2000 H M Inspectorate describe it as an Outstanding School , and it was given Beacon status as a Centre of Excellence whilst, in the Chief Inspector s Report to the Secretary of State for January 2001, Trinity Catholic High School was singled out for praise and received a public accolade.Paul s other incarnation is as a novelist He finished his doctorate on the reign of Edward II of England and, in 1987, began to publish a series of outstanding historical mysteries set in the Middle Age, Classical, Greek, Ancient Egypt and elsewhere These have been published in the United States by St Martin s Press of New York, Edhasa in Spain, and Eichborn, Heyne, Knaur and others in Germany They have also been published in Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, Romania, Estonia, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Bulgaria, Portugal and China, as well as Argentina and Mexico.He has been published under several pseudonyms see the bibliography C L Grace, Paul Harding, Ann Dukthas and Anna Apostolou but now writes only under his own name He recently launched a very successful series based around the life of Alexander the Great, published by Constable Robinson in the U.K and Carroll and Graf in the U.S.A whilst his novels set in Ancient Egypt have won critical acclaim Paul has also written several non fiction titles A Life of Isabella the She wolf of France, Wife of Edward II of England, as well as study of the possible murder of Tutankhamun, the boy Pharaoh of Egypt s 18th Dynasty, and a study on the true fate of Alexander the Great.Paul and Carla live on the borders of London and Essex, not far from Epping Forest and six of their children have been through his own school His wife Carla currently owns two horses and is training, for showing and dressage, a beautiful Arab filly named Polly.Paul lectures for a number of organisations, particularly on historical mysteries, many of which later feature in his writings A born speaker and trained lecturer Paul Doherty can hold and entertain audiences.His one great ambition is to petition the Privy Council of England to open the Purbeck marble tomb of Edward II in Gloucester Cathedral Paul believes the tomb does not house the body


    693 Comments

    1. This was a fascinating page-turner with head-spinning plot twists and a rather predictable ending. The cast is made up of mostly fictional characters, including the two protagonists.Simon Roseblood is a loyal chancery clerk of John Beaufort’s Lancastrian household, who are staunch supporters of King Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou. Amadeus Sevigny is a chancery clerk of the ambitious York household (Duke of York, his wife Cecily Neville and their nephew Richard Neville) who have set their eyes [...]


    2. Rape, pillage, plunder, kill. You think it's was just the Vikings? The History books are full of massacres, but when you mess with the wrong village, you need to watch out for vengeance - especially if you were not responsible or even present during the crime. Simon Roseblood and his family are being stalked by LeCorbeil. They will not stop until everyone involved is laying dead beside their calling card, a dead crow. Set at the time of the start of the war of the Roses, which plays a bit of a b [...]


    3. Set in 1455 at the dawn of what history calls the War of the Roses, or, more accurately, the Cousins War, "Roseblood" is a bit of a change for Paul Doherty. It isn't really a mystery, what is truly is is a medieval political thriller.Simon Roseblood is a taverner, alderman, career criminal, and loyal servant of the House of Lancaster. Amadeus Sevigny is a clerk indentured to Richard, Duke of York, leading light of the House of York.Amadeus' masters want Simon Roseblood bought down, but as a much [...]


    4. It's 1455 and England is heading towards civil war. Henry VI is still on the throne but he is a weak ruler and there are many who think he is not fit to be King. The Duke of York believes his claim is stronger than Henry's and with the support of some of England's most powerful noblemen he is determined to win the crown for himself. The scene is set for the period of history that will become known as the Wars of the Roses.In Roseblood we meet two men who are on opposite sides of the conflict. Si [...]


    5. I liked this as an adventure story. There was lots of action and intrigue, some great shady but good-hearted characters and just a tad of romance. All perfect ingredients for a such a book.


    6. Roseblood is set in London 1455 just before the start of War of the Roses. We are introduced to Simon Roseblood who is a staunch supporter of the Lancastrian King Henry VI. Simon is a lord and alderman (an alderman is a member of a municipal assembly or council) and owner of Roseblood Tavern and a vast network of underground information. Corrupt city officials have indicted Simon, led by Amadeus Savigny a city clerk who works for Richard Duke of York. The indictment is based on trumped up charge [...]


    7. This is the first book of Doherty's based in the 15th century, at the start of the Wars of the Roses, and it was extremely engrossing. I hope we will see more of the Rosebloods and Amadeus Sevigny.


    8. Roseblood, by Paul Doherty, is a tale of historical fiction that brought to mind the fantasy fiction of Game of Thrones. Written by a history scholar it exudes accuracy and detail, showing that George R.R. Martin did his research before embarking on that epic tale. This book seems even more shocking though, as the story has been woven around known facts. The intrigue, deception, cruelty and loss of life happened as depicted, even if many of the characters and their interactions have been created [...]


    9. I really enjoyed this book. I've read a lot of historical fiction set around the Wars of the Roses and what I liked most about this is the fact that it didn't focus on the key players, but rather the people behind the scenes, those who would get their hands dirty to further the political machinations of their lords. The portrayal of Simon Roseblood as a lord of the streets with true power of his own creates what can be seen almost as a city within a city. The echoes of Arthurian legend in the wa [...]


    10. London in the fifteenth century and Roseblood is a successful tavern keeper who knows everyone and controls his local area. In a previous life he was a soldier fighting in France and witnessed the aftermath of a massacre. Now the survivors from the village are out for revenge against Roseblood and influential enemies closer to home are looking to bring him down.This is seriously enjoyable novel from Doherty, the characters are well-formed and have personalities, the research is superb and the pl [...]


    11. This latest book is written in a more linear style, without a mystery for the reader to solve. It enjoyable and informative, but a bit heavy on the itemization. After the first 90 pages or so, which put the reader in the time frame, the action picks up and the book moves. (This book is more like one of his earlier novels; see the first few books on a Doherty list.Did I enjoy it? Yes.


    12. Something different from Paul Doherty. Not a mystery but first class historical intrigue played out against the first steps of the War of the Roses. Full review soon at classicmystery.wordpress



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