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The author of the highly praised The Wild Irish is back with a mesmerizing novel that probes one of the most intriguing unsolved mysteries in history — what happened to the lost princes of York

Debated for more than five centuries, the disappearance of the young princes Edward and Richard from the Tower of London in 1483 has stirred the imaginations of numerous writers from Shakespeare to Josephine Tey and posited the question: Was Richard III the boys' murderer, or was he not? In a captivating novel rich in mystery, color, and historical lore, Robin Maxwell offers a new, controversial perspective on this tantalizing enigma.

The events are witnessed through the eyes of quick-witted Nell Caxton, only daughter of the first English printer, William Caxton, and Nell's dearest friend, Bessie, daughter of the King of England, sister to the little princes, and founding ancestress of the Tudor dynasty.

With great bravery and heart, the two friends navigate this dark and dangerous medieval landscape in which the king's death sets off a battle among the most scheming, ambitious, and murderous men and women of their age, who will stop at nothing to possess the throne of England.

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This narrative offers a new perspective on a five-century-old mystery and debate about the young princes of York who were imprisoned in the Tower of London by Richard III and disappeared, ensuring Richard's ascent to the throne.

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In 1483, Edward and Richard of York—Edward, by law, already King of England—were placed, for their protection before Edward's coronation, in the Tower of London by their uncle Richard. Within months the boys disappeared without a trace, and for the next five hundred years the despised Richard III was suspected of their heartless murders.

In To the Tower Born, Robin Maxwell ingeniously imagines what might have happened to the missing princes. The great and terrible events that shaped a kingdom are viewed through the eyes of quick-witted Nell Caxton, only daughter of the first English printer, and her dearest friend, "Bessie," sister to the lost boys and ultimate founder of the Tudor dynasty. It is a thrilling story brimming with mystery, color, and historical lore. With great bravery and heart, two friends navigate a dark and treacherous medieval landscape rendered more perilous by the era's scheming, ambitious, even murderous men and women who will stop at nothing to possess the throne.

About the Author

Robin Maxwell is the acclaimed author of The Wild Irish, The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn, The Queen's Bastard, and Virgin: Prelude to the Throne. She lives in Pioneertown, California.

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FleurDeMar, August 30, 2009 (view all comments by FleurDeMar)
To the Tower Born is the second book I’ve read that’s written by Robin Maxwell – the first being The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn. I like her writing style. It’s easy to follow, doesn’t get extremely repetitive and is all in all, very readable.

First off, there are some historical discrepancies, but since I’m certainly not a history major, I won’t get into those. I suppose people that are sticklers for accuracy might find this annoying. I’m of the opinion that people who write historical FICTION are allowed to take some liberties – unless they are totally blatant.

The story is about the disappearance of young King Edward V and his brother, Richard (Dickon), after they are put in the Tower by their uncle, Richard of Gloucester for ‘safe keeping’. The story is basically told from the perspective of princes’ sister, Bessie(who would go on to become mother to Henry VIII) and her friend, Nell Caxton. I like Nell – a lot! She’s the type of friend I’d like to have. She’s loyal, smart, funny and strong. She becomes god mother to Henry VIII and together, they tell him the story of the princes.

As so not to give away any spoilers, I’ll stop there. I found the book an interesting account of what might have happened to the Princes.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060580520
Author:
Maxwell, Robin
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks
Author:
by Robin Maxwell
Author:
Batali, Mario
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Situations / Death & Dying
Subject:
Italian
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20061003
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.736 in 11.04 oz
Age Level:
from 12

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"Synopsis" by , This narrative offers a new perspective on a five-century-old mystery and debate about the young princes of York who were imprisoned in the Tower of London by Richard III and disappeared, ensuring Richard's ascent to the throne.

"Synopsis" by , In 1483, Edward and Richard of York—Edward, by law, already King of England—were placed, for their protection before Edward's coronation, in the Tower of London by their uncle Richard. Within months the boys disappeared without a trace, and for the next five hundred years the despised Richard III was suspected of their heartless murders.

In To the Tower Born, Robin Maxwell ingeniously imagines what might have happened to the missing princes. The great and terrible events that shaped a kingdom are viewed through the eyes of quick-witted Nell Caxton, only daughter of the first English printer, and her dearest friend, "Bessie," sister to the lost boys and ultimate founder of the Tudor dynasty. It is a thrilling story brimming with mystery, color, and historical lore. With great bravery and heart, two friends navigate a dark and treacherous medieval landscape rendered more perilous by the era's scheming, ambitious, even murderous men and women who will stop at nothing to possess the throne.

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