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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Guest Post by Sandra Worth

One of the mysteries that I have always been curious about is that of the two princes in the tower and the "pretender" to the throne, Perkin Warbeck. As I read Pale Rose of England I couldn't help but wonder if the man known to the world as Perkin Warbeck was really Richard, one of the lost princes. I certainly think it could have been feesible. When Sandra offered me this guest post I was so excited because it spoke directly to my interest in this character. So without further ado, here is Sandra Worth.

Behind the Legend of Perkin Warbeck 

Guest Post by Sandra Worth, author of 
Pale Rose of England

The disappearance of the little princes in the Tower has fascinated people for centuries. Was the mysterious young man the Tudors nicknamed “Perkin Warbeck” really a fraud as they claimed, or was he Richard, Duke of York, the younger of the two princes who vanished in the Tower of London, as he himself said he was? His story has been given before, so what can Pale Rose of England possibly offer?
Consider this. Have you ever read a book where he stars in his own story? In novels he is someone seen by others as “an event” in their lives. What is different in Pale Rose of England is that it presents the Pretender’s case based on a wonderful new biography. Now Richard aka “Perkin Warbeck” takes center stage to tell his own tale—and what a tale it turns out to be!

There is no definitive answer to the mystery of the princes at this great distance in time, but my research of the facts and inconsistencies surrounding the Pretender have convinced me, as it has numerous others, that he was indeed the lost prince in the Tower. Certainly, many contemporaries thought so and even Henry VII behaved as if he believed the young man was who he claimed to be.

Pale Rose of England relates the heroic journey of a young prince who comes to reclaim his inheritance—his father’s crown. While Arthurian elements lend his story heart, at essence it remains a murder mystery wrapped up in lies and half-truths that is served up to history as fact by those who had the most to gain at the time. Pale Rose of England peels off the misrepresentations to reveal a young man who finds great love, and great adventure, and for a fleeting moment is seen to touch his dreams. At his side stands the grand passion of his life, a princess of royal Scottish blood who never wavers in her love and support of him, even when faced with temptation of Mephistophelian proportions. Her loyalty, courage, and beauty win her the love of the king who took her captive, and the admiration of the English people who come to call her their “Pale Rose of England.”

The Romantic Times gave Pale Rose of England their highest marks. To quote: “Worth creates a love story amidst war, a history filled with glorious people and an unforgettable female character who triumphs when others fail; whose faith and love move a king and who has been lost to history until now.” Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, took Richard/Perkin to her heart over a hundred and fifty years ago, and left us this observation: “The various adventures of this unfortunate prince… and his alliance with a beautiful and high-born woman, who proved a faithful, loving wife to him, take away the sting from the ignominy which might attach itself to his fate; and make him, we venture to believe, in spite of the contumely later historians have chosen, in the most arbitrary way, to heap upon him… a hero to ennoble the pages of a humble tale.”

I hope you enjoy my humble tale, Pale Rose of England.

Sandra Worth is the acclaimed author of five books set during England’s Wars of the Roses. Each is a recipient of multiple awards and prizes, including three Reviewers Choice Awards. For more information, visit her at http://www.sandraworth.com/.

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  1. Great guest post! I am also intrigued by the whole Perkin Warbeck mystery. I believe, though, that if certain nobles hadn't been so greedy, there wouldn't be this mystery. They boys would have lived and all would have been well. But history is never easy and it's partly why I love it so much.

  2. As they say, history is written by the victors so much of "Perkin Warbeck" has probably been destroyed by those who wanted him to quietly disappear in time.

  3. I am going to buy this. Thank you for posting it and alerting those of us who do not read RT to buy it.

  4. Very much interested in this, will definitely pick it up.

  5. Loved the post, I love the mystery that surrounds him. I wish we could know what really happened.

  6. Irena - It is quite the interesting story - I had actually not known anything about the character of Perkin before hand.

    Pricilla - I would have to totally agree.

    Delicious Romance & Tribute Books Mama - I hope you enjoy it!

    Lizzy - I would so love to know what the real story was.

  7. Sandra, Thank you for the lovely post. These are two people I knew nothing about until this book. I have been interested in the mystery of the two princes in the tower, but didn't realize there was someone claiming to be one of them. England seems to be so very full of murder and maneuvering for the throne. To many have fallen victim to it. I look forward to reading PALE ROSE.


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