In a span of thirty years four kings lost their thrones countless men lost their lives on the battlefield or their heads on the block and others found themselves suddenly flush with gold. Scholarly and authoritative yet this non fiction work reads like a good novel based on the actual letters written by the paston family more than 550 years ago this work gives a glimpse into their lives their desires and their trials. Blood and roses the paston helen castor on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers in a span of thirty years four kings lost their thrones countless men lost their lives on the battlefield or their heads on the block. Blood and roses one familys struggle and triumph during the tumultuous wars of the roses by helen castor is a narrative based on the paston letters of 15th century england. About the author helen castor is a medieval historian and a bye fellow of sidney sussex college cambridge her book blood roses a biography of the fifteenth century paston family was longlisted for the samuel johnson prize in 2005 and won the english associations beatrice white prize in 2006
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