Friday, March 19, 2010

The Stolen Crown by Susan Higgibotham

A fellow Sourcebooks author has a new book out, The Stolen Crown. Here is a brief description:

When six-year-old Kate Woodville’s beautiful sister Elizabeth makes a shocking—and secret—marriage to King Edward IV in 1464, Kate and her large family are whisked to the king’s court. Soon a bedazzled Kate becomes one of the greatest ladies in the land when she marries young Harry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham. But Kate’s fairy-tale existence as a duchess is shattered when the ongoing conflict between the houses of Lancaster and York engulfs the Woodville family.

As Edward IV fights to keep his crown, Harry’s relatives become hopelessly divided between Lancaster and York. Forced constantly to struggle with his own allegiances, Harry faces his defining moment when his dear friend Richard, Duke of Gloucester, determines to seize the throne for himself as Richard III. With lives in jeopardy and nothing less than a dynasty at stake, Harry’s loyalties—and his conscience—will be put to the ultimate test.

Lancastrians against Yorkists: greed, power, murder, and war. As the story unfolds through the unique perspective of Kate Woodville, it soon becomes apparent that not everyone is wholly evil—or wholly good.

The novel  is getting excellent reviews. Here is one from Jenny Loves to Read and another from Psychotic State.


  1. Civil War, an ugly, cruel, divisive, terrible, sort of war. Worse than most types.The most intense and sometimes very personal and close to home thing.
    But war, anyway is grotesque.

    You Americans obviously know about Civil War.

    Just the sort of thing for an intense dramatic novel.

    I'm sure, "The Stolen Crown," must benefit as drama from it's very subject matter.

    Warfare of that era has always fascinated me. How did they do it? Pray to God, then hack the person infront of them to pieces with a heavy sharp bladed instrument. How can one human hack another to pieces and then go on to someone else and hack or be hacked to pieces?
    The stuff of nightmares.

  2. There was a TV series in the 1970s called Connections. In one episode, the host, James Burke, took a broadsword and hacked at a side of beef. It was awful. You could only imagine how they went after each other at Agincourt and Crecy, etc.

  3. Aww thanks for the shout out Mary. Hope things are well with you :)