England, 1469. The House of York has reigned supreme for eight years, ever since its crushing victory over Lancaster at the Battle of Towton. However, storm clouds gather on the horizon. King Edward IV has alienated his ally, the Earl of Warwick, by marrying a commoner and excluding Warwick's family from marrying into the royal family. Warwick begins to conspire against hiEngland, 1469. The House of York has reigned supreme for eight years, ever since its crushing victory over Lancaster at the Battle of Towton. However, storm clouds gather on the horizon. King Edward IV has alienated his ally, the Earl of Warwick, by marrying a commoner and excluding Warwick's family from marrying into the royal family. Warwick begins to conspire against his old friend, and finds an ally in Edward's disaffected brother, the Duke of Clarence.The cause of Lancaster is not entirely lost. Queen Margaret and her son, Prince Edward, wait in exile for an opportunity to invade and liberate Henry VI from the Tower. Scattered bands of Lancastrian diehards haunt the forests and wild places, ambushing and slaughtering Yorkists whenever they can.One of these diehards is Richard Bolton, known in ballad and song as The White Hawk. Having survived Towton and further Lancastrian defeats at Hedgeley Moor and Hexham, he and his band of outlaws have sworn to fight for Lancaster until they are all dead.Richard's reformed brother, James, is now a secret agent in the employ of the Bishop of Coventry. The youngest brother, Martin, seeks to heal old wounds while his siblings plot to raise new wars in the land. Their sister Mary languishes at Heydon Court, bereaved of her mother and husband and left to raise her daughter alone.Part II of The White Hawk is a novella that follows the further trials and adventures of the Boltons, as they struggle to survive and prosper in a country threatened by renewed civil war and the contending ambitions of power-hungry nobles......
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the white hawk rebellion Reviews
I had high expectations for this novel and was not disappointed. 'White Hawk (I): Revenge' was my introduction to David Pilling's writing when I happened to catch it as a Kindle freebie a few months ago. This one I purchased the day it came out, so anxious was I to continue the story of Richard Bolton during the Wars of the Roses. The second installment of The White Hawk series begins approximately 8 years after the end of the first and covers the rebellions of Robin Redesdale and Lord Wells. Though he is briefly taken prisoner by the Earl of Warwick, Edward IV manages to crush both attempts at removing him from power. Richard Bolton is a diehard Lancastrian obsessed with putting Henry VI back on the throne. He has become so removed from the idea of regular life with a wife, family, and estates, that he jumps at the opportunity to fight against Edward regardless of who he must ally himself with or what the odds of success seem to be.Though this novel is written from the Lancastrian point of view, Pilling does an excellent job of balanced storytelling. Henry VI does not enter the story at all, only those who are willing to risk their lives for his benefit, whether they believe him to be slightly addled or not. Edward may be the enemy, but he is still written as the glorious, larger than life soldier that few deny him to be. The only person written as a true villain is Warwick, and, really, for good reason. He did lead rebellion and cause the deaths of thousands, first to put Edward on the throne, then in attempts to remove him.Pilling writes realistic, moving battle scenes with some men who bravely charge forth regardless of the odds and others who manage to hide in the back even if their side is victorious. Some men go bravely to deaths that they don't deserve, while others bribe their way out of those that are well earned. This is no historical fiction fluff. It is gritty, harsh, and real.Richard has not forgotten the revenge he vowed in the first book of this series and it controls his life, effects his relationship with his remaining family, and keeps him from starting a life of his own not based on war. Pilling also describes the indecision and questions of loyalty of the Lancastrians who must decide whether fighting for Warwick or one of his agents is desirable. Is it enough to be fighting against Edward, who they consider to be a usurper, or should they hold out and fight only for Henry VI himself. It is a conundrum that I had not previously considered.This novel may not be long, but it packs a big punch with fantastic and varied characters, remarkable historical research, and high quality writing.
GrandA really good read with lots of adventure and some battles. Set as it is in real history there has to be some adherance to the actual fact and that's fine. My only problem is the sheer volume of people involved which I found difficult to keep track of. That aside the obligatory romantic thread did not interfere with the storyline which is a good thing and our hero rides off to more adventures alone not giving too much away.
The avenger of the first book is now an outlaw, the drunkard is a spy, the coward has reached the highest levels of power, but nothing has really changed. England is torn by wars that leave no winner.Not for the faint of heart the vivid description of an execution by hanging, drawing and quartering.
Good Historical FictionAs the sequel to book number one, this story continues the tragedy of the Bolton family. There seems to be no hope for the remaining two brothers and their sister. Very dramatic ending and apparently hopeless. Book three?
Good story leThis is the second book of David Pilling's trilogy that I enjoyed very much as a lover of historical fiction. I am looking forward to reading the last one.