To Hold the Crown (Tudor Saga, #1) by Jean Plaidy

To Hold the Crown (Tudor Saga, #1)

In the aftermath of the bloody Wars of the Roses, Henry Tudor has seized the English crown, finally uniting the warring Houses of York and Lancaster through his marriage to Elizabeth of York.But whilst Henry VII rules wisely and justly, he is haunted by Elizabeth's missing brother; the infamous two Princes, their fate in the Tower forever a shrouded secret. Then tragedy strikes at the heart of Henry's family, and it is against his own son that th...

Details To Hold the Crown (Tudor Saga, #1)

TitleTo Hold the Crown (Tudor Saga, #1)
Release DateOct 7th, 2008
PublisherBroadway Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, English History, Tudor Period, Fiction, European Literature, British Literature

Reviews To Hold the Crown (Tudor Saga, #1)

  • Ami
    It is quite clear that the person who wrote the synopsis of the story found on the back cover of this book never actually read it. It reads: "As Henry’s claim to the throne was tenuous, his marriage to Elizabeth of York, daughter and direct heir of King Edward IV, not only served to unify the warring houses, it also helped Henry secure the throne for himself and for generations to come. And though their union was born from political necessity, ...
  • Kavita
    Evil Henry Tudor. He only thinks of what would be best for Henry Tudor, and hence pardons Lambert Simnel. Henry Tudor is very self centred, and hence errr ... pardons most of the Cornish rebels. Henry Tudor concentrates solely on what is good for Henry Tudor and ummm ... was against war. Oh yes, Henry Tudor knew what was good for Henry Tudor, never mind that it benefited the masses. It’s not as if he was even interested in them!I am sick and ti...
  • Misfit
    From the back cover “And though their union was born from political necessity, it became a wonderful love story…” Huh? You have to wonder sometimes what is going through the publisher’s heads – the marriage of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York was not a love match by any means – why they would try to label it as such?? Originally published as Uneasy Lies the Head, this book covers the reign of Henry VII following the defeat of Richard I...
  • ladywallingford
    Although I didn't think much of Mary, Queen of France by this author, I thought I would give her another try. According to the plot synopsis on the back of the cover, this book was supposed to be the story of the great romance between Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. Well, the story barely touched on Elizabeth of York and when she did actually appear in the progression of the novel, I think she was treated as nothing more than breeding stock. A v...
  • Klaartje
    Prima boek als je graag eens wil weten hoe dat nou zat met de vader van Hendrik de 8e. De jeugd van Hendrik 8 komt aan bod en na het lezen weet je ook hoe het zo is gekomen dat Hendrik met de vrouw van zijn overleden broer trouwt. Allemaal dingen die je waarschijnlijk ook wel op Wikipedia kunt vinden. Het boek zit chronologisch waarschijnlijk aardig in elkaar, is toch ook informatief en vandaar toch nog twee sterren. Ik heb het uitgelezen omdat i...
  • Jennifer
    Read for Tudor History Lovers Group Read ~ July/August 2010I liked this book but I didn't love it. I enjoyed reading about Henry VII but, while I was really looking forward to reading about Elizabeth of York, I feel like I still know nothing about who she was. I realize that there's not a whole bunch of information available about her, but come on... it's supposed to be a book about the love story between her and Henry and she's barely in it. Oh,...
  • Samantha
    I decided to give Plaidy another try after giving up on her "Plantagenet Prelude" swearing that I would never purchase one of her books again. Looking for something on Elizabeth of York and finding such novels in short supply, I attempted Plaidy again with the hope that this more recent novel would see improvements in her writing. It is improved in that I finished it. This at times required some perseverance on my part. Much to my dismay, Elizabe...
  • Paula
    Blech! I soo wanted to like this book, but it was just so poorly written and such a stretch from the truth that I couldn't get into it. I finished it because I have a good streak going of actually reading the group read selections from the Tudor group, but otherwise probably would have been tempted to throw this into the fire this past Labor Day weekend. Who am I kidding, I was tempted, but it goes against every fiber of my being to burn a book!T...
  • Val
    I was really looking forward to reading this book. Even though it was another fictionalized account of Henry VII & Elizabeth of York, I was eager to read about the events from a different view. As much as I hate to say it, this book was almost painful to get through at times. In contrast with The King’s Daughter, a book that grabbed me and pulled me in, To Hold the Crown just seemed to gloss over the characters & events of the book. Elizabeth o...
  • Kirsty
    I enjoyed this book although I thought in places it was a little slow. It starts at the end of the War of the Roses as Henry 7th comes to the throne. I am a huge fan of the Tudor period but I haven't read that much that focuses on Henry 7th. We get to see a lot of POVs in this book and the constant changing of POV was a bit annoying at times as it made the story seem as if it was jumping around quite a bit. I have read a number of historical fict...
  • Eliza
    Written as though for YA. Juvenile at best. Gives us a historical POV, but other than that...very disappointing...unless I'm 12 and very impressionable.
  • Kate
    First things first, the packaging and subtitle of To Hold the Crown are not at all accurate to the actual text. If you were thinking of reading this is in the hope that it focuses on the romance between Henry VII and Elizabeth of York you’ll be disappointed. A more accurate description would be the story of Henry VII and a young Henry VIII, because despite Elizabeth being the focus of the first chapter she quickly disappears from the narrative,...
  • Ana T.
    After having read Victoria Holt in my teens and having heard rave reviews of Jean Plaidy's historical fiction novel I finally tried one - Uneasy Lies the Head is the story of Henry VII. The man who defeated Richard III at Bosworth, united the Lancaster and York Houses and spent his ruling years getting rid of potential rivals to the throne.In the aftermath of the bloody Wars of the Roses, Henry Tudor has seized the English crown, finally uniting ...
  • chucklesthescot
    King Henry VII ended The War of the Roses by uniting his House of Lancaster with the House of York by marrying Elizabeth of York. Even with the birth of two sons, Henry still feels paranoid about losing his throne. He seeks an alliance with the rulers of Spain, while fighting off rebels who support other claimants to the throne. He feels more secure when his son Arthur marries Katherine of Aragon, the young Spanish Princess but disaster is waitin...
  • Toni Maddi
    I'm clearly in the minority, but I didn't enjoy this novel. There isn't a main character, so it lacks a true story arc. I also was not aware of the Great Comma Shortage of the early 1980s until I read To Hold the Crown. I had to re-read many sentences to figure out their meaning without the necessary commas.
  • Charlotte (Buried in Books)
    This is the start of the Tudor Saga, so it focuses on Henry VII, who claimed the crown when he defeated Richard III at the battle of Bosworth. This book spans his reign. He is portrayed as a man paranoid that someone will take the crown from him - also someone that is obsessed with money. A miser who concentrates of gaining money to make the country more prosperous. He takes no pleasure from his wife (the most beautiful woman in England) and mere...
  • Phil Syphe
    Having read numerous books by Jean Plaidy, I’ve concluded that her earlier books are better than the later ones. “To Hold the Crown” is a later book, published after the last novel in her Plantagenet saga.Like with the Plantagenet saga, the author's attempts to pack several years’ worth of history into one volume results in a serious rush job. While I like fast-paced novels, I dislike rushing through bland scenes that should’ve been dra...
  • Nicki
    Um...sure, I guess? Those are the exact words that describe my feelings about this book. It reads right on the cover 'The Story of King Henry Vii and Elizabeth of York' but I feel as though this story was about everyone but them. I was expecting to read a novel about their marriage but we enter a world where Prince Arthur has already been born. 'Hmm,' I thought, 'Leaving a bit out, but we'll see where this goes.'. Then we hear rarely anything abo...
  • Lorraine
    Interesting historical fiction. The blurb says the marriage of Henry VII and his wife was a love story, but I did not get that impression. This book takes us from his kingship to the beginning of Henry VIII reign. I enjoyed the parts about Katherine of Aragon the most, knowing of course, what would befall her in the end. Having read this book immediately after the previous in the series, one gets fairly depressed at the plight of royal women, who...
  • Christine Cazeneuve
    I enjoyed the book as I always do when it is written by Jean Plaidy. However, I understood the book to be about Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. Instead it really focused on Henry VII and his life and his constant insecurities during his reign. It never delved into his relationship with Elizabeth and just made her appear to be a robot wife - always agreeing with Henry and never having thoughts, feelings or opinions of her own. Jean Plaidy rarely ...
  • Mary Bronson
    I thought this was a great book. Once I got started it was hard to put down. I thought these characters and plot were very well written. This is a pretty historically accurate book. I liked how it followed Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. Then it followed Henry, Arthur, and Katherine. The only thing I have to say is that if the reader does not know about Henry VII and the beginning of the Tudor era then it might be hard to keep up with names and ...
  • Sue Law
    Another steady entry in the Plaidy canon, this is the first of the Tudor series.Richard III has died on Bosworth Field and Henry Tudor has been crowned as Henry VII. To end the feud between Lancastrians & Yorkists and give England the peace he believes it needs he takes Elizabeth of York, the eldest daughter of Edward IV, as his wife. In doing so he affirms her legitimacy and if she is legitimate, so are/were her two brothers, Edward & Richard, a...
  • Nicole B
    This book suffered from several problems. Firstly, the plot was completely uninteresting. Secondly, the characters were completely uninteresting. Thirdly, the summary of the book given on the back cover does not describe anything that happens in the book. That right there immediately sets you up for disappointment. I've enjoyed other of Jean Plaidy's novels but this one can easily be skipped, unless you enjoy reading dry historical fiction writte...
  • Sandra Self
    History comes a live.Dry facts of who was king from one date to t h e next, or the name of his queen can be dull. Jean Plaidy makes history come a live, even if most of it is with a writer's interpretation. Henry VII and Elizabeth may have been royalty, but they were also human and Plaidy allows the reader to glimpse that.
  • Michelle Cristiani
    Enjoyable and educational - though I might have liked the focus to stay on Henry VII throughout. Towards the end Plaidy strays into overlap with her other novels on the princesses. The point of view just seems too unsteady. Because of this I liked the first half more than the second.
  • Keely
  • Heaven Claussen
    This was captivating! Really enjoyed reading this book
  • Andy Carter
    An easy read, perhaps too easy, a bit “Janet and John”. She seems to have researched the history, but added some artistic licence in interpretation.
  • Susan Grimshaw
    A plodding run through the reign of Henry VII, if only this was a true account! I would love to think Henry was behind the murders of the Princes in he Tower!
  • Amy Clayton