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

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...
  • 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...
  • Audeline
    The book was a decent read, a good tale of the story of Henry VII and his court. The only issues I take is the portrayal is that of his relationship with Elizabeth of York, which historically they loved one another and Elizabeth did hold some sway, and in reality she worked with Margaret Beaufort on various projects. Also the implications that Henry VII killed the Princes in. The Tower is quite a street. The blame for that can be laid at Richard ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Jennifer Smoliga
    a great story, but is very slow and not too much excitement.
  • Snowy
    Way too repetitive.
  • Regina Beard
    To Hold the Crown by Jean Plaidy delves into the beginnings of the Tudor dynasty in England. The historical events are well researched and her assumptions about what happened to the two Princes in the Tower are logical; however, the characterization and dialogue are flat and confusing. For example, the Tudor children often have thoughts and conversations much too adult for the ages of three- and five-year-old children. The retelling of historical...
  • Ying-Ju
    I’ve been on a Tudor kick recently. It started with Elizabeth Fremantle’s Queen's Gambit, led to fond memories of Scholastic’s Royal Diaries series which I loved as a kid, was stoked into a fervour when I went to watch the RSC’s “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies” stage adaptations (both on the same day!—honestly, those productions are theatre greatness and I’m going to see them again), and then I ravenously set about sating...
  • Ashley W
    Boy, was this book boring! I put this book down several times because I simply could not read straight through without falling asleep. To Hold The Crown chronicles the reign of Henry VII and his Queen Elizabeth of York, and it was VERY dry. Also, the blurb on the back of the book lied to me, because there was absolutely zero love story anywhere in this book, let alone between Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. Elizabeth of York only appeared when s...
  • June Louise
    You know when you have spent hours reading a book and have learned a lot of things from it, that it has been time well spent. I feel just like that on finishing "Uneasy Lies The Head".The uneasy head of the title belongs to King Henry VII - the Lancastrian king who married the Yorkist Elizabeth - daughter of Elizabeth Woodville. Having come across this motley bunch in Philippa Gregory's The White Queen (and also Henry's mother, Margaret Beaufort ...
  • 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,...
  • Lyn (Readinghearts)
    I finally finished To Hold the Crown: The Story of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York by Jean Plaidy. The month of July has been so busy for me, I have been having a hard time getting time to read. If you follow my reviews, you know I usually start with a story. Well the story about this book is that it was picked as a group read for the Tudor History Lovers group here on Goodreads. In this group we pick a Tudor figure every two months to read ...
  • Sensitivemuse
    I have to say, I enjoyed reading this book. At first, it was a little hard for me to get into, as the plot did not grasp at my attention, and there is a slight confusion to all the names being thrown out to you as a reader. Hence why there are detailed family trees in the beginning for your reference. After getting the characters straightened out the plot gets more intriguing and the Tudor court suddenly comes to life. Albeit, not as dashing and ...
  • Amber
    I have TONS of Jean Plaidy books on my TBR and this is the first novel by her that I have ever read. I am a member of the Tudor History Lovers group on Goodreads and this book was voted in as the group read for July/August (my first group read since joining the group). The actual group read experience is an enjoyable one: we can all read at our own pace and then discuss different parts of the book on the forum and what we thought of it. Now, the ...
  • Sang Ayu Putu
    This book frustrates me! The prose is derivative (holy hell and how…?), relies too much on repeated exposition where characters hammered motives and intentions to other characters for the ‘reader’s sake’ as if they are in the midst of intense battle in fighting the honorable title ‘Sir Obvious of Expositionville’. There are no discernable backbone of a story, inconsistent characterizations (how in the name of logic a 3 years old Henry...
  • Ashley Cooprider
    I love historical fiction and have read many books from around this genre. This book was unique - it talked about many things re: the reign of Henry VII, and from a different angle than usual. Philipa Gregory is so obviously NOT a fan of the Tudors in her writing, and that can be a little off-putting in my judgment. Other authors either follow suit, or are so obviously written in favor of Elizabeth I, or Edward IV, or Richard III, etc. So to read...
  • Gail Amendt
    It is hard for me to rate this book, as it definitely has its flaws, but I came to it expecting these and thus could quite easily overlook them. For I do not come to Jean Plaidy's books for their literary value, but for the concise, well researched, and easy to read history lesson that they give. And this book did give me what I was looking understanding of what came before the well known story of Henry VIII, that being the story of his ...