To the Tower Born: A Novel of the Lost Princes

The author of the highly praised The Wild Irish is back with a mesmerizing novel that probes one of the most intriguing unsolved mysteries in history what happened to the lost princes of YorkDebated for than five centuries, the disappearance of the young princes Edward and Richard from the Tower of London in 1483 has stirred the imaginations of numerous writers froThe author of the highly praised The Wild Irish is back with a mesmerizing novel that probes one of the most intriguing unsolved mysteries in history what happened to the lost princes of YorkDebated for than five centuries, the disappearance of the young princes Edward and Richard from the Tower of London in 1483 has stirred the imaginations of numerous writers from Shakespeare to Josephine Tey and posited the question Was Richard III the boys murderer, or was he not In a captivating novel rich in mystery, color, and historical lore, Robin Maxwell offers a new, controversial perspective on this tantalizing enigma.The events are witnessed through the eyes of quick witted Nell Caxton, only daughter of the first English printer, William Caxton, and Nell s dearest friend, Bessie, daughter of the King of England, sister to the little princes, and founding ancestress of the Tudor dynasty.With great bravery and heart, the two friends navigate this dark and dangerous medieval landscape in which the king s death sets off a battle among the most scheming, ambitious, and murderous men and women of their age, who will stop at nothing to possess the throne of England.
To the Tower Born A Novel of the Lost Princes The author of the highly praised The Wild Irish is back with a mesmerizing novel that probes one of the most intriguing unsolved mysteries in history what happened to the lost princes of YorkDebated f

  • Title: To the Tower Born: A Novel of the Lost Princes
  • Author: Robin Maxwell
  • ISBN: 9780060580513
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “To the Tower Born: A Novel of the Lost Princes”

    1. The fate of the princes in the tower, the young sons of Edward IV who disappeared just before twelve-year old Edward was to be crowned as Edward V, is a mystery that has fascinated people for 500 years. This treatment of the story treads a fine line between historical fiction and rather fanciful alternate history. I’ll give Maxwell credit for coming up with an unusual solution to the mystery. It’s unfortunate, though, that the basis of the story is founded on such stereotyped, almost cartoon [...]

    2. ¡Y aun así creo que es demasiada nota!Bueno, no me puedo quejar mucho del libro. Lo compré de oferta. Normalmente Edhasa publica cosas buenas, y más que nada, tiene entre sus autores más prestigiosos las traducciones al español de Úrsula K. LeGuin, así que ¿por qué habría de dudar a la hora de comprar este libro?La premisa es excelente: este libro noveliza una de las tantas teorías que explicaría la desaparición de los príncipes Eduardo (13 años) y Ricardo (9 años) de York. Ambi [...]

    3. It is very unlikely that I would have bought this book had it not been available in a Kindle edition. The combination of low price and convenience led me to take the chance and so I have read it. The most positive thing I can find to say is that it is, at least, not one of those dreadful historical bodice-ripping romances. Aside from that, I found nothing of value or revelation in these pages.Part of the problem, I think, is that I am currently immersed in historical and biographical fact and ha [...]

    4. This is another book by Robin Maxwell which is the opposite of "couldn't put it down" and is more like, "Get this away from me". I keep giving Maxwell a chance but perhaps it is time to give up.The princes in the tower (Richard and Edward) who were "locked" up by their "usurping, evil, uncle Richard III"; is a historical tale which needs no exaggeration, no tangents, and no additions because it is an episode of "Unsolved Mysteries" in its own right. So why does Maxwell insist on adding such comp [...]

    5. No me ha parecido ni demasiado buena ni mala. Simplemente, una novela que hace uso de su contexto y el misterio de los príncipes, para recrear una trama de aventuras, con tintes modernos. Si buscas rigor histórico, no la leas. Es evidente que las protagonistas no pudieron vivir todas esas situaciones Pero historias libres sobre personajes históricos reales con diálogos y situaciones modernas, se dan con asiduidad en películas y no se critica tanto.En definitiva: un relato para pasar el rato [...]

    6. I put it under the couch one night before I went to bedd promptly forgot about it for a week even though I was halfway through the book. Not a good sign!

    7. This was dire. Filled with myths and badly researched or factually incorrect research. I feel it's aimed at the younger reader rather than an older reader that knows the period well.

    8. An interesting addition to the fiction surrounding the lost princes in the tower, but I wasn't too impressed with the quality of the writing and the depth of the characters. The author puts forth the theory that Margaret Beaufort was to blame for the prince's disappearance. The novel switches between the viewpoints of Elizabeth Woodville and a bookprinter's daughter named Nell as they tell the story to the future Henry VIII. The content is interesting and kept me reading as she theorized about R [...]

    9. It took me almost two months to read this book! It was just silly. It was very predictable and, at times, over dramatic. The story did put a nice spin on the disappearance of the two princes. But, I think it could have been written better.

    10. This is a very light historical fiction,more fiction that historically detailed. It was an easy read and somewhat entertaining but not rich in story.

    11. Much like the other Robin Maxwell book I read recently, this book was very hard to get into. The mystery surrounding the disappearance of the princes in the tower didn't need the addition of the ridiculous conclusion that this book came to. Probably will be the last book by this author that I read.

    12. I liked this book more than I thought I wouldere are many books like this circulating around put there - fanciful stories told about historical figures who may or must be based on real acatachers.

    13. Nell Caxton and Princess Elizabeth of York are great friends, both headstrong young ladies, who want the best for both of their families. After the death of King Edward IV and the murky succession of Edward V and Richard III, the two young boys, King Edward V and his brother Richard, Duke of York, are locked in the tower after it is proven that they were born illegitimate, which means Edward cannot assume the throne. Suddenly one day they are gone, and no one knows where, or if they are even ali [...]

    14. The disappearance of the Princes in the Tower in 1483 has captured the attention of historians for hundreds of years, and the mystery has never been solved.What we do know is that following the death of King Edward IV, his eldest son Edward was placed in The Tower of London (which were then luxurious royal apartments) for his own protection prior to his coronation. He was later joined by his younger brother, Prince Richard.Whilst in the Tower it was discovered that the marriage of their parents [...]

    15. Randomly stumbled upon this at my library and I had read a Robin Maxwell novel in the past and I had liked it, so I thought why not give this a try? WellI truly had mixed feelings about this one. The twist with what happened to the lost princes surely did make me think. Is it crazy to think that a certain someone kidnapped them? (I shall not name names) But it all makes sense. This person (who is not Richard) was the one to do it. This person had every reason to do it and I'm ashamed that I neve [...]

    16. A very intersting take on one of history's greatest mysteries: that of the fate of the "Princes in the Tower," that is, Edward V and his younger brother, Richard, Duke of York. I enjoyed the switching of points-of-view between Nell Caxton and Elizabeth "Bessie" of York, and how it often highlighted the differences between them. Nell being guided by rational thinking and logic, while Bessie always followed her heart and kept faith in the goodness of people, was a very interesting contrast that wa [...]

    17. The thing that’s wrong with this book (among many things) is that it depends almost entirely on coincidence to advance its plot. There are too many times when we are expected to believe that Nell and or Bessie are in the right place at the right time and by pure chance happen to be standing by a window where important information is being divulged or in a room unnoticed by people plotting. You’d think the people hatching said plots (to overthrow the rulers of their country, of all things!) w [...]

    18. “To The Tower Born” is a retelling of the infamous story of King Richard III and the “princes in the Tower,” or the “lost princes.” It is told from the two point-of-views of Bessie (the sister to the princes, and who would later become Queen Elizabeth to Henry VII), and Nell Caxton, a friend to the royal family.As this is one of my favorite time periods and cast of characters, I was really hoping that the book would be better. Maxwell’s style of writing is a lot of telling instead [...]

    19. Having read a review on this book just prior my read, I almost passed it up. However, I had read another book by Robin Maxwell that I liked so I decided to proceed. The story is theoretically told by Nell Caxton, only daughter of the first English printer, and Bessie, sister to the lost boys who were imprisoned in the tower. Both were real people. What happened to the princes and who was responsible has not been determined but many have put forth theories. As of this writing, Maxwell notes that [...]

    20. Maxwell states in the author's note, " The debate[of the princes) is stymied by several widely fifteenth century chronicles, all of which are seriously flawed by bias, factual error, and incompleteness. But none of them has fashioned a wholly satisfying conclusion."Interesting, right? It should be! I just found too many road blocks in the way for me to "like" or "love" this book. Perhaps I have found myself saturated with so many theories about the princes in the tower. Maybe the problem is that [...]

    21. A YA author has an even greater responsibility to get it right than others. I hate to pan an author outright, but this is one of the worst books I've ever read - poor writing, including extremely non-15th Century language and poor grammar, poor research, and wrong or deliberately (?) misleading 'facts'. What is the bloody point of a historical that gets it so wrong, for teens or adults? If it weren't for my interest in that particular piece of English history no way I would have struggled throug [...]

    22. I had just finished Philippa Gregory's "The White Queen," when I spied Maxwell's book in the public library to further follow up on my interest in the War of the Roses and the rivalries between the Yorks and the Lancasters. Gregory's novel was told first-person by Elizabeth Woodville, the queen to Edward IV, and portrays her as devoutly maternal as well as cunning and ambitiously determined to ensconce her relatives into power and position in her husband's realm. In Maxwell's novel, Bessie or El [...]

    23. I previously attempted to read Robin Maxwell's 'The Secret Diary' of Anne Boleyn and I just couldn't get into it, I thought it a bit smutty for serious literature and I had to pass on finishing it. So, I wasn't sure what I would think of this book from the same author. I recently finished 'A Rose For the Crown' by Anne Easter Smith and I wanted to read more about Richard III and the princes in the tower. I had this on the shelf and thought it was the perfect next choice. The story of the lost pr [...]

    24. Robin Maxwell's To the Tower Born is a light but enjoyable novel set in the last days of the reign of Edward IV of England and the early days of the reign of Richard III, focusing on the political manoeuvres of the various factions and presenting a theory about the fate of the young princes. Maxwell chooses a minor, and mostly unknown, character - Nell Caxton, daughter of printer William Caxton, who was the recipient of royal patronage. Maxwell imagines a close friendship between Nell and the yo [...]

    25. This was an interesting read about what happened to the Princes in the Tower of London. Having read a few books about the time period, I found it the easiest of all to follow. I think that is because it didn't try to cover too much. Maxwell concentrates on the six months surrounding the event. I particularly liked that it was told from the point of view of two young women who might have been involved: Princess Bessie, the princes' older sister, and Nell Caxton, daughter of the first printer and [...]

    26. I like the way she writes, and I am on a big historic fiction kick just now. But she made some serious factual mistakes, and a couple of obfuscations where she glossed really quickly over something, perhaps in hopes no one would notice. The plot as she constructed it doesn't work for her two characters because she's got them being strong women taking control of their own destiny and yet history has Queen Bessie (not Elizabeth I, but her grandmother) as the doormat of Lady Margaret, who was a REA [...]

    27. I enjoyed this book because it gave what I thought was an interesting take on what could have happened to the two princes who disappeared from the tower so long ago. It was something I haven't heard before and while I realize it is a work of fiction, it was something original regarding the sons of Elizabeth Woodville.It has also made me want to read more about Elizabeth Woodville. I have now read two books that deal with this subject, both works of fiction, and they are at odds with what kind of [...]

    28. Complete review available: To The Tower BornIn a different take on the mystery of the Lost Princes, Maxwell leads an engaging and thought-provoking evaluation of the women's role in the happenings of the late-1400s. Whilst the novel initially proved hard to get into, being set once Bessie was already Queen, and beginning with the divorce of a woman who is not famed for a role with the royalty, once the mystery is underway, Maxwell provides a strong backstory for the history and the princes, and [...]

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