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Treason by [Whitford, Meredith]
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It was a time of war.

A time of battles.

And a time of Treason.

As the Lancastrian forces struggle to win the English crown in the War of the Roses, a young man's life is ripped apart.

Martin Rosbart sees his parents killed and his home destroyed.

He is orphaned and alone.

He signs up to serve with his cousins, the Yorkist kings Edward IV and Richard III.

And the boy becomes first a man – and then a soldier.

But on the blood-soaked battlefields of the War of the Roses, he learns the true cost of loyalty and of love.

And he learns the true meaning of betrayal.

Treason is a meticulously research and brilliantly written story that brings the War of the Roses vividly to life – and sheds new light on Richard III, one of English history’s greatest villains.

It is a sweeping historical adventure story that is perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell, Robyn Young and Simon Scarrow.

Treason is the winner of the SimeGen Reviewers Choice Award and the EPPIE Award for Historical Fiction.

Praise for Meredith Whitford



‘I so much enjoyed reading Treason’ – Elizabeth George, best-selling author of the Inspector Lynley mysteries.

‘Sweeping, grand, ambitious … a fascinating historical novel, a wonderful work of fiction, and a romance of ages.’ -- Kara L Wolf

‘Sublime … historical fact melds seamlessly with historical fiction.’ -- Historical Novel Society Review.

'Treason is a lesson in history and storytelling, marrying one to the other with skill and bloody effectiveness.' - Richard Foreman, author of Augustus: Son of Rome.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1087 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (13 November 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AXNQJBS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,040 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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South Australian Meredith Whitford seamlessly blends fiction, fact and conjecture in this story set in the time of the Wars of the Roses. A fictional character, Martin Robsart, is the narrator. After the destruction of Martin's home and family, at the age of eight he is brought up with the young Richard Plantagenet, later to be King Richard III of England.
The novel covers the political intrigue of the day which eventually led to the downfall of the House of York. It also covers the personal lives of the characters, as well as the battles they fought, and does a good job of balancing the three. Whitford tells her own tale of what she thinks may have happened to the princes in the tower, and her version is just as plausible as anyone else's.
The dialogue is written in modern style; once I got used to this concept it made for easy reading but every so often something would jar on me and I'd think, "Oh, they wouldn't have used that term in 1473!"
The book was written in 2002 and won an Eppie award for historical fiction, and is apparently enjoying a resurgence in popularity since the discovery of Richard's remains a couple of years ago.
If you like historical fiction, give this one a try.
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By Davey TOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 January 2017
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Meredith Whitford has written a very good book about the Wars of The Roses and the little princes in the tower. By using imaginary characters as close friends and confidants of Richard III, she has brought a very human aspect to the story. Throughout she has adhered closely to historical fact. Although nothing can be certain, like her, I like to think the little princes got away.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended For Ricardians 15 July 2012
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I enjoy reading historical fiction set in this time period and have a particular affinity for fiction about Edward IV, Richard III and the princes in the tower. Their stories are fascinating, with secrets, lies, cover ups, sacrifices, romance, heartbreak and mystery, they have everything except a happy ending.

I've read quite a few novels set during The War of the Roses, so I'm reasonably familiar with the historical figures. Though sometimes my aging mind needs a little help remembering what it once knew. To assist me in that regard I have a handy-dandy family tree of the Plantagenets including the Houses of York and Lancaster that I refer to when reading about this period. Meredith Whitford includes a list of characters with descriptions of how they are related but I think the inclusion of a family tree would have been a nice additional reference.

The fictional Martin Robsart, cousin and beloved friend of Richard Plantagenet, looks back on the period known as The War of the Roses sharing his recollections with the wisdom of hindsight, a wry sense of humor and a sometimes crass way with words. Whitford sets a tone of camaraderie between men with a kindness and affection that I haven't often seen in real life. The beginning of the story has a lively and amusing tone where Martin describes his youthful exploits. When he recalls events later in life his tone is more serious as the situation Richard finds himself in becomes more complicated. I liked Whitford's treatment of the princes in the tower and though I'm not necessarily qualified to have an opinion (that never stopped me before) I agree with her view on what happened to them.

This is fiction that takes you back in time and makes historical events come alive. I wish I had discovered this kind of fiction when I was young, it would have saved a lot of years of my thinking that history was dull.
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this one 20 May 2015
By Kate Saundby - Published on Amazon.com
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I first encountered this story as a Historical Novel Judge in a major international e-book contest. It was the last entry to come across my desk and my first thought was "Oh, not another Richard the Third!' Then I got myself a pre-breakfast cup of coffee, climbed back into bed, said the usual "Ho-Hum!" and settled down for what I expected to be a fairly boring on-again, off-again read throughout the day. I'd already picked my winner, so I thought, so didn't think it would take me very long to do my duty.

Was I ever wrong! When my husband came home from work at 5 pm, he found me still in bed and absolutely glued to this book. I was still tearful over Treason's tragic outcome when he asked mildly "What's going on?" That's when I looked up and finally realized what time it was.

Recently I was delighted to note that "Treason" has become a success since the widely reported recent discovery of King Richard's burial site in England and his subsequent royal funeral in a local cathedral. Apparently my decision that day to declare Meredith Whitford's "Treason" the runaway winner in this particular contest, ( I also did some discreet campaigning behind the scenes), was of some help with her current success.
As soon as I saw the news, I ordered the paperback edition of "Treason". immediately reread it, and found that my opinion reaction was unchanged. To say that Ms.Whitford is a good storyteller is like saying that The Grand Canyon is "pretty"..She is a fantastic storyteller and if someone doesn't recognize this wonderful novel's potential as a terrific blockbuster movie, today's film making industry is even more stupid than I originally thought. Because "Treason" has everything, intrigue, battles, tournaments, enough romance and glamour to satisfy the pickiest viewer and it's all true!.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History compellingly brought to life 29 April 2013
By K. Eldredge - Published on Amazon.com
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In studying history we learn about the events, but we rarely get into the heads of those who lived it. Their motivations and the zeitgeist is often lost in the fog of time. In "Treason," Meredith Whitford succeeds and providing plausible motivations for the characters, bringing this medieval world to life.

Only a certain type of reader will enjoy this book. That reader must love history and be willing to deal with a cast of dozens of characters (known by both names and titles), complex interrelationships, multiple factions, and people changing sides at a moment's notice. Fans of Richard III, however, will love it regardless. Although the Wars of the Roses were a time filled with battles, in "Treason" the battles lack detail, and are mainly described as chaos, expressed in a whirlwind of feelings and snippets of sight and sound. As a reader I enjoy battles, so that was a minor disappointment for me, but that is a matter of my taste as opposed to a flaw in the book. This isn't a book about battles. It's a book about the characters and the political roller coaster of the time.

This tale, rather than being told from Richard III's perspective, is told in first person by Martin Robsart, a fictional cousin and confidant of Richard. This device gives us a personal view of Richard from the outside, but the tradeoff is that the Richard-centric story is limited in its view. This is a tale of political intrigue from the perspective of the plottees, not the plotters. Therefore we rarely see any plotting actually occur. We only see the plots when they are hatched, or when the protagonists scratch their chins and say "There is something suspicious going on..."

The first 20% of this book consists of little more than the protagonists (Martin & Richard) hearing news about what is happening. They are young, so they are not yet ready to be the center of the action. This may prove tedious to some readers, but it sets the stage for what is to come. The agency of the protagonists grows as they come of age, and soon they are influencing events and driving the story.

While reading this I could not help but compare these books to Sandra Worth's "The Rose of York" trilogy. "The Rose of York" is a romance, with a large focus on Richard's relationships with Anne Neville and Elizabeth of York. "Treason" is a story of political intrigue, and while there is romance, it feels more grounded. Whitford's take on Richard's relationship with Elizabeth of York is a significant departure from Worth's. Whitford's Richard is savvy, down-to-earth, stubborn, and even ruthless when necessary, while Worth's Richard is idealistic, introspective, and at times almost naive.

In the Author's Note Whitford states that she uses modern vernacular in the text--because once you go medieval, where do you stop? This is an excellent point, but even so she steers clear of most modern idioms that would appear jarring. The text is generic enough that is clear to the modern reader without jarring them out of the medieval setting. That said, when in the text archers "fired" their arrows rather than "loosed" them it still irked me. :)

In all, Whitford tackles an extremely complicated history and turns it into a turns it into a great read. We all know the ending, but the magic is in the telling of the tale.

One last note--the cover of this book is not worthy of the text within.
3.0 out of 5 stars readable (spoilers ahead) 2 April 2014
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I found the prose very crisp and flowing, but the characters irritating. This is a pro-Richard III novel where everyone who doesn't like Richard is the worst. I suppose this is because this is solely from the viewpoint of Richard's (fictional) cousin Martin, so we don't get to see other characters' POV, but it doesn't make it any less irritating and doesn't make it seem any less like the author had to make everyone else bad in order to make Richard look good. Pretty much everyone except Cecily Neville, Richard, Anne Neville, Martin, and his wife Innogen, and their mutual kids, are lousy. Richard's brother George is lousy and Martin and Richard have contempt for him all along except for when Edward wants to execute him, but the author can't have Richard or Martin want to do anything so mean, so all of a sudden when it's time to execute Clarence, yeah, Martin talks about how Clarence always was an idiot but all of sudden at that point in the story all of a sudden he's awesome and redeems himself and Edward and Elizabeth are the worst for killing him. (Edward threatens to kill George's children to get him to cooperate! I suppose it could have happened, but I've read a couple of pro-Richard novels and none of them went that far to get George to look sympathetic.) And Martin's wife somehow knows everything before it happens. Only she is smart enough to know before everybody else notices that Edward will one day become dissolute, that Henry Tudor will be the Lancastrian representative, that Anne Neville is ill, that Elizabeth of York is in love with Richard, and to top it all off (because at least before she could tell all those things by the power of observation) she somehow predicted/knew that Richard would lose the battle but her husband would survive, so she managed to flee in time with all their stuff. It's all just a little too much.

It is a very well written novel, so if you're interested in this period/subject I wouldn't say don't read it at all, but don't put it at the top of a list.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to Richard III 2 March 2013
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This book captivated my interest from the very beginning. When Whitford introduces the fictional Martin as Richard's best friend we are immediately thrown into the violence of the Wars of the Roses. Through Martin's eyes we watch Edward IV's stellar rise and gluttonous fall. Richard is portrayed as a somewhat average noble boy - with a little too much emphasis on the teenage sleeping around for my taste, but once you get past that part the story is brilliant and fascinating.

Whitford tells Richard's story from the Revisionist point of view and has good arguments against the Tudor portrayal of him. Though this is not as complex and moving of a work as Sharon Kay Penman's Sunne in Splendour, it is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in this era. As always when reading about Richard, one must brace themselves for the ending that has made me staunchly Yorkist. There was not much explaination in this book for why so many would turn against Richard if he was such a good king and Tudor barely English let alone royal. As many of the characters state, England would learn its mistake when under the rule of a tyrant.

There is a short summary of the remaining characters in the last chapter including Whitford's theory on the Princes in the Tower, which is plausible but not original. Of course, every book on this topic leaves me wishing for more information than exists. What really happened to the Princes? Why did Richard lack support? Who was the real Richard, Shakespeare's villian or Penman's upstanding King? I guess the fact that these things are left to our imaginations is what makes Richard III so compelling.

As for Whitford's writing style, it is direct and simple. She uses very little medeival lingo, few battle details, and the first person narration presents events as though we are Richard's best friend. Some of the modern dialog seems odd, but it is a very readable and enjoyable novel.

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