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Rose of Raby
by Cynthia S Haggard   

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Category: 

Historical Fiction

Publisher:  Spun Stories Press ISBN-10:  0984816909
Pages: 

138

Copyright:  December 1, 2011 ISBN-13:  9780984816903

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ROSE OF RABY is the first and second books in a series of four about Cecylee Neville (1415-1495), mother of Richard III and Edward IV, Queen by Right and Abbess. This tale of Cecylee’s girlhood will appeal to readers of YA novels.

 Cecylee is the apple of her mother’s eye. In her father’s eyes, however, she is merely a valuable pawn in the game of marriage. But does Cecylee wish to marry the boy her father has picked out for her? Does she wish to marry at all? For at the age of ten, she has already experienced too much violence at the hands of men. Several years later, when Cecylee is twenty-six years old and the wife of Richard, Duke of York, a mysterious young man rides into her life. Who is he? And what is he doing in Rouen? By turns baffled and enchanted, Cecylee finds herself confronted by an intriguing challenge.

 

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“You promised to marry me.”
“I cannot leave my children.”
“We would have our own children.”
I shook my head as I took his hand and kissed it. “If
I had no children, I would go with you in a heartbeat.”
A sound drowned out our conversation. A rumble of
hooves. A fanfare sounded, and a shout went up. The men of
the garrison, dicing and lounging in the shade of the trees
outside, now scrambled to their feet, straightened their tunics,
grabbed their weapons, and lined up in formation along the
castle walls.
“They’re back!” someone shouted. A roar answered.
His face turned as white as his tunic. “You will not
come with me?”
“I cannot.”
“You have my ring?” He dug into his tunic and
produced another sapphire ring, quickly showing me how his
ring fit around mine.
“If you change your mind, send your most trusty
messenger to me with this ring. If it fits mine, I will know it
comes from you.”
“Where should I send the ring?”


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Intriguing psychological read
ROSE OF RABY is the first and second books in a series of four about Cecylee Neville (1415-1495), mother of Richard III and Edward IV, Queen by Right and Abbess. This tale of Cecylee's girlhood and love-affair will appeal to readers of YA novels. Cecylee is the apple of her mother's eye. In her father's eyes, however, she is merely a valuable pawn in the game of marriage. But does Cecylee wish to marry the boy her father has picked out for her? Does she wish to marry at all? For at the age of ten, she has experienced too much violence at the hands of men. Several years later, when Cecylee is twenty-six years old and the wife of Richard, Duke of York, a mysterious young man rides into her life. Who is he? And what is he doing in Rouen? By turns baffled and enchanted, Cecylee finds herself confronted by an intriguing challenge.

This book is very interesting. It is so sad to think that by the time these girls were the age of my daughter, they were frequently married with several children. Cecylee was raised to think she was better than others because of her birthright. This caused her to be frequently be cold toward others, when in fact it was the result of her mother's loss of her children that resulted in her treasuring Cecylee and giving her too much freedom for the era. Also she finds herself turned by a pretty face and compliments, even though her husband is more generous and loving than most during this time period. What a difficult life for a woman. I'm not sure I could have born it with as much grace.


An insightful exploration of human psychology
"Rose of Raby" tells the story of Cecylee, a girl belonging to England's royal Neville family in the 15th century. Although this book is fiction, it aims at historical accuracy.

At the age of nine, Cecylee is given away in marriage, in order to strengthen ties between two royal families in 15th century England. We see the world through her eyes. She'd rather not be a pawn in the adult's game, which at first she only dimly understands. "Why be betrothed now?" she asks herself. "At nine I'm expected to enter a woman's estate, with a woman's cares and responsibilities. Where is my girlhood? I don't want it to end." But the choice is not hers to make. We discover, though, as we get further into this book, that Cecylee is unwilling to surrender to others the right to determine all "affairs of the heart" for her.

Quite skillfully, it seems to me, the author combines attention to historical detail with an insightful exploration of human psychology.

"Rose of Raby" belongs to a series of books by this author. You will find reviews, including mine, of the entire series under the Amazon book title: "Thwarted Queen."



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