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Carpe Librum

Reviews and bookish conversation with author Samantha Wilcoxson.

If I am lost, you will find me in medieval England.

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Barbara W. Tuchman
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#bookaday Day 24: Hidden Gem

The White Hawk: Revenge - David Pilling The White Hawk: Rebellion - David Pilling The White Hawk (III): Restoration - David Pilling The White Hawk (IV): Redemption - David Pilling

I've badly fallen off the #bookaday routine, but I didn't want to miss Day 24. 


David Pilling has written one of the best Wars of the Roses stories in his White Hawk series. Why isn't it more widely known? Beats me.


His story of the Boltons takes them from Blore Heath through the ascension of Henry VII. It is gritty, believable, and completely unromantic. The Boltons are Lancastrians who suffer for their loyalty to the dim-witted Henry VI with no last minute knight in shining armor saving the day.


How I would love to see this series widely lauded rather than fluffy and inaccurate novels that paint a ridiculous picture of historical events! If you are interested in learning more about David Pilling's White Hawk series, my reviews can be found here:


White Hawk I: Revenge

White Hawk II: Rebellion

White Hawk III: Restoration

White Hawk IV: Redemption