Brandon – Tudor Knight
by Tony Riches
Publication Date: December 3, 2018
eBook; ASIN: B07L3YGBWJ
From the author of the international bestselling Tudor Trilogy comes a true story of adventure, courtly love and chivalric loyalty.
Handsome, charismatic and a champion jouster, Sir Charles Brandon is the epitome of a Tudor Knight. A favourite of King Henry VIII, Brandon has a secret. He has fallen in love with Henry’s sister, Mary Tudor, the beautiful widowed Queen of France, and risks everything to marry her without the King’s consent.
Brandon becomes Duke of Suffolk, but his loyalty is tested fighting Henry’s wars in France. Mary’s public support for Queen Catherine of Aragon brings Brandon into dangerous conflict with the ambitious Boleyn family and the king’s new right-hand man, Thomas Cromwell.
Torn between duty to his family and loyalty to the king, Brandon faces an impossible decision: can he accept Anne Boleyn as his new queen?
Hands up if you’re guilty of thinking of Charles Brandon as just Henry VIII’s best mate who risked everything to marry Mary Tudor?
Don’t worry – you’re not the only one. I too am guilty of relegating the Duke of Suffolk to a one-dimensional supporting actor in the roller coaster movie that was Henry VIII’s life. But then I read Brandon – Tudor Knight by Welsh author Tony Riches, and my take on the Tudor knight has changed.
What people might not know is that Charles Brandon also had three other wives, including his 14-year-old ward Lady Catherine Willoughby. They also might not know Brandon found himself seriously out of his depth fighting Henry’s wars in France, or that he wasn’t from an extremely privileged background – he really did climb that social ladder because of Henry’s friendship.
In Brandon – Tudor Knight Tony Riches has done a superb job of crafting a human side to Charles Brandon, filling in the gaps where the historical evidence doesn’t reach with empathetic detail. You get to know Brandon as an ambitious young man, a grieving widow and a worried father. The author paints him as an almost unwilling (but determined) pawn in the game of chess that was the Tudor court. Characters are most definitely Tony’s forte, along with his knack for well-researched detail.
This book also has a companion – Mary: Tudor Princess. The two novels are designed to be read together, and provide readers with two sides of the same (love) story – which is a really great concept.
The historical fiction market is utterly saturated with books about the Tudor Court, so it takes something really special to stand out. As an author, Tony Riches has that X Factor. I’ve literally put my money where my mouth is and purchased other books by him. As a history enthusiast with a limited budget (and bookshelf) I think that says it all!
About the Author
Tony Riches is a full-time writer and lives with his wife in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. After several successful non-fiction books, Tony turned to novel writing and wrote ‘Queen Sacrifice’, set in 10th century Wales, followed by ‘The Shell’, a thriller set in present day Kenya. A specialist in the history of the early Tudors, he is best known for his Tudor Trilogy. Tony’s other international best sellers include ‘Warwick ~ The Man Behind the Wars of the Roses’ and ‘The Secret Diary of Eleanor Cobham’.