Thwarted Queen Review

Rebecca Graf
3 min readMay 18, 2023

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The Wars of the Roses was a series of battles between the English houses of York and Lancaster vying for the throne. The tension between the houses had been present for generations with doubts of who was the rightful king being whispered with each passing decade. We mostly remember that one king died, his brother declared the king’s sons as illegitimate, and the sons disappear with rumors of murder that is still debated today.

This book is the “memoir” of one of the players in this drama that is usually mentioned only in passing. It is Cecylee (Cecily) Neville, Duchess of York. She is the mother of Edward IV and Richard III. She is the grandmother to Edward V and to the wife of Henry VII. Her husband was descended from Edward III. For the Duchess, her entire world is surrounded with royalty which means intrigue and drama. You’d think we’d have heard more about her and what part she played in the Wars of the Roses.

The viewpoint of this part of history has typically been for or against Richard III and his involvement in the missing heirs to the throne. This story takes the reader through a different passage and reveals a unique lens of the events during this time. It starts…

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Rebecca Graf

Writer for ten years, lover of education, and degrees in business, history, and English. Striving to become a Renassiance woman. www.writerrebeccagraf.com