Tortured by a love they cannot deny but must conceal from their feuding families, raven-haired beauty Anne Gifford and her dashing knight Dylan de Frayne are caught up in the Wars of the Roses, England's 15th century struggle for the throne. Though Anne and Dylan's saga cannot boast originality, its predictable premise gives way to intriguing scenarios and intricate emotional entanglements, thanks to sophisticated character development and elegantly simple prose. Carr (The Troubadour's Romance deftly handles the themes of betrayal, envy, greed and the psychological patterns that recur over generations. Historical details suffuse the narrative gracefully, adding authenticity without becoming intrusive or pedantic. While England is ruled by a series of warring nobles (the feeble and insane Henry VI is unseated by young Edward IV, who then gives way to his brother, the unscrupulous Richard III), Anne likewise is claimed by a succession of knights, both honorable and base, as she struggles to realize a union with Dylan, her first and only love. (July 2)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1987 Release date: 01/01/1987 Genre:
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