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The Courts of Illusion
The Courts of Illusion
Author: Rosemary Hawley Jarman
The year is 1490, five years after the battle at Bosworth Field, Nicholas Archer is nineteen years old. It was his father's keen eye that spied out the enemy for Richard III at Bosworth Field and he paid for his devotion with his life. Nicholas becomes estranged from his family, pledges his devotion to Richard Duke of York and eventually bec...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780515078763
ISBN-10: 051507876X
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 390
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

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Publisher: Jove
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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FeliciaJ avatar reviewed The Courts of Illusion on + 136 more book reviews
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This historical novel tells the story of Perkin Warbeck, who in the reign of Henry VII claimed to be one of the "Princes in the Tower," the lost sons of Edward IV who vanished when their uncle, Richard III, took the throne.
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bookworm65 avatar reviewed The Courts of Illusion on + 17 more book reviews
I enjoyed reading this book because it is a sequel to the author's previous book, "We Speak No Treason." I love Rosemary Hawley Jarman's writing style. It's lyrical, but not sappy. The main theme is the story of Perkin Warbeck, who might or might not be one of the Prince in the Tower. Many of the characters in We Speak No Treason reappear in the Courts of Illusion. Or if not them, then their spouses or children. The one thing I didn't like were the unlikely coincidences that occur to the protagonist(not Perkin Warbeck),who is telling the story. The reader ends up finding out that every single character, or so it appears, has something to do with another character. Almost up to the very end, there is a new and more unlikely revelation. However, the Perkin Warbeck mystery itself is very reasonably presented. One feels that yes, it certainly could have happened that way.