Recommendation: ‘The House of Clarence’ by Alison Weir

Recently on Twitter I came across author and historian Alison Weir’s kind offer to send history fans a copy of ‘The House of Clarence‘ as a nice distraction during the UK lockdown. It’s a short biography sent as a word.doc focusing on George, Duke of Clarence (brother of Edward IV and Richard III) and his children.

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George Plantagenet, Duke of Clarence courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

I’ve read quite a bit about Edward IV and Richard III respectively, but there’s not as much literature available about their brother George who often gets overlooked. So Weir’s latest work was a great opportunity to find out more about him, as well as providing a nice literary distraction during lockdown!

This short biography at 16 pages packs in a lot of information about this unfortunate royal house.

It starts with the devious George Duke of Clarence, who can’t stop scheming against his brother Edward for the crown. Things came to ahead after George commits treason one time too many, and Weir then shows us what happened to his two children Edward, Earl of Warwick and Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury. Things probably would have turned out better for them had the Tudors not come into power, defeating their uncle Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth. Edward was seen as a threat to the new dynasty and Margaret survived Henry VII’s reign only to face problems from his son Henry VIII.

I don’t want to give away too much, as you should all go and read it for yourselves!

The House of Clarence‘ is only available directly from Alison Weir who you can email at alisonweirhistorian@yahoo.co.uk

I would love to hear your thoughts about this interesting royal house in the comments below!

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