Battle for Destiny

BattleForDestinySuggested by Brad Nelson • A Welsh youth, imprisoned in a monastery and outcast from his lands, is befriended by countryman Harry Tudor whose allegiance he pledges through adventures that end on Bosworth Field in a battle that terminates the Wars of the Roses and puts Harry on the throne of England.
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  1. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I picked up this book a couple years ago in a box of old, grubby books that I had bought at a garage sale. I started reading it on a lark. I turned out to be a truly great book by an author (Peter John Stephens) that no one has heard of, including me.

    If you like King Arthur or Treasure Island types of adventure stories, you’ll love this one. Trust me. It’s a fun book, for young or old. For $8.00 including shipping for used ones at Amazon, it’s a steal. I guarantee that you’ll find this a page-turner. It would make a great movie as well.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      There have been a lot of historical novels dealing with that period, as I know from reading them — though not this one. Sharon Kay Penman’s first novel (or at least the first we saw), The Sunne in Splendour, dealt with it, and I remember a series of books by a writer named Robert Farringdon that I found at the local library 30 or 40 years ago about a confidential agent for Richard III who goes over to the other side after Bosworth (but still has a soft spot for his old boss; the third book deals with his revenge on a couple of the people who betrayed him at Bosworth). I also have a LOT of historical works on the Wars of the Roses era. It’s a fascinating period of English history.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Let me know if any of those books you listed are outstanding enough that you want to share on my so-called “Bookshelf.” I’ve been adding to it of late.

        I shared “Battle for Destiny” with my younger brother and he was just as impressed with it as I was, so I don’t think I’m out of line in rating it highly and suggesting it to friends.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          I wouldn’t know where to get the Farringdon books, but I’d recommend just about anything by Penman. I think we have a complete collection of her works, and I’ve read and enjoyed all of them, though I will note that most of them deal either with Welsh history or the early Angevins (she has a fascination with Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Richard I).

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