“Immensely readable and compelling… Highly recommended!”
Alison Weir. Best selling author of The Six Wives of Henry VIII.
“A stunning first novel… this new treatment of Catherine de Valois’ story will be a delight to lovers of historical fiction.”
Bernard Knight CBE. Author of the ‘Crowner John’ historical mysteries.
“An immensely enjoyable read, with Griffith’s skill shining throughout. Very highly recommended.”
Clare Owen-Maynard. A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.
The story of a passionate romance and a clandestine marriage which gave its name to the most famous royal dynasty in the history of Great Britain: the Tudors.
When King Henry V and his bride, Catherine de Valois, are blessed with the birth of a son, their happiness is short-lived. Henry’s untimely death leaves Catherine a widow at the age of twenty-one. Then her father, King Charles VI of France, also dies and her son inherits both crowns. The new monarch, Henry VI, King of England and France, is just ten months old and needs all his mother’s watchful care to protect him from political intrigue.
The queen, an attractive young widow, is a foreigner at the English court and now finds herself regarded with suspicion, particularly by the Duke of Gloucester, who will seemingly stop at nothing to protect his own claim to the throne. But lonely, vulnerable Catherine has found true friendship with another foreigner at court, a young Welshman named Owen. Their friendship deepens, but their liaison must be kept secret at all costs, because Catherine, Queen of England and forbidden to remarry, is in love with a servant…
First published in December 2014 by Accent Press, Root of the Tudor Rose has met with critical acclaim, becoming a Number 1 best-seller and remaining in the top ten of its Amazon category for well over a year. It was the Welsh Books Council’s ‘Book of the Month’ for July 2015 and has been translated into Czech.