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The first book in #1 New York Times bestselling author Conn Iggulden's brilliant new historical series about two families that plunged England into a devastating, decades-long civil war.
In 1437, the Lancaster king Henry VI ascends the throne of England after years of semi-peaceful regency. Named "The Lamb," Henry is famed more for his gentle and pious nature than his father's famous battlefield exploits; already, his dependence on his closest men has stirred whispers of weakness at court.
A secret truce negotiated with France to trade British territories for a royal bride--Margaret of Anjou--sparks revolts across English territory. The rival royal line, the House of York, sees the chaos brought on by Henry's weakness and with it the opportunity to oust an ineffectual king.
As storm clouds gather over England, King Henry and his supporters find themselves besieged abroad and at home. Who or what can save the kingdom before it is too late? "It's been said that Game of Thrones is the Wars of the Roses written as fantasy: this is the real thing, more glorious and] more passionate."--M. C. Scott, author of Rome: The Emperor's Spy "Capturing the...violence and romance of medieval life, Iggulden makes real those grand characters who live in the collective memory."--Kirkus Reviews "Great pacing, fascinating people, and vibrant descriptions make this a must read "--Historical Novel Review