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After his elderly mother is executed for treason, Reginald Pole must outsmart the assassins of Henry VIII. Through the political and spiritual upheaval of the Reformation, Reginald strives for peace and compromise. Is it possible? With royal blood running through his veins, Reginald Pole could have been a Tudor king. His position as a respected Cardinal of the Catholic Chur After his elderly mother is executed for treason, Reginald Pole must outsmart the assassins of Henry VIII. Through the political and spiritual upheaval of the Reformation, Reginald strives for peace and compromise. Is it possible? With royal blood running through his veins, Reginald Pole could have been a Tudor king. His position as a respected Cardinal of the Catholic Church could have earned him the position of Supreme Pontiff. Reginald chose neither. Instead, he chose to be a faithful friend to artists and churchmen alike, a man of God who could not be corrupted but was open to hearing opposing views, and a man who stood up to Henry VIII when others capitulated to the king's demands. However, he may have underestimated the Tudor tyrant's capacity for vengeance. A novella of the Plantagenet Embers series.


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After his elderly mother is executed for treason, Reginald Pole must outsmart the assassins of Henry VIII. Through the political and spiritual upheaval of the Reformation, Reginald strives for peace and compromise. Is it possible? With royal blood running through his veins, Reginald Pole could have been a Tudor king. His position as a respected Cardinal of the Catholic Chur After his elderly mother is executed for treason, Reginald Pole must outsmart the assassins of Henry VIII. Through the political and spiritual upheaval of the Reformation, Reginald strives for peace and compromise. Is it possible? With royal blood running through his veins, Reginald Pole could have been a Tudor king. His position as a respected Cardinal of the Catholic Church could have earned him the position of Supreme Pontiff. Reginald chose neither. Instead, he chose to be a faithful friend to artists and churchmen alike, a man of God who could not be corrupted but was open to hearing opposing views, and a man who stood up to Henry VIII when others capitulated to the king's demands. However, he may have underestimated the Tudor tyrant's capacity for vengeance. A novella of the Plantagenet Embers series.

48 review for Prince of York: A Story of Reginald Pole

  1. 3 out of 5

    Blair Hodgkinson

    In this novella, Samantha Wilcoxson expands on the story of Reginald de la Pole, a supporting figure in her previous novels. The author quite believably fleshes out a man of conscience and faith against a background of political and religious turmoil. As usual in a Samantha Wilcoxson novel, you suffer and feel with the character and every blow, every loss, every conflict is deeply experienced. Characters, however separated from the present by the vastness of history, are this author's strength. In this novella, Samantha Wilcoxson expands on the story of Reginald de la Pole, a supporting figure in her previous novels. The author quite believably fleshes out a man of conscience and faith against a background of political and religious turmoil. As usual in a Samantha Wilcoxson novel, you suffer and feel with the character and every blow, every loss, every conflict is deeply experienced. Characters, however separated from the present by the vastness of history, are this author's strength. And what characters of history we meet here; some, like Michelangelo, I was familiar with while others, like Vittoria, were new and interesting to me. Religious conflict has been touched on before in the author's past novels, but this novella gives readers an "on the ground" look at the dispute between Catholics and Protestants at the Council of Trent. Here we hear characters giving voice to reason, those who don't want to reason but merely argue and at least one character who takes his religious zeal to such an extreme that he would prefer to argue with fire rather than words. This polarized age of political and religious debate holds a mirror up to the political and religious dogma wars of our own times and that adds to the relevance and immediacy of the story. Knowing that the author researches her stories deeply, I felt like I learned a lot about this historical figure and his connection to both the Vatican and the English throne, and how close he came to occupying either the position of pope or king of England. This is a good, short read, well worth the time and the space in your physical or electronic bookshelf.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Hill

    Reginald Pole was an enigma. He dared to defy a King. The story of Reginald Pole is a sad one. Educated by Henry VIII, he rose within the Catholic Church. As he continued his rise, he dared to defy the King's wishes. Refusing to be cowered by the threats and assassins sent after him, he was protected by the Pope. When King Henry realized that Reginald would not conform to the new church that he had started, his mother and brother were arrested, and eventually executed for treason. The execution Reginald Pole was an enigma. He dared to defy a King. The story of Reginald Pole is a sad one. Educated by Henry VIII, he rose within the Catholic Church. As he continued his rise, he dared to defy the King's wishes. Refusing to be cowered by the threats and assassins sent after him, he was protected by the Pope. When King Henry realized that Reginald would not conform to the new church that he had started, his mother and brother were arrested, and eventually executed for treason. The execution of an elderly woman was something that not only shocked England but was seen as barbaric throughout the known world. Through trial and tribulations, Reginald continued to seek comfort within the Church, and the many friends that he had. Though his earthly family was largely eradicated, he still had one brother left alive, who had given evidence against his mother and brother, but his eyes were on things not of this world... Great novella on Reginald Pole! This man has always interested me, not only with his relationship with Queen Mary of England but because of his refusal to bow to the wishes of a mortal king. Reginald deserved to have his story told, and Samantha Wilcoxson has done a fantastic job with it! Her books never disappoint, and I was thrilled to be able to read this one as well!

  3. 3 out of 5

    Blair Hodgkinson

    In this novella, Samantha Wilcoxson expands on the story of Reginald de la Pole, a supporting figure in her previous novels. The author quite believably fleshes out a man of conscience and faith against a background of political and religious turmoil. As usual in a Samantha Wilcoxson novel, you suffer and feel with the character and every blow, every loss, every conflict is deeply experienced. Characters, however separated from the present by the vastness of history, are this author's strength. In this novella, Samantha Wilcoxson expands on the story of Reginald de la Pole, a supporting figure in her previous novels. The author quite believably fleshes out a man of conscience and faith against a background of political and religious turmoil. As usual in a Samantha Wilcoxson novel, you suffer and feel with the character and every blow, every loss, every conflict is deeply experienced. Characters, however separated from the present by the vastness of history, are this author's strength. And what characters of history we meet here; some, like Michelangelo, I was familiar with while others, like Vittoria, were new and interesting to me. Religious conflict has been touched on before in the author's past novels, but this novella gives readers an "on the ground" look at the dispute between Catholics and Protestants at the Council of Trent. Here we hear characters giving voice to reason, those who don't want to reason but merely argue and at least one character who takes his religious zeal to such an extreme that he would prefer to argue with fire rather than words. This polarized age of political and religious debate holds a mirror up to the political and religious dogma wars of our own times and that adds to the relevance and immediacy of the story. Knowing that the author researches her stories deeply, I felt like I learned a lot about this historical figure and his connection to both the Vatican and the English throne, and how close he came to occupying either the position of pope or king of England. This is a good, short read, well worth the time and the space in your physical or electronic bookshelf.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chasity Gaines

    Prince of York Reginald Pole, a Plantagent Prince, destined to become a cardinal and enrage King Henry VIII. It was refreshing seeing Reginald as a man trying his best to be humble, pious, and studious. What a match he would have made for Queen Mary. After enduring his mother's martyrdom and several attempts on his on life, Reginald finally returns to England as soon as Mary becomes Queen. Hoping to help his cousin reconcile with the Catholic Pope, Reginald believes this is what God has been plan Prince of York Reginald Pole, a Plantagent Prince, destined to become a cardinal and enrage King Henry VIII. It was refreshing seeing Reginald as a man trying his best to be humble, pious, and studious. What a match he would have made for Queen Mary. After enduring his mother's martyrdom and several attempts on his on life, Reginald finally returns to England as soon as Mary becomes Queen. Hoping to help his cousin reconcile with the Catholic Pope, Reginald believes this is what God has been planning for him. A must read!

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