A King Under Siege
by Mercedes Rochelle
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Pub Date 05 Jan 2019 | Archive Date 05 Apr 2019
Richard II found himself under siege not once, but twice in his minority. Crowned king at age ten, he was only fourteen when the Peasants' Revolt terrorized London.
But he proved himself every bit the Plantagenet successor, facing Wat Tyler and the rebels when all seemed lost. Alas, his triumph was short-lived, and for the next ten years he struggled to assert himself against his uncles and increasingly hostile nobles.
Just like in the days of his great-grandfather Edward II, vengeful magnates strove to separate him from his friends and advisors, and even threatened to depose him if he refused to do their bidding. The Lords Appellant, as they came to be known, purged the royal household with the help of the Merciless Parliament.
They murdered his closest allies, leaving the King alone and defenseless. He would never forget his humiliation at the hands of his subjects.
Richard's inability to protect his adherents would haunt him for the rest of his life, and he vowed that next time, retribution would be his.
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I saw a post on one of my favourite history blogs written by Mercedes Rochelle, and in this post, she talked about her upcoming book, which certainly piqued my interest. I have had A King Under Seige on my to-read list since it came out, so when I found out it was on NetGalley, I just had to read it. And WOW what a fabulous story. I started reading it last night, and I was so engrossed that I stayed up half the night to finish it! This is one of those books that you can not put down, well, I couldn't anyway! I thought Mercedes portrayal of Richard II was soooo good and completely believable. I loved this book so much. I may just have to go back and reread it!
I Highly Recommend it.
A well researched book about king Richard II and the beginning of his reign and his fight to keep his kingdom. A very good read perfect for any fan of English history
Richard II was quite a figure! Crowned at the age of 10, he found himself facing down his own countrymen at a young age. During the time of his minority, the country was restless. He faced down Wat Tyler and his band of rebels. But this would not be the only time that he found himself besieged - and all before he was able to govern on his own.
Richard II is a figure that most tend to look over. Starting his reign at a young age, many tend to want to overlook what he was able to accomplish, flying in the face of what his advisors wanted to do. He wanted a country that was peaceful and prosperous. Those who were in power, however, wanted more. They sought to remove the king from his friends and allies, murdering those who got in their way.
This book was fabulous! I was hooked from the start, and could not put it down! Mercedes Rochelle has done it again with a book that not only brings history to life but breathes a fresh perspective into a figure that has fallen largely from the pages of our history books. Grab this book now, you will not be sorry!
A King Under Siege by Mercedes Rochelle os the first in a line of novels covering a series about the Plantagenet line. This book is about Richard II and his formative years. It discusses the early part ofhis rein (starting with the “Peasants’ revolt of 1381) and builds a foundation of how Richard II becomes the ruler that we know of today.
It sheds light on what kind of ruler was developed from a boy that had to deal with a lot of cards stacked against him from the beginning: lack of a healthy male role model, lack of being exposed to others his age by being sheltered, being a king initially only in namesake-ruled by his cabinet and his Uncles, and trying to assert his rule over his people and kingdom.
A lot of questions are answered with thos book, however a lot more are added...making this an excellent first installment.
Thank you to NetGally for allowing me to read this book in return for my honest review.
Complete with map and cast of characters, this book delivered! Crowned king at age 10, King Richard had an uphill battle throughout a good portion of his early reign. This book follows actual people and events but makes it tangible for a younger crowd. I found myself pulled in and wanting to know what happened next! While some of the verbage was a little much for middle grade ("shrieking and howling like the demons of hell") I thought the overall story was engaging and a young generation learn history, to an extent, while also being entertained.