Questions for Sandra Worth – again!

Yep, we’re doing it again! In conjunction with the release of Sandra’s latest book (more info below) we’re doing another question and answer with readers of this site! If you have a question for Sandra, you can leave it in the comments below or email me directly – – and I’ll pass them on. I’ll collect questions until March 31. The previous Q&A we did with Sandra can be seen here.

Sandra’s newest book is The Pale Rose of England, and here’s more about it from her website:

From the award-winning author of The King’s Daughter comes a story of love and defiance during the War of the Roses.

It is 1497. The news of the survival of Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York, has thundered across Europe, setting royal houses ablaze with intrigue and rocking the fledgling Tudor dynasty. Stepping finally onto English soil, Catherine arrives at the island of Saint Michael


  1. Coincidence that I’ve just started reading Ann Wroes ‘Perkin’.

    Don’t these beheaded covers and clothing completely out of historical context drive you crazy! There must be hundreds of them by now – when is it going to end? This seems to be an all-time silly choice though, with Lady Catherine Gordon (died 1537) wearing a combination of a massive ruff from a late Elizabeth I creation, teamed with a lacy neckline originally seen on Suson, the girl in Manet

  2. I have some questions regarding the author’s researches into Catherine Gordon, the wife of Perkin Warbeck.

    -Novels I have read on this topic often state that she was the daughter of a Scottish princess; however, historians usually note that there is some question whether she was indeed that closely related to the Scots king or actually the daughter of another wife of her father’s. Did you find any new evidence and did you incorporate it into your novel?

    -The synopsis of your story posits a child of Catherine and Perkin Warbeck, whereas the histories I have looked at indicate there was no child (and this was one reason she was kept alive by Henry VII). Did you find other evidence? Or was this a plot-driven consideration?

    -Catherine appears never to have returned to Scotland. Did you find any evidence that she wanted to, that the Scots government or her family requested her return, or that she was kept in England against her will?

    -Lara pointed out in a query several years ago that Catherine had three husbands subsequent to Perkin. Did you find any information on how these husbands were chosen, whether they were imposed upon her by the Tudor monarch or government, or if she had some say in selecting them herself?

    Thank you for considering my questions.

  3. I need to apologise to Sandra Worth – it was very tactless of me to criticise the cover on an author’s new book; the ‘beheaded’ covers in general are driving me mad and I just wasn’t thinking. I wish Sandra every success with this book

  4. How did you choose between first and third person narrative?

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