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’s Mount, along with her husband and young son Dickon, their second child already on the way. With the keen support of Scotland’s King James IV, Richard—known in England as Perkin Warbeck—has come to reclaim his rightful crown from Henry Tudor. Based on a prophecy given Catherine by a seer that she would be loved by a king, she has no doubt Richard will succeed in his quest. But rather than assuming the throne she believed was their destiny, Catherine would soon be prisoner of King Henry VII, and her beloved husband would, unimaginably, be stamped as an imposter.

Nothing could shake Catherine’s belief in Richard and her loyalty to the man she loved. She became a favored lady-in-waiting to the queen, Elizabeth of York, but her dazzling beauty only brought her unwanted affections from a jealous king and enmeshed her in a terrifying royal love triangle. With her husband facing execution for treason, Catherine, alone in the glittering but deadly Tudor Court, finds the courage to spurn a cruel monarch and shape her own destiny, winning the admiration of a nation.

About the Author:
Sandra Worth is the acclaimed author of five historical novels chronicling the Wars of the Roses. Each is the recipient of multiple awards and prizes, including three Reviewers Chloice Awards and a Best Books of 2009 nomination.

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  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’s 1882 painting ‘A Bar at the Folies-Bergère’, now in the collection of the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. It looks miles better on young Suson!

    I just wonder what an author feels about whoever selected the cover design being so completely clueless.

    Looking forward to reading the book, though.

  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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