Accession continues the story of Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry Tudor. It begins after the Battle of Tewkesbury, when Henry has gone into exile in Brittany.

As part of her campaign to get him back safely into England, Margaret arranges her own fourth marriage to Thomas Stanley, King of Mann. In order to save herself and her son she has to resort to extreme measures…

As with the other two novels, Accession features Chronicle extracts and excerpts from other original documents to illustrate the dramatic story of Henry Tudor’s rise to power.

Michael paints the middle ages in spare and elegant prose

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