In 1437, the Lancaster king Henry VI ascends the throne of England after years of semi-peaceful regency. Named “The Lamb,” Henry is famed more for his gentle and pious nature than his father’s famous battlefield exploits; already, his dependence on his closest men has stirred whispers of weakness at court.
A secret truce negotiated with France to trade British territories for a royal bride—Margaret of Anjou—sparks revolts across English territory. The rival royal line, the House of York, sees the chaos brought on by Henry’s weakness and with it the opportunity to oust an ineffectual king.
As storm clouds gather over England, King Henry and his supporters find themselves besieged abroad and at home. Who or what can save the kingdom before it is too late?
“It’s been said that Game of Thrones is the Wars of the Roses written as fantasy: this is the real thing, more glorious [and] more passionate.”—M. C. Scott, author of Rome: The Emperor’s Spy
“Capturing the…violence and romance of medieval life, Iggulden makes real those grand characters who live in the collective memory.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Great pacing, fascinating people, and vibrant descriptions make this a must read!”—Historical Novel Review
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"A triumph of historical fiction." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A rip-roarin' read, and inspiration to go and sack a few cities on your own." —Kirkus Reviews
"What Robert Graves did for Claudius, Conn Iggulden now does for the most famous Roman emperor of them all — Julius Caesar."—William Bernhardt, author of Capitol Betrayal
"A swashbuckling adventure story...Iggulden is a grand storyteller"— USA Today
"Emperor is stunning.... Words like 'brilliant,' 'sumptuous,' and 'enchanting' jostle to be used, but scarcely convey the way Iggulden brings the tale to life." —Los Angeles Times
"A brilliant, tough-as-nails story. I wish I'd written it. It left me wanting more. A novel of vivid characters, stunning action and unrelenting pace." — Bernard Cornwell author of 1356