Owen - Book One of the Tudor Trilogy by Tony Riches

Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, OWEN is the epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience as he changes the course of English history.

Owen - book one of the tudor trilogy

England 1422: Owen Tudor, a Welsh servant, waits in Windsor Castle to meet his new mistress, the beautiful and lonely Queen Catherine of Valois, widow of the warrior king, Henry V. Her infant son is crowned King of England and France, and while the country simmers on the brink of civil war, Owen becomes her protector.

They fall in love, risking Owen’s life and Queen Catherine’s reputation—but how do they found the dynasty which changes British history – the Tudors?

This is the first historical novel to fully explore the amazing life of Owen Tudor, grandfather of King Henry VII and the great-grandfather of King Henry VIII. Set against a background of the conflict between the Houses of Lancaster and York, which develops into what have become known as the Wars of the Roses, Owen’s story deserves to be told. 

Genre: FICTION / Historical

Language: English

Keywords: Tudor, Adventure , medieval

Word Count: 90,000

Sales info:

OWEN has reached #1 on Amazon US, Amazon UK and Amazon Australia and is the first book of the best-selling Tudor Trilogy

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,499 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

#14 in Kindle Store > Books > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > Biographical
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Sample text:

Our first meeting is over. She is unlike any woman I have known, fascinating, intriguing and beautiful. More than that; there is something about her I find deeply attractive, a dangerous thing to admit. Perhaps my fascination is with the glimpse I’d seen of the real woman, the same age as myself, behind the title of Dowager Queen of England.

‘Aim high, boy,’ my garrulous longbow tutor once advised me, his voice gruff from too much shouting. ‘It’s not the Welsh way to play safe and wait until you have a clear shot!’ The man spits hard on the ground to add emphasis and stares knowingly into my eyes, standing so close I can almost feel the coarse grey stubble of his beard. ‘When you aim high,’ he points an imaginary bow up at the sky, ‘your arrow will fly far into the enemy ranks and strike with the full vengeance of God.’

‘Who, of course, is on our side.’ A daring, foolhardy thing for a boy like me to say to a man who can punch me to the ground or worse.

For a moment I see the old man’s mind working as he tries to decide if I am being disrespectful, sacrilegious or both. The moment passes. I notch a new arrow into the powerful yew longbow and fire it high into the sky, without a care for where it will fall.

I smile at the memory as I return down the long passage to the servants’ hall. Life as a king’s archer was hard, but I enjoyed the camaraderie of the other men and it taught me many things. As well as how to use a longbow, I learned to watch my back, when to speak up and when to remain silent. My tutor died in the thick mud of Normandy, yet his lesson serves me well. I know to aim high.

Book translation status:

The book is available for translation into any language except those listed below:

Already translated. Translated by Stefanos Karampalis
Author review:
Stefanos Karampalis has produced an excellent Greek translation, with good communication throughout. He is also keen to support subsequent awareness raising, which will help sales. I am happy to recommend Stefanos to other authors seeking Greek translation of their books.
Translation in progress. Translated by Francesca Marrucci
Already translated. Translated by Emanuel Guedes Santos
Author review:
Excellent work and I'm happy to recommend Emanuel Guedes Santos. to other authors
Already translated. Translated by Pablo Petrides
Author review:
Pablo Petrides has a professional approach and excellent attention to detail. Highly recommended.

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