About Me

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Debra Yakhovsky (previous pen name Debra Bayani) is a researcher and writer, living in the Netherlands with her husband and six children. She previously studied Fashion History and History of Art. Currently, she's working on a visitor's guide to places connected to the Wars of the Roses. Her debut non-fiction book, the first biography on Jasper Tudor, Duke of Bedford and Earl of Pembroke, ''Jasper Tudor, Godfather of the Tudor Dynasty'' was first published in August 2014.
In February 2018 The Wars of the Roses Colouring Book was published, a joint project with artist (and husband) Dmitry Yakhovsky.

In 2012 she created the Facebook page ''The Wars of the Roses Catalogue'', which coordinates with this website, a page dedicated to documenting historic events, sites, news and books associated with this period of British history.
Debra is fascinated by all aspects of life in Mediëval Britain and the Middle Ages in general and has spent years researching the period. 

 

Publications:


Books

  • The Wars of the Roses Colouring Book, co-authored by Dmitry Yakhovsky, MadeGlobal Publishing (February 2018)

  • Jasper Tudor, Godfather of the Tudor Dynasty, (First edition 2014) (re-publication by MadeGlobal Publishing (February 2015)

Articles

  • The Mothers of the Tudor Dynasty,  Tudor Society Magazine, February 2018, pp. 54-57.

  • 'The "Crazy Period" in Medieval England and the Low Countries, Tudor Society Magazine, January 2018, pp. 62-67.

  • 'Blessed Margaret Pole' Tudor Society Magazine, December 2017, pp. 26-33.

  • 'England's Ladies-in-Waiting during the late Middle Ages', Tudor Society Magazine, November 2017, pp. 22-25.

  • 'Charles V', Tudor Society magazine, September 2017, pp. 38-45.

  • 'The Church and its Position in Daily Life, Tudor Society Magazine, August 2017, pp. 40-43.

  • 'Late Medieval and Early Tudor Residences', Tudor Society Magazine, July 2017, pp. 18-23. 

  • ​'The Road to Bosworth', Tudor Society Magazine, August 2016, pp. 6-13.

  • 'Loire Valley and Jasper Tudor' Tudor Society Magazine, July 2015, pp. 36-45.

  • 'The Two Rival Earls of Pembroke', Tudor Society Magazine,  December 2014, 52-58.

  • 'The Supposed Daughters of an Earl', History Refreshed by Susan Higginbotham, 3 September 2014.

  • 'The Extraordinary Bond between an Uncle and his Nephew', The Henry Tudor Society, 31 August 2014.

The Wars of the Roses Colouring Book

 

Debra Bayani, author of Jasper Tudor: Godfather of the Tudor Dynasty, and artist Dmitry Yakhovsky have come together to create this beautiful colouring book which will be enjoyed by both young and old.

The Wars of the Roses lasted for over thirty years and were a series of civil wars fought between rival claimants for the English throne: the Yorkists and Lancastrians. This tumultuous period of history saw the rise of some fascinating historical personalities, and the downfall of others, bloody battles, rebellions, murders, betrayal, and finally the unification of the warring factions.

In The Wars of the Roses Colouring Book, Debra's text introduces these main characters, events and places, while Dmitry's stunning artwork and your colouring will bring them to life. Relax, unwind and express yourself, all while learning about the Wars of the Roses.

Highlights include: 
● Westminster Abbey
● Queen Margaret of Anjou
● Margaret Beaufort
● King Edward IV
● Richard Neville
● King Edward V
● Queen Anne Neville 
● Queen Elizabeth of York 
● King Henry VI
● Jasper Tudor
● Cecily Neville
● Queen Elizabeth Woodville
● The Tower of London
● King Richard III
● King Henry VII
+ MANY MORE!

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Reviews for The Wars of the Roses Colouring Book:

***** 'Loved the images! I will be using this for my kids in their upcoming history course'. ***** Rebecca Hill

***** 'Waited for a while for this to come out! It’s great and paper is good quality! I would buy this again to give as a gift!' ***** Charissa Lewis

***** 'I love all the illustrations and drawings, such a pretty book without the colour.' *****  Carol Faulkner

***** 'This is a fantastic book, sure to appeal to anyone who enjoys colouring and history - particularly late medieval history and King Richard III. The pictures are lovely, and have a great variety of ease/difficulty/details, so are suitable for a range of ages.' ***** Author Alex Marchant 

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Jasper Tudor, born in secrecy in 1431, rose to become one of the key supporters of King Henry VI during the difficult period of English history known as the Wars of the Roses.

Devoted to the Lancastrian cause and to his nephew Henry Tudor, Jasper's loyalty led him through a life full of adventure. When he was just six years old, Jasper's life was changed dramatically by the death of his mother, the dowager Queen Katherine de Valois, and the arrest of his father Owen Tudor soon afterwards.

Jasper and his older brother Edmund were called to court and by 1452 they became the first Welshmen to be elevated to the English peerage.

Sadly, Edmund died in captivity in 1456, leaving Jasper to protect his brother's child, the future king Henry VII. Jasper's dedication to the Lancastrian cause took him through many of the well-known battles of the Wars of the Roses, including the historic victory at Bosworth.

It is clear that Henry VII owed an enormous part of his success in claiming the throne in 1485 to his uncle, who was his closest adviser, confidante and mentor. In this detailed biography,

Debra Bayani clearly shows that Jasper Tudor was a key figure in the tumultuous history of England, detailing his life from his birth in 1431 to his death in 1495.

He can rightly be called the "Godfather of the Tudor Dynasty". This edition includes a comprehensive appendix with contemporary Welsh poems translated into English for the first time, and many full page illustrations.

Jasper Tudor
Godfather of the Tudor Dynasty

Reviews for Jasper Tudor Godfather of the Tudor Dynasty

***** 'This book is full of factual content and a little educated speculation. A most interesting and informative book allowing meat to be put on the bones of the man.' ***** Sheila S.

***** 'Jasper Tudor, The greatest man you have never heard of, until now.' ***** historian Nathen Amin - founder of the Henry Tudor Society

**** '. Hard to put down at times'. ***** Maureen Whittaker

**** 'Debra Bayani has a talent as a researcher and a gift as a writer and she combines the two in this detailed and impressive work which is effectively the first proper biography of Jasper Tudor in more than 500 years! Nicely illustrated and beautifully written.' ***** Cedric deVere Fitzpatrick Thorneycroft

***** 'Debra's biography of Jasper Tudor provides a wonderfully detailed look at the life of an extraordinary man. It is a passionate, detailed and well researched biography.' ***** historian Sarah Bryson

***** 'Excellent book about one of the lesser-known Tudor's. He was the uncle of Henry VII and stayed loyal to him throughout his life. A great read.' ***** Michael McManus