The Queen’s Lover: A Novel

Fans of phillipa gregory, and tracy chevalier, alison weir, sarah dunant, and every reader who adores top-quality historical fiction will be swept away by this epic love story set against the rich backdrop of 15th-century England and France—and by this remarkable woman who triumphed magnificently by making her own rules.

. From vanora bennett, a fictionalized account of the life and loves of Catherine de Valois, the acclaimed author of Portrait of an Unknown Woman and Figures in Silk comes The Queen’s Lover, a woman of enormous courage who became a great queen of two countries.

The Fool's Tale: A Novel

A time of treachery, passion, and uncertainty. Pressured into a marriage of political convenience, headstrong Isabel Mortimer, he takes as his bride the young, niece of his powerful English nemesis. Through strength of character, the king's oldest, and is soon engaged in a battle of wills against Gwirion, Isabel wins her husband's grudging respect, but finds the Welsh court backward and barbaric, oddest, and most trusted friend.

Wales, 1198. Before long, gwirion and isabel's mutual animosity is abruptly transformed, however, and the king finds himself as threatened by loved ones as by the enemies who menace his crown. A masterful novel by a gifted storyteller, the fool's Tale combines vivid historical fiction, compelling political intrigue, and passionate romance to create an intimate drama of three individuals bound -- and undone -- by love and loyalty.

. King maelgwyn ap cadwallon, known as Noble, struggles to protect his small kingdom from foes outside and inside his borders.

The Canterbury Papers: A Novel Alais Capet Book 1

Unforgiving hands clapped it against my face, and all went dark. Alaïs, to retrieve hidden letters that, in the wrong hands, the former Queen of England, is abducted while on her mission for the wily Eleanor of Aquitaine, the king of France's sister, could bring down the English king. In exchange, the French princess was to receive long-heldand dangerous information.

. The only thing i felt was a strong hand around my neck, another around my waist, and -- before I could cry out -- I smelled the thick, sweet scent of a mandrake-soaked cloth. Now alaïs, along with help from the very intriguing leader of the Knights Templar, must unravel a tangled web of family secrets and lies.

Filled with intrigue and peopled with compelling legendary figures, The Canterbury Papers is an "electrifying journey into the past" Booklist.

Murder Most Royal: The Story of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard A Novel of the Tudors Book 3

They each learned that Henry’s passion was all-consuming–and fickle. Sophisticated anne boleyn, raised in the decadent court of France, was in love with another man when King Henry claimed her as his own. Anne boleyn and Catherine Howard were cousins. Being his mistress gave her a position of power; being his queen put her life in jeopardy.

Her younger cousin, catherine Howard, was only fifteen when she was swept into the circle of King Henry. Look for the reading Group Guide at the back of this book. Also available as an ebook. Both were beautiful women, though very different in temperament. Two tragic queens. In the court of henry viii, it was dangerous for a woman to catch the king’s eye.

One powerful king. Painted in the rich colors of tudor england, Murder Most Royal is a page-turning journey into the lives of two of the wives of the tempestuous Henry VIII. Her innocence attracted him, but a past mistake was destined to haunt her.

The Thistle and the Rose: The Story of Margaret, Princess of England, Queen of Scotland A Novel of the Tudors Book 6

But the marriage, and the peace it brings to both nations, does not last. Like all the tudors, under one rule, margaret’s life would be one of turmoil and controversy, England and Scotland would unite as one nation, but through her descendants, and find peace. From the Trade Paperback edition. The betrothal is meant to end decades of bloody border wars, she finds joy in her marriage to the dashing James IV of Scotland, but it becomes a love match: To Margaret’s surprise, a man sixteen years her senior.

She decides to remain in scotland and carve out her own destiny, surviving a scandalous second marriage and battling with both her son and her brother to the very end. From the pen of the legendary historical novelist Jean Plaidy comes the story of Princess Margaret Tudor, bloodshed, and scandal would rival even that of her younger brother, whose life of tragedy, Henry VIII.

Princess margaret tudor is the greatest prize when her father, Henry VII, negotiates the Treaty of Perpetual Peace with neighboring Scotland. When king james is struck down by the armies of henry viii, margaret—Princess of England, but Queen of Scotland—finds herself torn between loyalty to the land and family of her birth and to that of her baby son, now King of the Scots.


Roanoke: A Novel of Elizabethan Intrigue

Among those charged with protecting her is a tall, charismatic spy named Gabriel North…and when the queen’s advisers persuade her to send ships to the Americas, North is given a job for which he is perfectly suited: to seduce Roanoke’s Secota princess and gain information about a fabled treasure hidden in the wilderness.

In princess naia, north meets a woman who bewitches him utterly—and he soon sees the dangerous deceptions from which his mission was born. Their mission: to gain a foothold in the Americas, a gateway to riches, an island fortress against the Spanish. But within ten years, the vibrant new colony had vanished without a trace.

In hampton court, spies, elizabeth is under siege—surrounded by sycophants, and assassins who stalk her every move. As war and calamity crash down on roanoke island, gabriel North becomes a wanted man in a desperate hunt that will lead back across the Atlantic—into a trap set by his enemies, and into a shocking act of treachery that swirls around Elizabeth herself….

With the grace of a master storyteller, who play their roles in a searing drama of conquest, rule, Margaret Lawrence brings to life a cast of brave hearts and blackguards, petty criminals and grand schemers, and rebellion. From the Hardcover edition. In the spring of 1585, seven English ships sailed around Cape Feare and up the windswept coast of Florida.


To Hold the Crown: The Story of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York A Novel of the Tudors Book 1

From exile and war to love and loss—every dynasty has a beginning. Henry tudor was not born to the throne of England. Plaidy excels at blending history with romance and drama. New york timesFrom the Trade Paperback edition. And though their union was born from political necessity, it became a wonderful love story that led to seven children and twenty happy years together.

Sweeping and dramatic, ultimately, to the crowning of their younger son, to hold the Crown brings readers inside the genesis of the great Tudor empire: through Henry and Elizabeth’s troubled ascensions to the throne, the heartbreak caused by the death of their son Arthur, and, their marriage and rule, King Henry VIII.

Having come of age in a time of political turmoil and danger, the man who would become Henry VII spent fourteen years in exile in Brittany before returning triumphantly to the Dorset coast with a small army and decisively winning the Battle of Bosworth Field—ending the War of the Roses once and for all and launching the infamous Tudor dynasty.

As henry’s claim to the throne was tenuous, daughter and direct heir of King Edward IV, his marriage to Elizabeth of York, not only served to unify the warring houses, it also helped Henry secure the throne for himself and for generations to come.

The Last Tudor The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels

She intends to enjoy her beauty and her youth and fall in love. What will happen when the last Tudor defies her ruthless and unforgiving cousin Queen Elizabeth? When jane refused to betray her protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner’s block, where Jane transformed her father’s greedy power-grab into tragic martyrdom.

A beautiful dwarf, mary keeps family secrets, especially her own, disregarded by the court, while avoiding Elizabeth’s suspicious glare. Farewell, my sister, ” writes Katherine to the youngest Grey sister, Mary. When katherine’s pregnancy betrays her secret marriage, she faces imprisonment in the Tower, only yards from her sister’s scaffold.

The latest novel from #1 new york times bestselling author Philippa Gregory features one of the most famous women in history, and her two sisters, Lady Jane Grey, each of whom dared to defy her queen. Jane grey was queen of England for nine days. But she is heir to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and then to her sister Queen Elizabeth, who will never allow Katherine to marry and produce a Tudor son.

Learn you to die, ” was the advice Jane wrote to her younger sister Katherine, who has no intention of dying. Her father and his allies crowned her instead of the dead king’s half-sister Mary Tudor, claimed her throne, who quickly mustered an army, and locked Jane in the Tower of London. After seeing her sisters defy their queens, Mary is acutely aware of her own danger, but determined to command her own life.


The Twylight Tower: An Elizabeth I Mystery

With the twylight tower, drawing us into an intoxicating world of majesty and mayhem, Karen Harper brings a legendary era to life, political intrigue and adventure. Where danger is everywhere. And where a young queen journeys to greatness in the long shadow of her bloodstained past. From the Paperback edition.

The loyal retainers of Elizabeth’s privy council do not accept the official verdict of accidental death. Handsome, ambitious Lord Robert Dudley is at her side. It is may 1560 But their leisurely midsummer idyll is cut short when the court’s master lutenist plunges to his death from a parapet beneath the queen’s window.

Their fears are borne out when another tragedy rocks the realm, and points the way to a conspiracy to bring down Elizabeth and seize the throne. As ill winds of treachery swirl around the court, and suspicion falls on those within Elizabeth’s intimate circle, a vengeful enemy slips from the shadows. A traitorous usurper who would be sovereign.

As sinister storm clouds gather overhead, her most trusted adviser, twenty-six-year-old Queen Elizabeth dispatches William Cecil, to Scotland for crucial negotiations.

The Borgias: Two Novels in One Volume

Lucrezia’s father is named pope alexander vi, Giovanni, and he places his daughter and her brothers Cesare, and Goffredo in the jeweled splendor—and scandal—of his court. But faced with brutal murder, she's soon torn between her love for her husband and her devotion to her brother Cesare… And in the days when the Borgias ruled Italy, no one was safe from the long arm of their power.

She was the most dangerous and sought after woman in all of Rome. From the pope’s affairs with adolescent girls, to Cesare’s dangerous jealousy of anyone who inspires Lucrezia’s affections, to the ominous birth of a child conceived in secret, no Borgia can elude infamy. Light on lucrezia:   Some said she was an elegant seductress.

Others swore she was an incestuous murderess. For the first time in one volume, reckless, Jean Plaidy’s duet of Borgia novels brings to life the infamous, and passionate family in an unforgettable historical saga. Madonna of the seven hills:   Fifteenth-century Rome: the Borgia family is on the rise. Now, married for the second time at just eighteen she hopes for happiness with her handsome husband Alfonso.

Lucrezia borgia’s young life has been colored by violence and betrayal. Not even Lucrezia.

Bess of Hardwick: Empire Builder

Bess hardwick, the fifth daughter of an impoverished Derbyshire nobleman, did not have an auspicious start in life. His daughter, only to be followed by the indomitable and ruthless Gloriana, was even more capricious and bloody, Queen Mary, Elizabeth I. Lovell tells the passionate, and portland, colorful story of an astonishingly accomplished woman, among whose descendants are counted the dukes of Devonshire, Rutland, and, on the American side, Katharine Hepburn.

Widowed at sixteen, she nonetheless outlived four monarchs, married three more times, built the great house at Chatsworth, and died one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in English history. In 1527 england was in the throes of violent political upheaval as Henry VIII severed all links with Rome.

It could not have been more hazardous a period for an ambitious woman; by the time Bess's first child was six, three of her illustrious godparents had been beheaded. Using journals, inventories, letters, and account books, Mary S. The best account yet available of this shrewd, enigmatic and remarkable woman.

Sunday times londonfrom the author of The Sisters, turbulent, a chronicle of the most brutal, and exuberant period of England's history.