Three Maids for a Crown: A Novel of the Grey Sisters

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Broadway Books #ad - Her beautiful middle sister, Lady Katherine Grey charms all the right people, until a scandalous love affair causes loyalties to shift. And finally, lady mary grey is a dwarf with a twisted spine whose goal is simply to protect the people she loves—but at a terrible cost. The stakes they would wager: their daughters' lives against rampant ambition.

The grey sisters experience love, triumph, and tragedy in Tudor England in the second novel from Ella March Chase. Sixteen-year-old jane grey—the “nine-Day Queen”—is a quiet and obedient young lady destined to become the shortest reigning English monarch. In an age in which begetting sons was all that mattered and queens rose and fell on the sex of their child, these three girls with royal Tudor blood lived under the dangerous whims of parents with a passion for gambling.

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Courting Her Highness: The Story of Queen Anne A Novel of the Stuarts Book 2

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Broadway Books #ad - Plain abigail seems the least likely challenger to Sarah’s place in her highness’s affections, but challenge it she does, in stealthy yet formidable ways. While anne engages in her private tug-of-war, the nation is obsessed with another, more public battle: succession. A private battle rages at court for the affections of a childless queen, who must soon name her successor—and thus determine the future of the British Empire.

Soon anne is crowned queen, but to court insiders, the name of the imminent sovereign is Sarah Churchill. Beautiful, outspoken sarah has bewitched Anne and believes she is invincible—until she installs her poor cousin Abigail Hill into court as royal chambermaid. This final novel of the stuarts from jean plaidy weaves larger-than-life characters through a dark maze of intrigue, love, and destruction, with nothing less than the future of the British Empire at stake.

Courting Her Highness: The Story of Queen Anne A Novel of the Stuarts Book 2 #ad - . Anne is sickly and childless, the last of the Stuart line. It is the beginning of the eighteenth century and William of Orange is dying.

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The Sixth Wife: The Story of Katherine Parr A Novel of the Tudors Book 5

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Broadway Books #ad - Courtiers envious of the queen’s influence over Henry sought to destroy her by linking her with the “radical” religious reformers. Trapped in a loveless marriage to a volatile tyrant, books were Katherine’s consolation. At court it was whispered that the king would soon execute yet another wife.

Henry viii’s fifth wife, was both foolish and unfaithful, Katherine Howard, and she paid for it with her life. But the aging king—more in need of a nurse than a wife—was drawn to her, and Katherine could not refuse his proposal of marriage. Henry vowed that his sixth wife would be different, and she was.

The Sixth Wife: The Story of Katherine Parr A Novel of the Tudors Book 5 #ad - . Katherine parr was twice widowed and thirty-one years old. A thoughtful, well-read lady, she was known at court for her unblemished reputation and her kind heart. Queen katherine was able to soothe the King’s notorious temper, and his three children grew fond of her, the only mother they had ever really known.

Dangerous court intrigue and affairs of the heart collide as renowned novelist Jean Plaidy tells the story of Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six queens. But among her intellectual pursuits was an interest in Lutheranism—a religion that the king saw as a threat to his supremacy as head of the new Church of England.

. She had hoped to marry for love and had set her heart on Thomas Seymour, the dashing brother of Henry’s third queen.

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Duchess: A Novel of Sarah Churchill

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Berkley #ad - In the perilous world of kings and queens, one woman matches ambition with loyalty and ruthless intrigue with all-consuming passion in this gripping historical fiction novel. London,  1673. With her family ruined by war, penniless thirteen-year-old Sarah Jennings is overjoyed to be chosen as a maid of honor at the bawdy Restoration court of Charles II.

Only one man possesses ambition and passions that match her own: John Churchill, a dashing young military hero. But whitehall palace is ripe with ever-shifting alliances and sexual scandal, and Sarah will need all her cleverness to succeed. Titles, and wealth are the prizes, while an idle whisper in the wrong ear can bring a cry of treason, power, and the executioner’s ax.

Duchess: A Novel of Sarah Churchill #ad - Will sarah’s loyalties—and her dreams—falter when a king is toppled from his throne and a new queen crowned? And will she dare risk everything when her one true love is tested by a passionate, outrageous, Duchess brings to vivid life the story of an unforgettable woman who determines her own destiny—outspoken, dangerous obsession?      Brimming with the intrigue and sensuality of one of history’s most decadent courts, but most of all true to herself.

He would ask for her hand—and win her heart for a lifetime. And though sarah’s beauty stirs the desires of jaded aristocrats, she wants a grander future for herself than that of a pampered mistress. She soon wins the trust of Lady Anne of York, a lonely princess who becomes one of her staunchest allies.

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First of the Tudors

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HarperCollins #ad - But after he and his brother edmund are summoned to London, their half-brother, King Henry VI, takes a keen interest in their future. Bestowing earldoms on them both, Henry also gives them the wardship of the young heiress Margaret Beaufort. But passion turns to jeopardy for them both as the Wars of the Roses wreak havoc on the realm.

Loyal brother to a fragile king and his domineering queen, Marguerite of Anjou, Jasper must draw on all his guile and courage to preserve their throne − and the Tudor destiny…. A great tale… the golden thread that led to the crown of England’ Conn IgguldenJasper Tudor, son of Queen Catherine and her second husband, Owen Tudor, has grown up far from the intrigue of the royal court.

First of the Tudors #ad - Although she is still a child, Jasper becomes devoted to her and is devastated when Henry arranges her betrothal to Edmund. He seeks solace in his estates and in the arms of Jane Hywel, a young Welsh woman who offers him something more meaningful than a dynastic marriage.

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Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen: A Novel Six Tudor Queens Book 3

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Ballantine Books #ad - But her large noble family has other plans, and as an adult, Jane is invited to the King’s court to serve as lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine of Aragon. At its center is a loving and compassionate woman who captures the heart of a king, and whose life will hang in the balance for it. Can jane be the one to give the king his long-sought-after son, or will she be cast aside like the women who came before her?                   Bringing new insight to this compelling story, Alison Weir marries meticulous research with gripping historical fiction to re-create the dramas and intrigues of the most renowned court in English history.

. A sumptuous historical novel anchored by its excellent depiction of Jane Seymour, Henry the VIII’s third queen. From the richly appointed decor to the religious tenor of the time, the historical ambience is first-rate. Booklist starred review “Deft, authoritative biographical fiction. Urged to return the king’s affection and earn favor for her family, Jane is drawn into a dangerous political game that pits her conscience against her desires.

Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen: A Novel Six Tudor Queens Book 3 #ad - But once henry disavows katherine and secures Anne as his new queen—forever altering the religious landscape of England—he turns his eye to another: Jane herself. This is a must for all fans of Tudor fiction and history.

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The Heretic Queen: A Novel Egyptian Royals Collection Book 2

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Broadway Books #ad - In ancient egypt, a forgotten princess must overcome her family’s past and remake history. A devastating palace fire has killed the Eighteenth Dynasty’s royal family—all with the exception of Nefertari, the niece of the reviled former queen, Nefertiti. Destined to be the most powerful Pharaoh in Egypt, he is also the man who must confront the most famous exodus in history.

. The girl’s deceased family has been branded as heretical, and no one in Egypt will speak their names. While political adversity sets the country on edge, Nefertari becomes the wife of Ramesses the Great. Yet all of egypt opposes this union between the rising star of a new dynasty and the fading star of an old, heretical one.

The Heretic Queen: A Novel Egyptian Royals Collection Book 2 #ad - The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. But this changes when she is taken under the wing of the Pharaoh’ s aunt, then brought to the Temple of Hathor, where she is educated in a manner befitting a future queen. A relic of a previous reign, Nefertari is pushed aside, an unimportant princess left to run wild in the palace.

Sweeping in scope and meticulous in detail, The Heretic Queen is a novel of passion and power, heartbreak and redemption. Soon nefertari catches the eye of the Crown Prince, and despite her family’s history, they fall in love and wish to marry.

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The Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine Queens of England Book 5

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Broadway Books #ad - She was equally famous for her turbulent relationships, which included marriages to the kings of both France and England. When eleanor met the magnetic henry ii, the first plantagenet King of England, their stormy pairing set great change in motion—and produced many sons and daughters, two of whom would one day reign in their own right.

In this majestic and sweeping story, jean plaidy weaves a tapestry of love, betrayal, intrigue, and strife, passion, set against a backdrop of medieval politics, and heartbreak—and reveals the life of a most remarkable woman whose iron will and political savvy enabled her to hold her own against the most powerful men of her time.

When i look back over my long and tempestuous life, I can see that much of what happened to me—my triumphs and most of my misfortunes—was due to my passionate relationships with men. I was a woman who considered herself their equal—and in many ways their superior—but it seemed that I depended on them, while seeking to be the dominant partner—an attitude which could hardly be expected to bring about a harmonious existence.

The Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine Queens of England Book 5 #ad - Eleanor of aquitaine was revered for her superior intellect, extraordinary courage, and fierce loyalty. A union with louis vii allowed her to ascend the French throne, yet he was a tepid and possessive man and no match for a young woman raised in the Courts of Love. As a child, eleanor reveled in her beloved grandfather’s Courts of Love, where troubadours sang of romantic devotion and passion filled the air.

In 1137, eleanor became duchess of Aquitaine, at the age of fifteen, the richest province in Europe.

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The Virgin Queen's Daughter

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Broadway Books #ad - Ella march chase’s vivid storytelling gives due credence to a daughter who might have been and a mother who never was. But a lingering rumor about nine unaccounted for months in the Virgin Queen’s past reignites when the flame-haired Nell—a mirror image of Her Majesty both physically and intellectually—arrives at court.

Nell is entranced by the splendor and pageantry of royal life, unaware of the danger and deception that swirls around the monarch and her courtiers. Now, years later, nell’s chance arrives when she is summoned to serve as a lady-in-waiting to the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth. Her mother, katherine parr, once a devoted lady-in-waiting to Henry VIII’s last wife, would rather her daughter stop dabbling in the grand affairs of men and instead prepare for her eventual duties as a wife.

The Virgin Queen's Daughter #ad - . With strong evidence to connect elizabeth to her newest maid of honor and the politics of England in turmoil, the truth could send Nell and those she loves to the Tower to join in the wretched fates of those who’ve gone before her. Engrossing and enlightening, the Virgin Queen’s Daughter brings to life one of the greatest mysteries of one of the greatest monarchs.

She knows all too well what menace lurks in royal courts. But nell’s heart yearns for something more, then a prisoner of the Tower of London, and a chance meeting with Princess Elizabeth, pushes her closer toward finding it. Quickly she catches the eye not only of the cunning Elizabeth, but of those who would see the queen fail.

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The Girls in the Picture: A Novel

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Delacorte Press #ad - She also makes the acquaintance of actress Mary Pickford, whose signature golden curls and lively spirit have earned her the title “America’s Sweetheart. The two ambitious young women hit it off instantly, to move audiences to a frenzy, their kinship fomented by their mutual fever to create, to start a revolution.

Mayer, at its heart, and lillian gish, The Girls in the Picture is, Rudolph Valentino, a story of friendship and forgiveness. As mary, she also wonders if it is possible to find love, the world’s highest paid and most beloved actress, struggles to live her life under the spotlight, even with the dashing actor Douglas Fairbanks.

The Girls in the Picture: A Novel #ad - In this fledgling industry, Frances finds her true calling: writing stories for this wondrous new medium. Melanie benjamin brilliantly captures the dawn of a glittering new era—its myths and icons, its possibilities and potential, and its seduction and heartbreak. A boffo production. Inspiration is a rare and unexpected gift in a book filled with the fluff of Hollywood, but Benjamin provides it with The Girls in the Picture.

Npr“profoundly resonant,  the Girls in the Picture is at its core, an empowering and fascinating tale of sisterhood. Bryce dallas Howard.

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For a Queen's Love: The Stories of the Royal Wives of Philip II A Novel of the Tudors Book 8

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Broadway Books #ad - Power-hungry monarch, and the tortured england of bloody mary, obsessive monster—who could love such a man?          Set against the glittering courts of sixteenth-century Europe, the Spain of the dreaded Inquisition, cold-blooded murderer, For a Queen’s Love is the story of Philip II of Spain—and of the women who loved him as a husband and father.

Then followed marriage with the jealously possessive Mary Tudor, a political union that ultimately failed to bring Philip an heir that would solidify the unified power he so deeply desired. But history is seldom what it seems, father, and in the hands of beloved author Jean Plaidy, we hear another side to the story of Philip II—the most powerful of kings who was at once fanatic, husband, murderer, and lover.

For a Queen's Love: The Stories of the Royal Wives of Philip II A Novel of the Tudors Book 8 #ad - And finally, marriage again to a young bride Philip stole from his unbalanced son, sowing the seeds of brutal murder. His first marriage, brought him tragedy and a troublesome son, a romantic union with childlike Maria Manoela, Don Carlos. Philip was a dark and troubled man, who, like many royals, had been robbed of his childhood.

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