Born into an impoverished branch of the noble Howard family, young Katherine is plucked from her home to live with her grandmother, the Duchess of Norfolk. The innocent girl quickly learns that her grandmother’s puritanism is not shared by Katherine’s free-spirited cousins, with whom she lives.
The Rose Without a Thorn: A Novel Queens of England Book 11 #ad - Overwhelmed by the change in her fortunes, bewildered and flattered by the adoration of her husband, Katherine is dazzled by the royal life. Beautiful and impressionable, Katherine becomes involved in two ill-fated love affairs before her sixteenth birthday. The royal palaces are exciting to a young girl from the country, Thomas Culpepper, and Katherine finds that her duties there allow her to be near her handsome cousin, whom she has loved since childhood.
Like her cousin anne boleyn, she leaves her grandmother’s home to become a lady-in-waiting at the court of Henry VIII.
The Lady in the Tower: A Novel Queens of England Book 4Broadway Books #ad - One of history’s most complex and alluring women comes to life in this classic novel by the legendary Jean Plaidy. Young anne boleyn was not beautiful but she was irresistible, capturing the hearts of kings and commoners alike. Daughter of an ambitious country lord, Anne was sent to France to learn sophistication, and then to court to marry well and raise the family’s fortunes.
Wrongfully accused of adultery and incest, Anne found herself imprisoned in the Tower of London, where she was at the mercy of her husband and of her enemies. Although his queen was loving and loyal, King Henry VIII swore he would put her aside and make Anne his wife. She soon surpassed even their greatest expectations.
The Lady in the Tower: A Novel Queens of England Book 4 #ad - And so he did, though the divorce would tear apart the English church and inflict religious turmoil and bloodshed on his people for generations to come. Loathed by the english people, who called her “the King’s Great Whore, ” Anne Boleyn was soon caught in the trap of her own ambition. Political rivals surrounded her at court and, they closed in, when she failed to produce a much-desired male heir, preying on the king’s well-known insecurity and volatile temper.
Courting Her Highness: The Story of Queen Anne A Novel of the Stuarts Book 2Broadway Books #ad - Beautiful, outspoken sarah has bewitched Anne and believes she is invincible—until she installs her poor cousin Abigail Hill into court as royal chambermaid. 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.
It is the beginning of the eighteenth century and William of Orange is dying. 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. Anne is sickly and childless, the last of the Stuart line.
Courting Her Highness: The Story of Queen Anne A Novel of the Stuarts Book 2 #ad - While anne engages in her private tug-of-war, the nation is obsessed with another, more public battle: succession. Soon anne is crowned queen, but to court insiders, the name of the imminent sovereign is Sarah Churchill. 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.
The Sixth Wife: The Story of Katherine Parr A Novel of the Tudors Book 5Broadway Books #ad - Trapped in a loveless marriage to a volatile tyrant, books were Katherine’s consolation. Henry raged that katherine had betrayed him, and had a warrant drawn up for her arrest and imprisonment. She had hoped to marry for love and had set her heart on Thomas Seymour, the dashing brother of Henry’s third queen.
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. Henry viii’s fifth wife, katherine Howard, was both foolish and unfaithful, 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.
The Sixth Wife: The Story of Katherine Parr A Novel of the Tudors Book 5 #ad - 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. Henry vowed that his sixth wife would be different, and she was. Courtiers envious of the queen’s influence over Henry sought to destroy her by linking her with the “radical” religious reformers.
Katherine parr was twice widowed and thirty-one years old. 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. At court it was whispered that the king would soon execute yet another wife.
The Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine Queens of England Book 5Broadway Books #ad - 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. 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.
Eleanor of aquitaine was revered for her superior intellect, extraordinary courage, and fierce loyalty. 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.
The Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine Queens of England Book 5 #ad - In this majestic and sweeping story, and strife, set against a backdrop of medieval politics, passion, intrigue, betrayal, Jean Plaidy weaves a tapestry of love, 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.
. In 1137, eleanor became duchess of Aquitaine, at the age of fifteen, the richest province in Europe. As a child, eleanor reveled in her beloved grandfather’s Courts of Love, where troubadours sang of romantic devotion and passion filled the air. 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.
She was equally famous for her turbulent relationships, which included marriages to the kings of both France and England.
The Reluctant Queen: The Story of Anne of York Queens of England Book 8Broadway Books #ad - A gentle yet fiercely intelligent woman, Anne has already given her heart to the prince’s younger brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Yet fate intervenes when Edward is killed at the Battle of Tewkesbury. Anne suddenly finds herself free to marry the man she loves—and who loves her in return. Their life is idyllic, until the reigning king dies and a whirlwind of dynastic maneuvering leads to his children being declared illegitimate.
Unable to oppose her father’s will, she finds herself in line for the throne of England—an obligation that she does not want. Her husband’s reign lasts two years, and two days—and in that short time Anne witnesses the true toll that wearing the crown takes on Richard, two months, the last king from the House of York.
The Reluctant Queen: The Story of Anne of York Queens of England Book 8 #ad - In 1470, the politically ambitious earl of Warwick, a reluctant Lady Anne Neville is betrothed by her father, to Edward, Prince of Wales. The ceremony is held at westminster Abbey, and the duke and duchess make a happy home at Middleham Castle, where both spent much of their childhood. Richard inherits the throne as King Richard III, and Anne is crowned queen consort, a destiny she thought she had successfully avoided.
In the Shadow of the Crown Queens of England Book 6Broadway Books #ad - Red-haired like her father, she was also intelligent and deeply religious like her staunchly Catholic mother. Lonely and miserable, Mary turned for comfort to the religion that had sustained her mother. In a stroke of fate, however, Henry's much-longed-for son died in his teens, leaving Mary the legitimate heir to the throne.
He divorced her mother and, at the age of twelve, Mary was banished from her father’s presence, and replaced by his other children--first Elizabeth, stripped of her royal title, then Edward. She was the daughter of henry's first queen, Katharine of Aragon, and was heir presumptive to the throne of England.
As henry viii's only child, the future seemed golden for Princess Mary. It was, she felt, a sign from God--proof that England should return to the Catholic Church. But her father's ill-fated love for Anne Boleyn would shatter Mary's life forever. Worst of all, she never saw her beloved mother again; Katharine was exiled too, and died soon after.
In the Shadow of the Crown Queens of England Book 6 #ad - The father who had once adored her was now intent on having a male heir at all costs. Swayed by fanatical advisors and her own religious fervor, Mary made horrific examples of those who failed to embrace the Church, earning her the immortal nickname "Bloody Mary. She was married only once, to her Spanish cousin Philip II--a loveless and childless marriage that brought her to the edge of madness.
The Queen's Devotion: The Story of Queen Mary II Queens of England Book 10Broadway Books #ad - Can mary take part in actions that will ultimately remove her own father from the throne and endanger his life? With family loyalty and the will of a nation at odds, beloved author Jean Plaidy brings us into the court and behind the scenes as history unfolds—and the young princess and her groom become William and Mary—the legendary monarchs, what choice can a young princess make? With emotional clarity and vivid historical detail, and the only co-regents in the history of a nation.
When mary’s uncle, dies suddenly and without an heir, King Charles II, her beloved father is crowned James II. In order to cement this safety and to ensure the stability of the family line, at age fifteen, Mary is married to her Protestant first cousin William, Prince of Orange. But a catholic king is not the will of the people, and even Mary’s own husband is crying out for change.
The Queen's Devotion: The Story of Queen Mary II Queens of England Book 10 #ad - . A monarch’s duty. Despite his own loyalty to the catholic church, King Charles II, the Duke and his brother, raised Mary as a Protestant to protect her in a time of religious and political upheaval. However, in post-Restoration England, matters are rarely so simply settled. A daughter’s love. On the road to greatness, one young woman must make an unthinkable choice.
For princess mary, the duke of york, life has never been simple, but through it all the love of her father, has been a constant and reliable comfort.
The Merry Monarch's Wife: The Story of Catherine of Braganza Queens of England Book 9Broadway Books #ad - Yet catherine, daughter of the king of Portugal and a Catholic, has never been popular with the English people. Catherine is aware that courtiers close to Charles are asking him to divorce her and take another wife—yet she is determined to hold her title in the face of all odds. The country is eager for succession to be clear and certain: The next king will be the son of Charles II and his queen, Catherine of Braganza.
. The ninth novel in the beloved queens of england series, The Merry Monarch’s Wife brings Catherine of Braganza to life and plunges readers into the tumultuous world of Restoration England. Charles ii is restored to the English throne, and his court is lively and even scandalous. She is also having great difficulty conceiving an heir, even as many of Charles’s well-known mistresses are bearing his children with ease.
Loyal in Love: Henrietta Maria, Queen of Charles I Queens of England Book 1Broadway Books #ad - The daughter of henry iv of france, princess Henrietta Maria, becomes a pawn in a political strategy to stabilize relations between two countries when her father marries her to Charles I of England. Sent abroad, she finds herself living in a Protestant country that views her own faith—Catholicism—with deep suspicion.
Henrietta is passionate about her faith, namely Oliver Cromwell and his Puritans, and soon politically powerful people, however, turn her loyalty to her religion into a focal point for civil war. Yet her new husband is a man of principle and integrity, and Henrietta and Charles fall deeply in love. As the royal couple watch the fall of thomas wentworth, and englishmen fight Englishmen, the rise of Puritanism, first Earl of Strafford, they are undeterred in their dedication to each other and in their belief in the divine rights of king and queen—even as spies lurk in their very own household.
Loyal in Love: Henrietta Maria, Queen of Charles I Queens of England Book 1 #ad - Loyal in love offers an inside look at an unforgettable time in England’s history and at the life of a queen whose story of devotion and bravery has gone untold for too long.
Queen of This Realm Queens of England Book 2Broadway Books #ad - Brilliantly clever, and unpredictable, bold, she was also vain, a scholar with a ready wit, a queen who commanded--and won--absolute loyalty from those around her. But in these pages, elizabeth also recounts the emotional turmoil of her life: the loneliness of power; the heartbreak of her lifelong love affair with Robert Dudley, in her own voice, Mary, whom she could never marry; and the terrible guilt of ordering the execution of her cousin, Queen of Scots.
In this unforgettable novel, Elizabeth emerges as one of the most fascinating and controversial women in history, and as England’s greatest monarch. It is the story of her improbable rise to power and the great triumphs of her reign--the end of religious bloodshed, the settling of the New World, the defeat of the Spanish Armada.
Queen of This Realm Queens of England Book 2 #ad - In this "memoir" by elizabeth i, legendary historical novelist jean plaidy reveals the Virgin Queen as she truly was: the bewildered, motherless child of an all-powerful father; a captive in the Tower of London; a shrewd politician; a lover of the arts; and eventually, an icon of an era.