But history is seldom what it seems, we hear another side to the story of Philip II—the most powerful of kings who was at once fanatic, and in the hands of beloved author Jean Plaidy, father, husband, murderer, and lover. Power-hungry monarch, the spain of the dreaded inquisition, obsessive monster—who could love such a man? Set against the glittering courts of sixteenth-century Europe, cold-blooded murderer, and the tortured England of Bloody Mary, 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.
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.
The Merry Monarch's Wife: The Story of Catherine of Braganza Queens of England Book 9Broadway Books #ad - She is also having great difficulty conceiving an heir, even as many of Charles’s well-known mistresses are bearing his children with ease. Charles ii is restored to the English throne, and his court is lively and even scandalous. 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.
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 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.
The Captive Queen of Scots: Mary, Queen of Scots A Novel of the Stuarts Book 6Broadway Books #ad - Throughout mary’s long years as the queen’s prisoner, she conceives many bold plans for revenge and escaping to freedom—but the gallows of Fotheringhay Castle loom. Plaidy excels at blending history with romance and drama. The new york times“burn the murderess!”so begins jean plaidy’s The Captive Queen of Scots, the epic tale of the Scottish Queen Mary Stuart, cousin to Queen Elizabeth of England.
In disgrace, she flees her scottish persecutors for England, where she appeals to Queen Elizabeth for mercy, but to no avail. A catholic in a land of stern protestants, Mary finds herself in the middle of a revolt, as her bloodthirsty subjects call for her arrest and execution. Set against royal pageantry, passion, and bloody uprising—and filled with conspiracies, heartbreak, religious strife, and fascinating historical detail—The Captive Queen of Scots is an unforgettable tale of the intense rivalry between two powerful women of noble blood.
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A Favorite of the Queen: The Story of Lord Robert Dudley and Elizabeth I A Novel of the Tudors Book 9Broadway Books #ad - Handsome and clever, he drew the interest of many women—but it was Elizabeth herself that loved him best of all. Torn between her heart’s passion and duty to her kingdom, a young queen makes a dark choice… Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester was the most powerful man in England during the reign of Elizabeth I.
But when amy suddenly dies, under circumstances that many deem to be mysterious at best, the Queen and her lover are placed under a dark cloud of suspicion, and Elizabeth is forced to make a choice that will define her legacy. . Their relationship could have culminated in marriage but for the existence of Amy Robsart, Robert's tragic young wife, who stood between them and refused to be swept away to satisfy a monarch’s desire for a man that was not rightfully her own.
Loyal in Love: Henrietta Maria, Queen of Charles I Queens of England Book 1Broadway Books #ad - Yet her new husband is a man of principle and integrity, and Henrietta and Charles fall deeply in love. Sent abroad, she finds herself living in a Protestant country that views her own faith—Catholicism—with deep suspicion. 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 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. Henrietta is passionate about her faith, and soon politically powerful people, however, namely Oliver Cromwell and his Puritans, turn her loyalty to her religion into a focal point for civil war.
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The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria FeodorovnaBallantine Books #ad - Is the powerful story of a mother trying to save her family and an aristocrat fighting to maintain rule in a country of rebellion. Publishers weekly“A twist on the tragic story you’ve heard many times before. Bustle. As the unstoppable wave of revolution rises anew to engulf Russia, Maria will face her most dangerous challenge and her greatest heartache.
Determined to guide him to reforms that will bring Russia into the modern age, Maria faces implacable opposition from Nicholas’s strong-willed wife, Alexandra, whose fervor has led her into a disturbing relationship with a mystic named Rasputin. W. From the opulent palaces of St. Maria’s life as a royal reads like a historical soap opera.
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. For readers of philippa gregory and alison Weir comes a dramatic novel of the beloved Empress Maria, the Danish princess who became the mother of the last Russian tsar.
The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne BoleynBallantine Books #ad - Now acclaimed historian and bestselling author alison Weir has drawn on myriad sources from the Tudor era to give us the first book that examines, the gripping, dark, in unprecedented depth, and chilling story of Anne Boleyn's final days. The tempestuous love affair between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn scandalized Christendom and altered forever the religious landscape of England.
Anne's ascent from private gentlewoman to queen was astonishing, but equally compelling was her shockingly swift downfall. Only in alison weir's capable hands can readers learn the truth about the fate of one of the most influential and important women in English history. Bonus: this edition contains a the Lady in the Tower discussion guide and an excerpt from Alison Weir's Mary Boleyn.
The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn #ad - Weir unravels the tragic tale of anne's fall, from her miscarriage of the son who would have saved her to the horrors of her incarceration and that final, dramatic scene on the scaffold. Nearly five hundred years after her violent death, second wife to Henry VIII, remains one of the world's most fascinating, Anne Boleyn, controversial, and tragic heroines.
What emerges is an extraordinary portrayal of a woman of great courage whose enemies were bent on utterly destroying her, and who was tested to the extreme by the terrible plight in which she found herself. Richly researched and utterly captivating, The Lady in the Tower presents the full array of evidence of Anne Boleyn's guilt—or innocence.
Charged with high treason and imprisoned in the Tower of London in May 1536, Anne met her terrible end all the while protesting her innocence. There remains, much mystery surrounding the queen's arrest and the events leading up to it: were charges against her fabricated because she stood in the way of Henry VIII making a third marriage and siring an heir, however, or was she the victim of a more complex plot fueled by court politics and deadly rivalry? The Lady in the Tower examines in engrossing detail the motives and intrigues of those who helped to seal the queen's fate.
To the Tower BornHarperCollins e-books #ad - In 1483, already king of england—were placed, for their protection before Edward's coronation, by law, Edward and Richard of York—Edward, in the Tower of London by their uncle Richard. The great and terrible events that shaped a kingdom are viewed through the eyes of quick-witted Nell Caxton, only daughter of the first English printer, and her dearest friend, "Bessie, " sister to the lost boys and ultimate founder of the Tudor dynasty.
With great bravery and heart, ambitious, two friends navigate a dark and treacherous medieval landscape rendered more perilous by the era's scheming, even murderous men and women who will stop at nothing to possess the throne. It is a thrilling story brimming with mystery, color, and historical lore. Within months the boys disappeared without a trace, and for the next five hundred years the despised Richard III was suspected of their heartless murders.
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The King's Confidante: The Story of the Daughter of Sir Thomas More A Novel of the Tudors Book 4Broadway Books #ad - His favorite daughter, meg, is the heroine of this novel in which we witness the everyday lives of people in Tudor England. Plaidy takes readers into a world far removed from the grandeur of the courts, into the home of a simple family and a caring father who only wants to do what is morally best–not just for his family, but for England.
As secretary and personal adviser to king henry vIII, drafting official documents, More becomes increasingly influential in the government, welcoming foreign diplomats, and serving as a liaison between the king and the Archbishop of York. More’s love of faith surpasses his duty to the crown, and his refusal to accept King Henry VIII’s claim to be supreme head of the Church of England ends his political career.
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Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life Ballantine Reader's CircleBallantine Books #ad - Eleanor of aquitaine lived a long life of many contrasts, of splendor and desolation, and in this stunning narrative, power and peril, Weir captures the woman—and the queen—in all her glory. At a time when women were regarded as little more than chattel, Eleanor managed to defy convention as she exercised power in the political sphere and crucial influence over her husbands and sons.
In this beautifully written biography, Alison Weir paints a vibrant portrait of a truly exceptional woman and provides new insights into her intimate world. Renowned in her time for being the most beautiful woman in Europe, the wife of two kings and mother of three, Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the great heroines of the Middle Ages.
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Mary, Queen of France: The Story of the Youngest Sister of Henry VIII A Novel of the Tudors Book 7Broadway Books #ad - She must act quickly; if she wants to be with the man she truly loves, she must defy the laws of church and state by marrying without her brother’s permission. Together, mary and charles devise a scheme to outwit the most ruthless king in Europe and gain their hearts’ desire, not knowing if it will lead to marital bliss or certain death.
Horrified and furious, Mary has no choice but to sail for France. Known throughout europe for her charm and good looks, Mary is the golden child of the Tudor family and is granted her every wish. Henry viii, locked in a political showdown with France, decides to offer up his pampered baby sister to secure peace between the two mighty kingdoms.
Innocent, a toothless, teenage Mary must become the wife of the elderly King Louis, ailing man in his sixties. Except when it comes to marriage. Princess mary rose is the youngest sister of Henry VIII, and one of the few people whom he adores unconditionally. When king louis dies after only two years of marriage, Mary is determined not to be sold into another unhappy union.
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