Authors: Jean Plaidy
After twelve years of marriage, the once fortuitous union of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon has declined into a loveless stalemate. Their only child, Mary, is disregarded as a suitable heir, and Henry's need for a legitimate son to protect the Tudor throne has turned him into a callous and greatly feared ruler.
When the young and intriguing Anne Boleyn arrives from the French court, Henry is easily captivated by her dark beauty and bold spirit.But his desire to possess the wily girl leads to a deadly struggle of power that promises to tear apart the lives of Katharine and Mary, and forever change England's faithâ¦
Praise for Jean Plaidy
âPlaidy excels at blending history with romance and drama'
New York Times
âA vivid impression of life at the Tudor Court'
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Praise for Jean Plaidy
âOne of the country's most widely read novelists'
âIt is hard to better Jean Plaidy . . . both elegant and exciting'
âPlaidy has brought the past to life'
Times Literary Supplement
âOne of our best historical novelists'
âAn excellent story'
âSpirited . . . Plaidy paints the truth as she sees it'
âAn enthralling story of a grim period of history, told with
Aberdeen Press and Journal
âSketched vividly and sympathetically . . . rewarding'
âAmong the foremost of current historical novelists'
âAn accomplished novelist'
Glasgow Evening News
âThere can be no doubt of the author's gift for storytelling'
Illustrated London News
âJean Plaidy has once again brought characters and background
vividly to life'
âWell up to standard . . . fascinating'
Manchester Evening News
âExciting and intelligent'
âNo frills and plenty of excitement'
âMeticulous attention to historical detail'
South Wales Argus
âColourful . . . imaginative and exciting'
âEffective and readable'
âA vivid picture of the crude and vigorous London of those
days' Laurence Meynell
Jean Plaidy, one of the pre-eminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also known as Victoria Holt. Jean Plaidy's novels had sold more than 14 million copies worldwide by the time of her death in 1993.
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Uneasy Lies the Head
Katharine, the Virgin
The Shadow of the
The King's Secret Matter
Murder Most Royal
St Thomas's Eve
The Sixth Wife
The Thistle and the Rose
Mary Queen of France
Gay Lord Robert
Royal Road to Fotheringay
The Captive Queen of Scots
The Medici Trilogy
The Italian Woman
The Plantagenet Prelude
The Revolt of the Eaglets
The Heart of the Lion
The Prince of Darkness
The French Revolution
Louis the Well-Beloved
The Road to CompiÃ¨gne
The Queen of Diamonds