He would ask for her hand—and win her heart for a lifetime. 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, power, while an idle whisper in the wrong ear can bring a cry of treason, 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, Duchess brings to vivid life the story of an unforgettable woman who determines her own destiny—outspoken, outrageous, dangerous obsession? Brimming with the intrigue and sensuality of one of history’s most decadent courts, but most of all true to herself.
She soon wins the trust of Lady Anne of York, a lonely princess who becomes one of her staunchest allies. And though sarah’s beauty stirs the desires of jaded aristocrats, she wants a grander future for herself than that of a pampered mistress. Only one man possesses ambition and passions that match her own: John Churchill, a dashing young military hero.
Royal Harlot: A Novel of the Countess Castlemaine and King Charles IIBerkley #ad - Though each is promised to another, Barbara soon becomes Charles's mistress and closest friend, and the uncrowned queen of his bawdy Restoration court. But the role of royal mistress is a precarious one, and Barbara's enemies and rivals are everywhere in the palace. Among those welcoming him is young Barbara Villiers Palmer, a breathtaking Royalist beauty whose sensuality and clever wit instantly captivate the handsome, jaded king.
Rewarded with titles, land, and jewels, she is the most envied and desired woman in England--and the most powerful. London, 1660: ready to throw off a generation of Puritan rule, all England rejoices when Charles Stuart returns to reclaim the throne.
Courting Her Highness: The Story of Queen Anne A Novel of the Stuarts Book 2Broadway 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. Beautiful, outspoken sarah has bewitched Anne and believes she is invincible—until she installs her poor cousin Abigail Hill into court as royal chambermaid.
. Anne is sickly and childless, the last of the Stuart line. This final novel of the stuarts from jean plaidy weaves larger-than-life characters through a dark maze of intrigue, and destruction, love, with nothing less than the future of the British Empire at stake. Soon anne is crowned queen, but to court insiders, the name of the imminent sovereign is Sarah Churchill.
Courting Her Highness: The Story of Queen Anne A Novel of the Stuarts Book 2 #ad - It is the beginning of the eighteenth century and William of Orange is dying. 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.
The French Mistress: A Novel of the Duchess of Portsmouth and King Charles IIBerkley #ad - From the author of the king's Favorite-a new novel based on a dazzling and decadent true story of Restoration England. With few friends, many rivals, and ever-shifting loyalties, Louise learns the perils of her new role. The daughter of a poor nobleman, louise leaves the French countryside for the court of King Louis XIV, where she must not only please the tastes of the jaded king, but serve as a spy for France.
With the promise of riches, and even the love of a king, power, Louise creates her own destiny in a dance of intrigue between two monarchs-and two countries. Yet she is too ambitious to be a pawn in the intrigues of others.
The Sixth Wife: The Story of Katherine Parr A Novel of the Tudors Book 5Broadway Books #ad - Katherine parr was twice widowed and thirty-one years old. Henry raged that katherine had betrayed him, and had a warrant drawn up for her arrest and imprisonment. 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 viii’s fifth wife, katherine Howard, was both foolish and unfaithful, and she paid for it with her life.
. A thoughtful, well-read lady, she was known at court for her unblemished reputation and her kind heart. At court it was whispered that the king would soon execute yet another wife. 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.
The Sixth Wife: The Story of Katherine Parr A Novel of the Tudors Book 5 #ad - . Trapped in a loveless marriage to a volatile tyrant, books were Katherine’s consolation. Courtiers envious of the queen’s influence over Henry sought to destroy her by linking her with the “radical” religious reformers. She had hoped to marry for love and had set her heart on Thomas Seymour, the dashing brother of Henry’s third queen.
Henry’s sixth wife would have to rely on her wits to survive where two other women had perished. Henry vowed that his sixth wife would be different, and she was. 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.
The Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine Queens of England Book 5Broadway Books #ad - She was equally famous for her turbulent relationships, which included marriages to the kings of both France and England. In 1137, eleanor became duchess of Aquitaine, at the age of fifteen, the richest province in Europe. 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 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. As a child, eleanor reveled in her beloved grandfather’s Courts of Love, where troubadours sang of romantic devotion and passion filled the air.
The Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine Queens of England Book 5 #ad - 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, betrayal, set against a backdrop of medieval politics, Jean Plaidy weaves a tapestry of love, passion, intrigue, and strife, 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.
The King's Favorite: A Novel of Nell Gwyn and King Charles IIBerkley #ad - Even though she delights the king, she must learn to negotiate the cutthroat royal court, where ambition and lust for power rule the hearts of all around her. Blessed with impudent wit and saucy beauty, she swiftly rises from the poverty of Covent Garden to become a sensation in the theater. Still in her teens, she catches the eye of King Charles II, and trades the stage for Whitehall Palace?and the role of royal mistress.
For beneath her charm and light-heartedness, Nell has her own ambition?to become no less than the king?s favorite. The acclaimed author of duchess and royal harlot returns with the unforgettable story of a king?s last love and London?s darling?BRNell Gwyn has never been a lady, nor does she pretend to be.
Three Maids for a Crown: A Novel of the Grey SistersBroadway Books #ad - 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. 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.
Three Maids for a Crown: A Novel of the Grey Sisters #ad - Her beautiful middle sister, Lady Katherine Grey charms all the right people, until a scandalous love affair causes loyalties to shift.
First of the TudorsHarperCollins #ad - But after he and his brother edmund are summoned to London, King Henry VI, their half-brother, takes a keen interest in their future. Bestowing earldoms on them both, Henry also gives them the wardship of the young heiress Margaret Beaufort. A great tale… the golden thread that led to the crown of England’ Conn IgguldenJasper Tudor, Owen Tudor, son of Queen Catherine and her second husband, has grown up far from the intrigue of the royal court.
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. But passion turns to jeopardy for them both as the Wars of the Roses wreak havoc on the realm.
First of the Tudors #ad - 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….
The Countess and the King: A Novel of the Countess of Dorchester and King James IIBerkley #ad - London, 1675: born to wealth and privilege, katherine is introduced to the decadent court of King Charles II, and quickly becomes a favorite from the palace to the bawdy playhouses. She gleefully snubs respectable marriage to become the Duke of York's mistress. Katherine sedley lived by her own rules and loved who she pleased- until she became the infamous mistress of King James II.
. But katherine's life of carefree pleasure ends when Charles II dies, and her lover becomes King James II. Suddenly she is cast into a tangle of political intrigue, religious dissent, exile, and ever-shifting alliances, where a wrong step can mean treason, or death at the executioner's block. As the risks rise, katherine is forced to make the most perilous of choices: to remain loyal to the king, or to England.
The Two Mrs. Grenvilles: A NovelBallantine Books #ad - This is a candy box of a book. New york times bestseller • “murder most swank. Composed of just the right measure of sex, glamour, and passion. Cosmopolitan. And much to the horror of Alice Grenville—the indomitable family matriarch—he marries her. Ann wants desperately to be accepted by high society and become the well-bred woman of her fantasies.
But a gunshot one rainy night propels Ann into a notorious spotlight—as the two Mrs. Required reading. Vanity fairwhen navy ensign billy grenville, heir to a vast New York fortune, sees showgirl Ann Arden on the dance floor, it is love at first sight. Grenvilles enter into a conspiracy of silence that will bind them together for as long as they live.