Empress of the Night: A Novel of Catherine the Great

Bantam #ad - Historical fiction fans will appreciate this personal account of a formidable and, indeed, infamous ruler. Library journal   “The book takes on a dreamlike quality. Structurally complex and psychologically intense. Wonderfully, lyrically written, Stachniak’s story vibrates with passion, drama and intrigue.

. Ambitious. This fun novel of lovers, intrigue, and malicious and manipulative nobility keeps readers enthralled with every page. Virtuoso Life. Now, catherine takes center stage as she relives her astonishing ascension to the throne, in Eva Stachniak’s enthralling new novel, her rule over an empire, and the sacrifices that made her the most feared and commanding woman of her time.

Perfect for readers of hilary mantel, and philippa gregory, told in the voice of catherine the Great as the Romanov monarch reflects on her ascension to the throne, Alison Weir, Empress of the Night is Eva Stachniak’s engrossing new novel, her rule over the world’s greatest power, and the sacrifices that made her the most feared and commanding woman of her time.

Empress of the Night: A Novel of Catherine the Great #ad - . Power, strategy, and direction; love must sometimes be secondary as she marshals all her strengths to steer her volatile country into a new century and beyond—to grow the Romanov empire, is about resolve, to amass a vast fortune, she learns, and to control a scheming court in order to become one of history’s greatest rulers.


The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great

Bantam #ad - Nimble-witted and attentive, she’s allowed into the employ of the Empress Elizabeth, amid the glitter and cruelty of the world’s most eminent court. Her name is barbara—in Russian, Varvara. From award-winning author eva stachniak comes this passionate novel that tells the epic story of Catherine the Great’s improbable rise to power—as seen through the ever-watchful eyes of an all-but-invisible servant close to the throne.

Under the tutelage of count bestuzhev, varvara will be educated in skills from lock picking to lovemaking, Chancellor and spymaster, learning above all else to listen—and to wait for opportunity. That opportunity arrives in a slender young princess from Zerbst named Sophie, a playful teenager destined to become the indomitable Catherine the Great.

The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great #ad - . A majestic and splendidly written tale of pride, intrigue, passion, and deceit that is brought alive from the first page to the last. Rosalind laker“at the same time baroque and intimate, wildly strange and soulfully familiar, worldly and domestic, The Winter Palace offers a flickering glimpse of history through the gauze of deft entertainment.

The washington post   “A thrilling point of view. This superb biographical epic proves the Tudors don’t have a monopoly on marital scandal, royal intrigue, or feminine triumph. Booklist starred review.


The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna

Ballantine Books #ad - . Gortner’s ability to weave what reads as a simple tale from such complex historical and familial storylines is impressive. The winds of fortune bring minnie to Russia, Alexander, and once he ascends the throne, where she marries the Romanov heir, becomes empress. When resistance to his reign strikes at the heart of her family and the tsar sets out to crush all who oppose him, Minnie—now called Maria—must tread a perilous path of compromise in a country she has come to love.

. Determined to guide him to reforms that will bring Russia into the modern age, Alexandra, Maria faces implacable opposition from Nicholas’s strong-willed wife, whose fervor has led her into a disturbing relationship with a mystic named Rasputin. Her husband’s death leaves their son Nicholas as the inexperienced ruler of a deeply divided and crumbling empire.

The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna #ad - . As the unstoppable wave of revolution rises anew to engulf Russia, Maria will face her most dangerous challenge and her greatest heartache. From the opulent palaces of St. This insightful first-person account of the downfall of the Romanov rule. 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.


The Chosen Maiden

Doubleday Canada #ad - The real-life muse behind one of the most spectacular roles in dance, Bronia rises to the heights of modern ballet through grit, The Rite of Spring's Chosen Maiden, resilience and fervor. But when the first world war erupts and rebellion sparks in Russia, Bronia—caught between old and new, traditional and ground-breaking, safe and passionate—must begin her own search for what it means to be modern.

. The lush, sweeping story of a remarkable dancer who charts her own course through the tumultuous years of early twentieth-century Europe. To prove herself her brother's equal in the rigid world of ballet, Bronia will need to be more than extraordinary, defying society's expectations of what a female dancer can and should be.

The Chosen Maiden #ad - Bronia is a gifted young ballerina, but she is quickly eclipsed by her brother Vaslav. Deemed a prodigy, vaslav Nijinsky will grow into the greatest, and most provocative, dancer of his time. Beautifully blending fiction with fact, immersing them in the experiences of the era's giants, The Chosen Maiden plunges readers into an artistic world upended by modernity, from Anna Pavlova and Serge Diaghilev to Coco Chanel and Pablo Picasso.

From their earliest days, the Nijinsky siblings appear destined for the stage.


The Confessions of Catherine de Medici: A Novel

Ballantine Books #ad - In an unfamiliar realm, catherine strives to create a role for herself through her patronage of the famous clairvoyant Nostradamus and her own innate gift as a seer. Bravo Mr. The confessions of catherine de medici is a dramatic, epic novel of an all-too-human woman whose strength and passion propelled her into the center of grand events.

But in her fortieth year, catherine is widowed, left alone with six young children in a kingdom torn apart by the ambitions of a treacherous nobility. Meticulously-researched, this engrossing novel offers a fresh portrait of a queen who has too often been portrayed as a villain. Expelled from her native florence, Catherine is betrothed to Henri, son of François I of France.

The Confessions of Catherine de Medici: A Novel #ad - . We all have sins to confess. So reveals catherine de Medici, the last legitimate descendant of her family’s illustrious line. A compelling and fascinating view of Catherine’s life and world. Historical novels Review“Remarkably thoughtful in its insight into an unapologetically ruthless queen. Publishers weekly “A fresh, well-researched and powerful portrait.

Rt book Reviews. Relying on her tenacity, unaware that if she is to save France, wit, intent on securing the throne for her sons, she may have to sacrifice her ideals, her reputation, Catherine seizes power, and uncanny gift for compromise, and the secret of her embattled heart.


Necessary Lies

Dundurn #ad - Probing the depths of betrayal and forgiveness, she confronts her own past and the motives that drove her away from Poland; she sees herself through the eyes of her mother, and most importantly, William’s German lover, her ex-husband, Ursula. Back home, martial law is declared. She jumps at the chance, her husband, leaving behind her job, and her country – Poland.

After almost ten years of marriage, William dies suddenly of a heart attack, and Anna is left to pick up the pieces. Winner of the 2000 Amazon. Com/books in canada first novel prize Necessary Lies tells the story of the discovery of secrets and lies that stitch together empires and individual lives. She meets william, a music professor, and falls in love.

Necessary Lies #ad - From the author of the winter palace comes Eve Stachniak’s first novel about the discovery of secrets and lies that stitch together empires and individual lives. In search of truth, where communism has fallen, the Berlin Wall has been torn down, and where, Anna returns to a dramatically changed Europe, once again, history will have to be rewritten.

What are the lies we tell ourselves and others that get us through our lives? In the summer of 1981 Anna is suddenly offered the opportunity to study English at McGill University in Montreal. In the midst of grieving, she discovers more pieces than expected: for the length of their lives together, William carried on a long-distance affair with a woman journalist in Germany.


The Queen's Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile

Ballantine Books #ad - Plunged into a deadly conflict to secure her crown, she is determined to wed the one man she loves yet who is forbidden to her—Fernando, prince of Aragón. But when the moors of the southern domain of granada declare war, her courage, one that will test all of Isabella’s resolve, treacherous battle against an ancient adversary erupts, a violent, and her tenacious belief in her destiny.

Praise for the queen’s vow   “A beautifully crafted piece of historical fiction. With the future of her throne at stake, Isabella resists the zealous demands of the inquisitor Torquemada even as she is seduced by the dreams of an enigmatic navigator named Columbus. Make a vow to read this book. New york journal of books  isabella is barely a teenager when she becomes an unwitting pawn in a plot to dethrone her half brother, King Enrique.

The Queen's Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile #ad - . Suspected of treason and held captive, torn between loyalties, until at age seventeen she suddenly finds herself heiress of Castile, she treads a perilous path, the largest kingdom in Spain. A masterwork by a skilled craftsman. As they unite their two realms under “one crown, one country, one faith, ” Isabella and Fernando face an impoverished Spain beset by enemies.


The Tudor Secret: A Novel The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles Book 1

St. Martin's Griffin #ad - With only a bold stable boy and an audacious lady-in-waiting at his side, Brendan plunges into a ruthless gambit of half-truths, lies, and murder. W. A dark plot swirls around elizabeth's quest to unravel the truth about the ominous disappearance of her seriously ill brother, King Edward VI. Filled with the intrigue and pageantry of Tudor England, C.

Brendan prescott, an orphan, is reared in the household of the powerful Dudley family. Gortner's the tudor secret is the first book in The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles. The era of the tudors was one of danger, above all, intrigue, and, conspiracy, spies. Summer 1553: a time of danger and deceit. Brought to court, prescott finds himself sent on an illicit mission to the king's brilliant but enigmatic sister, Princess Elizabeth.

The Tudor Secret: A Novel The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles Book 1 #ad - But brendan is soon compelled to work as a double agent by Elizabeth's protector, William Cecil, who promises in exchange to help him unravel the secret of his own mysterious past.


Almost a Queen: Book One of The Three Graces Trilogy

#ad - It also meant that the stories of the people who served the Valois monarchs were as intertwined and as complicated as their marriages. Man, am i glad i made that switch! in school, i researched the Gilded Age and the 1920s of the American South, so French history really wasn't part of my curriculum. It wasn't a big surprise when I decided to go to graduate school and get my own degree in history.

Youngest sister, henri, marie is trapped in an unhappy arranged marriage with her cousin, Prince de Conde. In upcoming novels, you'll meet the often- derided Charlotte, Madame de Sauve, and enough royal mistresses to satisfy your need for scandal. About the authorreading historical fiction was my guilty pleasure when I was a kid.

Those that do survive face an impossible choice: convert or die. Determined to make the best of her situation, she awaits the wedding of the King of Navarre in Paris. Will marie and conde make the decision to abandon their Protestant faith in order to save their lives? Will it cost them their souls? Along with the threat of death comes a chance for true love with the king's younger brother, the Duc d'Anjou.

Almost a Queen: Book One of The Three Graces Trilogy #ad - I think i learned more about history from reading Jean Plaidy's novels. Led by the ever-vigilant catherine de medici, Queen Mother of France and a force of nature, the members of the court shaped the political and religious future of Renaissance France. Why did i choose that order? You really will have to read to to find out for yourself.