Handsome and clever, he drew the interest of many women—but it was Elizabeth herself that loved him best of all. But when amy suddenly dies, the queen and her lover are placed under a dark cloud of suspicion, under circumstances that many deem to be mysterious at best, and Elizabeth is forced to make a choice that will define her legacy.
For a Queen's Love: The Stories of the Royal Wives of Philip II A Novel of the Tudors Book 8Broadway Books #ad - And finally, marriage again to a young bride Philip stole from his unbalanced son, sowing the seeds of brutal murder. His first marriage, brought him tragedy and a troublesome son, a romantic union with childlike Maria Manoela, Don Carlos. Power-hungry monarch, and the tortured england of bloody mary, cold-blooded murderer, obsessive monster—who could love such a man? Set against the glittering courts of sixteenth-century Europe, the Spain of the dreaded Inquisition, 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.
Philip was a dark and troubled man, who, like many royals, had been robbed of his childhood. 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, murderer, and in the hands of beloved author Jean Plaidy, husband, father, and lover.
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The Thistle and the Rose: The Story of Margaret, Princess of England, Queen of Scotland A Novel of the Tudors Book 6Broadway Books #ad - From the pen of the legendary historical novelist Jean Plaidy comes the story of Princess Margaret Tudor, whose life of tragedy, bloodshed, and scandal would rival even that of her younger brother, Henry VIII. Princess margaret tudor is the greatest prize when her father, Henry VII, negotiates the Treaty of Perpetual Peace with neighboring Scotland.
She decides to remain in scotland and carve out her own destiny, surviving a scandalous second marriage and battling with both her son and her brother to the very end. The betrothal is meant to end decades of bloody border wars, but it becomes a love match: To Margaret’s surprise, she finds joy in her marriage to the dashing James IV of Scotland, a man sixteen years her senior.
The Thistle and the Rose: The Story of Margaret, Princess of England, Queen of Scotland A Novel of the Tudors Book 6 #ad - Like all the tudors, but through her descendants, under one rule, England and Scotland would unite as one nation, Margaret’s life would be one of turmoil and controversy, and find peace. But the marriage, and the peace it brings to both nations, does not last. When king james is struck down by the armies of henry viii, margaret—Princess of England, but Queen of Scotland—finds herself torn between loyalty to the land and family of her birth and to that of her baby son, now King of the Scots.
Mary, Queen of France: The Story of the Youngest Sister of Henry VIII A Novel of the Tudors Book 7Broadway Books #ad - Princess mary rose is the youngest sister of Henry VIII, and one of the few people whom he adores unconditionally. Innocent, a toothless, teenage Mary must become the wife of the elderly King Louis, ailing man in his sixties. 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.
When king louis dies after only two years of marriage, Mary is determined not to be sold into another unhappy union. Legendary historical novelist jean plaidy brings to life the story of Princess Mary Tudor, a celebrated beauty and born rebel who would defy the most powerful king in Europe—her older brother.
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. Except when it comes to marriage. 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.
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The Sixth Wife: The Story of Katherine Parr A Novel of the Tudors Book 5Broadway Books #ad - A thoughtful, well-read lady, she was known at court for her unblemished reputation and her kind heart. 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. 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. Henry’s sixth wife would have to rely on her wits to survive where two other women had perished.
The Sixth Wife: The Story of Katherine Parr A Novel of the Tudors Book 5 #ad - Courtiers envious of the queen’s influence over Henry sought to destroy her by linking her with the “radical” religious reformers. Henry vowed that his sixth wife would be different, and she was. Katherine parr was twice widowed and thirty-one years old. 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.
. 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.
To Hold the Crown: The Story of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York A Novel of the Tudors Book 1Broadway Books #ad - And though their union was born from political necessity, it became a wonderful love story that led to seven children and twenty happy years together. Sweeping and dramatic, ultimately, their marriage and rule, to hold the crown brings readers inside the genesis of the great Tudor empire: through Henry and Elizabeth’s troubled ascensions to the throne, and, to the crowning of their younger son, the heartbreak caused by the death of their son Arthur, King Henry VIII.
Plaidy excels at blending history with romance and drama. New york Times. Having come of age in a time of political turmoil and danger, the man who would become Henry VII spent fourteen years in exile in Brittany before returning triumphantly to the Dorset coast with a small army and decisively winning the Battle of Bosworth Field—ending the War of the Roses once and for all and launching the infamous Tudor dynasty.
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Henry tudor was not born to the throne of England.
The King's Confidante: The Story of the Daughter of Sir Thomas More A Novel of the Tudors Book 4Broadway Books #ad - 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, welcoming foreign diplomats, More becomes increasingly influential in the government, and serving as a liaison between the king and the Archbishop of York.
An english lawyer and statesman, sir thomas More was a kind father who put as much emphasis on educating his daughters as on his son, declaring that women were just as intelligent as men. 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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Murder Most Royal: The Story of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard A Novel of the Tudors Book 3Broadway Books #ad - Anne boleyn and Catherine Howard were cousins. Her innocence attracted him, but a past mistake was destined to haunt her. Look for the reading Group Guide at the back of this book. Also available as an ebook. They each learned that Henry’s passion was all-consuming–and fickle. Sophisticated anne boleyn, raised in the decadent court of France, was in love with another man when King Henry claimed her as his own.
Both were beautiful women, though very different in temperament. Painted in the rich colors of tudor england, Murder Most Royal is a page-turning journey into the lives of two of the wives of the tempestuous Henry VIII. Two tragic queens. In the court of henry viii, it was dangerous for a woman to catch the king’s eye.
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Katharine of Aragon: The Story of a Spanish Princess and an English Queen A Novel of the Tudors Book 2Broadway Books #ad - Katharine is left a widow who was never truly a wife, lonely in a strange land, with a very bleak future. There she is married to the king’s eldest son, Arthur, a sickly boy who dies six months after the wedding. For the first time in paperback—all three of Jean Plaidy’s Katharine of Aragon novels in one volume.
Legendary historical novelist jean plaidy begins her tales of Henry VIII’s queens with the story of his first wife, the Spanish princess Katharine of Aragon. As a teenager, land of olive groves and soaring cathedrals, for the drab, Katharine leaves her beloved Spain, rainy island of England. But their first son dies and, after many more pregnancies, only one child survives, a daughter.
Katharine of Aragon: The Story of a Spanish Princess and an English Queen A Novel of the Tudors Book 2 #ad - Tall, a lover of poetry and music, handsome, athletic, Henry is all that Katharine could want in a husband. When henry begins searching for ways to put aside his loyal first wife, Katharine must fight to remain Queen of England and to keep the husband she once loved so dearly. Her only hope of escape is to marry the king’s second son, Prince Henry, now heir to the throne.
Disappointed by his lack of an heir, Henry’s eye wanders, and he becomes enamored of another woman—a country nobleman’s daughter named Anne Boleyn.
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. Henrietta is passionate about her faith, however, namely Oliver Cromwell and his Puritans, and soon politically powerful people, turn her loyalty to her religion into a focal point for civil war. 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. As the royal couple watch the fall of thomas wentworth, the rise of Puritanism, first Earl of Strafford, and Englishmen fight Englishmen, 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.
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The Merry Monarch's Wife: The Story of Catherine of Braganza Queens of England Book 9Broadway Books #ad - 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. 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. Yet catherine, daughter of the king of Portugal and a Catholic, has never been popular with the English people. Charles ii is restored to the English throne, and his court is lively and even scandalous.
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