But james’s devout catholicism, and desire to return Britain to the rule of Rome, does not sit well with his subjects and his time as king is sure to be short. Raised under the protestant guardianship of her uncle King Charles, James’s daughter Mary finds herself at fifteen facing a marriage to the Dutch and Protestant William of Orange, long prophesied to be destined for the throne.
The Three Crowns: The Story of William and Mary A Novel of the Stuarts Book 4 #ad - . But can she follow her calling to rule britain without losing the love of her father? Captivating in its historical detail, and unforgettable in its dramatic depiction of relationships between monarchs and families, lush and sweeping in its scope, The Three Crowns is the singular story of the only joint sovereigns in British history.
Royal Sisters: The Story of the Daughters of James II A Novel of the Stuarts Book 5Broadway Books #ad - Antagonized by the catholicism of King James II, the people plot to drive him from the throne. But at the heart of the plot is a deep betrayal: the defection of the daughters James loves, Mary and Anne. Both raised protestant according to the wishes of England, the sisters support Protestant usurper William of Orange, Mary's husband, who lusts after the British crown.
Two sisters change the course of a nation by forsaking the King—their own father. England is on the verge of revolution. Passive queen mary is subservient to her husband's wishes, a bold and domineering woman determined to subdue Anne, while Anne is desperate to please her childhood friend Sarah Churchill, the queen-to-be, and rule England herself.
Royal Sisters: The Story of the Daughters of James II A Novel of the Stuarts Book 5 #ad - Intrigue and political drama run high as the sisters struggle to be reconciled with each other--and with the haunting memory of the father they have exiled.
Courting Her Highness: The Story of Queen Anne A Novel of the Stuarts Book 2Broadway Books #ad - While anne engages in her private tug-of-war, the nation is obsessed with another, more public battle: succession. Soon anne is crowned queen, but to court insiders, the name of the imminent sovereign is Sarah Churchill. 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.
Beautiful, outspoken sarah has bewitched Anne and believes she is invincible—until she installs her poor cousin Abigail Hill into court as royal chambermaid. 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.
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. 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.
The Murder in the Tower: The Story of Frances, Countess of Essex A Novel of the Stuarts Book 3Broadway Books #ad - The dashing robert Carr is a well-known favorite of King James I. But when the cunning and beautiful Frances Howard comes to court, a very dangerous liaison changes everything. This is a woman to underestimate at great peril. After attracting his attention by falling from a horse in the tiltyard, Robert rises quickly through the ranks.
Her attempts to rid herself of an unwanted husband, and later to ensnare a lukewarm lover, have led her deep into the world of spell-makers and poisoners. But not until robert finds himself ensnared in one of Frances’s plots—imprisoned in the Tower of London and accused of murder—does he learn at last what she is truly capable of.
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The Loves of Charles II: The Stuart Saga A Novel of the Stuarts Book 7Broadway Books #ad - He first secures a strong dynastic alliance by marrying Catherine of Braganza, a shy, plain Portuguese princess who falls in love with her handsome husband and brings him great wealth, but can never give him the son he longs for. From princesses to country girls to actresses…the loves of Charles II come to life.
Ten years after charles i was deposed and executed, Charles II, his son, regains the throne after many years in exile. His other great love, and louise’s rival, is Nell Gwyn, a stage actress who rises from the streets of London to become the king’s favorite and a hero of the working class. For many years, his “untitled queen” is a bold and sensual older woman—Barbara, Countess of Castlemaine—whose husband is routinely paid to look the other way.
The Loves of Charles II: The Stuart Saga A Novel of the Stuarts Book 7 #ad - Court intrigue and affairs of the heart weave together in this unforgettable page-turner. As king, charles ii throws himself into the gaiety of court life, becoming a patron of the arts and a consummate lover of women. But when the politically ambitious lady castlemaine becomes too powerful, she is replaced by Louise de Kéroualle, a baby-faced French noblewoman who may have been sent to Charles’s court as a spy.
Charles is determined not only to restore the monarchy but also to revive a society that has suffered under many years of Puritan rule, when everything from theater to Christmas festivals was illegal.
Royal Road to Fotheringhay: A Novel A Novel of the Stuarts Book 1Broadway Books #ad - But darnley proved violent and untrustworthy. She spoke only french and was a devout Catholic in a land of stern Presbyterians. So mary was sent away from the land of her birth and raised in the sophisticated and glittering court of France. Married in her teens to the dauphin François, she would become not only Queen of Scotland but Queen of France as well.
Her nation was controlled by a quarrelsome group of lords, including her illegitimate half brother, the Earl of Moray, a fire-and-brimstone Calvinist preacher, and by John Knox, who denounced the young queen as a Papist and a whore. When her nobles rose against her, the disgraced Queen of Scots fled to England, hoping to be taken in by her cousin Elizabeth I.
Her french-born mother, the queen regent, knew immediately that the infant queen would be a vulnerable pawn in the power struggle between Scotland’s clans and nobles. Her husband, always sickly, died after only two years on the throne, and there was no place for Mary in the court of the new king.
Royal Road to Fotheringhay: A Novel A Novel of the Stuarts Book 1 #ad - The haunting story of the beautiful—and tragic—mary, Queen of Scots, as only legendary novelist Jean Plaidy could write it Mary Stuart became Queen of Scotland at the tender age of six days old. Unusually tall and slim, a writer of music and poetry, Mary was celebrated throughout Europe for her beauty and intellect.
Once home, the queen of Scots discovered she was a stranger in her own country. At the age of twenty, she returned to Scotland, a place she barely knew.
The Captive Queen of Scots: Mary, Queen of Scots A Novel of the Stuarts Book 6Broadway Books #ad - 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, where she appeals to Queen Elizabeth for mercy, she flees her Scottish persecutors for England, but to no avail.
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. Set against royal pageantry, and bloody uprising—and filled with conspiracies, passion, 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.
The Captive Queen of Scots: Mary, Queen of Scots A Novel of the Stuarts Book 6 #ad - . After her husband, suspicion falls on Mary and her lover, Lord Darnley, is murdered, the Earl of Bothwell. 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.
Loyal in Love: Henrietta Maria, Queen of Charles I Queens of England Book 1Broadway Books #ad - 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. 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, 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.
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. 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.
Loyal in Love: Henrietta Maria, Queen of Charles I Queens of England Book 1 #ad - Sent abroad, she finds herself living in a Protestant country that views her own faith—Catholicism—with deep suspicion.
The Merry Monarch's Wife: The Story of Catherine of Braganza Queens of England Book 9Broadway Books #ad - 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 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. 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.
For a Queen's Love: The Stories of the Royal Wives of Philip II A Novel of the Tudors Book 8Broadway Books #ad - His first marriage, brought him tragedy and a troublesome son, a romantic union with childlike Maria Manoela, Don Carlos. Philip was a dark and troubled man, who, like many royals, had been robbed of his childhood. And finally, marriage again to a young bride Philip stole from his unbalanced son, sowing the seeds of brutal murder.
But history is seldom what it seems, father, we hear another side to the story of Philip II—the most powerful of kings who was at once fanatic, husband, and in the hands of beloved author Jean Plaidy, murderer, and lover. Power-hungry monarch, obsessive monster—who could love such a man? set against the glittering courts of sixteenth-century Europe, the Spain of the dreaded Inquisition, and the tortured England of Bloody Mary, cold-blooded murderer, 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 - Then followed marriage with the jealously possessive Mary Tudor, a political union that ultimately failed to bring Philip an heir that would solidify the unified power he so deeply desired.
Victoria Victorious: The Story of Queen Victoria Queens of England Book 3Broadway Books #ad - At birth, princess victoria was fourth in line for the throne of England, the often-overlooked daughter of a prince who died shortly after her birth. Derided as a mere “girl queen” at her coronation, by the end of her sixty-four-year reign, Victoria embodied the glory of the British Empire. Her first act as queen was to demand that she be given a room—and a bed—of her own.
The almost-forgotten princess was now Queen of England. A strong, willful child, victoria was determined not to be stifled by her powerful uncles or her unpopular, controlling mother. Victoria’s grief after prince albert’s untimely death was so shattering that for the rest of her life—nearly forty years—she dressed only in black.
In this unforgettable novel of Queen Victoria, triumph, Jean Plaidy re-creates a remarkable life filled with romance, and tragedy. Even better, she was finally free of her mother’s iron hand and her uncles’ manipulations. Albert was her constant companion and one of her most trusted advisors. Victoria’s marriage to her German cousin, Prince Albert, was a blissfully happy one that produced nine children.
Victoria Victorious: The Story of Queen Victoria Queens of England Book 3 #ad - She survived several assassination attempts, and during her reign England’s empire expanded around the globe until it touched every continent in the world. She and her mother lived in genteel poverty for most of her childhood, exiled from court because of her mother’s dislike of her uncles, George IV and William IV.