The French Mistress: A Novel of the Duchess of Portsmouth and King Charles II

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Berkley #ad - With the promise of riches, power, and even the love of a king, Louise creates her own destiny in a dance of intrigue between two monarchs-and two countries. 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.

From the author of the king's Favorite-a new novel based on a dazzling and decadent true story of Restoration England. Yet she is too ambitious to be a pawn in the intrigues of others.

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Duchess: A Novel of Sarah Churchill

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Berkley #ad - In the perilous world of kings and queens, one woman matches ambition with loyalty and ruthless intrigue with all-consuming passion in this gripping historical fiction novel. London,  1673. With her family ruined by war, penniless thirteen-year-old Sarah Jennings is overjoyed to be chosen as a maid of honor at the bawdy Restoration court of Charles II.

But whitehall palace is ripe with ever-shifting alliances and sexual scandal, and Sarah will need all her cleverness to succeed. Titles, while an idle whisper in the wrong ear can bring a cry of treason, and wealth are the prizes, power, and the executioner’s ax. 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, dangerous obsession?      Brimming with the intrigue and sensuality of one of history’s most decadent courts, Duchess brings to vivid life the story of an unforgettable woman who determines her own destiny—outspoken, outrageous, but most of all true to herself.

Duchess: A Novel of Sarah Churchill #ad - 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. He would ask for her hand—and win her heart for a lifetime.

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Royal Harlot: A Novel of the Countess Castlemaine and King Charles II

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Berkley #ad - London, 1660: ready to throw off a generation of Puritan rule, all England rejoices when Charles Stuart returns to reclaim the throne. Among those welcoming him is young Barbara Villiers Palmer, a breathtaking Royalist beauty whose sensuality and clever wit instantly captivate the handsome, jaded king. But the role of royal mistress is a precarious one, and Barbara's enemies and rivals are everywhere in the palace.

Rewarded with titles, and jewels, land, she is the most envied and desired woman in England--and the most powerful. Though each is promised to another, Barbara soon becomes Charles's mistress and closest friend, and the uncrowned queen of his bawdy Restoration court.

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The King's Favorite: A Novel of Nell Gwyn and King Charles II

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Berkley #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. 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. Blessed with impudent wit and saucy beauty, she swiftly rises from the poverty of Covent Garden to become a sensation in the theater.

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The Countess and the King: A Novel of the Countess of Dorchester and King James II

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Berkley #ad - 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. As the risks rise, katherine is forced to make the most perilous of choices: to remain loyal to the king, or to England.

. She gleefully snubs respectable marriage to become the Duke of York's mistress. London, katherine is introduced to the decadent court of King Charles II, 1675: Born to wealth and privilege, and quickly becomes a favorite from the palace to the bawdy playhouses. Suddenly she is cast into a tangle of political intrigue, religious dissent, where a wrong step can mean treason, and ever-shifting alliances, exile, or death at the executioner's block.

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The Secret Wife of Aaron Burr

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Kensington Books #ad - Praise for i, eliza hamilton   “Scott’s devotion to research is evident. He was a hero of the revolution, a brilliant politician, lawyer, and very nearly president; a skillful survivor in a raw new country filled with constantly shifting loyalties. Inspired by a woman and events forgotten by history, bestselling author Susan Holloway Scott weaves together carefully researched fact and fiction to tell the story of Mary Emmons, and the place she held in the life—and the heart—of the notorious Aaron Burr.

. Sold into slavery as a child in India, Mary Emmons was brought to an America torn by war. She quickly gains the trust of her new mistress, Theodosia Prevost, and becomes indispensable in a complicated household filled with intrigue—especially when the now-widowed Theodosia marries Colonel Aaron Burr. Toughened by the experiences of her young life, Mary is intelligent, resourceful, and strong.

The Secret Wife of Aaron Burr #ad - A rewarding take on a fascinating historical couple. Library journal    “Readers will be captivated. Publishers weekly starred review   “Packed with political and historical as well as domestic details. Booklist. But long before that single shot destroyed Burr’s political career, a libertine, there were other dark whispers about him: that he was untrustworthy, a man unafraid of claiming whatever he believed should be his.

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I, Eliza Hamilton

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Kensington Books #ad - Behind closed doors, she astutely manages their expanding household, and assists her husband with his political writings. But no visitor to her parents’ home has affected her so strongly as Alexander Hamilton, a charismatic, ambitious aide to George Washington. Yet some challenges are impossible to prepare for.

In the end, but also his most loyal advocate after his death, it will be Eliza’s indomitable strength that makes her not only Hamilton’s most crucial ally in life, determined to preserve his legacy while pursuing her own extraordinary path through the nation they helped shape together. Through public scandal, betrayal, personal heartbreak, and tragedy, she is tested again and again.

I, Eliza Hamilton #ad - In the new capital, eliza becomes an adored member of society, respected for her fierce devotion to Hamilton as well as her grace. In this beautifully written novel of historical fiction, eliza—a fascinating, bestselling author Susan Holloway Scott tells the story of Alexander Hamilton’s wife, strong-willed heroine in her own right and a key figure in one of the most gripping periods in American history.

. They marry quickly, and despite the tumult of the American Revolution, Eliza is confident in her brilliant husband and in her role as his helpmate. As the daughter of a respected general, Elizabeth Schuyler is accustomed to socializing with dignitaries and soldiers. Love is not easy with a man chosen by Fate for greatness.

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Katherine - Tudor Duchess The Brandon Trilogy Book 3

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Preseli Press #ad - After the short reign of young catherine Howard, and the tragic death of Jane Seymour, Katherine and Brandon are chosen to welcome Anna of Cleves as she arrives in England. When the royal marriage is annulled, Katherine’s good friend, Catherine Parr becomes the king’s sixth wife, and they work to promote religious reform.

Katherine’s young sons are tutored with the future king, Prince Edward, but when Edward dies his Catholic sister Mary is crowned queen. Katherine’s protestant faith puts her family in great danger - from which there seems no escape. Katherine’s remarkable true story continues the epic tale of the rise of the Tudors, which began with the best-selling Tudor trilogy and concludes with the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

The characters are wonderfully drawn. Her spanish mother, is queen catherine of aragon’s lady in waiting, Maria de Salinas, so it is a challenging time for them all when King Henry marries the enigmatic Anne Boleyn. Following anne’s dramatic downfall, Katherine marries Charles Brandon, and becomes Duchess of Suffolk at the age of fourteen.

Katherine - Tudor Duchess The Brandon Trilogy Book 3 #ad - From king to queen to servant, each were brought vividly to life. Discovering diamonds review "tony riches, interesting, delivers a vividly descriptive, and well-written read here with characters and a setting that totally captivated and intrigued me. I was totally taken and fascinated with historically political drama that unfolds within the Tudor Court.

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The Danish Queen

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Canelo Saga #ad - She was born and raised in Liverpool, which serves as the inspiration for many of her novels. The danish queen tells the story of a woman who crossed the sea and found love and power, but was fated to watch the tragic demise of her children, all of whom were to be haunted by the tragic destiny of the Stuarts.

It is a dramatic and enlightening account of the early years and marriage of a queen whose place in history is little known, and is perfect for fans of Anne O’Brien, Elizabeth Chadwick and Alison Weir. Lynda M. They married and bore children, but as the Princess grew to womanhood in the turbulent court of Scotland, she was subject to the unpredictable behaviour of her husband.

But her marriage to James I saw her become key to the legacy of the Stuarts. From her homeland of denmark, anne travelled to Scotland – a place she had heard tales about of ruthless and bloodthirsty people – and met her betrothed. When queen elizabeth i died, james inherited the crown of England and was the first ruler to call himself ‘King of Great Britain’, and Anne the first queen.

The Danish Queen #ad - She now divides her time between Merseyside and the Isle of Man, where she has lived for several years. How did a danish princess become the so-called first queen of Great Britain?Anne of Holstein is perhaps the least-known Queen Consort in Britain’s history. A teenage Anne was infatuated with her match.

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Loyal in Love: Henrietta Maria, Queen of Charles I Queens of England Book 1

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Broadway Books #ad - As the royal couple watch the fall of thomas wentworth, first earl of Strafford, and Englishmen fight Englishmen, the rise of Puritanism, 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.

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.

Loyal in Love: Henrietta Maria, Queen of Charles I Queens of England Book 1 #ad - . Yet her new husband is a man of principle and integrity, and Henrietta and Charles fall deeply in love. Sent abroad, she finds herself living in a Protestant country that views her own faith—Catholicism—with deep suspicion.

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The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna

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Ballantine Books #ad - W. The winds of fortune bring minnie to Russia, and once he ascends the throne, where she marries the Romanov heir, Alexander, becomes empress. 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.

. Petersburg and the intrigue-laced salons of the aristocracy to the World War I battlefields and the bloodied countryside occupied by the Bolsheviks, C. Gortner sweeps us into the anarchic fall of an empire and the complex, bold heart of the woman who tried to save it. Praise for the Romanov Empress“Timely.

The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna #ad - . From the opulent palaces of St. Gortner’s ability to weave what reads as a simple tale from such complex historical and familial storylines is impressive. Maria’s life as a royal reads like a historical soap opera. Usa today “gortner, turbulent, an experienced hand at recreating the unique aura of a particular time and place, will deftly sweep historical-fictions fans into this glamorous, and ultimately tragic chapter in history.

Booklist starred review“Mesmerizing.

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