Years later jeanne is happily married to the dashing but politically inept Antoine de Bourbon. As civil war ravages the country and Jeanne fights for the Huguenot cause, Catherine advances along her unholy road, making enemies at every turn. But the widowed catherine is now the ambitious mother of princes, Henry, and she will do anything to see her beloved second son, rule France.
The Italian Woman: A Catherine de' Medici Novel Catherine De’ Medici Book 2 #ad - From the grande dame of historical fiction, the second novel in the classic trilogy—back in print after more than twenty years—brilliantly depicts the life of the powerful Queen who was loved by few and feared by many. The second book in the classic catherine de’ medici trilogy from Jean Plaidy, the grande dame of historical fiction When Catherine de’ Medici was forced to marry Henry, Duke of Orleans, her heart was not the only one that was broken.
Queen Jezebel: A Catherine de' Medici Novel Catherine De’ Medici Book 3Atria Books #ad - The aging catherine de’ medici and her sickly son King Charles are hoping to end the violence between the feuding Catholics and Huguenots. When catherine arranges the marriage of her beautiful Catholic daughter Margot to Huguenot king Henry of Navarre, France’s subjects hope there will finally be peace.
But shortly after the wedding, when many of the most prominent Huguenots are still celebrating in Paris, King Charles gives an order that could only have come from his mother: rid France of its “pestilential Huguenots forever. In this bloody conclusion to the catherine de’ Medici trilogy, Jean Plaidy shows the demise of kings and skillfully exposes Catherine’s lifetime of depraved scheming.
Queen Jezebel: A Catherine de' Medici Novel Catherine De’ Medici Book 3 #ad - . The final novel in the classic Catherine de’ Medici trilogy from Jean Plaidy, the grande dame of historical fiction.
Madame Serpent: Catherine De' Medici Novel Catherine De’ Medici Book 1Atria Books #ad - Humiliated and unloved, Catherine spies on Henry and his lover, the infamous Diane de Poitiers. Tortured by what she sees, catherine becomes consumed by a ruthless ambition destined to make her the most despised woman in France: the dream that one day the French crown will be worn by a Medici heir. Amid the glittering fêtes and banquets of the most immoral court in sixteenth-century Europe, the reluctant bride becomes a passionate but unwanted wife.
The brokenhearted catherine has left her true love in Italy, forced into trading her future happiness for marriage into the French royal family. Fourteen-year-old catherine de’ medici arrives in Marseilles to marry Henry, Duke of Orleans, second son of the King of France.
To Hold the Crown: The Story of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York A Novel of the Tudors Book 1Broadway Books #ad - 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.
As henry’s claim to the throne was tenuous, daughter and direct heir of King Edward IV, his marriage to Elizabeth of York, not only served to unify the warring houses, it also helped Henry secure the throne for himself and for generations to come. 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.
To Hold the Crown: The Story of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York A Novel of the Tudors Book 1 #ad - Sweeping and dramatic, ultimately, to hold the crown brings readers inside the genesis of the great Tudor empire: through Henry and Elizabeth’s troubled ascensions to the throne, their marriage and rule, to the crowning of their younger son, the heartbreak caused by the death of their son Arthur, and, King Henry VIII.
From exile and war to love and loss—every dynasty has a beginning. Henry tudor was not born to the throne of England. Plaidy excels at blending history with romance and drama. New york Times.
The Borgias: Two Novels in One VolumeBroadway Books #ad - Now, married for the second time at just eighteen she hopes for happiness with her handsome husband Alfonso. But faced with brutal murder, she's soon torn between her love for her husband and her devotion to her brother Cesare… And in the days when the Borgias ruled Italy, no one was safe from the long arm of their power.
Lucrezia’s father is named pope alexander vi, Giovanni, and he places his daughter and her brothers Cesare, and Goffredo in the jeweled splendor—and scandal—of his court. Others swore she was an incestuous murderess. Lucrezia borgia’s young life has been colored by violence and betrayal. From the pope’s affairs with adolescent girls, to Cesare’s dangerous jealousy of anyone who inspires Lucrezia’s affections, to the ominous birth of a child conceived in secret, no Borgia can elude infamy.
The Borgias: Two Novels in One Volume #ad - Light on lucrezia: Some said she was an elegant seductress. She was the most dangerous and sought after woman in all of Rome. For the first time in one volume, reckless, Jean Plaidy’s duet of Borgia novels brings to life the infamous, and passionate family in an unforgettable historical saga. Madonna of the seven hills: Fifteenth-century Rome: the Borgia family is on the rise.
Not even Lucrezia.
Katharine of Aragon: The Story of a Spanish Princess and an English Queen A Novel of the Tudors Book 2Broadway Books #ad - 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, katharine leaves her beloved Spain, land of olive groves and soaring cathedrals, for the drab, rainy island of England.
But their first son dies and, only one child survives, after many more pregnancies, a daughter. 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.
Katharine of Aragon: The Story of a Spanish Princess and an English Queen A Novel of the Tudors Book 2 #ad - 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. 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.
Mary, Queen of France: The Story of the Youngest Sister of Henry VIII A Novel of the Tudors Book 7Broadway Books #ad - Horrified and furious, Mary has no choice but to sail for France. Princess mary rose is the youngest sister of Henry VIII, and one of the few people whom he adores unconditionally. 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.
Innocent, teenage mary must become the wife of the elderly King Louis, a toothless, ailing man in his sixties. When king louis dies after only two years of marriage, Mary is determined not to be sold into another unhappy union. There she hones her political skills, and remains secretly in love with Charles Brandon, bides her time, the Duke of Suffolk.
Mary, Queen of France: The Story of the Youngest Sister of Henry VIII A Novel of the Tudors Book 7 #ad - 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. Except when it comes to marriage. Known throughout europe for her charm and good looks, Mary is the golden child of the Tudor family and is granted her every wish.
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. 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.
The Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine Queens of England Book 5Broadway Books #ad - 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 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, and strife, set against a backdrop of medieval politics, Jean Plaidy weaves a tapestry of love, passion, intrigue, 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 Courts of Love: The Story of Eleanor of Aquitaine Queens of England Book 5 #ad - 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. She was equally famous for her turbulent relationships, which included marriages to the kings of both France and England.
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. As a child, eleanor reveled in her beloved grandfather’s Courts of Love, where troubadours sang of romantic devotion and passion filled the air.
. In 1137, at the age of fifteen, Eleanor became Duchess of Aquitaine, the richest province in Europe.
The Thistle and the Rose: The Story of Margaret, Princess of England, Queen of Scotland A Novel of the Tudors Book 6Broadway Books #ad - But the marriage, and the peace it brings to both nations, does not last. 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. When king james is struck down by the armies of henry viii, but queen of Scotland—finds herself torn between loyalty to the land and family of her birth and to that of her baby son, Margaret—Princess of England, now King of the Scots.
. Like all the tudors, margaret’s life would be one of turmoil and controversy, England and Scotland would unite as one nation, under one rule, but through her descendants, and find peace. From the pen of the legendary historical novelist Jean Plaidy comes the story of Princess Margaret Tudor, and scandal would rival even that of her younger brother, bloodshed, whose life of tragedy, Henry VIII.
The Thistle and the Rose: The Story of Margaret, Princess of England, Queen of Scotland A Novel of the Tudors Book 6 #ad - Princess margaret tudor is the greatest prize when her father, Henry VII, negotiates the Treaty of Perpetual Peace with neighboring Scotland. The betrothal is meant to end decades of bloody border wars, she finds joy in her marriage to the dashing James IV of Scotland, but it becomes a love match: To Margaret’s surprise, a man sixteen years her senior.
For a Queen's Love: The Stories of the Royal Wives of Philip II A Novel of the Tudors Book 8Broadway Books #ad - Philip was a dark and troubled man, like many royals, who, 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, husband, murderer, father, and in the hands of beloved author Jean Plaidy, and lover.
. 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. Power-hungry monarch, and the tortured england of bloody mary, the spain of the dreaded inquisition, obsessive monster—who could love such a man? Set against the glittering courts of sixteenth-century Europe, 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 - And finally, marriage again to a young bride Philip stole from his unbalanced son, sowing the seeds of brutal murder. His first marriage, a romantic union with childlike Maria Manoela, brought him tragedy and a troublesome son, Don Carlos.
The Rose Without a Thorn: A Novel Queens of England Book 11Broadway Books #ad - But when katherine catches the eye of the aging and unhappily married king, she is forced to abandon her plans for a life with Thomas and marry King Henry. The innocent girl quickly learns that her grandmother’s puritanism is not shared by Katherine’s free-spirited cousins, with whom she lives.
Overwhelmed by the change in her fortunes, bewildered and flattered by the adoration of her husband, Katherine is dazzled by the royal life. Like her cousin anne boleyn, she leaves her grandmother’s home to become a lady-in-waiting at the court of Henry VIII. Born into an impoverished branch of the noble Howard family, young Katherine is plucked from her home to live with her grandmother, the Duchess of Norfolk.
The Rose Without a Thorn: A Novel Queens of England Book 11 #ad - The royal palaces are exciting to a young girl from the country, and Katherine finds that her duties there allow her to be near her handsome cousin, Thomas Culpepper, whom she has loved since childhood. From the pen of legendary historical novelist Jean Plaidy comes an unforgettable true story of royalty, passion, and innocence lost.
But her bliss is short-lived as rumors of her wayward past come back to haunt her, deadly, and Katherine’s destiny takes another, turn. Beautiful and impressionable, Katherine becomes involved in two ill-fated love affairs before her sixteenth birthday.