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The King's Concubine
Anne O'Brien

Raised in a fourteenth-century British convent, Alice Perrers refuses to join the order and after an accidental meeting, becomes l... Lire la suite
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Description

Raised in a fourteenth-century British convent, Alice Perrers refuses to join the order and after an accidental meeting, becomes lady-in-waiting to Queen Philippa and then lover of King Edward, finding herself drawn into the politics and intrigues of Edward's court.

Praise for the novels of Anne O´Brien

"Better than Philippa Gregory."--The Bookseller (UK)
"An enjoyable, heart-wrenching read."--Booklist
"I highly recommend this title."--The Historical Novels Review

Auteur
As a prolific reader and ex-history teacher, Anne O’Brien has been lucky to fulfil her ambition to write historical romances. Her first success was a 400 word love story about a garden for Mills & Boon–an auspicious start! Anne lives with her husband in an eighteenth-century cottage. It is a place that gives her much inspiration and many sources for her writing. Anne often makes time to visit old houses, gardens and priories to absorb atmosphere for her novels.

Résumé
A child born in the plague year of 1348, abandoned and raised within the oppressive walls of a convent, Alice Perrers refused to take the veil, convinced that a greater destiny awaited her. Ambitious and quick witted, she rose above her obscure beginnings to become the infamous mistress of Edward III. But always, essentially, she was alone...

Early in Alice’s life, a chance meeting with royalty changes everything: Kindly Queen Philippa, deeply in love with her husband but gravely ill, chooses Alice as a lady-in-waiting. Under the queen’s watchful eye, Alice dares to speak her mind. She demands to be taken seriously. She even flirts with the dynamic, much older king. But she is torn when her vibrant spirit captures his interest...and leads her to a betrayal she never intended.

In Edward’s private chambers, Alice discovers the pleasures and paradoxes of her position. She is the queen’s confidante and the king’s lover, yet she can rely only on herself. It is a divided role she was destined to play, and she vows to play it until the bitter end. Even as she is swept up in Edward’s lavish and magnificent court, amassing wealth and influence for herself, becoming an enemy of his power-hungry son John of Gaunt, and a sparring partner to resourceful diplomat William de Windsor, she anticipates the day when the political winds will turn against her. For when her detractors voice their hatred,and accusations of treason swirl around her,threatening to destroy everything she has achieved, who will stand by Alice then?

Includes a readers guide

Détails sur le produit

Titre: The King's Concubine
Sous-titre: A Novel of Alice Perrers
Auteur: Anne O'Brien
Code EAN: 9780451236807
ISBN: 978-0-451-23680-7
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Random House N.Y.
Genre: Romans et récits
nombre de pages: 464
Poids: 381g
Taille: H208mm x B139mm x T30mm
Année: 2012

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