Royal Mistress

Royal Mistress

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From the author of A Rose for the Crown and Daughter of York comes another engrossing historical novel of the York family in the Wars of the Roses, telling the fascinating story of the rise and fall of the final and favorite mistress of Edward IV.

Jane Lambert, the quick-witted and alluring daughter of a silk merchant, is twenty-two and still unmarried. When Jane's father finally finds her a match, she's married off to the dull, older silk merchant William Shore. Marriage doesn't stop Jane from flirtation, however, and when the king's chamberlain, Will Hastings, comes to her husband's shop, Will knows King Edward will find her irresistible.

Edward IV has everything: power, majestic bearing, superior military leadership, a sensual nature, and charisma. And with Jane as his mistress, he also finds true happiness. But when his hedonistic tendencies get in the way of being the strong leader England needs, his life, as well as those of Jane and Will Hastings, hangs in the balance. Jane must rely on her talents to survive as the new monarch, Richard III, bent on reforming his brother's licentious court, ascends the throne.

This dramatic tale has been an inspiration to poets and playwrights for five hundred years, and, as told through the unique perspective of a woman plucked from obscurity and thrust into a life of notoriety, Royal Mistress is sure to enthrall today's historical fiction lovers as well.
Publisher: New York :, A Touchstone Book, Published by Simon & Schuster,, 2013.
Edition: First Touchstone trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781451648621
1451648626
Branch Call Number: FICTION EasterSm Anne 04/2013
Characteristics: xiv, 489 pages :,illustration ;,21 cm

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ehbooklover Jul 01, 2013

An interesting read about Jane Shore, mistress to King Edward IV. I could’ve done without the bodice-ripper type love scenes but enjoyed the book nonetheless. The focus of the plot was Jane’s relationships with powerful men but it also touched on the tumultuous reign of the King and the power struggles that occurred after his death.

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