Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens

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Vintage #ad - Mary, feminine, the catholic successor whom England’s rivals wished to see on the throne, was charming, and deeply persuasive. That two such women, queens in their own right, should have been contemporaries and neighbours sets in motion a joint biography of rare spark and page-turning power. But few books have brought to life more vividly the exquisite texture of two women’s rivalry, spurred on by the ambitions and machinations of the forceful men who surrounded them.

Protestant elizabeth, the bastard daughter of Anne Boleyn, whose legitimacy had to be vouchsafed by legal means, glowed with executive ability and a visionary energy as bright as her red hair. Superb. In humanizing their dynamic and shifting relationship, Dunn describes it as fueled by both rivalry and their natural solidarity as women in an overwhelmingly masculine world.

Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens #ad - Boston heraldthe political and religious conflicts between Queen Elizabeth I and the doomed Mary, screen, Queen of Scots, have for centuries captured our imagination and inspired memorable dramas played out on stage, and in opera. A perceptive, suspenseful account. The new york times Book Review"Dunn demythologizes Elizabeth and Mary.

The drama has terrific resonance even now as women continue to struggle in their bid for executive power.

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The Captive Queen of Scots: Mary, Queen of Scots A Novel of the Stuarts Book 6

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Broadway Books #ad - After her husband, is murdered, suspicion falls on Mary and her lover, Lord Darnley, the Earl of Bothwell. Set against royal pageantry, heartbreak, and bloody uprising—and filled with conspiracies, passion, 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.

 . In disgrace, where she appeals to Queen Elizabeth for mercy, she flees her Scottish persecutors for England, but to no avail. 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.

The Captive Queen of Scots: Mary, Queen of Scots A Novel of the Stuarts Book 6 #ad - 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. 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.

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Charlemagne

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New Word City, Inc. #ad - As a result, most classical literature comes down to us in copies of books made in Charlemagne's time. Here, from national Book Award winner Richard Winston, is his remarkable story. Before his astonishing career had ended, Germany, he had conquered half of Europe and his armies had marched through Italy, and Spain.

His succession of five wives brought him a palace full of children. So warm was his love for his daughters that he could never bear to see them married away from the court, even though enticing alliances with other rulers were offered them. A deeply religious man, Charlemagne became the protector of orthodox Christianity against medieval heresies.

Charlemagne #ad - A patron of learning, he established schools and brought artists and scholars to his court to work and study. In a glittering christmas day ceremony in Rome, in the year 800, he was crowned the new Holy Roman Emperor. More than the heroic conqueror of Western Europe, Charlemagne was an intense and thoughtful human being.

From his father, charlemagne inherited only a part of the Frankish kingdom - little more than half of modern France and the Low Countries.

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For a Queen's Love: The Stories of the Royal Wives of Philip II A Novel of the Tudors Book 8

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Broadway Books #ad - 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, and in the hands of beloved author Jean Plaidy, murderer, husband, and lover. Power-hungry monarch, cold-blooded murderer, obsessive monster—who could love such a man?          Set against the glittering courts of sixteenth-century Europe, and the tortured England of Bloody Mary, the Spain of the dreaded Inquisition, 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.

And finally, marriage again to a young bride Philip stole from his unbalanced son, sowing the seeds of brutal murder. 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.

For a Queen's Love: The Stories of the Royal Wives of Philip II A Novel of the Tudors Book 8 #ad - . Philip was a dark and troubled man, who, like many royals, had been robbed of his childhood. His first marriage, brought him tragedy and a troublesome son, a romantic union with childlike Maria Manoela, Don Carlos.

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The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn

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Ballantine Books #ad - Charged with high treason and imprisoned in the Tower of London in May 1536, Anne met her terrible end all the while protesting her innocence. Nearly five hundred years after her violent death, second wife to Henry VIII, controversial, Anne Boleyn, remains one of the world's most fascinating, and tragic heroines.

There remains, however, much mystery surrounding the queen's arrest and the events leading up to it: Were charges against her fabricated because she stood in the way of Henry VIII making a third marriage and siring an heir, or was she the victim of a more complex plot fueled by court politics and deadly rivalry?    The Lady in the Tower examines in engrossing detail the motives and intrigues of those who helped to seal the queen's fate.

The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn #ad - Anne's ascent from private gentlewoman to queen was astonishing, but equally compelling was her shockingly swift downfall. What emerges is an extraordinary portrayal of a woman of great courage whose enemies were bent on utterly destroying her, and who was tested to the extreme by the terrible plight in which she found herself.

Richly researched and utterly captivating, The Lady in the Tower presents the full array of evidence of Anne Boleyn's guilt—or innocence. Weir unravels the tragic tale of anne's fall, from her miscarriage of the son who would have saved her to the horrors of her incarceration and that final, dramatic scene on the scaffold.

Now acclaimed historian and bestselling author alison Weir has drawn on myriad sources from the Tudor era to give us the first book that examines, dark, in unprecedented depth, the gripping, and chilling story of Anne Boleyn's final days. The tempestuous love affair between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn scandalized Christendom and altered forever the religious landscape of England.

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Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life Ballantine Reader's Circle

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Ballantine Books #ad - In this beautifully written biography, Alison Weir paints a vibrant portrait of a truly exceptional woman and provides new insights into her intimate world. Renowned in her time for being the most beautiful woman in Europe, the wife of two kings and mother of three, Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the great heroines of the Middle Ages.

Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life Ballantine Reader's Circle #ad - Eleanor of aquitaine lived a long life of many contrasts, and in this stunning narrative, of splendor and desolation, power and peril, Weir captures the woman—and the queen—in all her glory. With astonishing historic detail, and irresistible accounts of royal scandal and intrigue, mesmerizing pageantry, she recreates not only a remarkable personality but a magnificent past era.

At a time when women were regarded as little more than chattel, Eleanor managed to defy convention as she exercised power in the political sphere and crucial influence over her husbands and sons.

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The Churchills: In Love and War

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - Lovell brilliantly recounts the triumphant political and military campaigns, clinical depression, the construction of great houses, papal annulment, which ended in venereal disease, the domestic tragedies, and the happy marriage of Winston to Clementine Hosier set against the disastrous unions of most of his family, and adultery.

The churchills were an extraordinary family: ambitious, brave, impecunious, impulsive, and arrogant. The epic story of one of England's greatest families, focusing on the towering figure of Winston Churchill. The first duke of marlborough 1650-1722 was a soldier of such genius that a lavish palace, Blenheim, was built to honor his triumphs.

The Churchills: In Love and War #ad - Succeeding generations of Churchills sometimes achieved distinction but also included profligates and womanizers, and were saddled with the ruinous upkeep of Blenheim. His failures and triumphs are revealed in the context of a poignant and sometimes tragic private life. The family fortunes were revived in the nineteenth century by the huge dowries of New York society beauties Jennie Jerome Winston's mother and Consuelo Vanderbilt wife to Winston's cousin.

Mary S. Winston—recently voted "The Greatest Briton"—dominates them all.

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Mary Queen of Scots

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Delta #ad - Here is her story, a monarch pampered and adored even as she was led to her beheading, a queen who lost a throne for love, the unforgettable woman who became a legend for all time. Betrayed by those she most trusted, only to lose to her envious and unforgiving cousin, she would be lured into a deadly game of power, Elizabeth I.

Praise for mary queen of scots“She was sometimes reviled as a scheming whore, sometimes revered as a misunderstood martyr. Antonia fraser’s richly readable biography demonstrates that Mary’s great fascination continues unabated. Time“compassionate, illuminating, rich in human interest. The new york times ”One of the most fascinating figures in history.

Mary Queen of Scots #ad - The columbus dispatch “with grace, and a sharp eye for detail, sensitivity, lady Antonia Fraser has succeeded not only in recapturing the real Mary from the symbol but also in illuminating the chaotic age in which she lived. Newsweek. But she was invariably regarded as fascinating. Instead, scandalizing her world with a foolish passion that would lead to abduction, Mary Stuart became the victim of her own impulsive heart, rape and even murder.

A book that will leave few readers unmoved. San francisco chronicleShe was the quintessential queen: statuesque, regal, dazzlingly beautiful. Her royal birth gave her claim to the thrones of two nations; her marriage to the young French dauphin promised to place a third glorious crown on her noble head.

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President Lincoln

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Vintage #ad - In his acclaimed book lincoln's Virtues, William Lee Miller explored Abraham Lincoln's intellectual and moral development. Now he completes his "ethical biography, " showing how the amiable and inexperienced backcountry politician was transformed by constitutional alchemy into an oath-bound head of state.

Faced with a radical moral contradiction left by the nation's Founders, Lincoln struggled to find a balance between the universal ideals of Equality and Liberty and the monstrous injustice of human slavery. With wit and penetrating sensitivity, miller brings together the great themes that have become Lincoln's legacy—preserving the United States of America while ending the odious institution that corrupted the nation's meaning—and illuminates his remarkable presidential combination: indomitable resolve and supreme magnanimity.

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China Dolls: A Novel

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Random House #ad - This emotional, informative and brilliant page-turner resonates with resilience and humanity. The washington post one of the best books of the year  san francisco, a war is brewing overseas, 1938: A world’s fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, and the city is alive with possibilities. But after the japanese attack Pearl Harbor, paranoia and suspicion threaten to destroy their lives, and a shocking act of betrayal changes everything.

China Dolls: A Novel #ad - Praise for china dolls “a sweeping, bad fortune, good fortune, turbulent tale of passion, friendship, perfidy and the hope of reconciliation. Los angeles times “bravo! here’s a roaring standing ovation for this heartwarming journey into the glittering golden age of Chinese nightclubs. Jamie ford, author of hotel on the corner of Bitter and Sweet “Lisa See masterfully creates unforgettable characters that linger in your memory long after you close the pages.

Bookreporter “Stellar. The girls become fast friends, relying on one another through unexpected challenges and shifting fortunes. New york times bestseller • “a fascinating portrait of life as a Chinese American woman in the 1930s and ’40s. The new york times Book Review “Superb.

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The Diana Chronicles

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Anchor #ad - Add camilla parker-bowles, and it's no wonder that Diana broke out of her royal cage into celebrity culture, the ultimate "other woman" into this combustible mix, where she found her own power and used it to devastating effect. Tina knew diana personally and has far-reaching insight into the royals and the Queen herself.

In the diana chronicles,  and bad-girl fergie, you will meet a formidable female cast and understand as never before the society that shaped them:   Diana's sexually charged mother, her sister-in-law, her scheming grandmother,  the stepmother she hated but finally came to terms with, who concealed wounds of her own.

The Diana Chronicles #ad - Most formidable of them all was her mother-in-law, the Queen, whose admiration Diana sought till the day she died. Years after her death, Princess Diana remains a mystery.   . Was she “the people’s princess, former editor-in-chief of tatler, media-savvy neurotic who nearly brought down the monarchy?Only Tina Brown, ” who electrified the world with her beauty and humanitarian missions? Or was she a manipulative, England’s glossiest gossip magazine; Vanity Fair; and The New Yorker could possibly give us the truth.

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