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Who would you nominate for an HF author to write about?

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Postby boswellbaxter » Wed September 3rd, 2008, 4:01 am

"annis" wrote:It's non-fiction, but Sarah Gristwood's biography of Arbella Stuart is a good read. "Arbella: England's Lost Queen"

And Mary S Lovell's book "Bess of Hardwick" does feature the two devious dames, Bess and the Countess of Lennox, conniving to arrange the marriage of their daughter (Elizabeth Cavendish) and son (Charles Darnley, Earl of Lennox) respectively, resulting in the birth of Arbella and the extreme displeasure of Queen Elizabeth I, who really, really didn't need yet another Stuart claimant to the English throne hovering in the wings. Bess also incurred the Queen's displeasure (and a spell in the Tower) over her interference in another earlier marriage arrangement; that of her friend Lady Katherine Grey and Edward Seymour.


Those two are sitting impatiently on my TBR shelf. Maybe they'll be next in line.
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Postby Alaric » Wed September 3rd, 2008, 4:02 am

Peter the Great and Ivan the Terrible.

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Postby SonjaMarie » Wed September 3rd, 2008, 4:06 am

"boswellbaxter" wrote:It was about $25, but as you say, everything else was in the $60 and up range, so I decided to grab it while the grabbing was good.


Oh that not really cheap, though if it was a book I didn't have on Jane, that would be cheap to me.

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Postby Juniper » Wed September 3rd, 2008, 4:15 am

Margaret Beaufort- mother to Henry VII.

She has always intrigued me, but I was awed when I found out that she was a decendant of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt.

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Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Wed September 3rd, 2008, 4:23 am

Jeanne d'Albret of Navarre, daughter of Marguerite d'Angoleme and mother of Henry IV of France.
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Postby Margaret » Wed September 3rd, 2008, 4:36 am

Pamela Hill wrote a novel called Green Salamander, published in 1977, about Margaret Douglas. I haven't read it, but it's a wonderful title, isn't it?
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Postby SonjaMarie » Wed September 3rd, 2008, 4:37 am

"Margaret" wrote:Pamela Hill wrote a novel called Green Salamander, published in 1977, about Margaret Douglas. I haven't read it, but it's a wonderful title, isn't it?


Already mentioned :D

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Postby Carla » Wed September 3rd, 2008, 4:13 pm

"boswellbaxter" wrote:Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, mother-in-law to Mary, Queen of Scots:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Douglas


Annis beat me to it. Although she's only a secondary character in the Lymond Chronicles, it's a vivid portrayal that might be quite hard to beat.
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Postby Carla » Wed September 3rd, 2008, 4:16 pm

"MLE" wrote:Jeanne d'Albret of Navarre, daughter of Marguerite d'Angoleme and mother of Henry IV of France.

I'm sure Jean Plaidy did Jeanne of Navarre. I can't remember the novel, though - maybe she was an important secondary character in the Catherine de Medici trilogy?
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Postby sweetpotatoboy » Wed September 3rd, 2008, 4:21 pm

"Carla" wrote:I'm sure Jean Plaidy did Jeanne of Navarre. I can't remember the novel, though - maybe she was an important secondary character in the Catherine de Medici trilogy?


I was just about to say the same thing, and it would definitely have been that trilogy, presumably the first one Madame Serpent. It's a couple of decades since I read that series but Jeanne was definitely a memorable character in it.


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