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Postby Tanzanite » Thu June 9th, 2011, 11:32 pm

At the Mercy of the Queen by Anne Barnhill. US and UK release January 3, 2012.
Set in the court of Henry VIII, the book tells the story of Anne’s ances*tor, Lady Mar*garet Shel*ton, one of three named mis*tresses of the king. “Pretty Madge” as she is called, is also first cousin to Queen Anne Boleyn, com*pli*cat*ing everything.

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Postby Tanzanite » Thu June 9th, 2011, 11:33 pm

The Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England by Suzannah Lipscomb. Non-fiction. UK release March 1, 2012.
For the armchair traveller or those looking for inspiration for a day out, The Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England takes you to palaces, castles, theatres and abbeys to uncover the stories behind Tudor England. Susannah Lipscomb visits over fifty Tudor places, from the famous palace at Hampton Court where dangerous court intrigue was rife, to less well-known houses, such as Anne Boleyn’s childhood home at Hever Castle or Tutbury Castle where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned.
In the corridors of power and the courtyards of country houses we meet the passionate but tragic Kateryn Parr, Henry VIII’s last wife, Lady Jane Grey the nine-day queen, and hear how Sir Walter Raleigh planned his trip to the New World. Through the places that defined them, this lively and engaging book reveals the rich history of the Tudors and paints a vivid and captivating picture of what it would have been like to live in Tudor England.

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Postby Tanzanite » Thu June 9th, 2011, 11:49 pm

The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak. US release December 27, 2011; UK release January 19, 2012. (reposted with revised release dates and color cover)

Behind every great ruler lies a betrayal. Eva Stachniak's novel sweeps readers into the passionate, intimate, and treacherous world of Catherine the Great, revealing Russia's greatest monarch from her earliest days in court, where the most valuable currency was the secrets of nobility and the most dangerous weapon to wield was ambition.

Two young women, caught in the landscape of shifting allegiances, navigate the treacherous waters of palace intrigue. Barbara, the narrator, is a servant who will become one of Russia's most cunning royal spies. Sophie is a naive German duchess who will become Catherine the Great. For readers of superb historical fiction, Eva Stachniak captures in glorious detail the opulence of royalty and the perilous loyalties of the Russian court.
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Postby Tanzanite » Thu June 9th, 2011, 11:49 pm

Lord James by Catherine Hermany-Vielle. UK release January 1, 2012.


Told from his final days in a Danish dungeon, James Bothwell's tragic story, centring on his intense relationship with Mary Queen of Scots, unfolds. Set against the backdrop of French and Scottish history, in a climate of revenge, ruthless killings and religious strife, James finds himself divided between his loyalties and his conscience. The life of this fierce warrior and passionate lover is followed from his troubled childhood to the events of his final betrayal. Yet it is his meeting with the beautiful Mary Stuart that would ultimately secure his fate. Whilst Scotland, England and France grapple for power, tragic consequences await the lovers, with repercussions that would alter their country forever.

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Postby Tanzanite » Thu June 9th, 2011, 11:50 pm

Masques of Gold by Roberta Gellis. US reissue February 1, 2012.

Bold and beautiful, Lissa de Flael is caught up in a plot to prevent the signing of the Magna Carta when her husband is murdered. Sir Justin FitzAilwin, the noble and feared leader of the London watch, is sent to investigate. A single glorious night of desire between them becomes a shining, embattled alliance as intrigue and romance unfold in the turbulent and richly described setting of King John’s 13th-century England
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Postby Tanzanite » Wed June 15th, 2011, 9:44 pm

The Shadow Prince by Terence Morgan. UK release January 6, 2012.


Perkin Warbeck is an ordinary young man in fifteenth-century Tournai. The son of a port official, he loves nothing more than swimming, singing and fishing with his father. But Perkin has a secret. His real name is Richard, and he is the rightful Prince of England.

Thought to have been murdered with his brother, Edward, in the Tower of London, he was covertly taken to the continent and placed with an adoptive family under an assumed identity. But when his enemies seek him out he must flee, and embarks on a new life of derring-do, sailing the high seas with the era’s greatest adventurers. But Richard cannot avoid his fate forever. He knows he must return to England, to assume the throne that is his birthright. But what for Richard is a homecoming, for the new king, Henry Tudor, is nothing less than an invasion, and ‘Perkin’ slowly comes to learn that the price of his goal is the blood of innocent men.

Based on painstaking research, and peopled by some of the most extraordinary characters of an extraordinary period, Perkin’s tale is a vivid, authentic, and hugely entertaining historical adventure.

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Postby Tanzanite » Wed June 15th, 2011, 9:45 pm

Anne of Hollywood by Carol Wolper. US release January 24, 2012.

The Other Boleyn Girl meets Candace Bushnell’s Trading Up as Carol Wolper, author of the bestselling novel The Cigarette Girl, re-tells the story of Anne Boleyn set in contemporary Los Angeles

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Postby Tanzanite » Wed June 15th, 2011, 9:46 pm

Spartacus: the Gladiator by Ben Kane. UK release February 9, 2012.


The first of two epic novels which tell the story of one of the most charismatic heroes history has ever known - Spartacus, the gladiator slave who took on and nearly defeated the might of Rome, during the years 73-71 BC.

In historical terms we know very little about Spartacus the man - partly because most contemporary Roman historians were keen to obliterate his memory and prevent him from attaining mythic status. This of course is grist to the novelist's mill. Ben Kane's brilliant novel begins in the Thracian village to which Spartacus has returned, after escaping from life as an auxiliary in the Roman army. But here he quickly falls foul of his overlord, the Thracian king, who has set his heart on Dionysian priestess, Ariadne - later to become wife of Spartacus.

Betrayed again to the Romans by his jealous king, Spartacus - and with him Ariadne - are taken in captivity to the school of gladiators at Capua. it is here - against the unbelievable brutality of gladiatorial life - that Spartacus and Crixus the Gaul plan the audacious overthrow of their Roman masters, escaping to Vesuvius, where they recruit and train a huge slave army - an army which will keep the might of Rome at bay for two years and create one of the most extraordinary legends in history. SPARTACUS; THE GLADIATOR takes the story up to the moment when the slave army has inflicted its first great defeat on Rome.

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Postby Tanzanite » Wed June 15th, 2011, 9:51 pm

The Flower Reader by Elizabeth Loupas. US and UK release April 3, 2012.


In the sweeping new novel from the author of The Second Duchess, dangerous secrets lead a passionate young woman into a maze of murder and conspiracy as Mary, Queen of Scots, comes home to reign in a treacherously divided Scotland….

With her dying breath, Mary of Guise entrusts a silver casket to Rinette Leslie of Granmuir, who possesses the ancient gift of floromancy. Inside the casket, and meant only for the young Mary, Queen of Scots, are papers the old queen has painstakingly collected—the darkest secrets of every Scottish lord and explosive private prophecies prepared by Nostradamus. Rinette risks her life to keep the casket safe, but she makes a fatal mistake: she shows it to her beloved young husband. On the very day the young queen comes home, Rinette’s husband is brutally assassinated.

Devastated, Rinette demands justice from the queen before she will surrender the casket. Amid glittering masques and opulent weddings, courtly intrigues and Highland rebellions, the queen’s agents and Rinette herself search for the shadowy assassin. They are surrounded by ruthless men from all over Europe who will do anything to force Rinette to give up the casket—threatening her life, stripping her of her beloved castle by the sea, forcing her to marry a man she hates, and driving her from the man she has reluctantly grown to love. In the end, the flowers are all she can trust—and only the flowers will lead her safely home to Granmuir.

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Postby Tanzanite » Wed June 15th, 2011, 9:51 pm

The King's Agent by Donna Russo Morin. US and UK release February 28, 2012.


The King’s Agent is based loosely on the life of Battista della Palla-a patriotic plunderer, a religious rogue, of the early 16th century. The Lady Aurelia is the cloistered ward of the Marquess of Mantua, a woman with a profound duty, and a longing for adventure. In search of a relic intended for the King of France, Battista and Aurelia cross the breathtaking landscape of Renaissance Italy. Clues hide in great works of art, political forces collide, secret societies and enemies abound, and danger waits in every challenge. It is an adventurous romp with undercurrents of the supernatural, powers that could change the balance of supremacy throughout Europe.


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