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Postby Ariadne » Mon March 12th, 2012, 10:17 pm

Excellent news - thanks for writing to let us know!

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Postby Tanzanite » Tue March 13th, 2012, 10:35 pm

Three Medieval Queens by Lisa Benz St. John. Non-fiction. US release June 5, 2012.

This book is an innovative study offering the first examination of how three fourteenth-century English queens, Margaret of France, Isabella of France, and Philippa of Hainault, exercised power and authority. It takes advantage of a previously unstudied period of medieval queenship in which three queens, whose time as consorts and dowagers in England overlapped, creating a continuous transition from one queen to the next, and thus providing a unique opportunity to form conclusions about normative queenly behaviour and political culture. This study frames its examination around four major themes: gender; status; the concept of the crown; and power and authority.
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Postby Tanzanite » Tue March 13th, 2012, 10:35 pm

Time’s Echo by Pamela Hartshorne. UK release August 30, 2012.

Sometimes the past just won't let go . . .

York , 1575: Hawise Aske smiles at a stranger in the market, and sets in train a story of obsession and sibling jealousy, of love and hate and warped desire. Drowned as a witch, Hawise pays a high price for that smile, but for a girl like her in Elizabethan York, there is nowhere to go and nowhere to hide. Four and a half centuries later, Grace Trewe, who has travelled the world, is trying to outrun the memories of being caught up in the Boxing Day tsunami. Her stay in York is meant to be a brief one. But in York Grace discovers that time can twist and turn in ways she never imagined. Drawn inexorably into Hawise’s life, Grace finds that this time she cannot move on. Will she too be engulfed in the power of the past?
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Postby Tanzanite » Tue March 13th, 2012, 10:36 pm

The Unfaithful Queen by Carolly Erickson. US and UK release September 18, 2012.

Amid the turbulent, faction-ridden late reign of the fearsome Henry, eager high-spirited Catherine Howard caught the king's eye—but not before she had been the sensual plaything of at least three other men. Ignorant of her past, seeing only her youthful exuberance and believing that she could make him happy, he married her—only to discover, too late, that her heart belonged to his gentleman usher Tom Culpeper.

As the net of court intrigue tightens around her, and with the Tudor succession yet again in peril because of Prince Edward's severe illness, Queen Catherine struggles to give the angry, bloated and impotent king a son. But when her relations turn against her, she finds herself doomed, just as her cousin Anne Boleyn was, to face the executioner.

The Unfaithful Queen lays bare the dark underbelly of the Tudor court, with its sugared rivalries and bitter struggles for power, where a girl of noble family could find herself sent to labor among the turnspits in the kitchens or—should fortune favor her—be exalted to the throne.

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Postby Tanzanite » Tue March 13th, 2012, 10:37 pm

The Border Lord by Lyn Andrews. UK release September 27, 2012.

From the bestselling author Lyn Andrews comes a compelling historical epic set at the endlessly fascinating Tudor court about the most infamous woman of the age - Anne Boleyn - and the man who loved her before she became queen.

From the moment Henry Percy, the future Earl of Northumberland, first glimpses the beautiful Anne Boleyn he is captivated and quickly proposes marriage. Anne has been taught to use her charms to her advantage and to secure her family's position of power at court. She sees that Henry Percy's affection is sincere and agrees to marry him.

But a match of the heart has no place in a world where marriage is a political manoeuvre. Torn apart, the lovers are exiled to separate ends of the kingdom. For Henry a lifetime of duty awaits, while he remains true to the only woman he will ever love. But he is not the only man to be bewitched by Anne. And when King Henry VIII determines to make her his queen, the course of history is changed for ever...

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Postby Tanzanite » Tue March 13th, 2012, 10:37 pm

Untitled by Bernard Cornwell. UK release September 27, 2012.

A fascinating hero, the pursuit of a sword of mythical power and one of England’s greatest and least known battles – a remarkable novel by Britain’s master storyteller .

Thomas of Hookton, a veteran of Crecy and many other battles, is the leader of a mercenary company of bowmen and men-at-arms who ravage the countryside east of Gascony.

Edward, Prince of Wales, later to be known as the Black Prince, is assembling an army to fight the French once more but before Thomas can join, he must fulfill an urgent task.

La Malice, a sword of mythical power guaranteeing victory to its owner, is thought to be concealed somewhere near Poitiers. With signs that a battle between the English and the French is looming others are seeking the treasure too, and some – French, Scots and even English – are pursuing their private agendas against Thomas.
But all – Thomas of Hookton, his enemies and friends and the fate of La Malice – become swept up in the extraordinary confrontation that follows, as the large French army faces the heavily outnumbered English to battle.

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Postby Tanzanite » Tue March 13th, 2012, 10:38 pm

A Plague of Lies by Judith Rock. US release October 2, 2012.

Madame de Maintenon is King Louis XIV’s second wife. The daughter of a minor noble of ill-repute, she has not forgiven the king’s Jesuit confessor for encouraging him to withhold the title of Queen from her. To placate her, the prestigious Louis le Grand Jesuit school has sent a delegation— including her distant relation Pere Jouvancy and rhetoric teacher Charles du Luc—to Versailles with a gift of reliquary.

The Sun King’s palace is spectacular, but the delegation’s visit grows darker and darker. On their first night, a courtier dies, and court whispers claim poison. Then the Jesuits fall direly ill, and a palace gardener is found murdered. Now, fear grips a court where everyone has secrets to hide...
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Postby Tanzanite » Tue March 13th, 2012, 10:39 pm

Victory at Yorktown by Newt Gingrich. US release October 30, 2012.

It is 1781, and Washington and his army have spent three years in a bitter stalemate, engaging in near constant skirmishing against the British. The enemy position in New York City is too strong, all approaches blocked by the Royal Navy. At last, two crucial reports reach Washington. The first is that the French have briefly committed a fleet to the American coast. The second is that British General Cornwallis, driven to distraction by protracted warfare in the Carolinas, has withdrawn into Yorktown. Washington decides to embark on one of the most audacious moves in American military history. He will force-march nearly his entire army south more than three hundred miles, in complete secrecy, counting on a blockade of the Chesapeake Bay by the French navy, fall upon Cornwallis, and capture his entire force. It is a campaign ladened with “ifs” but the stalemate must be broken, otherwise America, after six long years of war, will crumble.

Sgt. Peter Wellsley must pave the way for the army, neutralizing any loyalists who might provide warning. On the other side, Allen Van Dorn receives reports from civilians that something is afoot and is tasked to find out what. As Wellsley moves to block any leaks, Van Dorn tries to penetrate the screen. When one of the former friends is captured, both must decide where their true loyalties lie during the heat of the Battle of Yorktown, as Washington’s professional army, once a “rabble in arms,” executes the war’s most decisive contest.

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Postby Tanzanite » Tue March 13th, 2012, 10:41 pm

"Tanzanite" wrote:The Gilded Lily by Deborah Swift. UK release September 13, 2012.

A Winter of Snow and Ice 1661

Timid Sadie Appleby has always lived in her small village. One night she is rudely awoken by her older and bolder sister, Ella, who has robbed her employer and is on the run. The girls flee their rural home of Westmorland to head for London, hoping to lose themselves in the teeming city. But the dead man's relatives are in hot pursuit, and soon a game of cat and mouse begins. Ella is soon obsessed with the glitter and glamour of city life and sets her sights on flamboyant man-about-town, Jay Whitgift. But nothing is what it seems - not even Jay Whitgift. Can Sadie survive a fugitive's life in the big city? But even more pressing, can she survive life with her older sister Ella?

Set in London's atmospheric coffee houses, the rich mansions of Whitehall, and the pawnshops, slums and rookeries hidden from rich men's view, The Gilded Lily is about beauty and desire, about the stories we tell ourselves, and about how sisterhood can be both a burden and a saving grace.


This will be released in the US the end of November. Both covers are attached (UK cover is on the left)
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Postby annis » Tue March 13th, 2012, 11:10 pm

Posted by Tanzanite
Untitled by Bernard Cornwell. UK release September 27, 2012.

A fascinating hero, the pursuit of a sword of mythical power and one of England’s greatest and least known battles – a remarkable novel by Britain’s master storyteller .

Thomas of Hookton, a veteran of Crecy and many other battles, is the leader of a mercenary company of bowmen and men-at-arms who ravage the countryside east of Gascony.

Edward, Prince of Wales, later to be known as the Black Prince, is assembling an army to fight the French once more but before Thomas can join, he must fulfill an urgent task.


Cool- a return to the 100 Years War and Thomas Hookton, plus the Black Prince! Sounds like a winner. This must be set around the Battle of Poitiers, since Cornwell has already covered Crécy and Agincourt, the other two major battles won by the English against the French during the 100 Years War.


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