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Post by Tanzanite » Thu November 8th, 2012, 12:22 am

[quote=""Tanzanite""]Tarnish by Katherine Longshore. Young Adult. US release June 18th, 2013; UK release May 9, 2013

No summary yet, but it's about the teen aged Anne Boleyn.[/quote]

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Anne Boleyn feels like an outsider in the Tudor court. So when the dashing poet Thomas Wyatt offers to coach her on how to court—and to convince everyone they’re lovers—she accepts. Soon Anne’s the most popular woman at court; she even attracts the attention of the irresistible King Henry VIII. The king’s interest could give the intelligent and cultured Anne an opportunity to make an impact in a world where a woman’s only career options are wife or mistress. But when Thomas reveals he’s fallen deeply for her, Anne must choose between true love and the chance to make history.
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Post by Tanzanite » Thu November 8th, 2012, 12:23 am

[quote=""Tanzanite""]The Secret History: A Novel of Theodora by Stephanie Thornton. UK release July 2, 2013.

(From the author's website): A theater-tart turned Constantinople's premier courtesan must decide what's more important: pleasing the emperor who claims to love her or keeping the son he can never know about.[/quote]

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A compelling debut about the early life of Theodora, who rose from obscurity to become Empress of Constantinople. In sixth-century Constantinople, one woman defied every convention and rose from a common theater tart to become empress of a great kingdom, the most powerful woman the Roman Empire would ever know. As she gained a back-door entry into the halls of power, surviving starvation, heartbreak, and betrayal along the way, she could never have predicted that one day she would find a great man to love and be handed a crown... or that she would be shrewd, bold, and strong enough to keep it. Theodora, the woman whose image was later immortalized in glittering mosaic, was a defiant, clever, conniving, flesh-and-blood woman full of sensuality and spirit whose story is as surprising as any ever told…
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Post by Tanzanite » Thu November 8th, 2012, 12:24 am

Godiva by Nicole Galland. US and UK release July 2, 2013.

Everyone knows the legend of Lady Godiva—the woman who (in)famously rode naked on horseback through Coventry to relieve her people from unfair taxation. But why would a lady of the court take it all off and risk everything, including husband, home, and well-being?
In this richly imagined retelling of an oft-told ancient tale, Nicole Galland gives us Lady Godiva in all her, um, glory, as she and her best friend (the Abbess Egdiva) and husband (Leofric, Earl of Mercia) embark on an adventure filled with courtly intrigue, deceit, back-stabbing, and romance.
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Post by Tanzanite » Thu November 8th, 2012, 12:25 am

Freud’s Mistress by Karen Mack and Jennifer Kauffman. US release July 2013.

It is 1895 in the vibrant, extravagant world of fin-de siècle Vienna. Minna Bernays, an overeducated lady’s companion with a sharp, wry wit, is abruptly fired, yet again, from her position. She finds herself out on the street and out of options. In 1895, the city is aswirl with avant-garde artists and writers and revolutionary ideas, but a woman’s only hope for security is still marriage, and Minna is unwilling to “settle.”
Out of desperation, she turns to her older sister, Martha, for help. But Martha has her own problems—six young children, a host of physical ailments, a household run with military precision, and an absent, overworked, disinterested husband who happens to be Sigmund Freud. At this time in his career, Freud is a struggling professor, all but shunned by his peers and under attack for his theories, most of which center around sexual impulses, urges, and perversions. While Martha is shocked and repulsed by her husband’s “pornographic” work,
Minna is fascinated.
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Post by Tanzanite » Thu November 8th, 2012, 12:25 am

Call Me Zelda by Ericka Robuck. US release May 7, 2013.

From the author of Hemingway’s Girl comes a richly imagined tale of Zelda Fitzgerald’s love, longing, and struggle against ever-threatening insanity.

From New York to Paris, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald reigned as king and queen of the Jazz Age, but those who really knew them saw their inner turmoil.

Committed to a Baltimore psychiatric hospital in 1932, Zelda vacillates between lucidity and madness as she fights to forge an identity independent of her famous husband. She discovers a sympathetic ear in her nurse Anna Howard, who finds herself drawn into the Fitzgerald’s tumultuous lives and wonders which of them is the true genius. But in taking greater emotional risks to save Zelda, Anna may end up paying a far higher price than she ever intended.

In this thoroughly researched, deeply moving novel, Erika Robuck explores the boundaries of female friendship, the complexity of marital devotion, and the sources of both art and madness.
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Post by Tanzanite » Thu November 8th, 2012, 12:26 am

The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett. US release June 2013.

Hay-on-Wye, 1995. Peter Byerly isn’t sure what drew him into this particular bookshop. Nine months earlier, the death of his beloved wife, Amanda, had left him shattered. The young antiquarian bookseller relocated from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, Peter is shocked when a portrait of Amanda tumbles out of its pages. Of course, it isn’t really her. T e watercolor is clearly Victorian. Yet the resemblance is uncanny, and Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture’s origins.

As he follows the trail back first to the Victorian era and then to Shakespeare’s time, Peter communes with Amanda’s spirit, learns the truth about his own past, and discovers a book that might definitively prove Shakespeare was, indeed, the author of all his plays. Guaranteed to capture the hearts of everyone who truly loves books, The Bookman’s Tale is a former bookseller’s sparkling novel and a delightful exploration of one of literature’s most tantalizing mysteries.
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Post by Tanzanite » Thu November 8th, 2012, 12:27 am

I am Venus by Barbara Mujica. US release May 16, 2013.

By the acclaimed author of Frida and Sister Teresa, I Am Venus chronicles the scandalous affair between the great Baroque Spanish painter Diego Velázquez and a young model named Venus--and the grave consequences of their love.

In seventeenth-century Spain, Diego Velázquez quickly rises from an obscure artist to the official court painter for King Philip IV. Now a prominent member of the court, Velázquez becomes increasingly immersed in a world of political rivalry, malicious gossip, and indiscriminant cruelty. Told from the point of view of the model who posed for one of Velázquez's most famous works--"The Rokeby Venus"--I Am Venus is a seductive tale of jealousy, betrayal, loss, and ambition.
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Post by Tanzanite » Tue November 13th, 2012, 2:12 pm

Queen's Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle. US and UK release June 18, 2013.

"Queen's Gambit", is a riveting account of Katherine Parr, the Tudor queen who married four men and outlived three of them - including Henry VIII. Widowed for the second time aged thirty-one, Katherine is obliged to return to court but, suspicious of the aging Henry and those who surround him, she does so with reluctance. Nevertheless when she finds herself caught up in a passionate affair with the dashing and seductive Thomas Seymour, she believes she might finally be able to marry for love. But her presence at court has attracted the attentions of another...

Captivated by her honesty and intelligence, Henry Tudor has his own plans for Katherine and no one is in the position to refuse a proposal from the king. With her charismatic lover dispatched to the continent, Katherine becomes Henry's sixth wife. Passionate about religious reform, and ever aware of the fates of his previous queens, she must draw upon all her instincts and intellect to navigate the treachery of the court. With the Catholic faction once more in the ascendency, reformers burned for heresy and those around the dying king vying for position in the new regime, her survival seems unlikely - and yet she has still not quite given up on love...Rich in atmosphere and period detail, and told through the eyes of Katherine and her young maid Dot, "Queen's Gambit" is the story of two very different women during a terrifying and turbulent time.
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Post by Tanzanite » Tue November 13th, 2012, 2:12 pm

The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen. US and UK release June 6, 2013.


(From the author's blog) It's Christmas 1553 in England's Tudor court. A Tudor court ruled by Henry VIII's son, William. What, you say in astonishment, you've never heard of this son of Anne Boleyn and Henry of the six wives? Well, that's because in my world, Henry only ever had two wives and the baby boy Anne miscarried in January 1536 was actually carried to term and born that summer to save his mother's life. And thus alter--for a bit--the course of English history.

William is a hotheaded, charming, beloved 17-year-old king ready to take on the world as his father did before him. His best friend, Dominic, is both older and wiser and spending this particular Christmas in France spying for his king. Elizabeth is all that the future Elizabeth I should be--except with a mother who's still alive and a brother who is firmly ensconced on England's throne. And then there's Minuette--poor, pretty, orphaned, clever, and beloved by the inner circle of Tudor royalty.

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Post by Tanzanite » Tue November 13th, 2012, 2:13 pm

The White Princess by Philippa Gregory. US release August 13, 2013; UK release August 15, 2013.


The newest novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author and “queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) Philippa Gregory tells the passionate story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen, who gets caught in the middle of a battle for the crown of England.
The White Princess is an epic story of conspiracy, love, revenge, and the deadly feuds that ensue when Elizabeth of York loses both a lover and her family’s royal reign—forcing her to choose between allegiance to the crown and loyalty to her family.

When the King of York, Richard III, is murdered in battle at the hand of Henry Tudor, Henry claims the crown and demands Elizabeth wed him, knowing that it’s the only way to weaken the claims of other surviving members of the House of York. Elizabeth begrudgingly agrees.

As impostors claiming to be the last York heir begin to come forward, Elizabeth’s mother, the former White Queen Elizabeth of Woodville, concocts a plan for revenge. What only she knows is that her son Richard, in hiding since he was smuggled out of England during the usurpation of Richard III, is now a young man prepared to take his rightful place as king. Holding the interest of her clan close to her heart, Elizabeth Woodville supports an uprising against Henry, placing her daughter, now Queen to Henry’s King, between two loyalties.

When Henry learns of their plan, he imprisons his mother-in-law and orders Richard to live with them at court as the Queen’s brother, keeping him close while attempting to prove that he is merely another impostor. But when Richard attempts to escape from court, Henry locks him in the tower alongside a York supporter, and the two prisoners escape—only to be recaptured and sentenced to death. Elizabeth must respect her husband’s order and witness her brother’s execution, torn once again between family and crown…

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