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In the Shadow of the Crownby Jean Plaidy
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As Henry VIII's only child, the future seemed golden for Princess Mary. She was the daughter of Henry's first queen, Katharine of Aragon, and was heir presumptive to the throne of England. Red-haired like her father, she was also intelligent and deeply religious like her staunchly Catholic mother. But her father's ill-fated love for Anne Boleyn would shatter Mary's life forever. The father who had once adored her was now intent on having a male heir at all costs. He divorced her mother and, at the age of twelve, Mary was banished from her fathers presence, stripped of her royal title, and replaced by his other children--first Elizabeth, then Edward. Worst of all, she never saw her beloved mother again; Katharine was exiled too, and died soon after. Lonely and miserable, Mary turned for comfort to the religion that had sustained her mother.
In a stroke of fate, however, Henry's much-longed-for son died in his teens, leaving Mary the legitimate heir to the throne. It was, she felt, a sign from God--proof that England should return to the Catholic Church. Swayed by fanatical advisors and her own religious fervor, Mary made horrific examples of those who failed to embrace the Church, earning her the immortal nickname "Bloody Mary." She was married only once, to her Spanish cousin Philip II--a loveless and childless marriage that brought her to the edge of madness.
With In the Shadow of the Crown, Jean Plaidy brings to life the dark story of a queen whose road to the throne was paved with sorrow.
When Princess Mary ascends the throne--from which her father, Henry VIII, broke with the Pope--she is swayed by her fanatical advisors and her own religious fervor. The horrific examples she makes of those who fail to embrace the Church earn her the dark sobriquet "Bloody Mary."
Jean Plaidy was one of the most beloved and successful historical novelists of the 20th century. In Spiring 2003. Three Rivers Press began publishing a series of 10 reissues of Plaidy's most popular novels. Their success (more than 72,500 copies of the first four books in print) exceeded all expectations and whetted the appetite of historical fiction readers for more novels from this master of the genre. Here, then, art the fifth and sixth novels in the series. When Princess Mary ascends the throne from which her father, Henry VIII, broke with the Pope, she feels that God is granting her an opportunity to make England a Roman Catholic country once more. Swayed by her fanatical advisors and her own religious fervor, Mary makes horrific examples of those who fail to embrace the Church, earning her the dark sobriquet "Bloody Mary."
About the Author
JEAN PLAIDY, one of the preeminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also known as Victoria Holt. Jean Plaidys novels had sold more than 14 million copies worldwide by the time of her death in 1993.
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