The Uncrowned Queen (Short story prequel to The King's Concubine)
'Anne O’Brien has joined the unique membership of good historic novelists.’ - Sunday Express
Her route to the throne is paved with treason… 1330.
Philippa of Hainault might be married to King Edward III yet she’s penniless and powerless. England quivers within the clutches of the Dowager Queen Isabella and her darkly bold lover Lord Mortimer whereas her husband rots in prison, a prisoner at Mortimer’s hand. it's going to take a brave younger guy to emerge from the shadows and stand up in contrast ambitious pair.
Philippa won’t chill out and notice Edward puppeteered. She is decided to work out justice performed. It’s her phrases whispered into the younger King Edward’s ear that might see the conflict for England’s throne commence.
Mightier have fallen. Treason threatens. The victor’s prize is England…failure is death.
It’s a robust union that ties Philippa and Edward during this darkly eye-catching brief tale yet will it usually be so?
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‘One of the simplest writers around…she outdoes even Philippa Gregory’ The Sun
‘Her writing is highly evocative of the time period… O’Brien has produced an epic story’ Historical Novel Society
‘Anne O’Brien’s novels provide a voice to the “silent” ladies of history’ Yorkshire Post
‘Once back O’Brien proves herself a medieval background magician, conjuring up a scorching, sweeping story’ Lancashire night Post
‘An fascinating and interesting tale of affection and historic politics. If you take pleasure in Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir you will adore Anne O'Brien’ We Love This Book
‘A brilliantly researched and well-told tale; you won’t be ready to placed this booklet down’ Candis
‘A fast paced old drama that's jam-packed with suspense.’ Essentials
And with out hesitation, he passed over the inkpot to Walter, dipped the pen and scratched in short at the parchment resting on his knee. He became the rfile for me to determine. It was once a letter – and intensely basic. ‘Holy Father,’ I learn on the finish. ‘Exactly. the single royal correspondence despatched to his Holiness, from me for my part, will undergo the phrases Pater Sancte, in my hand – like this.’ ‘Mortimer may examine it treason,’ I recommended, nonetheless fearful. ‘To hell with Mortimer,’ Edward retorted. ‘I am.
‘I’ll want all of the guile i will get. Now if you’ll shop those out of sight for me, am i able to borrow Walter to dispatch the letter?’ ‘When will it be?’ I requested whilst Walter was once long past to summon the escort for the go back to Westminster, even as passing at the Papal letter to the secure arms of Montague for its trip to Avignon. Edward couldn't remain lengthy. ‘I don’t be aware of yet.’ ‘How will you do it?’ It appeared an very unlikely activity to me. ‘I don’t understand that both. It has to be a pointy, demanding blow.
i used to be now not reluctant to come to Woodstock – days spent within the self-absorbed corporation of Isabella and Mortimer have been donning – other than that my time with Edward was once now drawing to an in depth. Edward would go away me to come back to Westminster with Mortimer, and that i could take to my chamber to watch for the delivery of my first baby. Our arrival on the gracious previous palace of Woodstock proved to be an edgy get together. ‘I have a urgent want of money,’ I acknowledged to Edward, holding an organization carry of his sleeve once he.
topic to broach. didn't all households have their secrets and techniques? Ours have been easily extra advanced and extra harmful than so much. with out a note I took his hand to attract him backtrack with me, and waited until eventually he cozy a bit and controlled a wry grimace that may simply were a grin. ‘No. Mortimer won’t lock me up,’ he stated as though he had thought of the prospect frequently. ‘He wishes me. King Edward, the sacred figurehead, who will obey each dictate. other than that I won’t.’ He took a gulp of wine and.
Kent say? I wrote again. The handwriting on Edward’s moment be aware replaced. Walter used to be with him. Edward, leaving behind the trouble, was once dictating to Walter. at the least it used to be more uncomplicated to learn. Kent is terrified, he begged forgiveness. He had now not intended treason, in basic terms to rescue his brother and set him unfastened. I thought of this. A facile reasoning that nobody may think. as soon as rescued, might Kent have set the previous king up as King of britain back? the reply must be definite. Will Kent be came upon responsible? I.