Anne O'Brien - Author

About the Author

Anne O’Brien was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire. After gaining a BA Honours degree in History at Manchester University and a Master’s in Education at Hull, she lived in the East Riding for many years as a teacher of history.

She now lives with her husband in an eighteenth-century timber-framed cottage in depths of the Welsh Marches in Herefordshire on the borders between England and Wales.

Featured books by Anne O'Brien

The Scandalous Duchess

The Scandalous Duchess

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/02/2015

Before the Tudors came the most shocking affair in Royal history...1372: The Savoy Palace, London. Katherine Swynford is back in court for the first time since becoming a widow. John of Gaunt, Plantagenet Prince and newly married, is waiting for her with an offer. Governess to his children and mistress of his bed - Katherine is a woman of dignity, piety and grace and will not be taken in sin. But John is ambitious, ruthless, and in line to the throne. There is no denying Katherine's attraction to him and his power means he will get what he wants. Katherine will be his Royal mistress, his forbidden love. The woman who will become more important to him than his wife. The concubine who will have to stay in the shadows and ignore the wickedly vicious court whispers. The Duchess who will bear his illegitimate children and give them the Beaufort name. This is the story of Katherine. The scandalous Duchess who became ancestor of the greatest Kings and Queens in England.

Other books by Anne O'Brien

Queen of the North

Queen of the North

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: eBook Release Date: 31/05/2018

'O'Brien is now approaching Philippa Gregory status' - Reader's DigestTo those around her she was a loyal subject. In her heart she was a traitor.1399: England's crown is under threat. King Richard II holds onto his power by an ever-weakening thread, with exiled Henry of Lancaster back to reclaim his place on the throne.For Elizabeth Mortimer, there is only one rightful King - her eight-year-old nephew, Edmund. Only he can guarantee her fortunes, and protect her family's rule over the precious Northern lands bordering Scotland.But many, including Elizabeth's husband, do not want another child-King. Elizabeth must hide her true ambitions in Court, and go against her husband's wishes to help build a rebel army.To question her loyalty to the King places Elizabeth in the shadow of the axe.To concede would curdle her Plantagenet blood.This is one woman's quest to turn history on its head.

Queen of the North

Queen of the North

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/05/2018

From Sunday Times bestseller Anne O'Brien . . . To those around her she was a loyal subject. In her heart she was a traitor. 1399: England's crown is under threat. King Richard II holds onto his power by an ever-weakening thread, with exiled Henry of Lancaster back to reclaim his place on the throne. For Elizabeth Mortimer, there is only one rightful King - her eight-year-old nephew, Edmund. Only he can guarantee her fortunes, and protect her family's rule over the precious Northern lands bordering Scotland. But many, including Elizabeth's husband, do not want another child-King. Elizabeth must hide her true ambitions in Court, and go against her husband's wishes to help build a rebel army. To question her loyalty to the King places Elizabeth in the shadow of the axe. To concede would curdle her Plantagenet blood. This is one woman's quest to turn history on its head. `O'Brien is now approaching Philippa Gregory status' Reader's Digest `O'Brien is a terrific storyteller' Daily Telegraph `O'Brien cleverly intertwines the personal and political' The Times

The Shadow Queen The Sunday Times Bestselling Book - a Must Read for Summer 2018

The Shadow Queen The Sunday Times Bestselling Book - a Must Read for Summer 2018

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/03/2018

**Queen of the North, Anne O'Brien's enthralling new novel, is available to pre-order now** The Sunday Times Bestseller `O'Brien is now approaching Philippa Gregory status' - Reader's Digest `A dangerous word, perhaps, for a woman. Power.' From her first clandestine marriage, Joan of Kent's reputation is one of beauty, rumour and scandal. Her royal blood makes her a desirable bride. Her ambition and passion make her a threat. Joan knows what she must do to protect her reputation...the games to play, the men to marry. She will do anything to get what she wants: The Crown of England. A tale of ambition, treachery and desire, The Shadow Queen tells of a woman's ascent through the court to command royal power alongside her young son, King Richard II.

The Shadow Queen The Sunday Times Bestselling Book - a Must Read for Summer 2018

The Shadow Queen The Sunday Times Bestselling Book - a Must Read for Summer 2018

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

**Queen of the North, Anne O'Brien's enthralling new novel, is available to pre-order now** The Sunday Times Bestseller `O'Brien is now approaching Philippa Gregory status' - Reader's Digest `A dangerous word, perhaps, for a woman. Power.' From her first clandestine marriage, Joan of Kent's reputation is one of beauty, rumour and scandal. Her royal blood makes her a desirable bride. Her ambition and passion make her a threat. Joan knows what she must do to protect her reputation...the games to play, the men to marry. She will do anything to get what she wants: The Crown of England. A tale of ambition, treachery and desire, The Shadow Queen tells of a woman's ascent through the court to command royal power alongside her young son, King Richard II.

Queen's Choice

Queen's Choice

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: eBook Release Date: 14/01/2016

Her children or her crownFrance, 1399: The Duke of Brittany is dead and his widow, Joanna of Navarre, has inherited control of their land - a testament to her intellect, integrity and political prowess. Then comes an unprecedented proposal from Henry IV, King of England. The price of becoming his Queen? Abandoning her homeland, leaving her children and sacrificing her independence. Henry's hold on the crown is unsteady and war is brewing. With the constant threat of rebellion, Henry will trust no-one - not even his new Queen. Crossing the channel is a dangerous prospect. But the union between Joanna and Henry would bring the chance of a vital alliance between two proud states - if they will allow it. One question. Two paths. A choice that will make history.

The Scandalous Duchess

The Scandalous Duchess

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/02/2015

Before the Tudors came the most shocking affair in Royal history...1372: The Savoy Palace, London. Katherine Swynford is back in court for the first time since becoming a widow. John of Gaunt, Plantagenet Prince and newly married, is waiting for her with an offer. Governess to his children and mistress of his bed - Katherine is a woman of dignity, piety and grace and will not be taken in sin. But John is ambitious, ruthless, and in line to the throne. There is no denying Katherine's attraction to him and his power means he will get what he wants. Katherine will be his Royal mistress, his forbidden love. The woman who will become more important to him than his wife. The concubine who will have to stay in the shadows and ignore the wickedly vicious court whispers. The Duchess who will bear his illegitimate children and give them the Beaufort name. This is the story of Katherine. The scandalous Duchess who became ancestor of the greatest Kings and Queens in England.

The Forbidden Queen

The Forbidden Queen

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/02/2015

A Sunday Times Bestseller England's Forgotten Queens `O'Brien cleverly intertwines the personal and political in this enjoyable, gripping tale.' The Times The jewel in the French crown, Katherine de Valois, is waiting under lock and key for King Henry V. While he's been slaughtering her kinsmen in Agincourt, Katherine has been praying for marriage to save her from her misery. But the brutal King wants her crown, not her innocent love. For Katherine, England is a lion's den of greed, avarice and mistrust. And when Katherine is widowed at twenty-one she is a prize ripe for the taking. Her young son the future monarch, her hand in marriage worth a kingdom. This is a deadly political game; one the Dowager Queen must learn fast. The players - Duke of Gloucester, Edmund Beaufort and Owen Tudor -are circling. Who will have her? Who will ruin her? This is the story of Katherine de Valois. The forbidden queen who launched the most famous dynasty of all time... Praise for Anne O'Brien `O'Brien cleverly intertwines the personal and political in this enjoyable, gripping tale.' - The Times `A gem of a subject ... O'Brien is a terrific storyteller' - Daily Telegraph `Joanna of Navarre is the feisty heroine in Anne O'Brien's fast-paced historical novel The Queen's Choice.' -Good Housekeeping `A gripping story of love, heartache and political intrigue.' -Woman & Home `Packed with drama, danger, romance and history.' -Pam Norfolk, for the Press Association `Better than Philippa Gregory' - The Bookseller `Anne O'Brien has joined the exclusive club of excellent historical novelists.' - Sunday Express `A gripping historical drama.' -Bella `This book has everything - royalty, scandal, fascinating historical politics and ultimately, the shaping of the woman who founded the Tudors.' - Cosmopolitan www.anneobrien.co.uk @anne_obrien

Virgin Widow

Virgin Widow

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/02/2015

A Sunday Times Bestseller England's Forgotten Queens `O'Brien cleverly intertwines the personal and political in this enjoyable, gripping tale.' The Times 'I was a penniless, landless petitioner, my Neville blood a curse, my future dependent on the charity of those who despised me...' Anne Neville is the heiress and daughter of the greatest powerbroker in the land, Warwick the Kingmaker. Trapped in a deadly tangle of political intrigue, she is a pawn in an uncertain game, used by the houses of Neville, York and Lancaster alike. In England's glittering, treacherous court, not all wish to see the Nevilles raised high. The Earl of Warwick's ambition and pride lead him into an attempt to depose the Yorkist King; his treason forces his family into exile. Humiliated and powerless in a foreign land, Anne must find the courage and the wit to survive in such a dangerous man's world. Compulsively readable, Anne O'Brien vividly evokes the story of Richard III's queen with a passion and vibrancy reminiscent of Phillipa Gregory and Alison Weir. Praise for Anne O'Brien `O'Brien cleverly intertwines the personal and political in this enjoyable, gripping tale.' - The Times `A gem of a subject ... O'Brien is a terrific storyteller' - Daily Telegraph `Joanna of Navarre is the feisty heroine in Anne O'Brien's fast-paced historical novel The Queen's Choice.' -Good Housekeeping `A gripping story of love, heartache and political intrigue.' -Woman & Home `Packed with drama, danger, romance and history.' -Pam Norfolk, for the Press Association `Better than Philippa Gregory' - The Bookseller `Anne O'Brien has joined the exclusive club of excellent historical novelists.' - Sunday Express `A gripping historical drama.' -Bella `This book has everything - royalty, scandal, fascinating historical politics and ultimately, the shaping of the woman who founded the Tudors.' - Cosmopolitan www.anneobrien.co.uk @anne_obrien

La heredera fugitiva

La heredera fugitiva

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: eBook Release Date: 20/03/2014

Tuvo que escapar en medio de la noche y eso marco su destino. Tras confundir a la seorita Frances Hanwell con una sirvienta fugitiva, Hugh se dio cuenta de su error al da siguiente. El escndalo era inevitable, y un matrimonio de conveniencia pareca la nica salida. Cuando Hugh descubri la vida tan horrible que Frances haba llevado hasta ese momento, empez a sentir un gran respeto hacia ella. Y cuando una herencia inesperada amenaz su seguridad, no dud en protegerla con todas sus fuerzas.

Amor dividido

Amor dividido

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: eBook Release Date: 28/06/2012

Placer en la noche de bodas... o venganza?En las oscuras profundidades del Priorato de Llanwardine, Elizabeth de Lacy estaba a punto de hacer sus votos religiosos cuando le dijeron que deba salir de all para casarse con el mayor enemigo de su familia. Lord Richard Malinder deba tener un heredero, y una unin con la familia de Lacy podra resultarle beneficiosa, al menos para tener al enemigo cerca. Pero el calor de la anticipacin subi de tono cuando recorri el camino hasta la cmara nupcial

Uncrowned Queen (Short story prequel to The King's Concubine)

Uncrowned Queen (Short story prequel to The King's Concubine)

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: eBook Release Date: 09/04/2012

A Sunday Times Bestseller'O'Brien cleverly intertwines the personal and political in this enjoyable, gripping tale.'-The Times Her path to the throne is paved with treason... 1330. Philippa of Hainault may be married to King Edward III but she's penniless and powerless. England quivers in the clutches of the Dowager Queen Isabella and her darkly ambitious lover Lord Mortimer while her husband rots in jail, a prisoner at Mortimer's hand. It will take a courageous young man to emerge from the shadows and rise up against this formidable pair.Philippa won't sit back and see Edward puppeteered. She is determined to see justice done. It's her words whispered into the young King Edward's ear that will see the battle for England's throne commence.Praise for Anne O'Brien'O'Brien cleverly intertwines the personal and political in this enjoyable, gripping tale.'- The Times'A gem of a subject ... O'Brien is a terrific storyteller'- Daily Telegraph'Joanna of Navarre is the feisty heroine in Anne O'Brien's fast-paced historical novel The Queen's Choice.'-Good Housekeeping'A gripping story of love, heartache and political intrigue.'-Woman & Home'Packed with drama, danger, romance and history.'-Pam Norfolk, for the Press Association'Better than Philippa Gregory' - The Bookseller 'Anne O'Brien has joined the exclusive club of excellent historical novelists.' - Sunday Express 'A gripping historical drama.'-Bella'This book has everything - royalty, scandal, fascinating historical politics and ultimately, the shaping of the woman who founded the Tudors.' - Cosmopolitanwww.anneobrien.co.uk@anne_obrien

Battle-Torn Bride

Battle-Torn Bride

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2011

'Anne O'Brien has joined the exclusive club of excellent historical novelists.' - Sunday ExpressForbidden to marry the man of her choice, Lady Beatrice Somerton was forcibly wed to another. Now her husband has met his death on the field of battle-perhaps by the hand of her first and only love. Should she still want such a man?Praise for Anne O'Brien:'One of the best writers around...she outdoes even Philippa Gregory' The Sun'Her writing is highly evocative of the time period... O'Brien has produced an epic tale' Historical Novel Society'Anne O'Brien's novels give a voice to the "e;silent"e; women of history' Yorkshire Post'Once again O'Brien proves herself a medieval history magician, conjuring up a sizzling, sweeping story' Lancashire Evening Post'An exciting and intriguing story of love and historical politics. If you enjoy Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir you will love Anne O'Brien' We Love This Book'A brilliantly researched and well-told story; you won't be able to put this book down' Candis'A fast paced historical drama that is full of suspense.' Essentials

Regency High Society Vol 5: The Disgraced Marchioness / The Reluctant Escort / The Outrageous Debutante / A Damnable Rogue (Mills & Boon e-Book Collections)

Regency High Society Vol 5: The Disgraced Marchioness / The Reluctant Escort / The Outrageous Debutante / A Damnable Rogue (Mills & Boon e-Book Collections)

Author: Anne O'Brien, Mary Nichols, Anne Herries Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2010

Includes: The Disgraced MarchionessWidowed and with a babe in arms, Eleanor cannot indulge her secret desire for handsome Henry Faringdon. But when it is claimed that she was never legally married, only Henry can uncover the truth behind the wicked allegation. Includes: A Damnable Rogue Emma Somerton is thankful that an old schoolfriend wants her for a companion - until it puts her at the mercy of the Marquis of Lytham.Angered at his apparent intention to make her his mistress, Emma is equally horrified to discover her own desire to accept his proposal!

Regency High Society Vol 6: The Enigmatic Rake / The Lord And The Mystery Lady / The Wagering Widow / An Unconventional Widow (Mills & Boon e-Book Collections)

Regency High Society Vol 6: The Enigmatic Rake / The Lord And The Mystery Lady / The Wagering Widow / An Unconventional Widow (Mills & Boon e-Book Collections)

Author: Anne O'Brien, Georgina Devon, Diane Gaston Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2010

Includes: The Enigmatic RakeMiss Sarah Russell, newly appointed housekeeper, knows little of her new employer, apart from his rakish reputation! Lord Joshua Sherbourne Faringdon's proposal of marriage takes her by surprise - and leads her to wonder: just what are this intriguing man's secrets?Includes: The Lord and the Mystery LadyReturning from war, Sir Hugo Fitzsimmon is stunned to find a lady working on his estate. If Annabell remains under his roof her reputation will be torn to shreds. Curiously, the fiercely independent widow seems immune to Society's opinion. But she isn't immune to Hugo's touch....

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