To those around her she was a loyal subject. In her heart she was a traitor.
The Queen of the title is Elizabeth Mortimer 1371-1417, married to Sir Henry Percy (known as Hotspur) and upon his death to Thomas de Camoys. This is another of the author’s excellent retelling of the lives of medieval women. Written in the first person, this untangles history in a highly readable manner. It seems Elizabeth loved her first husband who assisted Henry IV to dethrone Richard II and was killed in battle. But in fact Elizabeth wanted her nephew, eight-year old Edmond, to become King but she kept this to herself. Upon Hotspur’s death he was pronounced a traitor and Elizabeth arrested. The King then gave her a choice, marry de Camoys or go into a nunnery. She married de Camoys, he was in his sixties, and the books ends with her settling into a harmonious relationship. I think the strength of this is that it is written in the first person, highly enjoyable.
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.
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If you enjoy Phillipa Gregory and Alison Weir, then Anne O'Brien is definitely worth considering. A good storyteller of the more unknown periods of English history. Full review
The past is normally written from the stance of the men involved, hence 'history'. 'The Queen of the North', should be called 'herstory', a new way of revisiting the past.. Full review
This is compulsive storytelling historical fiction to engage the emotions and get the blood racing. Full review
'Once more Anne O'Brien takes her readers on an emotional rollercoaster ride through the lives of people that history has largely reduced to entries on a medieval family tree. In this gripping novel Elizabeth Mortimer's story joins the growing list of female lives Anne has gloriously rescued from history's recycling skip' - Joanna Hickson
'Enthralling ... with masterful skill Anne O'Brien takes the reader on an action packed journey back to the tumultuous and uncertain days of the fifteenth century. O'Brien's beautifully crafted narrative is full of wonderful details and dangerous intrigues that draw the reader into the dangerous world of Elizabeth Mortimer. A medieval masterpiece.' - Nicola Tallis
Praise for Anne O'Brien
'O'Brien cleverly intertwines the personal and political in this enjoyable, gripping tale' - The Times
'Joanna of Navarre is the feisty heroine in Anne O'Brien's fast-paced historical novel The Queen's Choice.' - Good Housekeeping
'O'Brien is a terrific storyteller' - Daily Telegraph
'A gripping story of love, heartache and political intrigue.' - Woman & Home
'Packed with drama, danger, romance and history, The Queen's Choice is the perfect reading choice for the long winter nights.' - The Press Association
'A gripping historical drama.' - Bella
Publication date: 31/05/2018
Publisher: HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||31st May 2018|
|Author:||Anne O'Brien, Nicola Cornick|
|Publisher:||HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Exclusive Pre-Publication, Historical Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Historical fiction, Historical romance,|
Sunday Times bestselling author Anne O'Brien was born in West Yorkshire. After gaining a BA Honours degree in History at Manchester University and a Master's in Education at Hull, she lived in East Yorkshire for many years as a teacher of history. Today she has sold over 250,000 copies of her books in the UK and lives with her husband in an eighteenth-century timber-framed cottage in the depths of the Welsh Marches in Herefordshire. The area provides endless inspiration for her novels about the forgotten women of history. Visit Anne online at www.anneobrien.co.uk Find Anne on Facebook and ...More About Anne O'Brien, Nicola Cornick