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Virgin Widow - England's Forgotten Queen by Anne O'Brien
  

Virgin Widow - England's Forgotten Queen

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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

June 2010 Debut of the Month.

A rich and compelling tale of love, ambition, lust, and intrigue and a great insight into how women were used as pawns in the scheme of things in the families who aspired to rule England in the 15th century. It is the story of Anne Neville, a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the very centre of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her own heart. Well written, well researched and well worth a read.

Comparison: Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir, Christie Dickason.

If you like Anne O'Brien you might also like to read books by Emma Chadwick, Fiona Mountain and Gillian Bagwell.

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Virgin Widow - England's Forgotten Queen by Anne O'Brien

England, 1469. The War of the Roses

Daughter of Warwick the Kingmaker, and to be married at the age of fourteen, Anne Neville cannot dictate her own future. Used as a political pawn in a fifteenth-century power game, Anne faced conflict, treason, grief and tragedy as well as a love strong enough to survive rejection and separation and the political murder of her first husband.

Twice betrothed as a girl to Richard of Gloucester, the future Richard III and brother of King Edward IV, she is parted from him when her father’s treason forces her to flee into exile. Trapped in an unhappy and humiliating marriage with Prince Edward of Lancaster who is controlled by his mother, Margaret of Anjou and living in a hostile, impoverished court, Anne finds herself at the mercy of other’s whims. On her wedding night, the audience assembled to witness her bedding instead witnesses a royal humiliation, Margaret determines that Anne’s marriage is never to be consummated. Anne is released when the Prince is killed, but the man responsible is Richard the man she loves. Left as a prisoner on the ‘wrong side’ in the war, her father dead, her mother trapped in a convent and betrayed by her elder sister, Anne’s future hangs in the balance, overseen by Margaret. But Anne withstands the force of political manoeuverings, makes her own choices, and ultimately secures her inheritance, her mother’s freedom and the man she desires.

About the Author

Anne O'Brien

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.

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Publication date

21st May 2010

Author

Anne O'Brien

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Publisher

Mira Books

Format

Paperback
624 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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Historical romance

ISBN

9780778303756

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