“For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds; Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds” – William Shakespeare, Sonnet 94.
Penelope Devereux is the most desired woman in Elizabeth’s court.
An infamous beauty, she is the Queen’s beloved goddaughter and favourite maid.
But things are not all as they appear. Scheming adulteress and enemy of state, Penelope is a marked women.
Robert Cecil, the Queen’s most trusted advisor, has vowed to destroy her family and he is not prepared to lose. But neither is Penelope.
And so commences a very treasonous battle for power and survival. Continue reading
Henry VIII’s often overlooked and underrepresented fourth wife brought to life in a fabulous recreation.
Steady, unpretentious Anne never thought that she would be chosen. Surely he’d quite prefer her younger and much more vivacious sister, Amelia. But with a flick of Holbein’s brush, history and Anne’s fate are sealed…
Born in 1891, Margaret Campell Barnes grew up in the Victorian Sussex Countryside. Barnes wrote throughout her life publishing countless short stories, novels and poems.
Between 1944 and 1962, she turned her hand to historical fiction and wrote ten novels – many of them bestsellers, with over two million copies sold worldwide.
A gripping tale of passion, faith and tragedy.
May Day 1517, 7-year-old Honor Larke would remember this night forever. This was the night she watched two men die – one at peace, the other in abject terror.
The Queen’s Lady is the first of Barbara Kyle’s Thornleigh series which progressively documents the successive reign of the Tudor monarchs through the lives and struggles of the fictional family. Turbulent, fast-paced and original, this novel is a must read for all historical fiction fans!