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Crown in Candlelight

Crown in Candlelight [Kindle Edition]

Rosemary Hawley Jarman
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"'What historical romantic writing should be... with a conviction which the reader shares page by page' THE DAILY MIRROR; 'First-class... Mrs Jarman's skill, scholarship and sheer flair have earned my respect and admiration' SUSAN HOWATCH; 'A rich delight in and respect for history' THE OBSERVER; 'Resplendent with pageantry' THE NEW YORK TIMES; 'One of the lustiest periods in history... an engrossing novel to make you thankful' THE LOS ANGELES TIMES."

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Katherine of Valois, rasied amidst the madness and lechery of the French court, wed to a conquering English king, Henry V, and now alone and afraid in a world of treachery and violence. Owen Tudor, incredibly handsome and gifted, a poet and singer by nature, a warrior by necessity, and now a man ready to risk life for love. Theirs was a passion too perilous to reveal - and too fiery to be long restrained or concealed...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1009 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (31 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C8X75RI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars `Something must always die.' 19 Mar 2010
By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER
Katherine of Valois was born in 1401, the youngest daughter of King Charles VI of France (Charles the Mad) and his wife Isabeau. Katherine was married to King Henry V of England, and then to Owen Tudor. From these two unions descended the royal houses of Lancaster (King Henry VI) and Tudor (King Henry VII).

The novel opens in France where Katherine has been brought up more by her sister Isabella (the widow of King Richard II) to detest the usurping Lancastrian king (Henry IV) and to dread the prospect of marriage to his son. A shift of scene takes us to Wales, and the home of Owen Glyn Dwr (the last Welshman to be styled Prince of Wales). His godson, Owen Tudor, defies him to join Henry V's invasion of France.

After the Battle of Agincourt and as part of the Treaty of Troyes, Katherine is married to Henry V in 1420.

This is really the beginning of Katherine's story: her love for Henry until his untimely death (in 1422) is followed by her love for Owen Tudor. The history looms over this story: the annexation of Wales and the invasion of France provide a rich and at times complicated setting for what can be read as essentially romance in an historical setting. Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction. I found it took me a few chapters to start to enjoy this novel: while the Valois detail is necessary scene setting, it was far less familiar to me than the history of Owain Glyn Dwr and Henry V.

This novel was first published in 1978, and was republished in 2008. If you are interested in this period of history, or in well-written romance in an historical setting, and you enjoy comparatively complicated stories, you may well enjoy this novel.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crown in Candlelight 9 Dec 2005
How much can you bring history to life?!
Never before have I read books that draw you into the plots and intrigues of 15th century history around the thrones of England and France as much as Rosemary's do.
I have just finished this book and it's the 5th book of hers that I've read, one after the other. I'm gutted to have finished them and I feel almost bereaved!
Rosemary is a writer of fantastic vision and imagination and you find yourself trusting the enormous amount of research that she must have done as it comes through in her writing.
This is not sugary, glossy writing but it has strength, beauty, and is real, gritty, passionate and human. Language which is a joy to read and it totally transports you to another time.
Don't be put off by second hand books. Mine were fantastic copies ordered through Amazon. Also, don't be put off by the book cover designs which may have been fine for the 70's - stylised and romantic looking - but if re-printed today, I'm sure they would be more like Bernard Cornwell's books.In fact, I wonder if Bernard has read these!

If you want to understand more about the Lancastrian-Yorkist strife, this book is where it begins and follows through the other books. I love this period of Henry V and her build up to and portrayal of the battle at Agincourt is magnificent. Katherine seems too good to be true but you can't help but admire her and grieve for her too.
Having started with her first book,We Speak No Treason, Vol 1, I love the way the books connect with each other and I've learnt so much about the Kings and Queens of England and France, that they are no longer 2 dimensional.
I feel schools have so badly let us down by not teaching us our own history but this is a wonderful way to catch up and I feel inspired to do some reasearch of my own.
Thank you Rosemary.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable - A Future Classic 25 Nov 2012
I read this many years ago when it was first published and was stunned by its originality and brilliant writing. I won't give you yet another synopsis of the story but history has rather ignored the mother of Henry VI. Katherine de Valois was a victor's prize for Henry V when he triumphed over her father at Agincourt and appears briefly in Shakespeare. This is her story and how she found a passionate and enduring love of a Welsh prince, Owen Tudor, who, the moment she was widowed, swept her up and carried her off to his castle in Wales to keep her safe from her potentially murderous enemies at the English court. Katherine and Owen had several children and are the founders of the Tudor royal dynasty.

This intensely written book can match any of the great classic historical novels like "Katherine" by Anya Seton (about Katherine Swynford). Although not as light to read as dear old Georgette Heyer or the highly engaging Sharon Penman, Hawley Jarman has a deeper, more lyrical and satisfying style than some other popular historical writers who I won't mention. My old hardback copy of this is a much loved resident in my bookshelves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ 18 Oct 2013
By mehmeh
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Pleased to see this is still in print. A good accompaniment to the recent TV series.Would recommend any of her books
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too descriptive and not enough story 29 Sep 2013
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I bought a sample of this book for .99p but was most disapointed in the content. Far too much description and not enough story line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rosemary Jarman 17 Sep 2013
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I loved this historical novel by Rosemary Hawley Jarman
Once I started to read this book I could not put it down until the last page was read
I recommend that anyone interested in this period should read it
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4.0 out of 5 stars A different view of the Plantaganets and the story of the start of the...
I found this most enjoyable as it was written about a lady often overlooked by historical romance writers. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Patricia
3.0 out of 5 stars Crown in Candlelight
Not really keen on this book. Spends a lot of time describing the heroines life in France and then another longer period of life in Wales, which didn't seem to make any sense to... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Pat G
5.0 out of 5 stars Crown in Candlelight
amazingly written as are all her books - filled with historical reference but also the romance of a legendary relationship - it sets the scene for the later books on the War of the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lesley Healy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but.
I enjoyed the book but it did go on a bit.Two many knights and lords names to remember
and it keep jumping about from France to England had to concentrate.
Published 11 months ago by Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Crown by Candlelight.
I choose this rating as I enjoyed reading the book. I liked the story and the people within the book.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars hard work with few highlights
I enjoy historical books and was looking forward to this read. However, I found this very hard to get started, once I got past the first 20 pages of struggle, it became well... Read more
Published 11 months ago by R. Knowlson
5.0 out of 5 stars None
this book is everything a historical novel should be.katherine and owen will stay in the mind of the reader for a long time. beautifully written by a master of her trade!
Published 13 months ago by wcrocks
3.0 out of 5 stars Crown in Candlelight, a good, well written yarn
This for me was at times less of a light read than I first thought, and I had to occasionally look back to fully appreciate who the characters were, and found it a bit tedious, on... Read more
Published 16 months ago by UK Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars A little piece of history you might not know well...
I like Hawley Jarman's style - clear and not awkward (none of that frightful 'Prithee, my lord, I trow.." and all that!). Read more
Published 16 months ago by corvidae25
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