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Cynthia Sally Haggard
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THWARTED QUEEN is the THIRD in a series of FOUR BOOKS about Cecylee Neville (1415-1495), mother of Richard III and Edward IV, Queen by Right and Abbess. The tale of Richard of York’s political career, and its tragic impact upon his wife Cecylee, will intrigue all who love political novels.

It is 1445, and Cecylee is turning thirty. She and Richard are waiting for the new Queen of England to arrive from Paris. Everyone remarks on how close the Yorks are. Theirs seems a successful marriage, for Cecylee is constantly at her husband’s side, providing him with political counsel as well as comfort.

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But matters are not as happy as they seem. Richard is devastated by her affair, but doesn’t lock her up. Instead, he keeps her firmly by his side and takes revenge by marrying their eldest daughter Nan off when she is only seven. This decision, done only for political gain, costs Cecylee her happiness.

Set during the end of the Hundred Years War and the beginning of the Wars of the Roses we see Richard inherit the political mantle of his mentor Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, and become the people’s champion. The rambunctious Londoners are unhappy that their country has become mired in misrule due to the ineptitude of a King prone to fits of madness. Nor are they better pleased by the attempts of the King’s French wife to maneuver herself into power, especially as she was responsible for England’s losses in France. But can Richard and Cecylee prevail? Everywhere, their enemies lurk in the shadows.

This book is filled with many voices, not least those of the Londoners, who forged their political destiny by engaging in public debate with the powerful aristocrats of the time. By their courageous acts, these fifteenth-century Londoners set the stage for American Democracy.

About the Author

I have been writing fiction for six years, completing two historical novels and beginning a third. I started writing novels by accident, because I had a class assignment to fulfill. But once I’d started, I couldn’t stop. I write historical novels because I’ve loved reading them all my life. When I was a child, I would lie on my bed reading Jean Plaidy’s novels about the Tudors, or Georgette Heyer’s novels about Regency England. In reading these novels, I was struck by how different the lives of women were in the past from the way they are today. My professional life has been multifarious and challenging. I have a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Maryland, and have done research in cognition and perception. I’ve also been a violinist, a science writer, and a medical writer. I bring to my novels these varied experiences, as well as an old-fashioned sensibility and respect for the past.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 412 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984816925
  • Publisher: Spun Stories Press; 1 edition (23 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z1DM1I
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Born and raised in Surrey, England, CYNTHIA SALLY HAGGARD has lived in the United States for twenty-nine years. She has had four careers: violinist, cognitive scientist, medical writer and novelist. Why does she write historical novels? Because she has been reading them with great enjoyment since she was a child. Because she has a great imagination and a love of history that won't go away. And because she has an annoying tendency to remember trivial details of the past and to treat long-dead people as if they were more real than those around her.

Cynthia's biggest influence was her grandmother, Stephanie Treffry, who had a natural story-telling ability. As a widow in 1970s Britain, Grandma Stephanie didn't drive a car, so would spend time waiting for buses. Her stories were about various encounters she had at those bus-stops. Nothing extraordinary, except that she made them so funny, everyone was in fits of laughter. A born entertainer, Cynthia tries to emulate her when she writes her novels.

In case you were wondering, she is related to H. Rider Haggard, the author of SHE and KING SOLOMONS'S MINES. (H. Rider Haggard was a younger brother of her great-grandfather.) Cynthia Sally Haggard is a member of the Historical Novel Society. You can visit her website at

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Gilded Cage 16 Mar 2012
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The Gilded Cage by Cynthia Haggard is the third book in the Thwarted Queen series. The novel opens with the character of William de la Pole, the Fourth Earl of Suffolk, and Marguerite d'Anjou in the spring of 1444. Those around them believe that the marriage between Marguerite and King Henry of England could `form the centrepiece of the peace negotiations laboured on for the last two years'. It is William's job to ascertain if she is the right choice of woman to become an English Queen. The second chapter begins in Pontoise in English France in March 1445, with the character of Cecylee, a Duchess and mother of six. She is married to Richard, Duke of York. Cecylee has travelled with her husband and daughter Nan to see the barge that is carrying England's new queen from Paris to England.

The novel focuses upon each of these characters in turn, showing their turbulent relationships with one another and the decisions made which serve only to upset those around them.

Often with novels which include characters who have lived in the past, it is difficult to establish which events really occurred, but Haggard has struck a good balance. The storyline itself and those who feature within it are well-developed and do not seem far from their original counterparts. The characters themselves come to life throughout the novel. Haggard has made them wonderfully vivid from the outset.

The book itself contains several nice touches, which include family trees representing the Nevilles and Plantagenets and a map of England and France circa 1422. These elements really help to set the scene of the novel.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A rip off, part 3 24 Nov 2014
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Compared to the first 2 chapters, it will take you a little longer to read this third chapter of Cecily Neville's life, but the book is so poorly written and dry in terms of dramatisation you will wish it was shorter.

I read the whole tetralogy in 2 days (or better, evenings), for free during my kindle unlimited trial, or I'd be furious at having wasted my money.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Gilded cage 27 Jun 2014
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Brilliant book makes you think what really when on.
Would love to be able to go back and be a fly on the wall.
Just to see what really went on in the tower
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3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 19 April 2014
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bad editing spoilt the read of this book. repeating of some words that did not make sense within the text
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thwarted Queen. 25 Feb 2014
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I am writing one review for the series of books. I did not realise that I could have bought one book Thwarted Queen instead of all of them. It was a good yarn, but I can not believe that 'Proud Cis' would openly admit that she had an affair with an English Archer and that Edward IV was illegitimate. I read a book about her many years ago called 'The Rose of Raby', unfortunately I can not remember the author which was much more enjoyable and feasible. I believe that the marriage between Cis and The Duke of York was a love match not a marriage made because she couldn't have her English Archer. Obviously she had no choice in the matter, but she was too ambitious for her family to admit publically that her eldest son was illegitimate. The Duchess of York was a very strong minded woman and her family's path to the throne was the be all and end all of her life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good historical read 29 Jan 2014
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well worth the four stars. Enjoyed reading this on if you like this type of reading then it is well worth it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical novel 20 Jan 2014
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I think the book captures the whole essence of how life was back in the 1400/1500 century. I enjoyed reading it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cecily Neville the Rose of Raby 6 Jan 2014
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The book is one of a series about the head of the York family - Cecily Neville and is very good, and is more about her relationship with her husband and her Son Richard, the much maligned king Richard III. Both her favorite men in her long life bore the same name. She must have been a very sad lady, she outlived all her sons and most of her daughters. A very interesting life indeed.
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