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The King's Mistress

The King's Mistress [Kindle Edition]

Gillian Bagwell
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“The King’s Mistress is that spellbinding combination of history, adventure, suspense and a fast-beating pulse of pure eroticism…a real romantic treat.”

Lancashire Evening Post


5 stars! “[T]his well-researched and beautifully written story is worth escaping into. Packed with adventure and a complicated love story.” –  Philadelphia Women's Fiction Examiner

5 stars! “An extraordinarily engrossing read!.. It had everything that I look for in a novel – drama, romance, danger and adventure. I devoured it in two sittings.” – Passages to the Past

5 stars! “[A] novel that will thrill and enchant you.… The September Queen is a novel that will appeal to all readers of historical fiction, and is one I'll recommend for years to come.” – Muse in the Fog

“Bagwell may be one of the newer writers in the historical fiction genre, but she is one of the most talented…. This novel is guaranteed to be a favorite among historical fiction readers!” Pittsburgh Historical Fiction Examiner

“Charles not only seduces Jane, but the readers as well.… The September Queen is a love story that will stay with you long after you finish the novel.” – Fresh Fiction

“Bagwell’s telling of Charles and Jane’s romance is bittersweet and full of passion. This richly detailed story will delight lovers of a hot romance!” – Dolce Dolce

“The true story of the courageous woman who helped Charles II escape is one of the few not often told of the Merry Monarch.… The real hero in this tale is the ever-patient and admirable protagonist, Jane Lane. Her story – her survival and constancy through unthinkable hardships and impossible circumstances – is one that shouldn’t be missed!” – Arleigh Johnson, Historical Novel Review

“A fast-paced, sensual chase and a tribute to a courageous woman who made her mark on England's history.” – Misadventures of Moppett

“The September Queen has further proven that Gillian Bagwell is a historical fiction author to watch. Her work so far is fabulous and I cannot wait to read her next book.” The Musings of Almybnenr

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 671 KB
  • Print Length: 419 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0052RHFUY
  • Publisher: Avon (19 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847562590
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847562593
  • ASIN: B0070R7OFK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,276 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Gillian Bagwell's richly detailed historical novels bring to vivid life England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Venus in Winter, based on the first forty years of the life of the formidable four-times widowed dynast Bess of Hardwick, begins with Bess's introduction to the court of Henry VIII just as the king weds Anne of Cleves. Bess quickly learns to navigate the treacherous waters, and survives the turbulent reigns of five Tudor monarchs to become of the most powerful women in the history of England

The Darling Strumpet puts the reader smack in the tumultuous world of seventeenth century London, charting Nell Gwynn's meteoric rise from the grimy slums to triumph as a beloved comic actress, through the cataclysmic years of the last plague epidemic and the Great Fire of 1666, to the licentious court and the arms of the king.

"The King's Mistress" (U.S. title "The September Queen") is the first fictional accounting of the extraordinary real-life adventure of Jane Lane, who risked all to help the young Charles II escape after the disastrous Battle of Worcester in 1651, saving his life and the future of the English monarchy.

Gillian uses her years of experience in theatre an actress, director, and producer to help authors give effective public readings, through workshops and private coaching.

Her life-long fascination with British history and dedication to research infuse her novels with a compelling evocation of time and place, and provide fodder for her non-fiction writing, including articles on "Frost Fairs on the River Thames"
(, "The Royal Miracle: The Biggest What-If in English History,"
(, and "1660: The Year of the Restoration of Theatre." Gillian blogged her research adventures for The Darling Strumpet ( and The September Queen, including the day-by-day events of Charles II's dramatic escape after the Battle of Worcester (

Please visit Gillian's website,, for more on her books and upcoming events.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The King's Mistress 22 Sep 2012
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I found this book a little bit long-winded and somewhat lacking in pace - I know that Charles spent a lot of time poverty stricken and hanging about European courts but did not find it particularly entertaining reading! I also found it difficult to warm to Jane's character - gullible or sanctimonious? Maybe a bit of both - I did find her slightly irritating and skipped quite a few pages that seemed repetitive to me. Not my favourite book or character.
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4.0 out of 5 stars suky says 8 Nov 2012
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this is a good book for a cold night - early to bed with my Kindle. Hope I can make it last at lrast two nights!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good 21 Feb 2013
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this was not a book that I would normally have read, but I have been trying different books on my kindle and I must say I am very pleased I tried it. A very good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable. 20 Feb 2013
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This was my first book by this author and I will certainly be looking out for her other books. I found it flowing and easy to read whilst being informative of the period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It's the seventeenth century and the olde world of England is in turmoil, with one king deposed and one in waiting on the run for his very life. It is into this maelstrom that Gillian Bagwell takes us, on a journey of suspense, history, adventure, love and lust, recreating in a marvellously written, addictive manner the flight and exile of Prince Charles Stuart, later King Charles II, and his fall and rise in the annals of British history through the eyes (and emotions) of Jane, daughter of a royalist family.
From her rural home to the docks of the south coast, to France, Flanders and back again, Jane tells us the story of a tempestuous time in British history, where the very foundations of the ancient monarchy was ripped from its soil then gradually replanted again, and her unavoidable love for the man on whom that restoration rests.
I found this intriguing, beautifully written and captivating from the start and though, as another reviewer comments, there is a dip in the pace/action when Jane, along with many others of Charles's court (including the man himself), has to suffer the hardships of exile from those she loves, I still really enjoyed this story and was sad to come to the final page and close the book.
More like this, please, Gillian!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating history. 17 Feb 2013
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This novel was a gift from someone who just knew I like historical novels. By pure coincidence and unknown to the gift giver, the main character, Jane Lane was born and brought up a stone's throw from where I live and many of the manor houses and places mentioned in the story are very familiar to me. There is a school named after Jane Lane in my home town built on the site where she grew up.
It was Jane Lane who helped King Charles II escape to France and the author tells the story beautifully and accurately. Whether or not Jane became one of his mistresses is unknown but its very interesting to contemplate what may have been.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The King' s Mistress 31 Jan 2013
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Very enjoyable and truly believable. WILL be reading more of Gillian Bagwell. In line with Philippa Gregory. Next one please
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5.0 out of 5 stars The kings mistress 25 Jan 2013
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Enchanting. Read in a day as couldn't put it down for long. Left me with a smile and looking for more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Yarn
A well written adventure story based around Charles II's escape from England and if you like romantic history with a bit of truth thrown in a good read.
Published 2 months ago by LG
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Interpretation of historical events
Bought this on recommendation at end of Book by other Author of historical romance. Was intrigued by events as they unfolded, as one of main characters attempted to aid Charles... Read more
Published 2 months ago by EDITH
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it...
I was compulsed to read the love story between Charles & Jane but knew it was a love not to be until the end....
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Carlene Warman
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as The Darling Strumpet
Having really enjoyed The Darling Strumpet, I was looking forward to reading this, but did find it a little disappointing in places. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nicola Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars The kings mistress
The storyline was full of twists and turns. Captivating the imagination. The story of king Charles 'll seen through the eyes of a woman if you love historical fiction then this... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hippy
3.0 out of 5 stars The King 's Mistress
I thought that Charles 1 was married to Henrietta Maria thus making her Charles 11's mother, and not Queen Mary as mentioned in this book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Elizabeth Head
1.0 out of 5 stars should have looked inside first!!!
Absoutely awful!!!! New I'd made a mistake after the5th page . It was such a shame as it was the first book I order ed on kindle.
Published 11 months ago by Joanna Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars The King's Mistress
Quite an easy and enjoyable read, I look forward to aquiring some more cheap books like this. The White Queen is the first book I have been disappointed in.
Published 12 months ago by Patricia Orchard
3.0 out of 5 stars The kings mistress
this was a good read but not exceptional
i enjoyed some parts of it
the book is easy read and quite alright really
Published 13 months ago by Lisa Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting.
This book has been added to my Tudor collection on my I pad and is a very good read. Thankyou
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. D. E. Patton
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