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Mistress to the Crown Paperback – 7 Jun 2013
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"'Rich and vivid... Passion, drama, glamour and wit turn this story of a woman who challenges her world into an unforgettable experience.' --Anna Campbell, International bestselling historical romance author
About the Author
Ever since visiting the Tower of London as a child, history has been Isolde Martyn's passion and what better way of sharing that enthusiasm than writing historicals! MISTRESS TO THE CROWN and THE GOLDEN WIDOWS are Isolde's latest novels set during the Wars of the Roses.
Isolde won the Rita Award for 'Best First Novel 2000' from Romance Readers of America and her first two novels won the 'Romantic Novel of the Year Awards [the R*BY]' in Australia.
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As things turn out, it appears that Hastings himself is in fact a metaphorical doorway to greater things and it soon becomes apparent that our Ms Shore is destined to lay with (*gasps*) the King of England. The first time they meet is an early comical highlight of the book as she threatens to kick him in the ghoulies if he "...dares to lay a hand on her... ". I had to stifle a giggle /guffaw at this, and at once I fell in love with the character of Lisbeth, as well as the book itself. The writing is light and the story so far is not is not trying to be a heavy handed history lesson. Prt one of this book is more of a romantic comedy set in medieval England.
Any who, the story begins to liven up and mature very quickly, just like the relationship between King Edward and his delectable mistress. A series of events transpire to test their mettle and the bonds linking the two souls begin to strengthen faster than they realise. War is looming with France and treachery lies everywhere for our favourite King and poor Lisbeth is making enemies faster than the poor girl can think. But her time spent with Ned makes her a happy soul and thanks to the lively and realistic writing style from Ms Martyn, we find that reading MISTRESS TO THE CROWN is an absolute pleasure.
Time passes. Goals are achieved. Families and friends are not what they seem, and enemies are made. Thus is the life of a woman destined to be mistress to the King of England.
Such is the price of love.
You know a story is special when at the end you find yourself wishing there was just a little more, that you could spend a few more days with characters who feel like friends. Perhaps the dramatic parts of these character's lives are over, but wouldn't it be nice to just pop round and spend a few hours with them over dinner... which is exactly how I felt at the end of Mistress to the Crown.
This is not the first book I've read by Isolde Martyn and I have enjoyed every one. If you've read her previous novels the decision to purchase this one will be easy but if you haven't then Mistress to the Crown is the perfect place to start. I loved it.
I have long thought that Elizabeth Shore ended up being called Jane exactly as it happens in this book – King Edward, who has a wife, a daughter, a sister, and at least one mistress called Elizabeth – decides it won’t do and gives Mistress Shore the nickname Jane. (Edward’s introducing the topic by asking “Listen, wench, are you always called Elizabeth?” is an example of the natural-sounding, yet flavorful use of language.)
By contrast, in the same genre and with some of the same characters, Philippa Gregory’s “White Queen” is thin gruel, lacking sensory detail and character development.
Elizabeth Lambard (Jane Shore) was one of Englands most famous Royal Mistresses. but she was far more than that. I have recommeded this book (as indeed all the books written by Isolde Martyn) to my friends..
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It was that good.