US Release Date: December 8, 2009
SYNOPSIS: One of the most legendary figures in medieval history,Richard the Lionhearted led his knights onto the Saracen battlefields, inspired by a vision of the Holy Land. In The Lute Player, Lofts paints her portrait of the Soldier-King as he launches the Third Crusade. During the years of fighting and intrigue, King Richard’s life was intertwined with two strong women who loved him, Berengaria, Princess of Navarre, and his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine. While his union with Berengaria was ill-fated, his mother loved her son with a frantic, possessive pride. In trademark Norah Lofts’s style, it is the ones usually left behind the scenes who take center stage to tell the stories of famous figures. In The Lute Player, Blondel, the minstrel whose life was constantly linked to that of the King, steps forward to tell a tale of romance, war, and betrayal. Along with Blondel, Berengaria, and her hunchbacked sister help to bring Richard the Lionhearted to life, as Lofts paints a complex and human portrait of a legendary king.
US Release Date: September 8, 2009
SYNOPSIS: Meet the Plantagenets. Like the Tudors, they live high and love passionately, but this family story is set against the backdrop of The War of the Roses, pitting brother against brother, for the throne of England.Now Philippa Gregory, master chronicler of British royal history, brings this family drama to life through the lives of its women, beginning with the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen.
US Release Date: October 6, 2009
SYNOPSIS: When the young and beautiful Catherine Howard becomes the fifth wife of the fifty-year-old King Henry VIII, she seems to be on top of the world. Yet her reign is destined to be brief and heartbreaking, as she is forced to do battle with enemies far more powerful and calculating than she could have ever anticipated in a court where one wrong move could mean her undoing. Wanting only love, Catherine is compelled to deny her heart’s desire in favor of her family’s ambition. But in so doing, she unwittingly gives those who sought to bring her down a most effective weapon—her own romantic past. The Queen’s Mistake is the tragic tale of one passionate and idealistic woman who struggles to negotiate the intrigue of the court and the yearnings of her heart.