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Synopsis: For a thousand years her existence has been denied. She is the legend that will not die–Pope Joan, the ninth-century woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to become the only female ever to sit on the throne of St. Peter. Now in this riveting novel, Donna Woolfolk Cross paints a sweeping portrait of an unforgettable heroine who struggles against restrictions her soul cannot accept.
Brilliant and talented, young Joan rebels against medieval social strictures forbidding women to learn. When her brother is brutally killed during a Viking attack, Joan takes up his cloak–and his identity–and enters the monastery of Fulda. As Brother John Anglicus, Joan distinguishes herself as a great scholar and healer. Eventually, she is drawn to Rome, where she becomes enmeshed in a dangerous web of love, passion, and politics. Triumphing over appalling odds, she finally attains the highest office in Christendom–wielding a power greater than any woman before or since. But such power always comes at a price . . .
In this international bestseller, Cross brings the Dark Ages to life in all their brutal splendor and shares the dramatic story of a woman whose strength of vision led her to defy the social restrictions of her day.
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.
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.
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.
When Gregory Matthews, patriarch of the Poplars is found dead one morning, imperious Aunt Harriet blames it on the roast duck he ate for supper, after all, she had warned him about his blood pressure. But a post-mortem determines that the cause of death is much more sinister. Murder by poison. Suspicion falls immediately amongst his bitter, quarrelsome family. Each has a motive; each, opportunity. It falls to Superintendent Hannasyde to sift through all the secrets and lies and discover just who killed Gregory Matthews, before the killer strikes again...
Lock me up and throw away the key, I am guilty as charged! Buying books is one of the top pleasures in my life and I'm afraid it always will be (sorry hubby)! I've made an effort this year and have been quite good at not binging on book purchases...most definitely the ARCs I receive help me get my fix. I feign blindness when I walk past a bookstore when it's not a good time to buy something, because once I'm in there you can't get me out! My poor husband feels like he lives in a library, but he's really great about it and humors me.Book Gluttony! Are your eyes bigger than your book belly? Do you have a habit of buying up books far quicker than you could possibly read them? Have you had to curb your book buying habits until you can catch up with yourself? Or are you a controlled buyer, only purchasing books when you have run out of things to read?