Never have I wanted to hug my postman so much in my life! I got 2 packages today that made me super duper excited and there is no way I can wait until next Monday to share them!
The first book is one that you heard me gush about a few months ago, Elizabeth I by Margaret George!! And OMG, the cover is the most gorgeous thing I've ever seen! And I am SO pleased to tell you that Margaret George has agreed for an author interview here at Passages to the Past!! It will most likely take place in late March 2011 and I am so excited, but very nervous!
Release Date: April 5, 2011
SYNOPSIS: One of today's premier historical novelists, Margaret George dazzles here as she tackles her most difficult subject yet: the legendary Elizabeth Tudor, queen of enigma - the Virgin Queen who had many suitors, the victor of the Armada who hated war; the gorgeously attired, jewel-bedecked woman who pinched pennies. England's greatest monarch has baffled and intrigued the world for centuries. But what was she really like?
In this novel, her flame-haired, look-alike cousin, Lettice Knollys, thinks she knows all too well. Elizabeth's rival for the love of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and mother to the Earl of Essex, the mercurial nobleman who challenged Elizabeth's throne, Lettice has been intertwined with Elizabeth since childhood. This is a story of two women of fierce intellect and desire, one trying to protect her country, and throne, the other trying to regain power and position for her family. Their rivalry, and it's ensuing drama, soon involves everyone close to Elizabeth, from the famed courtiers who enriched the crown to the legendary poets and playwrights who paid homage to it with their works. Intimate portraits of the personalities who made the Elizabethan Age great - Shakespeare, Marlowe, Dudley, Raleigh, Drake - fill these pages, giving us an unforgettable glimpse of a queen who ruled as much from the heart as from the head, and considered herself married to her people.
Oh man is it going to be hard not diving right into it! Patience grasshopper...
The next package was equally deelish....you know of my love of the works of Helen Hollick, so I cannot wait to read this one! The Forever Queen (previously published under the title, A Hollow Crown) will be released on November 1, 2010. And Helen has also agreed to come back for another interview in late October!
And I was so surprised to see that I was quoted in the beginning of the book....so cool to see my site in print!!
SYNOPSIS: In 1022, when Emma vowed to give her soul to England, she never could have imaged how very far she would have to take that promise. Fed up with her incompetent husband and determined to save her people, Emma must take matters into her own hands. But can she risk everything on a gamble that could rescue a country-but ruin the rest of her life?
This vivid and compelling tale reveals the unmatched life of Queen Emma-the only woman to have been anointed, crowned, and reigning queen to two different kings; the mother of two more; and the great aunt of William the Conqueror.