Encuentra The Thistle and the Rose: (Tudor Saga) de Jean Plaidy (ISBN: en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top en Libros en idiomas extranjeros). Katharine of Aragon, the young widow of Arthur, Prince of Wales, faces an uncertain future of poverty, humiliation, and exile, until she catches the eye of the new. It is about 30 years since I last read a Jean Plaidy book and this refreshed my memory of how superb her books are. I am currently reading the second in the.

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The “Pleasures of Love” is the ninth in the “Queens of England” series. Catherine of Braganza left her home in Portugal to come to the notoriously licentious court of England to marry the newly restored King, Charles II.

Before she left her home, Catherine had rarely been outside the walls of the palaces or the convent where she was educated; she had dreamed linros a legendary prince who had been exiled from his court after his father’s execution.

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Charles seemed all that she had thought him to be and she was deeply in love with him. Then came realization, when she was brought abruptly face to face with the true state of affairs jezn shattered and bewildered she was overcome by despair.

She was surrounded by enemies.

There were the women – Barbara, Lady Castlemaine, bold, brash and beautiful; the even more beautiful but simple minded Frances Stuart; sly, clever and fascinating Louise de Keroualle; the merry playactress Nell Gwynne – and others. These were her rivals, but she plady more deadly enemies – the most malevolent of them the venomous, vile and hean dangerous Titus Oates, who sought to destroy her and brought her under the shadow of the axe.

This is essentially a story of love that prevailed through disillusion and despair to triumph in the end.

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It is set in the court of one of the most fascinating Kings of England – charming, witty, immoral – pursuing a life of pleasure while he kept a shrewd eye on the affairs of his kingdom. He dominated the court – and Catherine – so that in spite of humiliation neglect and frequent despair, she was ready to accept all for the pleasures of love.


Ver todas las apps de lectura gratuitas de Kindle. Detalles del producto Tapa dura: I am a collector of Eleanor Burford and as she wrote under the pseudonym of Jean Plaidy, I purchased this book, which was a 1st edition. I am a huge fan of the meticulous research that this author does to get into the heart of the character and story. I am trying to read all her works, and am always astonished with the lives that the royals led. This book, I have to admit, was not one of my favorites, but this had nothing to do with the book itself.

I just felt very sorry for the poor innocent queen who came with such hopes and visions of love to England, only to find her husband an unfaithful one. She can’t go back home, which, in itself, is so sad, and has to adjust to the way things are. It looks like we cannot judge the King in the same way we would judge another “lesser being” and the times were indeed different.

Maybe he was not all that bad and had an essential charm, but what a wastrel and womanizer he seemed. Poor disillusioned innocent princess! Anyway, yet another wonderful book by Plaidy.

Jean Plaidy, also known to her legion of fans as Victoria Holt, was a prolific writer of historical fiction. In this, her ninth volume in her “Queens of England” series of books, she relates the first person narrative of a little known Queen, Catherine of Braganza, who married Charles II of England. Together, they led England during the restoration of the monarchy, after the death of Oliver Cromwell saw the end of Puritan rule in England.

When Catherine was five, after sixty years under Spanish rule, her father drove out the Spaniards and assumed his rightful role. His rule was a tenuous one, however, as the only foreign countries who recognized Juan IV as King of Portugal were France and Llibros, who were enemies of Spain, at the time.

The Pope, however, under the thumb of the Spaniards, did not, and other countries followed suit. When Catherine, the Infanta of Portugal, was about eighteen years of age, her father died, leaving her mother, Donna Luiza, Queen Regent, of Portugal, as her brother, Alfonso, was only thirteen years old.

Shortly thereafter, in the yearCromwell died, and within two years, Charles II of England was restored to plaidu throne. Donna Luiza sought the marriage of her daughter, Catherine, to Charles II, as a way of being able to shore up her defenses against the ever pervasive threat of Spanish subjugation.


By the time Catherine was twenty two, she was married to the thirty year old King of England. Catherine was a Catholic Queen in a Protestant Jaen that had never forgotten the cruelties of their last Catholic ruler, Mary Tudor, also known as “Blody Mary”, for her excesses nean those of plaudy Protestant faith.

Consequently, the English libbros cool in their reception of Catherine. Moreover, she was married to a King who was a natural philanderer and whose amorous escapades with the beautiful, though notorious, Lady Castlemaine, as well as with the cockney actress, Nell Gwynne, among others, would cause her much heartache.

When Catherine failed to produce an heir, and it became clear that she was barren, there was much political intrigue in hopes that Charles II would divorce her and marry someone with whom he could beget an heir. That the King was capable of doing so was evident from the number of children he begat with his mistresses. Still, this merry monarch, much beloved by his people who viewed his amorous escapes with amusement, refused to discard his faithful and loyal wife, despite the fact that the public reviled her.

The author weaves a compelling, first person narrative of a Queen whose personal travails are little known. Against a backdrop of historical events, political intrigues, and well known personages, her jjean artfully unfolds, capturing the imagination of ligros reader.

Hers is a story all too familiar. It is the story of a young noblewoman whose personal happines is subjugated to matters of state. Well written, it is a somewhat romaticized account of a life lived in the shadow of political expediency, and its pathos will keep the reader turning the pages.

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