Queen of the North

Queen of the North To Those Around Her She Was A Loyal SubjectIn Her Heart She Was A Traitor England S Crown Is Under Threat King Richard II Holds Onto His Power By An Ever Weakening Thread, With Exiled Henry Of Lancaster Back To Reclaim His Place On The ThroneFor Elizabeth Mortimer, There Is Only One Rightful King Her Eight Year Old Nephew, Edmund Only He Can Guarantee Her Fortunes, And Protect Her Family S Rule Over The Precious Northern Lands Bordering ScotlandBut Many, Including Elizabeth S Husband, Do Not Want Another Child King Elizabeth Must Hide Her True Ambitions In Court, And Go Against Her Husband S Wishes To Help Build A Rebel ArmyTo Question Her Loyalty To The King Places Elizabeth In The Shadow Of The AxeTo Concede Would Curdle Her Plantagenet Blood This Is One Woman S Quest To Turn History On Its Head Who was I, Elizabeth Mortimer In 1399, King Richard II of England is barely clinging onto power He s angered many nobles by his ruthless taxation and his attempts to curb their power So, when John of Gaunt s exiled son Henry of Bolingbroke returns to England while Richard is visiting Ireland, he can rally support to replace Richard as king Richard II abdicates, Henry of Bolingbroke becomes Henry IV.But for Elizabeth Mortimer and her family, there is only one rightful King her eight year o Who was I, Elizabeth Mortimer In 1399, King Richard II of England is barely clinging onto power He s angered many nobles by his ruthless taxation and his attempts to curb their power So, when John of Gaunt s exiled son Henry of Bolingbroke returns to England while Richard is visiting Ireland, he can rally support to replace Richard as king Richard II abdicates, Henry of Bolingbroke becomes Henry IV.But for Elizabeth Mortimer and her family, there is only one rightful King her eight year old nephew, Edmund Edmund is descended from Edward III s sec
This little Ginger Book Geek is a history nerd although my tastes are usually limited to the last couple of centuries what you might call modern history I thought that it was about time I tried something different and so I picked up Queen Of The North and began to read Oh my goodness what a read this proved to be I absolutely loved reading it butabout that in a bit.I absolutely loved the setting in the North East of England, which is where I live Place names were mentioned that are This little Ginger Book Geek is a history nerd although my tastes are usually limited to the last couple of centuries what you might call modern history I thought that it was about time I tried something different and so I picked up Queen Of The North and began to read Oh my goodness what a read this proved to be I absolutely loved reading it butabout that in a bit.I absolutely loved the setting in the North East of England, which is where I live Place names were mentioned that are familiar to me I didn t realise how the boundaries have changed over the years and quite how big the Northumberland area was Some names of the well to do families were familiar too For example the Percy family are
Having read a vast amount of British history centering on royalty, I am surprised that I had not heard about Elizabeth Mortimer, a great granddaughter of Edward III through his second son, Lionel, and Lionel s daughter, Philippa, who married Edmund, Earl of March Are you with me so far Elizabeth s family contracted for her to marry into the Percy family She married the heir to The Earl of Northumberland, Henry Hotspur Percy Background set At the beginning of Anne O Brien s Queen of the No Having read a vast amount of British history centering on royalty, I am surprised that I had not heard about Elizabeth Mortimer, a great granddaughter of Edward III through his second son, Lionel, and Lionel s daughter, Philippa, who married Edmund, Earl of March Are you with me so far Elizabeth s family con
Whoa, Elizabeth the so called Queen of the North was insufferable So selfish, bitter, self centered and really clueless The intrigues by The Queen of the North and her family are what made the book for me not the characters Although I admi
If you re looking for murder, treason, ambition and feuding families, then you ve come to the right place And that s only the first page Anne O Brien s Queen of the North is a behemoth of historical fiction, spanning the tumultuous period that would one day lead to the Wars of the Roses the 1300s Harry Bolingbroke soon to be Henry IV challenges Richard II for the right to the throne, supported by the Percy family of the north All except for Elizabeth Percy Her family, the Mortimers, belie If you re looking for murder, treason, ambition and feuding families, then you ve come to the right place And that s only the first page Anne O Brien s Queen of the North is a behemoth of historical fiction, spanning the tumultuous period that would one day lead to the Wars of the Roses the 1300s Harry Bolingbroke soon to be Henry IV challenges R
Anne O Brien has written a series of books looking at the lives of lesser known female players in medieval English history.This book is a novel of Elizabeth Mortimer, wife of Henry Hotspur Percy, and cousin of both Richard II and Henry IV.It s marvellous to see people centre stage in a novel that most people seem to ignore When you read the Plantagenet
Queen of the North, Anne O BrienReview from Jeannie Zelos book reviewsGenre General Fiction adult , HistoricalI love historical novels such as this which take real events, real people and weave a story of how things may have unfolded History was a tough time for females, regarded as first fathers property, then belonging to husband, and for those like Elizabeth, with Royal blood, and connected to the current monarch they were his property too Politics back then was ever changing, those who Queen of the North, Anne O BrienReview from Jeannie Zelos book reviewsGenre General Fiction adult , HistoricalI love historical novels such as this which take real events, real people and weave a story of how things may have unfolded History was a tough time for females, regarded as first fathers property, then belonging to husband, and for those like Elizabeth, with Royal blood, and connected to the current monarch they were his property too Politics back then was ever changing, those who supported the king could be traitor soon as the next contender the the throne wins through It was a time when ambition ruled, when the house name was all and Elizabeth has been bro
When Henry of Lancaster usurped the throne from Richard II in 1399, it was a far from amicable take over of power, as it opened the country to the possibility of counter claims to the English crown Elizabeth Mortimer is married to Henry Percy, the heir to the earldom of Northumberland, better known in history as the volatile and impetuous Hotspur , and even though Percy s involvement in English politics results in danger and uncertainty, it is through Elizabeth s Mortimer connection to royalty When Henry of Lancaster usurped the throne from Richard II in 1399, it was a far from amicable take over of power, as it opened the country to the possibility of counter claims to the English crown Elizabeth Mortimer is married to Henry Percy, the heir to the earldom of Northumberland, better known in history as the volatile and impetuous Hotspur , and even though Percy s involvement in English politics results in danger and uncertainty, it is through Elizabeth s Mortimer connection to royalty where the real challenge comes, as Elizabeth is determined to see that her young nephew, Edmund Mortimer, pursues his legitimate claim to the English throne.What then follows is a gripping story of politics, ambition and thwarted power which has its foothold firmly established in the unsettled atmosphere of a country which has been div
Wonderfully written and exactly what I d expect from such an established writer I didn t know much about Hotspur and the Percy s before this aside from a few mentions in texts I ve read, so this gave me an in depth and real
The reign of Henry IV had always proved an elusive period in history for me until now Sandwiches between the of Edward III and the tumultuous tears of the Wars of the Roses, the Lancaster kings have struggled to attract my attention However, Anne O Brien s Queen of the North has changed all that She has brought the reign of Henry IV front and centre, recreating the lives of the king and his contemporaries in vivid, well researched detail.The character of Elizabeth Mortimer Percy is a wonder The reign of Henry IV had always proved an elusive period in history for me until now Sandwiches between the of Edward III and the tumultuous tears of the Wars of the Roses, the Lancaster kings have struggled to attract my attention However, Anne O Brien s Queen of the North has changed all that She has brought the reign of Henry IV front and centre, recreating the lives of the king and his contemporaries in vivid, well researched detail.The character of Elizabeth Mortimer Percy is a wonder to behold, both in her complexity and depth The author has thoughtfully breathed life into this woman, giving her a personality which makes get leap off the page and grab the reader s attention Her ambitions, trials and interaction with her friends, family and enemies are at the