By Jean Plaidy
A inner most conflict rages at court docket for the affections of a childless queen, who needs to quickly identify her successor--and therefore ascertain the way forward for the British Empire.
it's the starting of the eighteenth century and William of Orange is loss of life. quickly Anne is topped queen, yet to courtroom insiders, the identify of the upcoming sovereign is Sarah Churchill. attractive, outspoken Sarah has bewitched Anne and believes she is invincible--until she installs her bad cousin Abigail Hill into court docket as royal chambermaid.
undeniable Abigail turns out the least most likely challenger to Sarah’s position in her highness’s affections, yet problem it she does, in stealthy but ambitious methods. whereas Anne engages in her inner most tug-of-war, the country is keen about one other, extra public conflict: succession. Anne is sickly and childless, the final of the Stuart line.
This ultimate novel of the Stuarts from Jean Plaidy weaves larger-than-life characters via a dismal maze of intrigue, love, and destruction, with not anything under the way forward for the British Empire at stake.
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Godolphin is one of the cleverest men in the country. ” “I do, and how better to strengthen such alliances than by marriage. Godolphin’s grandchildren will be ours. One family instead of two. ” “Yes, and your family stood against us. I was not good enough for the Churchills. I remember well. ” “That is my point. ” “So I say there is one point you have omitted. ” said Sarah. ” The Earl laid his hand on her arm. “Be gentle,” he begged. ” She smiled at him. She adored him; he was the one person who could reason with her.
Thus it had been at the birthday celebrations; the boy was to have a formal introduction to the Court, and for the occasion Anne had ordered that a special costume be made for him; and she had had the absurd idea of decking him out in her own jewels. Anne herself did not greatly care for ceremonial occasions; she was far more comfortable reclining on her couch, with a cup of chocolate in her hand or a dish of sweetmeats beside her, entertaining herself with the cards or gossip. But she wanted “my boy” as she, to Sarah’s exasperation, constantly referred to him, to look magnificent.
But languages? Perhaps a little would be useful, for foreigners came to Court. Her children must be taught arithmetic; for money was important and a knowledge of the subject was necessary to deal with that indispensable asset. The children were, as Abigail would have expected, on such an academic diet, growing up to be as worldly as their mother. They were all good looking, having inherited the beautiful hair which was their mother’s greatest claim to beauty. It seemed too that some of them had not missed her arrogance either.
Courting Her Highness: The Story of Queen Anne by Jean Plaidy