One princess. Two husbands. By order of the King.
The true story of Joan of Kent, the English princess who defied her family and her king to win the man she loved.
A princess falls in love with a handsome knight; the stuff of fairy tales, but not very remarkable, even in an age where love was hardly a prerequisite for marriage.
It is the princess, Joan of Kent, who is remarkable. Forbidden by the king to marry, she does so anyway, in secret. When the King discovers what she has done, he is furious. He needs her to make political alliances and forces her to bigamy.
But she will not give up. For ten years she defies them all. Will she succeed – and what will happen if she does?
“I really like all the Falconer books I’ve read… but this one is going to rank as my favourite. It’s one-of-a-kind. “Joan of Woodstock” doesn’t have the historical celebrity status of an Elizabeth I, or Catherine d’Medici; but I’m betting you’ll learn something, and be entertained in the process!” Amazon customer
“I loved this book… This captivating historical read was filled with complex and memorable characters that brought history to life. Joan of Kent was an absolutely fascinating woman whose life and times were captured so wonderfully in this book… I read it. I loved it. I bought it. It’s an historical read that shouldn’t be missed.” Amazon customer
When Princess Isabella is offered as a bride to King Edward of England, for her it’s love at first sight. But her dashing husband has a secret, one that threatens to tear their marriage—and England—apart.
As Isabella navigates the deadly maelstrom of Edward’s court, her cleverness and grace allow her to subvert Edward’s ill-advised plans and gain influence. The young queen is soon faced with an impossible choice; being shut away for the rest of her life in a distant abbey – or taking a breathtaking gamble that will forever change the course of history.
Isabella is the story of a queen who took control of her destiny—and the throne.
She was taught to obey. Now she has learned to rebel.
“I could hardly bear to set this book down. The characters quickly came to life for me and the story line was so new, so different, that I was hooked. I love novels about court diplomacy and this is one of the best that I have found. I am suddenly motivated to learn more about Edward and Isabella so that I can know them even better.” Amazon customer
“Absolutely loved this book. Facts and fiction were so skillfully intertwined that I had to remind myself several times that it was a work of fiction. The pages engulfed me and two sleepless nights later the book was finished. The expectant love of Isabella for her King Edward is well portrayed This intelligent woman overcomes the heartbreak and disillusionment that brings her to her (tragic?) triumph.” Amazon customer
The end of the Reconquista.
Diego Sanchis is Seville’s most famous painter; his glorious art fills every church in the famous city. But for all the beauty in his soul, Diego himself is no oil painting. Nobody but his father loves him and Diego likes it that way.
Until one day he is asked to take on a new student. Mercedes Goncalvez is the most beautiful young woman in the city, and her father is rich and powerful. What could such a woman possibly see in Diego?
But there are many ways to see beauty. And beyond the dungeons of the Inquisition; beyond betrayal and torture; and even as the Christian cannons are turned towards the heavenly gardens of the Alhambra, Diego and Mercedes find true beauty among the ashes of last hopes.
A medieval romance set in Seville and the last days of the Alhambra. A story of love, art and genius.
“History and romance combine in this highly entertaining novel. I fell in love with Diego and his biting sarcasm and propensity to be bluntly honest. He is real, lovable, and easy to sympathize with. Likewise is Mercedes who struggles to break through the norms of the era to become an artist by her own right.”
Another winning novel by Colin Falconer that is filled with wit and suspense! Beautifully rendered and highly recommended!” History and Women.
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