Reading Jean Plaidy Improved My Vocabulary

When I started reading Jean Plaidy books at the age of 24, I quickly noticed I’d need to keep a dictionary handy for the many words I’d either never heard of or rarely used in everyday conversation. I’m not sure why I decided to keep a running list, but for several years I would regularly jot them down (as seen in the photo). Now, 14 years later, I’ve noticed I use many of these words and I know the definitions.

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Author’s Note: For a Queen’s Love (The Spanish Bridegroom)

BOOK DESCRIPTION: Set against the glittering courts of sixteenth-century Europe, the Spain of the dreaded Inquisition, and the tortured England of Bloody Mary, For a Queen’s Love is the story of Philip II of Spain—and of the women who loved him as a husband and father. Philip was a dark and troubled man, who, like many royals, had been robbed of his childhood. His first marriage, a romantic union with childlike Maria Manoela, brought him tragedy and a troublesome son,

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The Queen and Lord M

I recently finished a book about the young Queen Victoria and her first Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne, titled Victoria by Daisy Goodwin. It sparked my interest in Plaidy’s version, The Queen and Lord M, which I have not read–although I have read the subsequent novel, The Queen’s Husband. The Queen and Lord M book description “On the morning of 20th June 1837, an eighteen-year-old girl is called from her bed to be told that she is Queen of England. The

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Audio Interview with Jean Plaidy

Desert Island Discs – Castaway : Jean Plaidy This is BBC’s Roy Plomley interviewing Jean Plaidy in June 1972. Click below for the audio from BBC’s website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009nbnm Special thanks to Pauline of the Jean Plaidy / Victoria Holt Facebook Group who found the link originally on the website Eleanor Hibbert Explained. I typed the below transcript by ear, so there may be some mistakes and discrepancies. Roy: Miss Plaidy, are you a Londoner? Plaidy: Yes. Roy: How old were

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author’s note: Madonna of the Seven Hills

Madonna of the Seven Hills by Jean Plaidy BOOK DESCRIPTION The most beautiful woman in Rome, Lucrezia Borgia, was born into a family—and a destiny—she could not hope to escape . . . Fifteenth-century Rome: The Borgia family is on the rise. Lucrezia’s father, Pope Alexander VI, places his illegitimate daughter and her only brothers, Cesare, Giovanni, and Goffredo, in the jeweled splendor—and scandal—of his court. From the Pope’s affairs with adolescent girls to Cesare’s dangerous jealousy of anyone who

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review: The Queen’s Devotion (William’s Wife)

The Queen’s Devotion originally titled William’s Wife by Jean Plaidy BOOK DESCRIPTION: A daughter’s love. A monarch’s duty. On the road to greatness, one young woman must make an unthinkable choice. For Princess Mary, life has never been simple, but through it all the love of her father, the Duke of York, has been a constant and reliable comfort. Despite his own loyalty to the Catholic Church, the Duke and his brother, King Charles II, raised Mary as a Protestant

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review: Sweet Lass of Richmond Hill

Sweet Lass of Richmond Hill Georgian Saga #7 by Jean Plaidy Those looking for a romantic love story will not find it with this Georgian royalty novel. Maria Smythe Fitzherbert was a twice-widowed Catholic, planning to spend the remainder of her life living simply on her stipend. When she met the Prince (future King of England, George IV) she pointedly evaded his company. His persistence lead her to leave the country for a year, traveling through Europe as a lady

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review: The Star of Lancaster

The Star of Lancaster #11 in the Plantagenet Saga by Jean Plaidy One of the idiosyncrasies of Jean Plaidy’s writing is her style of encompassing mini-stories within the main story, weaving them all together. This she has done with The Star of Lancaster, covering an aging John of Gaunt, his rising son, Henry IV of England, and the short lifetime of the great soldier-king, Henry V. As usual the story covers a handful of women close to male protagonists: Mary

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review: Louis the Well Beloved

Louis the Well-Beloved by Jean Plaidy First in the French Revolution trilogy, followed by The Road to Compiegne and Flaunting Extravagant Queen Louis XV, the Well-Beloved, became the King of France at the age of five, upon the death of his great-grandfather, The Sun King, Louis XIV. Raised by a set of serious-minded tutors, Louis started as a solemn child with much promise, but developed a fierce revulsion to uneasy situations, and so allowed his ministers to rule while he

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Myself My Enemy or Loyal in Love

When Jean Plaidy’s novel on Henrietta Maria, wife of England’s Charles I, was republished by Three Rivers Press/Crown in 2007, they chose to omit the author’s foreword. I’m posting it here for those of you who have this edition and are interested in Plaidy’s thoughts on the subject. It reads more like a personalized jacket description than her opinion on a controversial topic, as is usual when she includes an author’s note. But I do see where they found their

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