Philippa Gregory's historical fictionhas charmed readers for more than 20 years. If you've read everything by her, here are some titles that will get you started on more great authors. There are also movies and music to take you back to the days of queens!
Set against the intrigue, turbulence, and sensuality of seventeenth-century Restoration England, a richly textured historical novel brings to life the story of Sarah Churchill, from her 1673 arrival at the court of Charles II, to her marriage to war hero John Churchill, to her role in bringing King James II to the throne of England.
Inheriting France's richest province at the age of fifteen, duke's daughter Eleanor becomes vulnerable to fortune hunters and successfully plots to marry King Louis before considering a more powerful alliance with Henry II of England.
Queen Elizabeth's reign is threatened by familial betrayal and Spain's invading army. She and her shrewd advisor must act to safeguard to the lives of her people. When the dashing seafarer, Walter Raleigh, captures her heart, Elizabeth is forced to make her most tragic sacrifice for the good of her country. A tale of one woman's crusade to control her love, destroy her enemies and secure her position as a beloved icon of the western world
In this classic of historical romance, Anya Seton tells the true story of the love affair that changed history, that of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of most of the British royal family. Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king's son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine. Their well-documented affair and love persist through decades of war, adultery, murder, loneliness, and redemption.
As England is thrown into Civil War and the Royalists and the Roundheads clash, an era of unrest and instability begins. During this time of chaos, young Caroline Saunders is also fighting with her own heart over the man she should love and the one she actually does.
"Unmarriageable, and too poor to join a convent, Louise enters the court of the Sun King, where the king is captivated by her. As their love unfolds, Louise bears Louis four children, is made a duchess, and reigns unrivaled as his official mistress until dangerous intrigue threatens her position at court and in Louis's heart."--Excerpted from summary on book
Chronicles the bad behavior of the infamous marriages of crowned heads of Europe, including Russia's Peter II and Catherine the Great, France's Henri II and Catherine de Medici, and England's Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitane
When she is granted a position at court as maid of honor to Queen Catherine, Henry VIII's aging wife, plain but brilliant Jane Seymour catches Henry's wandering eye and concocts a clever scheme to win both his heart and the crown.
Misfit ten-year-old Brunin FitzWarin struggles with doubts that compromise his education as a knight, befriends his instructor knight's youngest daughter, and witnesses the increasingly dangerous threats of Gilbert de Lacy.
Francesca Visser wants to become a master artist in 17th-century Holland, and her family helps her overcome the machinations of Ludolf van Deventer, who tries to get her father in debt so that he can marry her.
An agent for the King of France, Battista, searching for a sculpture that will help the king rule over Europe, finds an ally in Aurelia, the Marquess of Mantua, and together they embark on a harrowing quest that could change the course of history
A luminous tale about a set of medieval tapestries known as the Lady and the Unicorn sequence. Nicolas des Innocents, a handsome, lascivious artist, is summoned to the home of Jean Le Viste, a nobleman who wants Nicolas to design a series of battle tapestries. Jean’s wife, Genevieve, persuades Nicolas to talk her husband into a softer subject: the beguilement of a unicorn by a noblewoman.
London, 1527. Marry or serve: for Honor Larke, the choice is clear. Unwilling to perish of boredom as an obedient wife, she leaves the home of her ward, the brilliant Sir Thomas More, to attend Her Majesty, Queen Catherine of Aragon. But life at Henry VIII's court holds more than artifice for an intelligent observer, and Honor knows how to watch--and when to act
Emily "Fido" Faithfull, a spinster pioneer in the British women's movement, is distracted from her cause by the details of her friend's failing marriage and affair with a young army officer, in this drama of friends, lovers, and divorce, Victorian style.
Her family and dreams shattered by her father's untimely death at the hands of a ruthless tea baron, Fiona Finnegan flees East London in 1888 for a new life in America and eventually establishes herself at the head of the tea trade in New York.