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1330. Philippa of Hainault might be married to King Edward III yet she is stored penniless and powerless. England grimaces within the clutches of the Dowager Queen Isabella and her ruthlessly formidable lover Lord Mortimer, whereas Edward’s father rots in unlawful confinement, a prisoner at Mortimer’s hand. it is going to take a brave younger guy to emerge from the shadows and stand up in contrast bold pair. yet now Edward is grown to adulthood and Philippa, his new spouse, is set to determine justice performed. it's her suggestion, whispered into the younger King Edward’s ear, that might see the conflict for England’s throne begin. Treason is rife, with all to lose yet a Crown – in additional than identify - to achieve. The victor’s prize is England…failure is demise.

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THE INSTITUTION OF A CHRISTIAN WOMAN CHAPTER 6. GREAT SIGNS AND TOKENS OF LOVE CHAPTER 7. PRINCESS OF WALES CHAPTER 8. PEARL OF THE WORLD CHAPTER 9. THIS SHEER CALAMITY CHAPTER 10. THE KING’S GREAT MATTER CHAPTER 11. THE SCANDAL OF CHRISTENDOM CHAPTER 12. THE LADY MARY CHAPTER 13. SPANISH BLOOD CHAPTER 14. HIGH TRAITORS CHAPTER 15. WORSE THAN A LION CHAPTER 16. SUSPICION OF POISON CHAPTER 17. THE RUIN OF THE CONCUBINE CHAPTER 18. MOST HUMBLE AND OBEDIENT DAUGHTER CHAPTER 19. INCREDIBLE REJOICING CHAPTER 20.

Her private traumas of phantom pregnancies, debilitating illnesses, and rejection—first by her father and then by her husband—were played out in the public glare of the fickle Tudor court. The woman who emerges is a complex figure of immense courage and resolve, her dramatic life unfolding in the shadow of the great sixteenth-century struggle for power in Europe. PART ONE A King’s Daughter CHAPTER 1 PRINCESS OF ENGLAND MARY, THE DAUGHTER OF KING HENRY VIII AND KATHERINE OF Aragon, was born at four in the morning of Monday, February 18, 1516, at Placentia, the royal palace at Greenwich, on the banks of the Thames River in London.

Here the recommended books were much more oriented toward governance, perhaps reflecting Vives’s tacit acknowledgment that Mary was destined to rule. She was to read Cicero, Seneca, Plutarch, and the dialogues of Plato, “particularly those which demonstrate the government of the commonwealth,” together with Thomas More’s Utopia and Erasmus’s Institutio Principis Christiani. Vives’s curriculum did allow for a few stories for Mary’s amusement, but they were carefully selected and focused heavily on the deeds of self-sacrificing women.

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