Take it away, Anne...
France, 1399: The Duke of Brittany is dead and his widow, Joanna of Navarre, has inherited the Regency over their land – a testament to her intellect, integrity and political prowess.
Then comes an unprecedented proposal from Henry IV, King of England. The price of becoming his Queen? Abandoning Brittany, leaving her children and sacrificing her independence.
Henry's hold on the crown is unsteady and war is brewing. With the constant threat of rebellion, Henry will trust no-one – not even his new Queen. Crossing the channel is a dangerous prospect. But the union between Joanna and Henry would bring the chance of a vital alliance between two proud states – if they will allow it.
One question. Two paths. A choice that will make history.
Katherine de Valois, a political bride for Henry V who managed to snatch some happiness with Owen Tudor in her tragic life. Katherine Swynford whose liaison with John of Gaunt was so much more than a light-hearted love affair, bringing with it the taint of sin and massive disapproval. Elizabeth of Lancaster whose marriage to John Holand dragged her into the depths of treason with husband set against brother. How much these women had to say, when given the opportunity to do so.
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About the Author.
Anne O'Brien was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire. After gaining a B.A. Honours degree in History at Manchester University and a Masters in Education at Hull, she lived in the East Riding for many years as a teacher of history.
After leaving teaching, Anne decided to turn to novel writing and give voice to the silent medieval women who fascinated her.
Today Anne lives in an eighteenth century cottage in Herefordshire, an area full of inspiration for her work.