By Jean Plaidy
A inner most conflict rages at court docket for the affections of a childless queen, who needs to quickly identify her successor--and therefore ascertain the way forward for the British Empire.
it's the starting of the eighteenth century and William of Orange is demise. quickly Anne is topped queen, yet to court docket insiders, the identify of the approaching sovereign is Sarah Churchill. attractive, outspoken Sarah has bewitched Anne and believes she is invincible--until she installs her negative cousin Abigail Hill into courtroom as royal chambermaid.
simple Abigail turns out the least most likely challenger to Sarah’s position in her highness’s affections, yet problem it she does, in stealthy but ambitious methods. whereas Anne engages in her inner most tug-of-war, the kingdom is passionate about one other, extra public conflict: succession. Anne is sickly and childless, the final of the Stuart line.
This ultimate novel of the Stuarts from Jean Plaidy weaves larger-than-life characters via a depressing maze of intrigue, love, and destruction, with not anything below the way forward for the British Empire at stake.
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The name was familiar. Her grandfather Sir John Jennings, she had heard her own father say, had had twenty-two children and one of these, Mary, had married a Francis Hill who was a merchant of London. Sarah had heard nothing of him since. One did not need to keep in touch with one’s merchant connections—except of course when they were likely to bring disrepute. Sarah made one of her prompt decisions. Something must be done about the Hills. It was too delicate a matter to delegate. She must deal with it herself.
His gentlemen friends remain at his side. I hear they enjoy themselves on Hollands Gin in the Hampton Banqueting House. ” “That is why it was a mistake to dress Gloucester up in all that finery. ” Veiled insolence! Sarah had never liked Barbara Fitzharding since the days when as young Barbara Villiers she had lived with the circle of girls, Sarah among them, who had been brought up by Barbara’s mother, with the young Princesses Anne and Mary in Richmond Palace. ” “He is being pampered. ” Was this a reflection on Barbara’s governess-ship?
His great relaxation was gambling and no amount of losses on horse racing could deter him. Consequently he was almost always in debt; but he was a brilliant politician.