By Jean Plaidy
A deepest conflict rages at courtroom for the affections of a childless queen, who needs to quickly identify her successor--and hence verify the way forward for the British Empire.
it's the starting of the eighteenth century and William of Orange is death. 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 terrible cousin Abigail Hill into courtroom as royal chambermaid.
simple Abigail turns out the least most probably 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 deepest tug-of-war, the state is enthusiastic 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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Lady Marlborough was watching her. She smiled and murmured her thanks. Only Alice, who knew her so well, would know of the despair in her heart, and that she would guess; there was no sign of anything but abject gratitude on the plain features of Abigail Hill. The furniture was sold and, with the very little money it had realized between them, the three Hills left the house in which their parents had died, and set out to make their fortunes: John to school; Alice to Campden House where the Duke of Gloucester had his household; and Abigail, after saying a sad farewell to her brother and sister, to take the coach to St.
Indeed they are not,” retorted Henrietta fiercely. “Queen Mary went to a play. King Charles was always there and so was King James. The King does not go but that is because he hates anything that is gay and amusing. ” said Elizabeth with a laugh. So Lady Marlborough talked carelessly of the King before her children, thought Abigail, and was once more astonished that one who was so careless and so vulgar could have made such a position for herself at Court. “Queen Mary went to a play by Dryden,” said Henrietta.
He smiled at her so charmingly that she answered that she was. She was glad that he was in the house even though it did mean that the candles were doused early and every economy must be practised. It seemed strange to Abigail that a man who, according to his wife, was a genius capable of holding the highest post in the country should be concerned about the consumption of candles; but she accepted this as one of the idiosyncrasies of the great and was thankful for his presence. The Earl had been in the house less than a week when the Marlborough outriders arrived at the house to say that the Countess of Marlborough was on her way.