Monday, March 16, 2015

Upcoming Releases in Historical Fiction

M├ędicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois by Sophie Perinot

Release Date: December 1, 2015

It's the winter of 1564 and the beautiful young Princess Margot is summoned to her mother's household, where her true education begins in earnest. Known across Europe as Madame la Serpente, Queen Catherine is an intimidating and unmoving presence in France, even as her country recovers from the first of many devastating religious wars. Among the crafty nobility of Queen Catherine's royal court, Margot learns the intriguing and unspoken rules she must live by to please her manipulative family.

Eager to be an obedient daughter, Margot embraces her role as a pawn to be married off to the most convenient bidder. Despite her loyalty, Margot finds herself charmed by the powerful and charismatic Duc de Guise and falls for him even as she is promised to another. Finally setting aside her happiness for duty, Margot leaves the man she loves for Henri of Navarre, a Huguenot leader and a notorious heretic. Yet Queen Catherine's schemes are endless, and Margot's brother plots vengeance in the streets of Paris. Forced to choose between her family and what's right, Margot at last finds the strength within herself to forge her own destiny.

Empire of the Moghul: Traitors in the Shadows by Alex Rutherford

Release Date: April 9, 2015

A new emperor, Aurangzeb, sits on India's glittering Peacock Throne - the throne he seized from his father while the old emperor still lived. He has paid for it with blood: during the brutal civil war he hunted down and killed his brothers. Now he must return the Moghul Empire to the true path and achieve new glory. But the exercise of great power is isolating. With enemies everywhere, who should he trust? Certainly not his sons. He must rely on himself and the knowledge that there are more ways to subdue a man than on the battlefield.But as the years pass memories haunt him - memories of a father who never loved him and a mother who lies in the Taj Mahal; of murdered brothers and of sons and daughters locked in sunless prisons. He tells himself that everything he has done has been necessary - moral, even. But how will his God judge him?

The Chosen Queen (Queens of the Conquest 1) by Joanna Courtney

Release Date: May 7, 2015

As a young woman in England's royal court, Edyth, granddaughter of Lady Godiva, dreams of marrying for love. But political matches are rife while King Edward is still without an heir and the future of England is uncertain.

When Edyth's family are exiled to the wild Welsh court, she falls in love with the charismatic King of Wales - but their romance comes at a price and she is catapulted onto the opposing side of a bitter feud with England. Edyth's only allies are Earl Harold Godwinson and his handfasted wife, Lady Svana.

As the years pass, Edyth finds herself elevated to a position beyond even her greatest expectations. She enjoys both power and wealth but as her star rises the lines of love and duty become more blurred than she could ever have imagined. As 1066 dawns, Edyth is asked to make an impossible choice. Her decision is one that has the power to change the future of England forever . . .

The Curse of Anne Boleyn: A Novel by C.C. Humphreys

Release Date: May 5, 2015

The captivating sequel to The French Executioner pits father against son in the quest for Anne Boleyn's famed six-fingered hand

Nearly 20 years have passed since Anne Boleyn's death. But her missing hand-and the supernatural powers it supposedly possesses-still compel the powerful to seek it. In 16th-century Europe, no one is more desperate for power than the Inquisition's merciless leaders. Jean Rombaud, the doomed queen's famed executioner, is appalled when he discovers his son Gianni has been murdering for their cause. Now, Gianni's masters are determined to secure the elusive relic. But only three people know where it's buried, and one of them is Jean Rombaud...

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