Since there are no historical fiction releases this week, I thought I would give you some more to add to your wishlists! You can thank me (or curse me) later...
Mistress to the Crown by Isolde Martyn. So far this one seems to be available only in Australia (release February 1 2013).
The day Lord Hastings came into her husband’s store, Elizabeth saw the opportunity she had waited twelve years for — a way to separate herself once and for all from her dull, impotent husband, William Shore. The handsome stranger presented not only the chance to partake in the dance of desire, but legal counsel to annul her 12-year marriage.
She did not, however, foresee her introduction to the King of England, nor her future at his side…and in his bed. From this unlikely alliance, Elizabeth is granted severance from Shore, and finds herself flourishing in the radiance of the King’s admiration. But she soon finds that her new position comes at a terrible price — her family has shunned her, the people of London have labelled her a harlot and the Queen’s family want her to burn in Hell.
So long as King Edward and Lord Hastings stay close, Elizabeth is safe. However, her beloved Ned falls ill and Lord Hastings falls out of favour. Can Elizabeth's wiles keep her out of trouble? Or will they lead her to further trouble...and the hangman's noose?
The second book in The Accursed Kings - the series that inspired A Song of Ice and Fire by bestselling author George R.R. Martin
Imprisoned in Chateau Gaillard, Marguerite of Burgundy has fallen into disgrace. Her infidelity has left her estranged husband, King Louis X of France, with neither heir nor wife, and few options left to remedy his situation.
Blood Between Queens by Barbara Kyle. US and UK release date April 30, 2013.
Following her perilous fall from a throne she’d scarcely owned to begin with, Mary, Queen of Scots, has fled to England hoping her cousin, Queen Elizabeth, will grant her asylum. Justine Thornleigh is thrilled by Queen Elizabeth’s visit to her family’s estate until festivities are cut short by Mary’s arrival. To Justine’s surprise, the Thornleighs appoint her to serve as a spy in Mary’s court. But bearing the guise of a lady-in-waiting is not Justine’s only secret. Her fiancé has no idea that she is the daughter of his family’s greatest rival. Deeply conflicted and in constant danger, Justine must navigate the labyrinth of betrayal that could lead to the end of Elizabeth’s fledgling reign…
The Ill Made Knight by Christian Cameron. UK release May 16, 2013.
William Gold comes into the world as his family slides down the social ladder. His head filled with tales of chivalry, instead he is branded a thief, and must make do with being squire to his childhood friend Sir Robert, a knight determined to make a name for himself as a man at arms in France. While William himself slowly acquires the skills of knightly combat, he remains an outsider - until the Battle of Poitiers when Sir Robert is cut down by the greatest knight of the age, Sir Geoffry de Charny, and William, his lowly squire, revenges him.
But with his own knight dead, no honour acrrues to William for this feat of arms, and he is forced to become a mercenary. Scavenging a mis-matched set of armour from the knightly corpses, he joins one of the mercenary companies now set to pillage a defenceless France, and so begins a bloody career that sees William joining forces with the infamous Sir John Hawkwood and immersing himself in a treacherous clandestine war among the Italian city states. But paradoxically it is there, among the spies, assassins and hired killers serving their ruthless masters, that William finally discovers the true meaning of chivalry - and his destiny as a knight.
Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson. US reissue May 28, 2013.
With her king a captive and her coffers drained, England is left in turmoil during the Crusades. After the death of her father in the Holy Land, Lady Marian of Ravenskeep finds herself alone and at the mercy of men vying for her lands and her beauty. Thrust into games of political intrigue, the sheltered knight’s daughter soon learns to trust no one…
Afforded a hero’s homecoming, Sir Robert of Locksley returns from the Crusades a shattered man. In a country he barely recognizes, one torn apart by treachery and betrayal, he finds in Marian a kindred soul. Their quest for justice will take them into the depths of Sherwood Forest, where the dream of a new England will be born…
Lady of Sherwood by Jennifer Roberson. US reissue June 25, 2013.
Robert of Locksley, the handsome son of a respected Earl, has long battled the tyranny of Prince John—a man as weak as he is cruel. Now that power has shifted even more firmly into John’s hands, and Robert has no choice but to fight as an outlaw—as Robin Hood. Lady Marian of Ravenskeep has fled into the depths of Sherwood Forest.
There, amid wild woods, she will be transformed from lady to warrior—as Robin Hood’s partner in stealing John’s gold. But all who breathe know the penalty for such theft is hanging. As the Sheriff’s army pursues them, Robin Hood and Marian face danger at every turn…and discover a shared passion that will join their hearts forever.
The Queens Rivals by Brandy Purdy. US release July 2013. Will be released in the UK in September 2013 as The Fallen Queen by Emily Purdy.
In an age when royal blood can be as much a danger as a blessing, Lady Jane Grey and her sisters, Katherine and Mary, are pawns for unscrupulous men. Jane lives for learning and tries to hide her beauty beneath plain clothes. But her parents’ ambitions compel Jane to marry the frivolous Guildford Dudley. When Dudley’s father persuades Edward VI to make Jane his heir and disinherit the princesses Mary and Elizabeth, her fate is sealed…
Jane’s younger sisters have never coveted a crown, yet they are seen as possible rivals for Elizabeth’s throne. Forbidden to marry, they are kept at court under the Queen’s watchful eye. But love will prove too powerful a lure to resist, and each struggles to choose her own destiny—while keeping her life.
Emperor: The Blood of Gods by Conn Iggulden. US and UK release July 2, 2013.
Rome’s great hero Julius Caesar has been brutally murdered by his most trusted allies. While these self-appointed Liberatores seek refuge in the senate, they have underestimated one man: Caesar’s adopted son Octavian, a man whose name will echo through history as Augustus Caesar. Uniting with his great rival Mark Antony, Octavian will stop at nothing to seek retribution from the traitors and avenge his father’s death.
His greatest hatred is reserved for Brutus, Caesar’s childhood friend and greatest ally, now leader of the conspirators.
As the people take to the streets of Rome, the Liberatores must face their fate. Some flee the city; others will not escape mob justice. Not a single one will die a natural death. And the reckoning will come for Brutus on the sweeping battlefield at Philippi.
The fifth and final installment of the bestselling Emperor series by Conn Iggulden.
Lady of the Glen by Jennifer Roberson. US reissue July 30, 2013.
Bestselling author Jennifer Roberson once again captures readers' hearts and imaginations in this haunting, lyrical tale of an era of savagery and splendor. Set against the heather-strewn hills of a divided Scotland, here is the story of a man and a woman whose love cannot be denied."Lady Of The Glen" is the spellbinding story of Catriona Campbell's enduring passion for Alasdair Og MacDonald, the second-born son of her clan's most powerful foe, the Laird of Glencoe. Enemies from birth, Catriona and Alasdair know from the moment they meet that they will lie in each other's arms someday. But their love, for centuries forbidden, comes at the most dangerous of times, as they become pawns of war...and of history.