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The Queen from Provence | [Jean Plaidy]

The Queen from Provence

Marguerite, eldest daughter of the Count of Provence, married a king of France - and now her sister Eleanor is determined to make just as grand a match. Good fortune and wily cunning bring her Henry of England. He is a good and generous husband, but a weak king. He rules a nation that still remembers his cruel and foolish father, King John. As Henry showers gifts on his new bride, his extravagance forces him to levy ever-greater taxation on the land, and the spectre of a revolt soon looms against him.
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Marguerite, eldest daughter of the Count of Provence, married a king of France - and now her sister Eleanor is determined to make just as grand a match. Good fortune and wily cunning bring her Henry of England.

He is a good and generous husband, but a weak king. He rules a nation that still remembers his cruel and foolish father, King John. As Henry showers gifts on his new bride, his extravagance forces him to levy ever-greater taxation on the land, and the spectre of a revolt soon looms against him. For Simon de Montfort, the adventurer who will give England its first true parliament, the hour of destiny is at hand...

©1978 Jean Plaidy; (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd

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"Jean Plaidy conveys the texture of various patches of the past with such rich complexity." (Guardian)
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