The Tudor Chronicles:
The Nymph from Heaven (Book One: 1501-1533)
Almost everyone knows that King Henry VIII of England had six wives and two daughters, but few realize that he also had two sisters. Both of King Henry’s sisters became queens through dynastic marriages, but their fates were very different. Margaret, King Henry’s elder sister, became Queen of Scotland, while Mary, his younger sister, became Queen of France. The Nymph from Heaven is a historical novel based on the life of Henry’s younger sister, Mary Tudor. Mary, not to be confused with her niece, “Bloody” Mary, graced the stage of European politics for only a few short years, but her story is a fascinating one. Born a beautiful princess into Tudor England in the late Middle Ages, Mary’s hand was sought in marriage from the age of three. But bound to duty by her high position, Mary knew that any match arranged for her would almost certainly take her out of England for marriage with a stranger in a foreign land. But Mary falls in love with a poor English knight, and is determined to marry him. Through many trials and tribulations, and against all odds, Mary marries her one true love. But the price may prove too high. The poignant prequel to Queen Mary Tudor's sad story, The Nymph from Heaven is NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE on Amazon!
The Baker’s Daughter (Book Two: 1533-1558)
The Baker's Daughter is the story of Queen Mary Tudor, Henry VIII and Katharine of Aragon’s ill-fated and unfortunate daughter. How did a sweet, beautiful princess, the apple of her father’s eye from birth, become the fearsome tyrant known as Bloody Mary? Mary’s tragic tale is told with an objectivity, sympathy and understanding that is reflected in the title of the book; the discontent of the English people with Mary’s proposed match with the Spaniard, King Philip of Spain, was cruelly expressed in a broadsheet circulating London at the time of Mary’s ill-fated marriage: “The baker’s daughter, in her russet gown; better than Queen Mary without her crown.” NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE on Amazon!
In High Places (Book Three: 1558-1587)
In High Places is the story of the epic power struggle between Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I of England, two queens, two cousins, two rivals, whose story has fascinated generations for almost five hundred years. But two queens could hardly have been more different. Mary, beautiful and headstrong, ruled with her heart, while Elizabeth, highly intelligent, clever and sly, ruled with her head. When Mary is forced to flee Scotland, she makes a fateful decision and crosses the border into England. And thus began almost two decades of imprisonment at her cousin’s hands, and which resulted in her execution. The story of Elizabeth and Mary is not only fascinating history, it is a cautionary tale for the use…or abuse…of great power. NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE on Amazon!
The Tudor Chronicles
The Tudor Chronicles brings forth the fascinating saga of a royal dynasty that changed the world so profoundly, we are still enthralled with its events, times and people almost five hundred years later. The saga begins in 1502 and tells the story of possibly the most famous love triangle in history, the results of which still ring down the centuries to us today.
The Tudor Chronicles consists of three full-length novels: The Nymph from Heaven, the story of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Katharine of Aragon, and Henry's younger sister, Mary Tudor Brandon; The Baker's Daughter continues the saga with the story of Queen Mary Tudor, Henry VIII and Katharine of Aragon's daughter, in two volumes; and In High Places, in which the saga continues with the story of Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots.
In The Nymph from Heaven, the tragic tale of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Katharine of Aragon is juxtaposed with the captivating story of Henry VIII's younger sister, Mary Tudor. Mary was born a beautiful princess in Tudor England and, by virtue of her high position, is expected to marry where she is told; most likely outside the realm of England. But Mary falls in love with a poor English knight and is determined to marry him.
The Baker's Daughter is the story of Queen Mary Tudor, Henry VIII and Katharine of Aragon's unfortunate daughter. How did a sweet, beautiful princess, the apple of her father's eye and beloved of the English people, become the fearsome tyrant known throughout the ages as Bloody Mary? Mary's tragic tale is told with a rare objectivity and sensitivity to the times in which she lived and ruled.
The Tudor Chronicles continues with In High Places, the story of the epic power struggle between Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I of England; two queens, two cousins, two rivals, whose story has fascinated generations for five centuries. But two women could hardly have been more different. Mary Stuart became queen of Scotland when she was barely six days old. Beloved by all who knew her, pampered and spoiled at the French royal court, Mary was sheltered by her powerful French relations. Elizabeth was at first regaled as a royal princess at the glittering Tudor court, only to be disowned by her Father, Henry VIII, when her mother, Anne Boleyn, fell from favor. Orphaned at age three by the judicial murder of her ill-fated mother when she failed to produce a male heir, Elizabeth was cast adrift in the dangerous world of 16th century Tudor politics; the young princess must learn to fend for herself using only her wits. As their lives unfold, a fateful juxtaposition becomes evident: Mary's star flashes brilliantly and then dies, while Elizabeth survives to become the most powerful sovereign that England has ever known. The reasons why these reversals of the fortunes of both women occurred has been pondered for centuries, but the reason may be quite simple; Mary ruled with her turbulent heart, while Elizabeth ruled with her head. The story of Elizabeth and Mary is not only great history; it is a cautionary tale for the use...and abuse...of great power. The books of The Tudor Chronicles may be downloaded on Amazon as a virtual box set of eBooks, or purchased individually in eBook or paperback.
This Mighty Realm (Book Four: 1587-1603)
This Mighty Realm is the fourth installment of The Tudor Chronicles. It is the story of the last years of Elizabeth's life, and her relationship with Robert Devereaux, the Earl of Essex. This Mighty Realm is in progress and the publication date is to be determined. The fifth and final book in the saga is as yet untitled; this prequel will take the reader back to the founding of the Tudor Dynasty. Both books will be added to The Tudor Chronicles box set as they are published.