The King's Grace: A Novel

The King's Grace: A Novel

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by Anne Easter Smith
     
 

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The bestselling author of A Rose for the Crown and Daughter of York takes a young woman that history noticed only once and sets her on a quest for the truth about the murder of two boys and a man who claims to be king.

All that history knows of Grace Plantagenet is that she was an illegitimate daughter of Edward IV and one of two attendants aboard

Overview

The bestselling author of A Rose for the Crown and Daughter of York takes a young woman that history noticed only once and sets her on a quest for the truth about the murder of two boys and a man who claims to be king.

All that history knows of Grace Plantagenet is that she was an illegitimate daughter of Edward IV and one of two attendants aboard the funeral barge of his widowed queen. Thus, she was half sister of the famous young princes, who -- when this story begins in 1485 -- had been housed in the Tower by their uncle, Richard III, and are presumed dead.

But in the 1490s, a young man appears at the courts of Europe claiming to be Richard, duke of York, the younger of the boys, and seeking to claim his rightful throne from England's first Tudor king, Henry VII. But is this man who he says he is? Or is he Perkin Warbeck, a puppet of Margaret of York, duchess of Burgundy, who is determined to regain the crown for her York family? Grace Plantagenet finds herself in the midst of one of English history's greatest mysteries. If she can discover the fate of the princes and the true identity of Perkin Warbeck, perhaps she will find her own place in her family.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Smith's newest historical fiction (after Daughter of York) is a complex exploration of a turbulent period of English history, taking on one of its biggest mysteries: the fate of princes Edward and Richard, locked up in the Tower by Richard III. Protagonist Grace Plantagenet is the illegitimate daughter of Edward IV and had been confidant to his family-including her imprisoned half-brothers Edward and Richard. After Richard III is killed and the princes disappear, a man named Perkin Warbeck appears to challenge Henry VII, claiming to be the presumed dead Prince Richard. Determined to discover the truth of Warbeck's claim, Grace throws herself into the politics of the court, knowing that if Warbeck is Prince Richard, it could be drastic for Grace's family-especially for her half-sister Elizabeth of York, now Henry's queen. Examined through the eyes of a minor historical figure, Smith introduces readers to 15th-century political intrigue with thought, courage and honesty. Though her major historical figures (especially Henry VII) get the broad-brush treatment, Smith is careful to make Grace and her world detailed and engaging. (Mar.)

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Library Journal

What really happened to the Princes in the Tower? Were they murdered by Richard III? One of England's-and history's-greatest mysteries is the focus of Smith's (Daughter of York) latest historical novel. Grace Plantagenet, one of Edward IV's bastard daughters and half-sister to the boys, serves as our eyes and ears for the reign of Henry VII, the first Tudor king, leading us through the thrilling climax of the Wars of the Roses, a period ensconced in mystery, lies, romance, and danger. Smith's style of extensive research and meticulous attention to detail lends itself perfectly to this era, one that truly proves that "truth is stranger than fiction." Indeed, in choosing Grace as narrator, a figure about whom so little is known to history, Smith gives herself a unique opportunity to explore the many intrigues that surrounded the English monarchy at this time, while also giving readers an original and endearing character with her own engrossing tale to savor. Highly recommended for all historical fiction collections.
—Leigh Wright

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439158371
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
03/10/2009
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
128,989
File size:
936 KB

Meet the Author

A native of England, Anne Easter Smith has lived in the United States for more than forty years. She was the features editor at a newspaper in New York State and now lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts, with her husband, Scott. You can visit her website at AnneEasterSmith.com.

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The King's Grace 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
spitzlady More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I love history anyway, but this made it real. It seems to me that it's not only the men in power are the ones that cause trouble, it's also the women. I enjoyed Grace's story. I could only shake my head when her aunt Margaret caused so much trouble. I now want to read more about the War of the Roses.
jeffersonb73 More than 1 year ago
Why is the notorious fraud Harriet Klausner allowed to post fake reviews here when real customers writing real reviews are censored?
jms41 More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Anne Easter Smith and have read all 3 of them - A Rose for the Crown; Daughter of York and The Kings Grace. They all are excellent but I think I like the first one best. Look forward to the next one, Anne. Keep up the good work, and keep em coming!
Tracey Benson More than 1 year ago
Great book. I suggest anyone that enjoys historical fiction download this book. A must read!
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jdl-1 More than 1 year ago
Anne Easter Smith is a great story teller. She makes the book come alive. I have read her other three books about the York family and would recommend them all.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1485, Richard III, having incarcerated his two nephews Edward and Richard in the London Tower a few years earlier, dies in battle. Everyone including their illegitimate half-sister and frequent visitor Grace Plantagenet assumes the young York Princes who vanished were killed by him. Thus Henry of the House of Tudor claims the crown and ends the War of the Roses.

A few years later Perkin Warbeck arrives in London insisting he is the Duke of York, the younger Prince Richard and the rightful King of England, since he also claims his older sibling was killed by their uncle. Though her half-sister is the queen of King Henry VII and she herself is on the outer fringe of the court¿s retinue, Grace needs to know the truth whether Perkin is Richard or a ruse set in motion most likely by a bitter desperate Duchess Margaret to put the House of York back on the throne.

Using an ultra minor real person with links to all the major players in the late fifteenth century as an amateur sleuth, Anne Easter Smith provides the audience with a deep look at the fates of the two princes. The story line is driven by the heroine who wants to be truly accepted by her family as she figuratively swims the polluted Thames trying to determine if the claim is genuine. Fans will enjoy her efforts as Ms. Smith brings to life a court loaded down with Machiavellian-like politics and backstabbing while the major players on the English stage are given the minor treatment as support cast.

Harriet Klausner