Queen By Right

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From the award-winning author of A Rose for the Crown, Daughter of York, and The King?s Grace comes another masterful historical novel?the story of Cecily of York, mother of two kings and the heroine of one of history?s greatest love stories.

Anne Easter Smith?s novels are beloved by readers for their ability ?to grab you, sweep you along with the story, and make you fall in love with the characters.?
? In Cecily Neville, duchess of York and ...

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Overview

From the award-winning author of A Rose for the Crown, Daughter of York, and The King’s Grace comes another masterful historical novel—the story of Cecily of York, mother of two kings and the heroine of one of history’s greatest love stories.

Anne Easter Smith’s novels are beloved by readers for their ability “to grab you, sweep you along with the story, and make you fall in love with the characters.”
• In Cecily Neville, duchess of York and ancestor of every English monarch to the present day, she has found her most engrossing character yet.

History remembers Cecily of York standing on the steps of the Market Cross at Ludlow, facing an attacking army while holding the hands of her two young sons. Queen by Right reveals how she came to step into her destiny, beginning with her marriage to Richard, duke of York, whom she meets when she is nine and he is thirteen. Raised together in her father’s household, they become a true love match and together face personal tragedies, pivotal events of history, and deadly political intrigue. All of England knows that Richard has a clear claim to the throne, and when King Henry VI becomes unfit to rule, Cecily must put aside her hopes and fears and help her husband decide what is right for their family and their country. Queen by Right marks Anne Easter Smith’s greatest achievement, a book that every fan of sweeping, exquisitely detailed historical fiction will devour.

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“Anne Easter Smith knows how to deliver a journey of the heart.” —Sandra Worth, author of Pale Rose of England

“Intelligent, compelling and engaging, her novel is lively, believable historical fiction with a heroine readers will take to their hearts.” Romantic Times Book Reviews, Editor’s Top Pick

“Stunning…richly detailed…a delicious read.” —Library Journal

“Remarkably assured…a delightful, confident novel…a strong new voice in the field of historical romance.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Her most compelling and gripping novel yet…absolutely captivating, a tale you will want to read over and over again!” —Michelle Moran, author of Madame Tussaud

“All the makings of a proper medieval tale—familial betrayal, political scandal, savage wars, decapitations, and licentious affairs. . . . Fans of medieval historical fiction will undoubtedly appreciate this intimate portrayal of some of the era's key players.” -PublishersWeekly.com

"With her signature attention to detail, Smith fully fleshes out the life of this English lady and, through her eyes, skillfully dramatizes the thick of the Wars of the Roses. A master of historical accuracy and complex political intrigues." —Library Journal

“Well-researched and entertaining … Anne Easter Smith is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.…She seems to effortlessly bring the 15th century and Cecily Neville to life.” —Historical Novels Review

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Thanks in no small part to William Shakespeare, history recognizes Richard III, the last king in the Plantagenet dynasty and last ruler of the House of York. But less well remembered is his mother, Cecily of York. An intelligent, dynamic woman unafraid of speaking her mind, she and her husband, also Richard, were a rare love match in a time of marriage as social and political contract. With her signature attention to detail, Smith fully fleshes out the life of this English lady and, through her eyes, skillfully dramatizes the thick of the Wars of the Roses. A master of historical accuracy and complex political intrigues, the author suffers one surprising downfall here; at times flat and at times awkward, the romance between Cecily and Richard works best when the lovers are apart. VERDICT Though this latest is not quite as effortlessly engaging as Smith's previous novels (e.g., The King's Grace), her fans will enjoy it.—Leigh Wright, Bridgewater, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416550471
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 679,091
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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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  • Posted April 5, 2011

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    Anne Easter Smith continues her look at the turbulent Plantagenet period

    In 1423 when she was nine years old, Cecily Neville meets twelve years old Richard of York at her father's Raby Castle. Both are raised in her family's household and matched off in an arranged marriage in 1824. However their marriage proves to be one of endearing and enduring love. She accompanies him to Rouen where he becomes the governor general of France and she becomes friends with Joan, who informs her she will be the mother of kings. When King Henry VI suffers a breakdown and is unable to rule any longer, Richard returns home as the Protector. However, others seeing opportunity force him to flee to Ireland while his wife and children remain at Ludlow Castle. Holding the hands of her offspring, Cecily stares down the enemy until her husband returns to be named the heir to the throne.

    Anne Easter Smith continues her look at the turbulent Plantagenet period (see The King's Grave, A Rose for the Crown and Daughter of York) in this entertaining look at the monarch-maker (thirteen children with two becoming king). Bringing alive much of the fifteenth century through the heroine (she died at eighty) known for her brave stand during another of the civil wars of that era, fans will relish Queen by Right as the marriage of political convenience between the York and Neville families turns into an endearing enduring love match until his death in 1460.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

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    Awesome Heroine!

    Cecily Neville definitely came before her time. There's nothing more she enjoyed than a good hunt. Even though her marriage is arranged to Richard Plantagenet, she and Richard find true love together. Their love is really amazing to watch grow and mature. As many readers and students of past royalty know, this is seems to be quite unusual. She's definitely a strong character and one that I rooted through throughout the book. I really loved her character. Another interesting thing that I found was how Smith has Cecily meet the infamous Jeanne d'Arc, another historical figure that I'm very interested in. Although Smith admits that there is no documentation of them actually meeting other than that they happened to be in the same castle at the same time, it's interesting to see the meeting of a member of royalty (Cecily) and a peasant girl (Jeanne). I really enjoyed that part of the novel. Cecily is a different kind of character than many in typical historical fiction novels. She's strong and she really has a hand in her own fate, a choice that so many heroines in this age did not have. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Cecily. Bottom line: This book is perfect for those who wish to read a historical fiction where the damsel is not always in distress.

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  • Posted September 29, 2013

    This book has been on my shelf for a few years now and I knew on

    This book has been on my shelf for a few years now and I knew one day I would read it. Well a couple of ladies from my book club wanted to read it too so off we went to read it. This book was set in one of my favorite times periods that I enjoying reading about and learning more about. With that being said yes I did enjoy the book. I learned a lot about Cecily of York that I did not know, in fact I am not sure I knew who she was before I read this. What a very strong proud woman she was. Cecily endured a lot of sadness in her life with the loss of so many of her babies, but she kept her head held high. Richard and Cecily had such a love for each other which started out as a friendship when Richard came to live with her father. The friendship turned love was a rare thing in this time period as many if not most marriages of royalty was made for position not love. When Cecily lost Richard you just wanted to reach in an give her a big hug. Cecily was also lucky enough to have a very close friend and confidant in Constance which was her doctor. We were also able to see a soft side to Cecily when Piers (I think that was his name I have a horrible memory) jumped her and stole her ring but they caught him, she wanted to help him not punish him and he became a very loyal servant because of her kindness. I believe Cecily had a very level head on her shoulders and was able to help her husband in his life because of this, I am not sure her husband would have been who he was without her. Another thing that intrigued me was the addition of Joan of Arc in the story. This part could not have been left out though as it was a major part of Cecily's life and affected her for the rest of her life. I now want to read more about her as well as she sounds like a very interesting woman - more so than just the story she is famous for. Cecily was able to live long enough to see her son Edward find the thrown as Joan predicted she would. I don't know that Cecily thought anyone in her family would be king but she was happy when it happened. One more thing that I loved was the name given to Cecily - Proud Cis, she learned to not show her emotion in public and always held her head high and because of that she earned her nickname and people looked up to her and loved her. All in all a very good read for me even though the book was a large book to read, I don't think that anything could have been left out. 

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  • Posted November 8, 2012

    Great story, great heroine, loved it, loved it. Fasinating stor

    Great story, great heroine, loved it, loved it. Fasinating story detailed from beginning to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    Okey

    Not my favorite book, but it was okey

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  • Posted December 15, 2011

    good historical read

    long but engrossing book-will definately read more of her work-the best modern historically writer I have found

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2011

    Didn't like it

    It sounds like it'll be an interesting historical fiction but it's just about her and her husband having sex and her pregnancies and kids dieing/living. Not fun.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    very fictitiously and like a Hollywood movie

    3.5 Stars. My views are conflicting on this book? This is my second Easter Smith book "I loved A Rose for the Crown". In this novel the author tackles Cecily Neville, Duchess of York. I couldn't wait to indulge into Proud Cis' life.....wife of Richard of York and Mother to King's Edward IV and Richard III. AES writes sagas that could very easily be turned into a Sunday Night Movie or mini-series. She is very entertaining. On the negative, she writes very fictitiously and like a Hollywood movie over embellishes the truth to make her stories more exciting. This hurts her novel's credibility. I know this is historical fiction, but when certain things are historically known or documented, I like them to be factual in the book. Many things are accurate in this book, but there is a lot of over the top fiction. If you are looking for romance, this book has that. If you just want to be swept away, this book will do that also. There were parts that I loved and some parts that made me say "Please no, not the Jeanne "Joan" of Arc spirit again!" I recommend this if you like to be entertained, but if you are not into historical fluff, this is not for you.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    Great at the beginning

    I thought the storyline at the beginnimg was great with the young love but when it switched back and forth from "present" and the "past" in her thoughts it was confusing...also i felt the storyline became extremely boring towards the end. Overall it was pretty great but be sure to have patience!

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

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    A Historical Novel That Should NOT Be Missed!!!

    I am a HUGE fan of historical novels. And, I'm always excited to learn about new-to-me authors, especially those who can instantly pull me into their story. I was pleased to find that Anne Easter Smith was one such novelist after reading this FANTASTIC novel! Queen By Right is absolutely breath taking. It's rich in detail,history and a time gone by. Being transported into the pages of this rather larger book ( it IS big, but SO worth it!) was an indescribable feeling. Becoming acquainted with Cecily of York was an experience I won't soon forget, as I followed her life growing up and falling in love with her friend Richard. I felt myself transformed into a member of York, wearing the dresses, and seeing the dukes. FANTABULOUS feeling! If you are a history lover, then I suggest you grab a copy of this novel. While it is a huge book, please don't let that deter you from reading it. The writing style, and the life-likeness of the story and characters in this 5 star novel will leave you awe struck in the end. Anne Easter Smith is being added to my long growing list of favorite authors and I will be looking into her past and future works soon!

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