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Royal Mistress: A Novel

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Jane Lambert, the quick-witted and alluring daughter of a silk merchant, is twenty-two and still unmarried. When Jane’s father finally finds her a match, she’s married off to the dull, older silk merchant William Shore. Marriage doesn’t stop Jane from flirtation, however, and when the king’s chamberlain, Will Hastings, comes to her husband’s shop, Will knows King Edward will find her irresistible.

Edward IV has everything: power, majestic bearing, superior military leadership, a...

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Overview

Jane Lambert, the quick-witted and alluring daughter of a silk merchant, is twenty-two and still unmarried. When Jane’s father finally finds her a match, she’s married off to the dull, older silk merchant William Shore. Marriage doesn’t stop Jane from flirtation, however, and when the king’s chamberlain, Will Hastings, comes to her husband’s shop, Will knows King Edward will find her irresistible.

Edward IV has everything: power, majestic bearing, superior military leadership, a sensual nature, and charisma. And with Jane as his mistress, he also finds true happiness. But when his hedonistic tendencies get in the way of being the strong leader England needs, his life, as well as those of Jane and Will Hastings, hangs in the balance. Jane must rely on her talents to survive as the new monarch, Richard III, bent on reforming his brother’s licentious court, ascends the throne.

This dramatic tale has been an inspiration to poets and playwrights for five hundred years, and, as told through the unique perspective of a woman plucked from obscurity and thrust into a life of notoriety, Royal Mistress is sure to enthrall today’s historical fiction lovers as well.

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"Anne Easter Smith is Queen of the 15th-century British scene, the chronicler of the endlessly fascinating and monstrously complex War of the Roses. . . . Meticulously researched and with a real sense of place and time — and pretty steamy."

“Anne Easter Smith creates a vivid tapestry of life in the slippery court of Edward IV and illuminates the masterful commoner mistress who survived by her instincts and charm."

Newburyport Current
"Anne Easter Smith is Queen of the 15th-century British scene, the chronicler of the endlessly fascinating and monstrously complex War of the Roses. . . . Meticulously researched and with a real sense of place and time — and pretty steamy."
Historical Novel Society
“A very readable, intriguing look at Jane as both a mistress and an intimate participant in the royal circle.”
The Washington Post
"This story of a freewoman makes for a refreshing change, and Easter Smith, who specializes in the mistress subgenre, includes some rich historical text."
Margaret George
“Anne Easter Smith creates a vivid tapestry of life in the slippery court of Edward IV and illuminates the masterful commoner mistress who survived by her instincts and charm."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451648621
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 489
  • Sales rank: 255,362
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 1.14 (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 May 25, 2013

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    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! Tales of Jane Shore ab

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!

    Tales of Jane Shore abound; Mistress to King Edward ,and Lord Hastings, scorned harlot who, under Richard III was forced to walk through London in her chemise holding a candle in repentance of her harlotry, but aside from Vanora Bennet's 2009 e"Figures In SIlk", the life of Jane Shore has not been the subject of much attention by writers. Perhaps that's because of the dearth of extant records about this fascinating woman, but in "Royal Mistress" Anne Easter Smith manages to provide an excellent idea of how Ms. Shore life may have lived.

    This book flows well, and I was loathe to put it aside when staying up any later would make my performance at work the next day suffer! The author bases her portrayal on historical records, and she weaves a very realistic tale of what the life of this silk merchant's daughter might have been like. Historical figures breath with life ! In addition, the book provides a realistic 'feel' for what sort lives the merchant class of this time might have lived.

    This book should please anyone historical history fan - as well as readers of very well written general fiction.
    It's a keeper!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2013

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    Jane Shore lived a harsh life! Rejected by her father, married t

    Jane Shore lived a harsh life! Rejected by her father, married to an impotent mercer, loved by many men but chosen by King Edward, she was grateful for the favors of her King.  Londoners and members of the Court grew to respect her because of her many acts of charity and care for those far less fortunate.  Jane is not one to involve herself in the political intrigues and betrayals of the Court, but she does relate them without bias.  After Edward's untimely end due to his own decadent lifestyle, Jane is accused of crimes that force her to undergo public penance; the accuser is Edward's brother, Richard, first Protector of the heir and then King after Edward's children are proven to be illegitimate.  Richard is given an interesting portrayal in this novel; determined to "clean up" the Court he is extremely harsh.  We also get an interesting take on the "disappearance" of the two Princes and an amazing execution ordered without the granting of a trial to Jane's second lover.  Yes, everything herein has been presented in other novels, but Anne Easter Smith's comprehensive depiction of all the significant characters and their alliances and betrayals is fascinating and unique.  Very, very well written and presented!  Highly recommended!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2014

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    Stunningly beautiful Jane Lambert, the daughter of a quasi-wealt

    Stunningly beautiful Jane Lambert, the daughter of a quasi-wealthy silk merchant, is twenty-two and divorced. Her father marries her off to a dull older merchant, but Jane has eyes for another: the King, the stepfather of her ex-husband. Jane quickly realizes the advantages of being the King’s Mistress. She becomes a well-known, loved, generous, and accepted woman, especially for those times. They are truly inseparable until his death just eight years later leaving her in a major dilemma, as the new King Richard is morally sound, leaving Jane struggling to find her place and survive. As she involves herself in a plan to remove the protectorate from Richard, it becomes apparent it just might be too much for her. Does she even fully realize what she has gotten herself into?

    ‘”William, William.” Edward purred. “Cast not out the mote from thine own eye… or however the scripture reads. And do not tell me you think about your poor wife when you are in bed with a trollop?”‘

    Royal Mistress started out a bit soft but quickly picks up the pace and fills Jane’s life with action and adventure as she still swoons over her ex, Tom Grey, and works to do what is right. Based upon factual historical events, Jane and the reign of King Edward IV packs as much excitement as King Henry’s family. You will not want to miss picking up this book!

    *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review
    *You can view the original review at San Francisco Book Review

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Wonderful

    As always Anne Easter Smith did a wonderful job writing Royal Mistress. Her characters and the late midieval period come alive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

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