The Fatal Crown: A Novel

The Fatal Crown: A Novel

by Ellen Jones
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The Fatal Crown: A Novel by Ellen Jones

Against the seething political intrigues of twelfth-century Europe, two royal heirs surrender to passion as they vie for the English throne.
 At nine, Maud, an English princess, was sent to Germany to become the bride of the Holy Roman Emperor—a political alliance with a man her father’s age. At twenty-five, the widowed Maud must marry once again, this time to fourteen-year-old Geoffrey Plantagenet. But it is with Stephen of Blois, Maud’s fiercest rival for the British throne, that the headstrong princess discovers the true meaning of desire.   Stephen, a descendant of William the Conqueror, believes absolutely in his God-given right to rule. Torn between his illicit passion for Maud and his own towering ambition, he knows he must choose. Stephen’s decision will wrench him from the arms of the woman he loves, ignite civil war, and lead to a shattering act of betrayal that, decades later, will come full circle and change the course of English history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453289099
Publisher: Open Road Media Romance
Publication date: 01/29/2013
Series: Queens of Love and War
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 538
Sales rank: 58,368
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Ellen Jones was born in New York City and raised in a family of history teachers and musicians, who exposed her to a variety of ideas, cultures, and lifestyles. After graduating from Bennington College, she spent a few years studying drama in graduate school, which led to her first writing efforts. After getting married and while raising two young children, Jones wrote two plays, one set in eighteenth-century Vermont and the other based on Japanese history. These two works were performed by the Honolulu Theatre for Youth in Hawaii. Jones and her family then moved to England,, where she fell in love with London and its colorful history. During her five years in England, Jones was able to explore the country; she also traveled throughout Europe, including a visit to the French region of Aquitaine. Her travels deepened her interest in history and the seeds of her novels began to take root. Jones made her fiction debut with The Fatal Crown (1991), a historical novel about the twelfth-century British princess Maud. This launched Jones’s trilogy about three strong, passionate, and self-willed founders of the Plantagenet empire: Maud, Henry, and Eleanor of Aquitaine. 

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The Fatal Crown 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Weaves historical facts, making it read like a novel; good pace and very interesting. If you are entranced with this period of British history or with the Plantagenets and Tudors this is one book not to be missed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Have never read a book like this b4 I usualy read Fantasy Fiction Books but I found this book to be excellent I read it in a little less than 3 days I couldn't put it down I was so interested in it I had to know what happened next I would recomend it to anyone its very good & It makes you feel like your right there with them...
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The book drew me in with the idea of star-crossed lovers. That they would actually usurp each other over the crown of England? The tension between them is well-played and it makes for an enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ellen Jones brings "history to life". Reader is able to keep the confusing drama of these times understandable and memorable.
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This was a well-written and very enjoyable read. I loved this book and look forward to reading more of this author's books.
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Great book! Loved every word of it.
pigletPB More than 1 year ago
I love Historical Fiction. This was a good story. If you like Phillia Gregory you will love this book. I can't wait for the next one!
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Kept me entertained - well written - great story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely wonderful! i could not stop reading it....Ellen Jones did a spectacular job on this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As the history part if accurate is too depressing and grafic details of same off putting last one i read had too much about llce and lack of sanitation and disposables hygene wise
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WELCOME!!! Ender Princess &crown