Royal Mistress

Royal Mistress From the author of A Rose for the Crown and Daughter of York comes another engrossing historical novel of the York family in the Wars of the Roses telling the fascinating story of the rise and fall o

  • Title: Royal Mistress
  • Author: Anne Easter Smith
  • ISBN: 9781451648621
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the author of A Rose for the Crown and Daughter of York comes another engrossing historical novel of the York family in the Wars of the Roses, telling the fascinating story of the rise and fall of the final and favorite mistress of Edward IV.Jane Lambert, the quick witted and alluring daughter of a silk merchant, is twenty two and still unmarried When Jane s father fFrom the author of A Rose for the Crown and Daughter of York comes another engrossing historical novel of the York family in the Wars of the Roses, telling the fascinating story of the rise and fall of the final and favorite mistress of Edward IV.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 but her heart belongs to another Marriage doesn t stop Jane Shore from flirtation, however, and when the king s chamberlain and friend, Will Hastings, comes to her husband s shop, Will knows his King 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 that of Jane Shore and Will Hastings, hang in the balance.This dramatic tale has been an inspiration to poets and playwrights for 500 years, and 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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    1. Although Elizabeth Woodville, Queen of Edward IV, is known for her perhaps unscrupulous catching of Edward’s eye; he is more so to blame if looking at his track record of sexual debauchery. Anne Easter Smith follows the course of Jane Shore, his last and possibly most well-known, concubine in “Royal Mistress”.Immediate credit must be given to Smith’s inclusion of a list of characters forthright which clearly depicts which are true to history and which are fictional. This is quite useful [...]

    2. 3.5 starsDespite the fact that few details of the private life of Jane Shore are actually known, she has nonetheless been the subject of a number of plays and historical novels, including The Goldsmith’s Wife by Jean Plaidy, and now this, the latest novel from Anne Easter Smith.Born Elizabeth Lambert, Jane was born into a reasonably well-to-do merchant’s family, and was married to William Shore, who was – like her father - a mercer by trade (and not a goldsmith as had been believed until f [...]

    3. Thing is, I really wanted to like this book. It has a lot of elements of books I enjoy: English royalty, fascinating historical period, lots of descriptions of clothing, outsider perspective (you don't get much more outsider than a commoner mistress), but it never really coalesced for me.Jane Shore is the "favorite mistress" of King Edward IV, he of the Wars of the Roses. She rose from being a commoner, daughter of a merchant (portrayed here as running a fabric shop) as she gained the attention [...]

    4. Anne Easter Smith is one of my favorite authors. She writes stories that take place in one the time periods in England I enjoy reading about. When I saw this book as a giveaway, I was so excited to discover I had won it. As soon as I received it in the mail, I was literally jumping for joy. This story takes place during Edward IV rule of England. For those who know the history, even though he was married to a beautiful woman and had many children by her, he had an appetite for woman and he ofte [...]

    5. Summary:Jane Lambert is the daughter of a textile mercer. At age 22 she is unmarried. Her parents, especially her pious and controlling father wants her to be married and out of his home. Any sexuality in his view is despicable and sin. When he looks at his daughter his eyes show hatred. On the other hand Jane's younger sister Isabel is the father's darling. Jane is happy to be unmarried; although she pines for love, or rather a lover who will sweep her off her feet and out of the controlling ho [...]

    6. This is the story of Jane Shore, Edward IV's mistress. Told from her perspective, we get to see down and dirty how difficult it was for a woman of intelligence, wit, and beauty to survive on her own. Does Jane set out to be a concubine to the king? No, she wants what others have - an adoring husband, and children. But her father marries her off to a much older man who is anything but lusty! There are few choices in Jane's era, and when she catches the eye of one of Edward's closest advisors, as [...]

    7. The problem with movies like Minions or Penguins of Madagascar is that as awesome as these characters are, they just can’t carry a whole story by themselves. As side characters, they bring an excellent amount of spice to the overall plot, but make them the main characters, and it starts to feel like eating an entire cup of powdered sugar straight.I think Jane Shore might fall into the same category. As excellent an addition she makes to your average War of the Roses story as a side character, [...]

    8. I love stories - including historical novels- about the 'whore with the heart of gold'From Rahab, the harlot to heroine who hid the Hebrew spies in Jericho to Julia Robert's Pretty Woman. I have long loved Mistress Jane Shore, described as 'the merriest whore in court' the beloved mistress of Edward IVJane Shore appears in the 1955 Laurence Olivier of Shakespeare's Richard III , played by Pamela Brown, in a role where she appears but only speaks one line 'Good morrow'Jean Plaidy's The Goldsmith' [...]

    9. Anne Easter Smith has done it again.As a huge fan of Anne Easter Smith’s, I eagerly looked forward to reading “Royal Mistress” after thoroughly enjoying each of her previous novels. I have yet to come across an author who makes history and its characters come alive the way she does.This is the story of Jane Shore, the favored mistress of Edward IV. It is a compelling story about not just the mistress of a king, but much more than that. It is the story of a multi-faceted and intriguing woma [...]

    10. Anne Easter Smith writes fascinating historical fiction about some of the most intriguing characters. People that you only read about in history books beautifully come to life in the pages of her books, and her newest, Royal Mistress, is no exception!Royal Mistress mainly follows Jane Shore, a simple merchant's daughter who catches the eye of the Queen's son, Tom Grey. They are both married (or are about to be married) and Jane doesn't want to stoop to being his mistress, so they part ways. Seve [...]

    11. This is my second novel by Anne Easter Smith, the first being Queen by Right. In this tale Ms. Easter Smith tells the story of Jane Shore, Edward IV's last mistress. Jane was the daughter of a mercer (basically a fabric seller) who was apparently beautiful, smart and born into the wrong time. Smart women were not fully appreciated in a time that saw them as not much more than brood mares. Her father married her off to another mercer but they were not well matched and she soon caught the eye of t [...]

    12. Royal Mistress is an absorbing tale about Jane Lambert, the daughter of a mercer who becomes the mistress of King Edward IV and other noblemen in the fifteenth century. Born with the gift of beauty, Jane easily turns heads and attracts the attention of every man she encounters. When she meets Thomas Grey, the Marquess of Dorset, Jane falls irretrievably in love. He betroths her to William Shore, a much older, but wealthy merchant. Jane soon discovers her husband is impotent and her eye begins to [...]

    13. ------ I received this book from Edelweiss and the publisher for my honest review-----I have eagerly read all of Anne Easter Smith’s books. Ever since I found and read The King's Grace I jump at any chance to read one of her books. And I have to say that Royal Mistress was a joy to read. Once I started I couldn't stop till I finished the book. I like learning about Jane Shore, after all I have known of this lady from reading other books about King Edward and so I knew who she was but not reall [...]

    14. 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, Ja [...]

    15. 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 Easte [...]

    16. I absolutely loved Jane! She was spunky and charming all at the same time. I could easily identify with her as a reader and wanted to read more about her love life. I was captivated by her and was rooting for her to find love especially after such a loveless marriage with William Shore.This book stated off a little rocky for me. I felt like I was just dropped into a story without a lot of preamble. For me personally, the very beginning of the novel was a little disorientating and rough, but once [...]

    17. Lately I've immersed myself in the Wars of the Roses period of English history, and this was another informative and enjoyable read. In her Author's Note, Smith writes, "From mid-April to July 1483 are four of the most confusing and puzzling months in English history," and this period continues to fascinate. Novels about it that I've read are Daughter of Time (a classic by Josephine Tey) and A Rose for the Crown (also by Smith), as well as the nonfiction book Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the [...]

    18. Typical AESmith. This was about Jane Shoree famous mistress of Edward who had to walk through the streets of London in her undergarments as punishment for being a whore. I enjoyed some pages and skimmed some pages. It dragged on. AES is an author who proudly supports Richard III and she doesn't hide those feelings. Overall ehhh.

    19. Nope, not a winner in my books. I didn't like Edward in this, and despised Richard. Author tried a bit too hard to make sure Jane was the plucky heroine.

    20. Story of Jane Shore, a mistress to King Edward IV (married to Elizabeth Woodville, a supposed witch. Their two sons are the ones who go missing from the tower after Edwards death, and Elizabeth and daughters are in sanctuary. edwards brother Richard was supposed to be guardian of the boys, one of them the future king. richard becomes king when boys go missing). After Edwards death, jane becomes the mistress of Will Hastings, the kings chamberlain, who has been in love with her for years. When ri [...]

    21. I loved this book. Anne Easter Smith is a terrific author. She keeps the story flowing and it is hard to put her books down. I didn't know really anything about Jane Shore other than what I had read and saw in the White Queen series. She does not come across as a woman you like in that scenario. Once you have read Royal Mistress you see what a strong woman she is and what she did to survive. It shed a whole new light on Mistress Shore and I look forward to reading more.

    22. My audible, good story. Jane married to an impotent husband. Will friend of king Edward, sees her and wants her for his mistress. She becomes Kings mistress for 8 years. Then Williams. She married a lawyer of King Richard.

    23. I love stories - including historical novels- about the 'whore with the heart of gold'From Rahab, the harlot to heroine who hid the Hebrew spies in Jericho to Julia Robert's Pretty Woman. I have long loved Mistress Jane Shore, described as 'the merriest whore in court' the beloved mistress of Edward IVJane Shore appears in the 1955 Laurence Olivier of Shakespeare's Richard III , played by Pamela Brown, in a role where she appears but only speaks one line 'Good morrow'Jean Plaidy's The Goldsmith' [...]

    24. Okay, so, to be fair, I have read one other book by this author and my review would be two stars instead of one if I had not already read something by her. And maybe I should have known from the title of this book that it might be vapid, but titles can be deceiving. Spoilers ahead. I also read A Rose for York and will have spoilers for that as well.Main character is a terrific Mary Sue. In a Rose for York, it kept getting more and more intense until it became unbelievable. In Royal Mistress, I r [...]

    25. I have read all of Anne Easter Smith's novels and therefore by now I know that I need to go into them with the understanding that she has strong Richardian sympathies. What made this one uniquely different however was that by telling Jane Shore's story Ms Smith was having to look through the eyes of a character who had every reason to hate Richard III. I'm sure this must have been somewhat difficult for the author considering she feels as strongly as she does of Richard's good nature. Therefore [...]

    26. I decided to read this because in most novels set during the Wars of the Roses, Jane Shore tends to get a brief mention here and there whereas she is the main character in this book. I thought it would be interesting to see her in the limelight and check how the author developed her character.Reading some of the other reviews I see a mixed reaction to this version of Mistress Shore. I liked the character presented here, but found some of her words to Edward IV too unbelievable. Some of her remar [...]

    27. You may have heard of my anglophilic tendencies before, I LOVE historical fiction revolving around the English royals! There are some who fascinate me more than others, namely Anne Boleyn, but part of this story also deals with one of the greatest mysteries in my opinion: what happened to the two little princes in the Tower? Elizabeth Woodville and Edward's sons. I'd already 'met' most of the players in The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory, but I'd never heard of Jane Shore before and I [...]

    28. Royal MistressBy Anne Easter SmithSummery courtesy of From the author of A Rose for the Crown and Daughter of York comes another engrossing historical novel of the York family in the Wars of the Roses, telling the fascinating story of the rise and fall of the final and favorite mistress of Edward IV.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 [...]

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