Thwarted Queen by Cynthia S.Haggard

Book Description

THWARTED QUEEN is a portrait of a woman trapped by power, a marriage undone by betrayal, and a King brought down by fear. 

Cecylee is the apple of her mother’s eye. The seventh daughter, she is the only one left unmarried by 1424, the year she turns nine. In her father’s eyes, however, she is merely a valuable pawn in the game of marriage. The Earl of Westmorland plans to marry his youngest daughter to 13-year-old Richard, Duke of York, who is close to the throne. He wants this splendid match to take place so badly, he locks his daughter up…

What is Being Said :  

Thwarted Queen is a captivating read right from the start.  The author’s smooth writing style and ability to capture the slightest detail lingering even within the silent moments is what renders this tale almost more breathtaking than the history itself.  In addition, the battles and conflicts of this whole epic time are a perfect blend of history, saga and romance – with Cecylee at the forefront of it all.  Extremely interesting and cleverly written-I was completely enthralled!” From the Historical Novel Society “Haggard delivers a swift epic that is both entertaining and informing. The writing is crisp and clear, the characters well-defined, and the emotion overflowing.” From the US Review “Gripping, well-researched historical novel, revealing a violent age. Cecylee and the other characters are well-drawn, with great subtlety and depth.” Lindsay Townsend, author of TO TOUCH THE KNIGHT. “The pacing is phenomenal.  Thwarted Queen is reminiscent of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude.  I anxiously await a second book.” Philip Tang of Philip Tang Review.

Excerpt on Amazon

Interview with the author, Cynthia Haggard

You mention you read Jean Plaidy and Georgette Heyer as a child – can you remember your first contact with history as a child? Something that triggered off your passion for history and which led you to read these and other authors? I grew up in England, which is filled with history. I remember trips to St. Albans and Bath to see Roman ruins, and I remember struggling up various spiral stairs in castles. Ruined abbeys are also a part of the landscape. So it was all around me. I used to stand and look at the beautiful English countryside and imagine people from the past. It was easy to do. What attracted you first to the period you write in? The Middle Ages is presented as a very romantic period, full of knights and fair ladies. It seems glamorous and very civilized. It is also interesting that illustrations for Fairy Tales often use the costumes from the 15th century, the period of Cecylee’s life. So it has a lot to it that initially, I found very attractive. What inspired you to write about Cecylee Neville in particular?

Edward IV Plantagenet (1442-1483)
Edward IV Plantagenet (1442-1483) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was watching a BBC program about the princes in the Tower, given by Tony Robinson, when he casually mentioned that historian Michael K. Jones had discovered some evidence that Edward IV of England was illegitimate. The evidence was that Cecylee’s husband, Richard Duke of York was not around in July-August 1441 when Edward would have been conceived. (He was born April 28, 1442). My immediate question was, what on earth did Cecylee say to her husband, when he returned from his summer campaign of fighting the French?

(Interview in full on AuthorsAnon Newsletter)

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