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By Jean Plaidy

A personal conflict rages at court docket for the affections of a childless queen, who needs to quickly identify her successor--and hence make sure the way forward for the British Empire.   it's the starting of the eighteenth century and William of Orange is demise. quickly Anne is topped queen, yet to courtroom insiders, the identify of the approaching sovereign is Sarah Churchill. appealing, outspoken Sarah has bewitched Anne and believes she is invincible--until she installs her terrible cousin Abigail Hill into court docket as royal chambermaid.   simple Abigail turns out the least most likely challenger to Sarah’s position in her highness’s affections, yet problem it she does, in stealthy but bold methods. whereas Anne engages in her deepest tug-of-war, the country is enthusiastic about one other, extra public conflict: succession. Anne is sickly and childless, the final of the Stuart line.   This ultimate novel of the Stuarts from Jean Plaidy weaves larger-than-life characters via a gloomy maze of intrigue, love, and destruction, with not anything below the way forward for the British Empire at stake.

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And what was more important she was no pusher. She would keep her place and not attempt to curry favour with the Princess as some of the others did. She was so colourless (apart, thought Sarah with a snort of amusement, from her nose) and so quiet that one scarcely noticed she was there. Sarah had tested this by asking the Princess what she thought of the new chamber woman. ” “My dear Mrs. ” “You have done me so many favours, Mrs. Freeman. ” “And you have found nothing amiss? ” “My dear, dear Mrs.

I believe I was meant to be a mother. I cannot tell you, Hill, even though I know you understand me as few do … but even you cannot know what the loss of my boy meant to me. I should have been happy if all my children had lived. What a large family I should have, Hill, and the Prince says there is no reason why we should not have many more. A big family … yet. You see, he would be such a good father to them. The Prince is a kind, indulgent man, Hill. Never allow anyone to tell you otherwise. But sometimes I think that if God is to continue denying me children of my body He has a reason and it came to me last night, Hill, that I shall be the Mother of my people.

Anne threw off her lethargy; she was at his bedside night and morning; her grief was terrible, but it gave her a dignity she had not shown before. Abigail remembered the day the little Duke died, for she believed it was a turning point in her life. The Princess Anne came to her apartments, Prince George of Denmark was with her, and they held hands like two lost children from whom all the joy of living had been removed. Afterwards Prince George went to his apartments and the Princess was alone. She did not want to see anyone—not even Lady Marlborough.

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