Image of The King's Concubine: A Novel of Alice Perrers

THE KING'S CONCUBINE

Image of The King's Concubine: A Novel of Alice Perrers
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Though history often maligns Alice Perrers, O’Brien gives her the opportunity to “tell it like it is,” and the fascinating portrait of a strong, intelligent, financially savvy woman emerges. This colorful and convincing picture will change the way the world sees a royal mistress.

Alice Perrers finds an opportunity for both wealth and fame when, at 15, she becomes a part of Queen Philippa’s court and catches the eye of King Edward III. They keep their liaison secret until after the queen’s death. The aging Edward gives Alice everything she could desire, and Alice uses her intelligence to secure her financial security. Her strength and wealth bring about terrible consequences when Edward dies and she is brought to trial. Only the intervention of Sir William Windsor helps Alice and brings her the love she truly craves. (NAL, Jun., 433 pp., $15.00)
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Kathe Robin