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The King's Concubine: A Novel of Alice Perrers By Anne O'Brien The King s Concubine A Novel of Alice Perrers A child born in the plague year of abandoned and raised within the oppressive walls of a convent Alice Perrers refused to take the veil convinced that a greater destiny awaited her Ambitious a
  • Title: The King's Concubine: A Novel of Alice Perrers
  • Author: Anne O'Brien
  • ISBN: 9780451236807
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Paperback
  • The King's Concubine: A Novel of Alice Perrers By Anne O'Brien A child born in the plague year of 1348, abandoned and raised within the oppressive walls of a convent, Alice Perrers refused to take the veil, convinced that a greater destiny awaited her Ambitious and quick witted, she rose above her obscure beginnings to become the infamous mistress of Edward III But always, essentially, she was alone Early in Alice s life, a chancA child born in the plague year of 1348, abandoned and raised within the oppressive walls of a convent, Alice Perrers refused to take the veil, convinced that a greater destiny awaited her Ambitious and quick witted, she rose above her obscure beginnings to become the infamous mistress of Edward III But always, essentially, she was alone Early in Alice s life, a chance meeting with royalty changes everything Kindly Queen Philippa, deeply in love with her husband but gravely ill, chooses Alice as a lady in waiting Under the queen s watchful eye, Alice dares to speak her mind She demands to be taken seriously She even flirts with the dynamic, much older king But she is torn when her vibrant spirit captures his interestd leads her to a betrayal she never intended In Edward s private chambers, Alice discovers the pleasures and paradoxes of her position She is the queen s confidante and the king s lover, yet she can rely only on herself It is a divided role she was destined to play, and she vows to play it until the bitter end Even as she is swept up in Edward s lavish and magnificent court, amassing wealth and influence for herself, becoming an enemy of his power hungry son John of Gaunt, and a sparring partner to resourceful diplomat William de Windsor, she anticipates the day when the political winds will turn against her For when her detractors voice their hatred,and accusations of treason swirl around her,threatening to destroy everything she has achieved, who will stand by Alice then Includes a readers guide
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      Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information My home is in the Welsh Marches, although much of my early life was spent in Yorkshire, most recently in the East Riding.Ann O Brien The Marches is a remote region of England, surrounded by echoes from the past Hereford is close with its famous Mappa Mundi and chained library.So is Shrewsbury, and also Ludlow with its splendid castle and its connections with our Plantagenet and Tudor kings With my husband, I live in an eighteenth century timber framed cottage, which itself must have seen much history over two hundred years.I have always enjoyed the appeal of History.I taught the subject with enthusiasm but it became my ambition to write historical romances My first novel, The Runaway Heiress, was published by Mills and Boon in 2004.This first book was a Regency Romance in the great tradition of Georgette Heyer who has not admired her skill and delicate touch for the period I have drawn on my interest in the Stuart century to write about the English Civil War and Restoration England of Charles II Living in the Marches however I soon discovered the wealth of atmosphere and legend in this isolated part of England from medieval times It was not long before I was encouraged to create a medieval romance inConquering Knight, Captive Lady.When not writing, I have a large rambling garden where George and I grow organic vegetables and soft fruit or perhaps I should admit that he grows them whilst I pick and cook them We have a wild garden, an orchard, a formal pond and herbaceous flower borders We share it all with rabbits and pheasants, frogs and goldfinches, hedgehogs and buzzards It is a beautiful place When we first settled into our cottage I planted a herb garden on a Tudor pattern with stone pathways and clipped box hedges From this I developed my interest in herbs and their uses.Nicholas Culpeper s The Complete Herbal, a fascinating resource to a historical novelist first published in 1649, has become essential bedside reading As a result the use of herbs in medicine and witchcraft, for both good and ill, has appeared in some of my novels.For pure relaxation I enjoy yoga as well as singing with a local Choral Society Watercolour painting allows me to simply sit and appreciate the landscape and the flowers in my garden, when my mind is busy constructing my next plot.

    325 thoughts on “The King's Concubine: A Novel of Alice Perrers”

    1. Better than Philippa Gregory says the bold statement on the cover Oooh Big Call.Gregory is one of the finest architects of what I call the Likeable Villianess the abrasive, self serving, yet ultimately sympathetic anti heroine you love to hate Finest of these times might I add as a disclaimer since Margaret Mitchell s wonderfully complex Scarlett O Hara is arguably the doyenne of them all.Anne Boylen of The Other Boylen girl is probably Gregory s most famous creation she puts the evil in Medieva [...]


    2. Alice Perrers the name painted by history is of an unattracive and manipulative woman who took advantage of King Edward III generosity for her own lust for power This book though goes along way to rewriting the past to show Alice as a brave and loyal woman who paid a heavy price for her time with King and Queen The story is of Alice growing up in 14th century England with her parents unknown, called a bastard child and doomed to live her life as a nun a life she does not wish on her self Alice i [...]


    3. REVIEW Alice Perrers was born in the year of 1348 during the plague She was raised in a convent While at the convent Alice was quite a problem at times She refused to take the veil She believed that she had a bigger and better future in line for her.She left the horrid beginnings of her life behind her to become mistress to Edward III, but like always she was alone.Early in her life she met with royalty and that changes her entire life Very much in love with her husband, Edward, Queen Philippa p [...]


    4. Stories about the mistresses of Kings have always intrigued me This story was made even so because I had just read The King Must Die, which was about Edward s mother and his early years on the throne.Not much is known about Alice Perrers, other than she served as a Lady in Waiting to Queen Phillipa and that she became the King s Mistress Oh and she was intensely disliked by most people.I think the why s of that dislike are pretty obvious.Edward and Phillipa had a very good marriage as far as ro [...]



    5. Alice Perrers is a 14th century orphan sheltered and used by nuns who on a long and winding path becomes the mistress to King Edward III She subsequently marries another man, William de Windsor, is banished, then unbanished, then rebanished and finally reinstated in civil society thanks to the great love of Windsor.As historical fiction, the book is loosely based on facts and tells Alice s side of the story The author appears to be Alice s apologist and justifies her actions, especially when exp [...]


    6. Little is known about the life of Alice Perrers, but The King s Concubine strives admirably to fill in the gaps and to paint positive intentions and motivations onto a woman whom history has branded as a villain I m a sucker for English historical fiction, so on many levels I enjoyed the book It was an engaging and thorough look at a fascinating time period, and at a fascinating monarch I thought the love between Edward and Philippa was handled with a perfect touch, and I found the premise that [...]


    7. na knjizi pise Bolja od Philippe Gregory hmm svaka knjiga koju sam procitala gdje je pisalo bolje od e tu je slijedilo razocarenjeKnjiga sama po sebi nije losa ali bolja od Gregory ma nema sanseDok me Gregory svakom knjigom suptilno uvlacila u dvorce, kraljevstva, zivote aktera knjige, tijekom citanja mogla sam osjetiti atmosferu tog vremena, bila je opipljiva.Ovo je prva knjiga od Anne O Brien i naravno procitat cu i druge dvije koje imam ali osim dogadjanja u knjizi nisam osjetila atmosferu ta [...]


    8. My thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin UK Mira for an early digital edition to read and review.The King s Concubine is set during the reign of Edward III, and describes his relationship with his wife, Philippa of Hainault, and his mistress, Alice Perrers Little is truly known about the life of Alice Perrers, and yet Anne O Brien has woven a skilful and believable story about how, in the mid 1360 s, young Alice became one of the Queen s waiting women The way in which Alice colluded with Queen Phili [...]


    9. I do not really know what happened, it could have been growing all week I was all come on, 600 pages Why is that needed Cos honestly nothing happened in the book.I started to read, it felt ok, but then I started to skim and skimmed to the end I could have worked through it and given it a good rating but it was a library book which meansI gave up and skimmed I have too many books I need awesome, if the library do not give me awesome I go all eh.I am also not a fan of the this is me, the narrator, [...]


    10. I found Alice Perrers or Alice de Windsor, as we should really call her , to be an uninspiring heroine She was greedy and self serving Maybe she wasn t really like that but Ms O Brien would have you believe she was She was constantly stealing calling a spade a spade and justifying her actions on every other page Enough already I get it She wants money She wants land Life for a medieval woman of no rank was rough She had to look out for herself and her children, I get it I didn t feel sorry for t [...]



    11. As a novel, the story of a rise of Alice Perrers might seem a bit dry, but as a historical account of a magnificent woman who achieved so much way ahead of her time It s glorious I loved Alice Perrers because no matter what she faced she kept her integrity I m actually really fascinated with that time period and Plantagenets are my favorite royal branch of British monarchy The narration is led by Alice Perrers largely from her memories She talks about her common upbringing in the Abbey on the ou [...]


    12. Today you will be my Lady of the Sun, King Edward says as he approaches to settle me into my chariot.Alice Perrers begins life as an orphan living in a convent and destined to be a nun Her ambition is to be someone powerful and independent Catching the eye of Queen Philippa, she finds herself caught up in the world of court politics and intrigue When the King begins expressing an interest in Alice as well, will Alice betray the queen who brought her to court for her own ambition Have I ever said [...]


    13. Alice Perrers was mistress to Edward III I d heard of her but that s it She was an innocent with no friends who had to learn to survive in a politicized world where one wrong move could mean your downfall, and could literally mean death when she was accused of witchcraft I enjoy learning about new people and always find it intriguing to read about a person from different points of view Alice was a minor character in a book I just finished reading about Katherine Swynford In it, she was portrayed [...]


    14. A great story of Alice Perrers, showing her to be a strong and determined medieval woman She had a mind for business and was able to invest in property so that on the death of Edward III she was decidedly land rich However with the loss of her royal lover she was left vulnerable to the rest of the court and to Parliament This novel really showed me just how difficult it was to have been a woman of means at that time women were ultimately dependant on men for their livelihood Luckily Alice had ma [...]


    15. This is the first historical I have read about King Edward III and Queen Phillipa of Hainault and its really good Most of what I read is usually set in the Tudor age or during the Wars of the Roses The King s Concubine was refreshing, and from the first page it immersed me in the medieval era Alice at first was naive, but then as I followed her story, and her ups and downs at court, you realise how two faced life was then One minute she was the favourite and a very powerful woman The next banish [...]


    16. This has become one of my top ten historical reads of all time Anne O Brien has created a heroine who is wholly unique, unusually strong and an equal match for any man Alice Perrers who has not been treated kindly by history is neither beautiful nor well born, but she dreams of a grander life than taking a nun s habit and eventually finds herself in the court of Edward III and Philippa The author manages to make the reasons for her being there and becoming Edward s paramour very believable Even [...]


    17. I started this book with than a little trepidation Other books I ve read from this time period both fiction and non fiction did not paint a flattering picture of Alice Perrers Anne O Brien has painted a wonderful and engaging portrait of a woman who started with nothing and at one point was a very wealthy woman She knew her royal patronage would not last forever and planned accordingly I liked that she was shrewd and conniving but was also very loyal to Edward III I also think that telling the [...]


    18. I thoroughly enjoyed this account of Alice Perrers, notorious mistress of Edward III I had always suspected that Alice got the rough end of history s stick and that she could not possibly have been as evil as she was portrayed to be In this novel she emerges as a strong and compassionate woman who had a high regard for both Edward and Phillipa Yes, she was an opportunist and yes, she took whatever gifts and baubles came her way but what savvy woman wouldn t try to secure a future for herself and [...]


    19. I am a big fan of Phillippa Gregory and wanted to try other authors with similar plots I was pleasantly surprised This book wasn t dumbed down and it was a well researched and fascinating book on a woman that isn t commonly written about I enjoyed not being in the Tudor area and instead seeing how the royal family was before being decided into the Lancasters and Yorks.



    20. 6.99When Alice Perrers was born in 1348, just surviving the Black Death would have been an amazing feat, let alone rising to be the King s mistress, concubine, lover, or whatever you want to call her.Because so little is known about her youth, the author has chosen to have her abandoned and brought up with the nuns, but she was able to read and write and most likely a very bright girl As a teenager she was married to Janyn Perrers for a brief time and perhaps learned about acquiring property fro [...]


    21. I have been wanting to delve into the world of historical fiction for a long time, and when I saw this book I just knew this would be the one to tempt me into never before sailed seas.I enjoyed it from start to finish The provocative and ambitious Alice is a wonderful character, and the author has done a fantastic job of bringing Kind Edward III s court to life Everything from the political intrigues, and grim realities of illness and death, to the wonderfully decadent dresses and and jewelry ar [...]


    22. A pretty decent read, although it had its flaws My copy stands at around 600 pages and there could have easily been 200 cut from that with all the repetition usually about her need for land and angst The repetition is a pain, it slows down the story each time, we get it, she needs property to feel secure, I don t need to be told 10 times It is reminiscent of another historical fiction writer who uses a similar tactic coughs Philippa Gregory coughs I read O Brien s book on Katherine Swynford and [...]


    23. Lot of folks getting their panties in a wad about Being compared to Phillipa Gregory, but I think that s very accurate here Both write with a lot of leeway on the side of historical accuracy and if that s an bugbear for then stick to biographies I enjoyed this book perhaps it could have been edited better brought up the children and their fates , added detail regarding the trials but overall it was a nice toe dip into the life of someone who in all probability was painted 1000x devious and cal [...]


    24. Surprisingly, I liked this book I randomly saw it at Half Priced Books and the title caught my eye Historical fiction has not always interested me, but I think a LOT of notorious women in history are treated unfairly, mainly because history during that time was written by men religious, sanctimonious, hypocritical, medieval minded men As mistress to King Edward III, Alice Perrers had influence and money than many lords and politician of that time, so of course they would hate her She s not comp [...]


    25. On the cover it boasts Anne O Brien outdoes even Philippa Gregory by The Sun I don t think that s quite a true statement This is a good read a very well written historical novel O Brien s writing is less dramatic than Gregory, this is my first book by O Brien, but that said, the story was very engaging, it kept me turning the pages The years are cruel They rob us of our health and our friends and our hopes, and give nothing back Pg 146Jealousy is a terrible sine and a vicious companion an animal [...]


    26. This is fascinating story about the reign of Edward III but I do not agree with bold statement on the cover of the book better than Philippa Gregory As enjoyable as this book is the language seemed a little too colloquial for the time period and, in my opinion, Gregory is a far skilled author.


    27. 3.5 I didn t quite like Alice s attitude throughout the book, though the author did do a good job of showing her flaws and virtues I liked de Windsor I just don t know that I got into the book enough.


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