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Passage to Pontefract (Plantagenet Saga #10)

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The Black Prince, hero of England, had died before his father Edward the Third, who had become a senile old man dependent on his rapacious mistress Alice Perrers; the heir to the throne was a young boy, Richard of Bordeaux, surrounded by ambitious uncles who believed it would be better for the country if they could take the crown.

The eldest of the uncles was John of Gaunt,
Hardcover, 366 pages
Published September 24th 1982 by Putnam Publishing Group (first published December 31st 1981)
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Katherine Totten
Oct 24, 2009 Katherine Totten rated it liked it
Reading this book has spurred me on to reread Susan Howatch's "Wheel of Fortune".
Zvi Jonathan
Sep 23, 2013 Zvi Jonathan rated it it was amazing
Nobody writes British historical fiction better than Jean Plaidy. And this novel is Plaidy at her best. Focuses on the lives of the powerful and scheming nobleman John of Gaunt, and his passionate love, Katherine Swynford, Edward the Black Prince and his wife Joan of Kent and his son Richard II. Begins with Edward III and the complete hold the common born Alice Perrers has over him, and how she, despised by his family and the entire nobility, steals the jewels and rings from his fingers at his d ...more
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Jean Plaidy's novels are less like historical fiction and more like fictionalized history. They are great if you feel more like reading a novel rather than a history book, but still want to learn about English history. However, they can be a bit dry at times, so pass on these if you need something with a tad more bodice-ripping. This novel is not one of Plaidy's best, but it is still a great overview of England in the second half of the fourteenth century.
Years ago I remember reading a lot of the Jean Plaidy novels about English royalty. Despite the Romance covers, they were quite good historical dramas.
Paola Emilia
Sep 16, 2015 Paola Emilia rated it it was amazing
I loved this book great historical fiction about king Richard II and his reign, poor king.
Sara W
Jul 23, 2007 Sara W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard II (son of Edward the Black Prince, grandson of Edward III) married Anne of Bohemia and then Isabella of Valois. Richard II was deposed and imprisoned by his cousin Henry IV (son of John of Gaunt, grandson of Edward III).
Lawrence Snouffer
May 01, 2015 Lawrence Snouffer rated it liked it
jean plaidy has a very blunt, brusque style that detracts from the story
Jean Plaidy is slipping a bit. The books get less interesting, maybe it's the historical figures I don't know, but her other books were more interesting.
Jan 03, 2010 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read on a wayward king who came to an ignominious end.
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Eleanor Alice Burford, Mrs. George Percival Hibbert was a British author of about 200 historical novels, most of them under the pen name Jean Plaidy which had sold 14 million copies by the time of her death. She chose to use various names because of the differences in subject matter between her books; the best-known, apart from Plaidy, are Victoria Holt (56 million) and Philippa Carr (3 million). ...more
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