149th out of 160 books — 23 voters
Passage to Pontefract (Plantagenet Saga #10)
by Jean Plaidy
Richard of Bordeaux, young heir to the throne after Edward the Third, is surrounded by ambitious uncles who believe it would be better for the country if they could take the crown. While Richard shows himself capable of reckless bravery in defeating the Peasants' Revolt, his extravagance soon brings him into conflict with his people. Before long the king's most powerful op...more
Hardcover, 366 pages
Published September 24th 1982 by Putnam Publishing Group
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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
Jul 23, 2007 Sara W rated it 4 of 5 stars · 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).
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)....moreMore about Jean Plaidy...