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Royal Mistress

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  626 ratings  ·  102 reviews
From the author of A Rose for the Crown and Daughter of York comes another engrossing historical novel of the York family in the Wars of the Roses, telling the fascinating story of the rise and fall of the final and favorite mistress of Edward IV.

Jane Lambert, the quick-witted and alluring daughter of a silk merchant, is twenty-two and still unmarried. When Jane’s father f
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Published May 7th 2013 by Touchstone
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Although Elizabeth Woodville, Queen of Edward IV, is known for her perhaps unscrupulous catching of Edward’s eye; he is more so to blame if looking at his track record of sexual debauchery. Anne Easter Smith follows the course of Jane Shore, his last and possibly most well-known, concubine in “Royal Mistress”.

Immediate credit must be given to Smith’s inclusion of a list of characters forthright which clearly depicts which are true to history and which are fictional. This is quite useful for thos
3.5 stars

Despite the fact that few details of the private life of Jane Shore are actually known, she has nonetheless been the subject of a number of plays and historical novels, including The Goldsmith’s Wife by Jean Plaidy, and now this, the latest novel from Anne Easter Smith.

Born Elizabeth Lambert, Jane was born into a reasonably well-to-do merchant’s family, and was married to William Shore, who was – like her father - a mercer by trade (and not a goldsmith as had been believed until fairly
Elizabeth Moreau Nicolai
Thing is, I really wanted to like this book. It has a lot of elements of books I enjoy: English royalty, fascinating historical period, lots of descriptions of clothing, outsider perspective (you don't get much more outsider than a commoner mistress), but it never really coalesced for me.

Jane Shore is the "favorite mistress" of King Edward IV, he of the Wars of the Roses. She rose from being a commoner, daughter of a merchant (portrayed here as running a fabric shop) as she gained the attention
Anne Easter Smith is one of my favorite authors. She writes stories that take place in one the time periods in England I enjoy reading about. When I saw this book as a goodreads giveaway, I was so excited to discover I had won it. As soon as I received it in the mail, I was literally jumping for joy. This story takes place during Edward IV rule of England. For those who know the history, even though he was married to a beautiful woman and had many children by her, he had an appetite for woman an ...more
Jane Lambert is the daughter of a textile mercer. At age 22 she is unmarried. Her parents, especially her pious and controlling father wants her to be married and out of his home. Any sexuality in his view is despicable and sin. When he looks at his daughter his eyes show hatred. On the other hand Jane's younger sister Isabel is the father's darling. Jane is happy to be unmarried; although she pines for love, or rather a lover who will sweep her off her feet and out of the controlling ho
Jani Brooks
This is the story of Jane Shore, Edward IV's mistress. Told from her perspective, we get to see down and dirty how difficult it was for a woman of intelligence, wit, and beauty to survive on her own. Does Jane set out to be a concubine to the king? No, she wants what others have - an adoring husband, and children. But her father marries her off to a much older man who is anything but lusty! There are few choices in Jane's era, and when she catches the eye of one of Edward's closest advisors, as ...more
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Jill Lapin-Zell
Anne Easter Smith has done it again.

As a huge fan of Anne Easter Smith’s, I eagerly looked forward to reading “Royal Mistress” after thoroughly enjoying each of her previous novels. I have yet to come across an author who makes history and its characters come alive the way she does.

This is the story of Jane Shore, the favored mistress of Edward IV. It is a compelling story about not just the mistress of a king, but much more than that. It is the story of a multi-faceted and intriguing woman who
Viviane Crystal
Jane Shore lived a harsh life! Rejected by her father, married to an impotent mercer, loved by many men but chosen by King Edward, she was grateful for the favors of her King. Londoners and members of the Court grew to respect her because of her many acts of charity and care for those far less fortunate. Jane is not one to involve herself in the political intrigues and betrayals of the Court, but she does relate them without bias. After Edward's untimely end due to his own decadent lifestyle, Ja ...more
Marie Z. Johansen
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!

Tales of Jane Shore abound; Mistress to King Edward ,and Lord Hastings, scorned harlot who, under Richard III was forced to walk through London in her chemise holding a candle in repentance of her harlotry, but aside from Vanora Bennet's 2009 e"Figures In SIlk", the life of Jane Shore has not been the subject of much attention by writers. Perhaps that's because of the dearth of extant records about this fascinating woman, but in "Royal Mistress" Anne Easte
The Lit Bitch
I absolutely loved Jane! She was spunky and charming all at the same time. I could easily identify with her as a reader and wanted to read more about her love life. I was captivated by her and was rooting for her to find love especially after such a loveless marriage with William Shore.

This book stated off a little rocky for me. I felt like I was just dropped into a story without a lot of preamble. For me personally, the very beginning of the novel was a little disorientating and rough, but once
Kelly A.
Anne Easter Smith writes fascinating historical fiction about some of the most intriguing characters. People that you only read about in history books beautifully come to life in the pages of her books, and her newest, Royal Mistress, is no exception!

Royal Mistress mainly follows Jane Shore, a simple merchant's daughter who catches the eye of the Queen's son, Tom Grey. They are both married (or are about to be married) and Jane doesn't want to stoop to being his mistress, so they part ways. Seve
This is my second novel by Anne Easter Smith, the first being Queen by Right. In this tale Ms. Easter Smith tells the story of Jane Shore, Edward IV's last mistress. Jane was the daughter of a mercer (basically a fabric seller) who was apparently beautiful, smart and born into the wrong time. Smart women were not fully appreciated in a time that saw them as not much more than brood mares. Her father married her off to another mercer but they were not well matched and she soon caught the eye of t ...more
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I have eagerly read all of Anne Easter Smith’s books. Ever since I found and read The King's Grace I jump at any chance to read one of her books. And I have to say that Royal Mistress was a joy to read. Once I started I couldn't stop till I finished the book. I like learning about Jane Shore, after all I have known of this lady from reading other books about King Edward and so I knew who she was but not really
Royal Mistress is an absorbing tale about Jane Lambert, the daughter of a mercer who becomes the mistress of King Edward IV and other noblemen in the fifteenth century. Born with the gift of beauty, Jane easily turns heads and attracts the attention of every man she encounters. When she meets Thomas Grey, the Marquess of Dorset, Jane falls irretrievably in love. He betroths her to William Shore, a much older, but wealthy merchant. Jane soon discovers her husband is impotent and her eye begins to ...more
Kate Lawrence
Lately I've immersed myself in the Wars of the Roses period of English history, and this was another informative and enjoyable read. In her Author's Note, Smith writes, "From mid-April to July 1483 are four of the most confusing and puzzling months in English history," and this period continues to fascinate. Novels about it that I've read are Daughter of Time (a classic by Josephine Tey) and A Rose for the Crown (also by Smith), as well as the nonfiction book Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the ...more
Phil Syphe
I decided to read this because in most novels set during the Wars of the Roses, Jane Shore tends to get a brief mention here and there whereas she is the main character in this book. I thought it would be interesting to see her in the limelight and check how the author developed her character.

Reading some of the other reviews I see a mixed reaction to this version of Mistress Shore. I liked the character presented here, but found some of her words to Edward IV too unbelievable. Some of her remar
Rio (Lynne)
Typical AESmith. This was about Jane Shore...the famous mistress of Edward who had to walk through the streets of London in her undergarments as punishment for being a whore. I enjoyed some pages and skimmed some pages. It dragged on. AES is an author who proudly supports Richard III and she doesn't hide those feelings. Overall ehhh.
Nope, not a winner in my books. I didn't like Edward in this, and despised Richard. Author tried a bit too hard to make sure Jane was the plucky heroine.
I loved this novel... very sad it's over!!!
Okay, so, to be fair, I have read one other book by this author and my review would be two stars instead of one if I had not already read something by her. And maybe I should have known from the title of this book that it might be vapid, but titles can be deceiving. Spoilers ahead. I also read A Rose for York and will have spoilers for that as well.

Main character is a terrific Mary Sue. In a Rose for York, it kept getting more and more intense until it became unbelievable. In Royal Mistress, I r
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I love stories - including historical novels- about the 'whore with the heart of gold'
From Rahab, the harlot to heroine who hid the Hebrew spies in Jericho to Julia Robert's Pretty Woman. I have long loved Mistress Jane Shore, described as 'the merriest whore in court' the beloved mistress of Edward IV
Jane Shore appears in the 1955 Laurence Olivier of Shakespeare's Richard III , played by Pamela Brown, in a role where she appears but only speaks one line 'Good morrow'
Jean Plaidy's The Goldsmith'
Kathleen Kelly
Elizabeth Jane Shore was a one of three mistress's of King Edward IV of England, but of the three she was with him the longest. She was one of the daughters of a silk merchant and married a man of her father's choosing who turned out to be impotent so she sets out to have her marriage annulled In the meantime she catches the eye of three men, Thomas Grey, Will Hastings and King Edward IV. After the King dies, Jane is accused of being a spy for King Edward's wife, Elizabeth Woodville, to get King ...more
Anne Easter Smith does not disappoint with “Royal Mistress: A Novel”. I have read and loved all of her books, and this one was a great read as well. I appreciate how she stays true to historical facts, but do so in an interesting and engaging way. The characters were well developed, and by the end I felt like I knew them all. Jane Shore’s character was very well written, and as a reader you really cared for her and for her welfare. I really liked that the author chose to write from several diffe ...more
Royal Mistress follows the story of Jane Shore, Edward IV "merriest" mistress. We meet Jane Lambert as a headstrong, smart, quick-witted and sensual woman working for her father, a mercer. Jane is the more troublesome daughter for her father and he marries her off to a fellow mercer, William Shore. While working with William, Jane catches the eye of many high ranking officials in King Edward's court. As Jane seeks an annulment, the King seeks a way to be with Jane. As a mistress, Jane finds happ ...more
For someone who spent so long waiting for this book and inspired by other works of this author I was very disappointed.

1. The third person narrative only seemed to be used so we could see other people go on about how wonderful and hot Jane was. I get it - I read it the first time.
2. The detail that the first few books by her was not used here and we get only a hint of what's going on instead of being soaked in it.
3. The dialogue. I cringed so often I may have accidentally passed something. Than
You may have heard of my anglophilic tendencies before, I LOVE historical fiction revolving around the English royals! There are some who fascinate me more than others, namely Anne Boleyn, but part of this story also deals with one of the greatest mysteries in my opinion: what happened to the two little princes in the Tower? Elizabeth Woodville and Edward's sons.

I'd already 'met' most of the players in The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory, but I'd never heard of Jane Shore before and I
Mistress Elizabeth Lambert, more commonly known as Jane Shore, was the most famous of Edward IV's mistresses. She has fascinated me for 30 years, since I first read "The Goldsmith's Wife". This latest novel has more accurate information about her, but I have to say there still is very little known about a great deal of her life. Her actual birth date is a mystery.
I am also a sucker for anything about Richard III. To me he is the ultimate mystery man. The romantic in me would love to believe th
Mandy Moody
I really enjoyed this story of Elizabeth (Jane) Shore.
I've read plenty about this time period and Jane has had an appearance in many of them, but this is the first time I've read about HER specifically. I was surprised by much of what I learned.

I loved Smith's portrayal of Jane's love for the men in her life. I thought the theme of different kinds of love was very appropriate. In a time period where women were as often property as they were an actual companion to the men in their life, love must
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A native of the UK,
Anne Easter Smith is an award-winning historical novelist who has lived in the US for more than 40 years. Her four novels about the York family during the Wars of the Roses are published by Touchstone at Simon & Schuster. She was the Features Editor at the Press-Republican in Plattsburgh, NY for 10 years, and her writing has been featured in a number of national magazines. S
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