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The Queen's Favourites (Stuart Saga #9)

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A private battle rages at court for the affections of a childless queen, who must soon name her successor--and thus determine the future of the British Empire.

It is the beginning of the eighteenth century and William of Orange is dying. Soon Anne is crowned queen, but to court insiders, the name of the imminent sovereign is Sarah Churchill. Beautiful, outspoken Sarah has
Hardcover, 427 pages
Published July 5th 1978 by Putnam Publishing Group (first published 1966)
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This novel is one of the Stuart saga noves, and concerns the reign of Queen Anne. Sister to the dead Mary II and Sister in law to William of Orange, Anne becomes Queen after his death. This novel wonderfully recreates the court of Queen Anne, and the gross ambitions of many who surrounded her. Ever since she had been a young girl, everywhere Anne went, there was also Sarah Churchill. Sarah Churchill (yes those Churchills) was scheming, bad tempered and very high handed. She often spoke to the Qu ...more
I still remember being in 8th grade, in London, seeing a statue of Queen Anne, and our tour guide saying something like, "You American have no idea about our Good Queen Anne." At the time he was right, since I had never heard of her. And since then everytime I learn something else about her I get a little bit excited because I'm proving that tour guide wrong. I have read books that mention Queen Anne, although that took place before her reign. As far as I can tell this is the first book I've rea ...more
Phew - read through all 3 of these about the Stuart sisters, Sarah Churchill & Abigail Hill-Marsham. I was so relieved that there was another character besides Sarah Churchill that I liked this a lot more than the other 2 -- in spite of the fact that it still gets 3-stars and not 4. I probably should have waited and rated them collectively as they really are a trilogy.... As much as I disliked Sarah Churchill she had this Scarlett O'Hara quality about her ("I shan't go hungry ever again.") t ...more
The Queen's Favorites is one of my all time favorite Jean Plaidy novels.

The favorites in question are Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Malborough, and Abigail Hill, her "poor relation" cousin. Both are high in the regard of Queen Anne.

Jean Plaidy was one of the best story tellers in the historical fiction genre. It says much of her abilities that this book, which is in a time period I have no interest in at all, is one of my favorites, not just of Jean Plaidy, but one of my all time favorite books.

because i like the genre so much and it's nice to find some non-tudor era material, i have to say yes i liked this. in fact i can't believe i had never even heard of this ridiculously prolific author. that being said however, the repetition in the dialog was a bit tedious. it was appropriate for anne's character, but the fact that it was used with nearly all the characters made the book longer than it needed to be. also, i didn't like the ambiguity of abigail's motivation. was she using anne? di ...more
Just discoverd Plaidy (pen name) and really intrigued. What I'm loving about well written hist.fiction these days... is how it makes plain "the human condition." How alike we all act, even across centuries and completely different situations/economies/politics. No matter what the world, the longest lived and happiest are those most content (and generally in the country).. tho some do thrive on conflict and ambition. The power shifts are most intriguing, I think, and in this particular book how e ...more
Marilyn Mansfield
I chose this book because I didn't know that much about this period of English history. It was an interesting read and I learned about Sarah Churchill and Blenheim, her estate, which I have often heard mentioned plus how the monarchy came to be Hanovarian which had always confused me.
Helen Azar
A great fictional account of the rise of the "first" Churchills - the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough - including the court intrigues facilitated by Sarah's own first cousin, Abigail Hill, which led to the couple's political fall. An excellent read you would expect from Plaidy.
I liked this book, which when you consider that two of the main characters-- Queen Anne and Sarah Churchill-- are infuriating, is saying something.
Plot is slow moving and the action is redundant. I managed to finish but got frustrated reading the same basic scene over and over?
Michelle (Champ)
There is not one Plaidy book that I do not love, this one did not let me down
Sara W
About Queen Anne, Sarah Churchill, and Abigail Hill.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 12, 2015 11:44AM  
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  • The French Mistress: A Novel of the Duchess of Portsmouth and King Charles II
  • Mary of Carisbrooke: The Girl Who Would Not Betray Her King
  • My Enemy, the Queen
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  • The September Queen
  • The Wild Irish
  • The Miracle at St. Bruno's (Daughters of England, #1)
  • The Winter Queen (Astraea, #1)
  • To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn (Ladies in Waiting, #1)
  • The Perfect Royal Mistress
  • The King's Daughter
  • The Queen of Last Hopes: The Story of Margaret of Anjou
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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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Other Books in the Series

Stuart Saga (9 books)
  • The Royal Road to Fotheringhay (Stuart Saga, #1) (Mary Stuart, #1)
  • The Captive Queen of Scots (Stuart Saga, #2) (Mary Stuart, #2)
  • The Murder in the Tower (Stuart Saga, #3)
  • The Wandering Prince (Stuart Saga, #4) (Charles II, #1)
  • A Health Unto His Majesty (Stuart Saga, #5) (Charles II, #2)
  • Here Lies Our Sovereign Lord (Stuart Saga, #6; Charles II, #3)
  • The Three Crowns (Stuart Saga, #7)
  • Royal Sisters: The Story of the Daughters of James II
The Lady in the Tower (Queens of England, #4) Murder Most Royal (Tudor Saga, #5) Katharine of Aragon: The Wives of Henry VIII (Tudor Saga, #2-4) The Rose Without a Thorn (Queens of England, #11) To Hold the Crown (Tudor Saga #1)

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