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The Star of Lancaster (Plantagenet Saga #11)

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Richard the Second was losing his hold on the crown and ambitious eyes were turning toward it. Henry of Bolingbroke, son of John of Gaunt, had married the heiress Mary de Bohun and by her had six children, the eldest of whom was Harry of Monmouth.

Bolingbroke was exiled by the King but returned to England when Richard confiscated John of Gaunt's estates. Bolingbroke came to
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published December 1st 1982 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published 1981)
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I enjoyed reading Plaidy's account of the early life and childhood of the boy who would become King Henry V, especially the female POV of his mother, an all too often ignored figure, in the early chapters. I barely knew that Henry had 2 sisters as well as his 3 more famous brothers.

The first part covering the reign of Henry IV was definitely stronger than the second part on Henry V which seemed rushed, covering some 7 years in about 50 pages. This could have been a lot larger and far more detai
Kathy  Petersen
I am always skeptical of historical fiction. Too often it's a romance novel dressed up in period costume. I was thus pleased to discover that Plaidy has a sense of history, a respect for research, solid writing skills. The Plantagenets are old friends of mine, and I enjoy reading their stories in the 942 section of the library. I can safely add Plaidy's novels to that list.
Paola Emilia
Oct 04, 2015 Paola Emilia rated it really liked it
I love Jean Plaidy and really enjoyed her account of Henry V early years such a shame that his star was bright but brief sad destiny of warrior kings.
About Henry IV and his son Henry V. I hoped that there would be more about Azincourt and Henry's courtship of Katherine of Valois.
Lady Jane Grey
Dec 31, 2013 Lady Jane Grey rated it it was amazing
I read this in high school and I wasn't sure when I was reading through the Plantagenet Saga if I should reread this one. Actually, not really, I was reading the whole thing from start to finish and that was the point, so early on I decided to include this one. I had forgotten so much and it was interesting the little things that I remembered. Jean Plaidy's books are dangerously rereadable!
This is the 11th part (I think) of this story and it is getting annoying that every books starts with the same events seen from the next king in line. Once you're pst that part it does get interesting though it feels as if Plaidy is getting bored with the story herself and is rushing through the major events.
Sara W
Jul 23, 2007 Sara W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henry IV (son of John of Gaunt, grandson of Edward III) married Mary de Bohun (mother of his children, she died prior to him becoming king). Henry IV died and his son, Henry V, took the crown. Henry V married Catherine of Valois (sister of Isabella of Valois who married Richard II).
Angela Joyce
Jul 12, 2011 Angela Joyce rated it really liked it
This part of the Plantagenet Saga is particularly vivid and fascinating without being too lurid. These people had to play some serious mind games to get what they wanted... and things will only get crazier after this one! Henry V was one of the saner kings, it seems.
May 04, 2016 K.l. rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, 1000-1500
Not a bad Jean Plaidy, Focus was on young Henry IV, Mary de Bohun and young Henry V.
Mar 09, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Book, but felt that the ending was rushed.
Aug 11, 2014 Foxglove rated it really liked it
An amazing book, very lush and pretty.
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Dec 02, 2012 Roula Yasin rated it liked it
Henry IV and Henry V of England
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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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Plantagenet Saga (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • The Heart of the Lion (Plantagenet Saga, #3)
  • The Prince of Darkness (Plantagenet Saga, #4)
  • The Battle of the Queens (Plantagenet Saga, #5)
  • The Queen from Provence (Plantagenet Saga, #6)
  • Hammer of the Scots (Plantagenet Saga, #7)
  • The Follies of the King (Plantagenet Saga, #8)
  • The Vow on the Heron (Plantagenet Saga, #9)
  • Passage to Pontefract (Plantagenet Saga, #10)

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