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The bestselling author of A Rose for the Crown and Daughter of York takes a young woman that history noticed only once and sets her on a quest for the truth about the murder of two boys and a man who claims to be king.

All that history knows of Grace Plantagenet is that she was an illegitimate daughter of Edward IV and one of two attendants aboard the funeral barge of h...more
Kindle Edition, 609 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by Touchstone
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Ben Babcock
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Stephanie
The Kings Grace – by Anne Easter Smith

These books are fiction but the author makes sure that every detail from where the royalty are to the character everything is as accurate as possible. I also know that she goes to every where she writes about so they are very historically accurate and have a real image in the writing. This book in particular is one of three she has written. It is about Grace who was the illegitimate daughter of Edward the 4th of England. The only account of her in history is...more
Merredith
Grace was a real person, but only mentioned once, in passing, in one official record. Therefore, this is not the sort of historical fiction where it's based on the template of a well known historical figure's documented life. However, i read the whole almost 600 page thing, so you know it had to be good. This book tries to tackle the mystery of the princes in the tower, through the point of view of their half (illegitimate) sister, Grace. I'm always hearing about henry viii, so it was interestin...more
Cynthia Haggard
Joseph II’s admonition to Mozart - “too many notes, my dear Mozart” - could be applied to Anne Easter Smith’s third novel THE KING’S GRACE, where there are too many words.

How can a novel have too many words? Isn’t a novel made out of words? The answer is that a novel can have too many words if the words get in the way of the reader’s attempts to get through the story.

Most writers want readers to love their books. They want their readers to find it hard to put down their novels. But to do that, w...more
Isalys
Anne Easter Smith has become one of my favorite historical authors. I thoroughly enjoyed her "Rose for the Crown" and "Daughter of York" and her latest "King's Grace" was no exception!

"The King's Grace" is the story of Lady Grace Plantagenet, the bastard daughter of King Edward IV of England. The story takes you from the time that Grace was released from the abbey at age 11 to being accepted as a member of court and into her adulthood, becoming a wife and mother of her own. During those years, s...more
Ashley W
To be quite honest, almost every single character in this book annoyed me. The main protagonist, Grace, the bastard daughter of Edward IV, was stupidly naive. She doesn't think anything bad can happen at the start of Tudor England and is constantly shocked whenever something happens, i.e the cruelty to servants, the horrible executions, etc. When her husband swears loyalty to Henry VII, she has a fit because she is a Yorkist and cannot possibly have a husband loyal to the Tudor king, and thus te...more
Alaine
I have really enjoyed all of Anne Easter Smith's historical fiction novels. Since reading all three of the books I have gained a much deeper understanding of the Yorks, Lancasters and Tudors. This was a gap in my knowledge of British history so I'm glad I have a better picture in my mind.

Grace Plantagenet is the bastard daughter of Edward Plantagenet and Grace is used as the storyteller for the beginning of the Tudor reign. For most of her life she grew up in the company of her cousins and Edwar...more
Andrea
This book captivated me. It started off slowly, and it took me a while to become interested in the story. Once the romance between John and Grace became established, I could not put the book down. I got carried away reading it that I completely forgot about my plans one day. The author described John's execution vividly and Grace's experience watching it brought out an emotional response from me. The author seemed to really connect with the protagonist, and I felt like I was experiencing everyth...more
Cheryl
This is a very ingeneous re-telling of the Richard III/Henry Tudor/Princes in the Tower story/mystery as seen through the eyes of a bastard daughter of Edward IV. This one with a focus on the Perkin Warbeck story. As so little is known about the actual fate of the Princes this is a great plausible explanation. The characters are beautifully drawn, the history as accurate as possible and ultimately, as all great historical novels should, leaves you wanting to do your own research and read more. A...more
Julia
I actually finished this over a month ago, but I was extremely lazy and completely forgot to update the status.

A sequel (of sorts) to Daughter of York, The King's Grace follows the story of Grace Plantagenet, the illegitimate daughter of Edward IV, as she uncovers the mystery behind Perkin Warbeck. Is Perkin Warbeck really the lost prince Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York, who disappeared from the Tower of London? Or is he not who he really is?

I liked this book, but I wanted to throttle Grace...more
Sandy
-Grace Plantagenet, illegitimate daughter of King Edward IV

So who was Grace Plantagenet? She has only one mention in history, the fact that she rode on the funeral barge of Queen Elizabeth (Woodville). Obviously this gives an author a wide range to work with. Ms. Smith, as always, rises to the task giving a believable scenario. As a illegitimate daughter of a King, Grace, a shy, lovely young girl grows to womanhood during turbulent times. She’s lucky enough to be brought to court by her father a...more
Patricia
Jul 17, 2009 Patricia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lyn, Becky?
I thoroughly enjoyed this and plan to read the two previous novels, A Rose for the Crown and Daughter of York. Okay, we know I'm an English history freak, particularly the Plantagenet/Tudor eras, so these novels are right up my alley. I met this author at a book signing when this came out and was impressed by her research and knowledge of the period. And she's a member of the Richard III Society so we have similar views on many of the historical figures involved. I read this book - it's a long o...more
Laurie Riley
This is the 3rd in the series of books by Anne Easter Smith about the end of the York and the beginning of the Tudor lines of English monarchs. They are sympathetic to King Richard III, the king who Shakespeare portrayed as a hunchbacker murderer of his two nephews who were in line for the throne. Richard III was defeated at the Battle of Bosworth by Henry VII, the first in the Tudor line and father of Henry VIII. Of course Shakespeare was a favorite of Queen Elizabeth I, Henry VIII's daughter,...more
May
Over the past couple of months, I have read some terrific historical fiction centering around real historical female figures who are often mentioned as a mere footnote in textbooks. The lack of historical details provides a huge opportunity for a talented writer like Anne Easter Smith to create both a memorable portrayal of the character and to add a new prospective on an all too familiar chapter in history (e.g. the young princes locked up in London Tower). What I liked best about the book is h...more
Elizabeth Whitehead
The King’s Grace
Anne Easter Smith
April 6, 2011
I am a huge fan of historical fiction, and I was not disappointed with this book. The writing and story are wonderful. I sometimes can get confused when reading a book of this size since I know it is hard to keep the characters straight, and the geography can be confusing. Having the genealogy in the front was fantastic. Once I got into the book I rarely had to look and see who was who. Grace Plantagenet, the main character, was absolutely intriguing...more
Carla Ford
I was a little intimidated beginning this historical fiction novel, because I know that the characters can be hard to keep straight, and the geography can be confusing. Once I got started, though, even though I did have to work at keeping track of who was who, I got hooked! Grace Plantagenet, the central character, was absolutely delightful and fascinating. The illegitimate daughter of Edward IV in 1485, she was loved and trusted by almost everyone who knew her. This explains why she was entrust...more
Jan
I am not a big fan of historical fiction. I do, however like reading about the Tudors and that time period.
The subject along with the length, 570 pages, made me wonder if I'd get through the whole book. Well, the pages just flew by and I was completely hooked.
It takes place in 1485 and the main character is Grace Plantagenet, the illegitimate daughter of Edward IV.
The book revolves around the mystery of two princes who lived in the castle but disappeared without a trace.
It has many characters an...more
Nathalie Nelson
Once I had read "Daughter of York" I looked for other books by Anne Easter Smith because I had enjoyed it so much. I bought this one and "A Rose for the Crown" at the same time. I enjoyed this one as much as I had the first book I had read by this same author. I learn a little more about the way life was lived in medieval times in each book I read about that period until I feel I have a good grasp on what it was like, at least enough to be glad I did not live then.
May
I really am thoroughly enjoying Anne Easter Smith's series... this being the 3rd book! I am fascinated that she can take a small detail & develop a 3 dimensional character & weave such a wonderful read.
Friends who know how much I have enjoyed Philippa Gregory's women suggested I would enjoy Anne Easter Smith. They were so right!!!
However, I am Very glad I can read them on my Kindle...these a big books!!!
Katie
I loved this book! I have read all three books by this author and they are all great (this book and Rose for the Crown are my two favorites). The story covers so much of late 1400's English history and the characters (some real and some fictional) are wonderful. The story makes me want to research and learn more about the non-fiction aspects of the story. The book is long but a pretty quick read.
Angie
Ms. Smith is a wonderful researcher. She really did her homework on York history for this novel, and she accomplished an interesting piece of fiction to accompany an already compelling story in history. I enjoyed this so much that I have already checked out her other two novels from the library. If you love English history and a great story, check this out.
Mlg
I gave this one 100 pages but just couldn't get interested. Too many characters, even being familiar with many of them didn't help me keep them straight. And if the author used the word "certes" one more time, I was going to scream!
Mimi
While an interesting part of history, and I was definitely in the mood for a meaty historical fiction, and it fit the bill OK, it had some slowness and annoying repeats of certain words (Certes! dissemble)
It's a 2.5
Misfit
Hit the wall at page 100. I'm sure its just me, after all Harriet gave it five stars :)
Deb
It was a hard slog. There was an interesting kernel there, but not well written.
Amy
Grace Plantagenet, bastard daughter of King Edward IV of England is only mentioned once in history - in a account written first hand about the small party seen escorting the Dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville’s funeral barge. This lack of the Grace’s historical background provides the author, Anne Easter Smith, complete control over her heroine, which is quite unique in a historical fiction novel (if it’s a GOOD historical fiction novel, that is!).

Grace spends the first 11 years of her life in an...more
Karen
This historical fiction is seen through the eyes of Grace Plantagenet, the illegitimate daughter of Edward IV. This is a great premise for a book since history has recorded little information about Grace and the story can go any direction the author wants without refuting historical facts. I love books about this period in history and was excited to start this book, but I was not drawn in to this story at all.

Grace lives a sheltered life in a convent until she is thrust into the world of the roy...more
Julie Barrett
Oh my God, I thought this book would never end. Sometimes I wish I was able to just put down a book if it's dull. However, I plug away, thinking that perhaps the book will improve if I just stick with it. The premise of this novel was promising - it told of the beginning of Henry VII's reign seen through the eyes of one of Edward IV's bastard children - a girl named Grace. In the book's forward, the author mentions that there is only one mention of Grace in history; that she was one of two offic...more
Etcetorize
This is one very big book! It took me ages to read, only because I put it down several times and only picked it up again when I had nothing else to read at hand. Once I was able to get past the first half it was much better. I suppose the story of Grace and her misguided love interest and her service to the dowager queen in the first half just wasn't interesting. It's only when the Perkin Warbeque story is introduced more fully that things really get rolling.

This author takes great care with det...more
Jennifer
This was a really interesting book - based on the sole surviving reference to the King's bastard daughter Grace. Covers the end of the Plantagenet era and the very early Tudor era (one of my favourite moments is when Queen Bess, wife of Henry VII, says of her sons that she is glad the calmer, more rational Arthur will be King instead of the impetuous Harry - who, of course, went on to he the famously impetuous Henry VIII). The only problem - one that is really confusing as a reader and one that...more
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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...more
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