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Courting Her Highness: The Story of Queen Anne (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 ha
ebook, 432 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Broadway Books (first published October 1st 1966)
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this book got a better read as I got further into the plot. I have never disliked one of Jean plaidy's character's more than Sarah , lady Marlborough. I really liked the friendship between Queen Anne and Abigail Hill.
Jul 02, 2009 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

Aug 28, 2011 Shoshanah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 07, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-edition
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
Mar 12, 2012 ap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 27, 2011 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Apr 01, 2011 Helen Azar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
(later published as 'Courting Her Highness')
Jul 13, 2011 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
It took me days to slog through this. I like historical fiction, but the writing in this one was pretty awful and so, so repetitive. Was she trying to reach some big word count?
Lynn Smith
Mum bought me this. Very interesting period of history I knew little about at the time.
Sep 04, 2011 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay book.
Aug 27, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, which when you consider that two of the main characters-- Queen Anne and Sarah Churchill-- are infuriating, is saying something.
Dec 07, 2012 Jean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Plot is slow moving and the action is redundant. I managed to finish but got frustrated reading the same basic scene over and over?
Feb 03, 2016 Nicky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like her stuff, you will like this book. She has an old-fashioned writing style, but I find her research compelling. You really believe you are getting the whole story.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 12, 2015 11:44AM  
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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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