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The Queen's Favourites

(Stuart Saga #9)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  412 ratings  ·  28 reviews
When King William died, his sister-in-law, Anne, became Queen of England.Anne, however, was easily manipulated by her childhood friend, SarahChurchill, now the Duchess of Marlborough. Power hungry, Sarah had her ownagenda, and she manipulated the Queen to her own advantage. Viewed as thepower behind the throne, Sarah was courted by many who sought her favor orintercession ...more
Hardcover, 428 pages
Published October 1st 1966 by Robert Hale Ltd
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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.
pauline high
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Jean Plaidy and this is an excellent book of Queen Anne's relationship with Sarah Churchill and Abigail Hill. After seeing the film "The Favourite", I wanted to read more of this. Although this book probably follows more the truthful story. Poor Anne is a sad person having lost 17 children and being in poor health, also she is bullied by the Duchess of Marlborough. She is having to run the country after her husbands sad death with her politicians who are having major disagreements with each ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Queen Anne, Sarah Churchill, and Abigail Hill -as seen in the movie "The Favorite." A fun historical novel, and my first Plaidy. I will definitely look for more (and hope it is alright that I am not reading the series in order.)
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna by: mymediamall
Shelves: britmania
Companion to Royal Sisters
continues the story of Queen Anne, Sarah Churchill, John Churchill and Abigail Hill
Jul 02, 2009 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 ...more
Sep 07, 2011 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.") ...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.

Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Churchill is best friend to Queen Anne Stuart. Sarah is a very strong personality and generally tells Anne what she wants and how she thinks. Sarah is also not always quiet about how she feels. When she finds out her cousin's family has fallen on hard times, she brings the daughter Abigail Hill first into her own home and then into the Queen's bedchamber to take on some of the duties she doesn't want to do. Abigail is quiet and calm and over time replaces Sarah and controls access to the ...more
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent historical fiction about Queen Anne by my favorite historical fiction author. The Duchess of Marborough, Sarah Churchill, was very influential with Queen Anne. She built Blenheim's Palace for them, which I have seen and it is beautiful. This is the family of Sir William Churchill. There are over 100 books by Jean Plaidy beginning with William the Conquerer and ending after Queen Victoria, which I have read and am now re-reading. They are wonderful.
Christine Cazeneuve
I don't want to spoil this but this is one of the best books I have read all year. Definitely my favorite of the season and one of my favorite Jean Plaidy books by far. It deems itself to be about Queen Anne the last of the Stuart rulers but it really is about one of her chamber ladies - Abagail Hill Masham. Truly a must must read!
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A somewhat more rounded version of the story in "The Favourite." Not my favorite movie, but it seems the portrayal of all three unpleasant main characters was close to the historical reality. Not a nice period, and a wretched court.
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've always enjoyed her books but couldn't get past the 2nd chapter on this one. It didn't engage me.
Karen Jones
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read for the writing and learning about Queen Anne and her favorites.
Aug 28, 2011 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 ...more
Mar 12, 2012 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? ...more
Dec 27, 2011 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 ...more
Helen Azar
Apr 01, 2011 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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x2015-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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay book.
Aug 27, 2010 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 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 rated it liked it
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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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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