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The Tapestry: A Novel

(Joanna Stafford #3)

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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  702 ratings  ·  142 reviews
The next page-turner in the award-winning Joanna Stafford series takes place in the heart of the Tudor court, as she risks everything to defy the most powerful men of her era.

Henry VIII's Palace of Whitehall is the last place on earth Joanna Stafford wants to be. But a summons from the king cannot be refused.

After her priory was destroyed, Joanna, a young Dominican novice,
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Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 22nd 2016 by Gallery Books (first published March 24th 2015)
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Kate Very easy to pick up as a brief summary of what happened in the other 2 books is interwoven into the Tapestry at the beginning. Was just enough to…moreVery easy to pick up as a brief summary of what happened in the other 2 books is interwoven into the Tapestry at the beginning. Was just enough to kick start my memory without rehashing everything.(less)
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Nancy Bilyeau
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I hope readers like it, I worked very hard on my third book. The research was intense! And Joanna Stafford risks more--and feels more--than in any other novel in the series.
Allison
I've thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy, and I'm going to miss Joanna's reluctant adventures, as well as her stubborn strength and her compassionate spirit. She's a type of heroine that you don't see very often.

Each book in the trilogy has such a great combination of elements while not being a repetition of the same old story. There's Historical Fiction with a touch of mysticism and suspense, and a mild bit of romance. The focus is on a former novice during and after the dissolution of the priorie
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Wanda
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, real-books
17 MAR 2015 -- guess what?! I won a copy of this book. How exciting is that? Very exciting, I say. Well, I have the first two books in this series sitting on my Nook waiting to be read. So, this week-end, I will begin The Crown.

5 APR 2015 - beginning this evening.

10 APR 2015 - a terrific end to a great series. Each book could be read as a stand-alone; however, you will want to start at the beginning in order to better understand the progression of Sister Joanna. She is one tough cookie. I am g
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Bruce Holsinger
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as an e-galley and wrote a blurb for the publisher, which says it all: "These aren't your mother's nuns! Nancy Bilyeau has done it again, giving us a compelling and wonderfully realized portrait of Tudor life in all its complexity and wonder. A nun, a tapestry, a page-turning tale of suspense: this is historical mystery at its finest.” As a scholar of medieval and Renaissance literature, I really appreciated the author's ability to bring the particular stories of her characters ...more
Dara
Jun 26, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Really, really looking forward to this book. I LOVED the first two!
Judith Starkston
I’m a big fan of Nancy Bilyeau’s Joanna Stafford series, the latest of which is The Tapestry. I think she keeps getting better with each book. You shouldn’t miss The Tapestry.

In full disclosure, Nancy and I occasionally share pages of our manuscripts to edit for each other. We’re good friends—a friendship that arose out of my admiration for her skill as a writer. So I’ll show you a couple close ups of what there is to admire in this third book.

Nancy writes thrillers—like the more common, moder
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Jenny Q
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars. I was very impressed with Nancy Bilyeau's debut novel, The Crown, and I absolutely loved the follow-up, The Chalice. So I could not wait to get my hands on the final book in the Joanna Stafford trilogy, The Tapestry. It's hard to review books that are part of a series without giving away spoilers from the previous books, so forgive me if my plot recap is a bit vague and I focus more on my overall impressions.

The Tapestry differs from the previous books in several ways. There's not muc
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Sheree
4.5 stars

It's not often I say a book is superb let alone the entire trilogy but Nancy Bilyeau ticks all the boxes with The Tapestry and its predecessors. Maintaining historical integrity while blessing the reader with a pacy entertaining read is no mean feat.

I'm a glutton for all things Tudor. Being well read in that particular historical period I confess I've become quite picky discerning and really appreciate a fresh approach which is exactly what Nancy Bilyeau gives readers with her Joanna S
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Patricia Burroughs
Well, I don't know how she did it, but this is the best Joanna Stafford book yet. Twists, turns and surprises. Love triangles both royal and common. Passions and prayers. Historical figures and creations of the author, and only by googling could I tell the difference, so rich and real were they all.

This one is a winner!
Joy Matteson
Nancy Bilyeau's next installment of Joanna Stafford's exciting life out of the Dominican priory and into the hands of the conniving Henry VIII is a treat for any historical fiction/mystery fans. Her research is impeccable, but doesn't slow down the story, and her devout Catholic piety seems realistic for the time period, instead of a modernist reading of an historical character. A lovely read.
Julianne Douglas
Ever since her Dominican priory was closed by order of Henry VIII, Joanna Stafford has tried to live a quiet life weaving tapestries in the small town of Dartford. Yet fate refuses to allow her respite. In Nancy Bilyeau’s THE TAPESTRY (Touchstone, 2015), the third and final installment of a three-book series that includes THE CROWN (2012) and THE CHALICE (2013), King Henry summons Joanna to court to discuss a tapestry commission. Reluctant to serve a king she has twice tried to dethrone, yet des ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
4.5 stars. "The Tapestry" is the third book in the fabulous Joanna Stafford series. This is a very exciting series and I really enjoyed the first two books so I was eager to get my hands on the third book. I feel like I have been waiting for this book for a very long time and my waiting was not in vain! This book is a very exciting historical fiction novel that takes place in the heart of King Henry VIII's court. You will definitely want to start with the first book in the series before you get ...more
Erika Robuck
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“In spite of murderous plots, volatile kings, and a divided heart, Joanna Stafford manages to stay true to her noble character. Fans of Ken Follett will devour Nancy Bilyeau’s novel of political treachery and courageous love, set amid the endlessly fascinating Tudor landscape.”
Judith
In the third book featuring Joanna Stafford, Nancy Bilyeau once again delivers a page-turning adventure in one of my favourite historical times. Her writing style has the ability to make one envision the events as they unfold. Court intrigue, a wonderfully suspenseful plot and all the colour and intrigue of the Court of Henry VIII - this has been a wonderful reading adventure for me. I'm not sure if there will be any more Joanna Stafford stories but if there are, I will surely be reading them!
Stephanie
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this third book of what is one of my all-time favorite series, Joanna Stafford is summoned to Henry VIII’s court. She’d rather stay in Dartford with her loom to weave tapestries and be with her friends. She has had quite enough of the dangers out there. However, Joanna tapestry making has caught the attention of King Henry VIII. She knows she must go and fears for her life because of her involvement in tempting to over thrown the King. Not only that, she has made a few enemies along the way…A ...more
Diana
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Copy received from author for an honest review
My humble review:
First, I LOVED “The Crown” the first book in the Joanna Stafford series. This was my first introduction to Historical Fiction and I absolutely loved it and continued to read Historical Fiction because of “The Crown.” It is still, hands down, one of my favorites. I have to bow my head down in shame because I did not read “The Chalice”-yet. Which I’m sorry because I can tell by “The Tapestry” I missed out on many good plots. When I saw
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Erin
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've a confession folks, one I'm almost afraid to admit. I love historic fiction and there isn't a lot that doesn't interest me, but the truth is I'm all but burnt out on Henry VIII. I wish it were otherwise, but I've grown reluctant to pick up pieces involving the mercurial monarch and his scandal ridden court. With so many titles on the market it's difficult to imagine a writer bringing anything new to the table and I know
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Samantha
The latest installment in the Joanna Stafford series continues our favorite former novice's story as she attempts to make a life for herself that doesn't include the priory, maybe includes a husband, and hopefully doesn't include contact with her cousin Henry VIII. As in the first two books, events rarely transpire as Joanna has planned, and sometimes she doesn't even have a plan.

The twists and turns in this story evince in depth historical research going well beyond the court of the English ki
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Gay
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joanna Stafford is related to Henry VIII who commands her to come to court to weave a tapestry for his famous and valuable collection—perhaps the best in Europe. For her, that is living hell. She wishes only to go back to being a Dominican novice—but that can’t happen because all of the religious institutions have been disbanded. So, for the good of her family and friends she does Henry’s bidding. It is 1540 and Henry is about to get rid of wife number four for Catherine Howard who becomes his m ...more
Faith Justice
A fun read. Bilyeau provides a compelling heroine, interesting plot, and wonderfully detailed setting. Although I'm thoroughly burned out on Tudor stories, this one kept my interest and provided a different take on the tragic story of Katherine Howard. I particularly appreciated the era-sensitive attitude toward the occult and magic--something most authors avoid unless they write fantasy or the story is about witches and heretics.

A note on the narration: This was the audio book edition and I fo
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Nita
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes by the third book of a trilogy, the story becomes rather boring. But not The Tapestry and not Joanna Stafford and her struggles and intrigue! Absolutely love Nancy Bilyeau's writing! She captures you and draws right into King Henry's court and time period with such beautiful and exquisite writing!
Julianne Douglas
Ever since her Dominican priory was closed by order of Henry VIII, Joanna Stafford has tried to live a quiet life weaving tapestries in the small town of Dartford. Yet fate refuses to allow her respite. In Nancy Bilyeau’s THE TAPESTRY (Touchstone, 2015), the third and final installment of a three-book series that includes THE CROWN (2012) and THE CHALICE (2013), King Henry summons Joanna to court to discuss a tapestry commission. Reluctant to serve a king she has twice tried to dethrone, yet des ...more
Darlene
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at Peeking Between the Pages: http://www.peekingbetweenthepages.com...


I’m pleased to be kicking of Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours tour of The Tapestry by Nancy Bilyeau today! From the very moment I started reading The Crown years ago, the first book in this series, I was hooked. Next The Chalice came along and it only furthered the intrigue of the series which has now culminated in The Tapestry releasing on March 24. Nancy Bilyeau is truly an artist with words and she we
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The Lit Bitch
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the previous book in the series, The Chalice. I have yet to read The Crown, but I have heard good things about it as well. I would say that you could probably read this book without having read the previous books in the series. I didn’t feel like there were huge gaps in the plot, plus Bilyeau does a great job at explaining the characters and plot back story to readers.

As I said in the previous book, I thought that Joanna’s character was constructed well and fit within the histor
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Nancy
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's not often I stay up all night to finish a book only to spend the wee hours of the morning philosophizing about how fortunate I am not to be living in Tudor England or having anything to do with the court of King Henry VIII - but that's exactly what happened with The Tapestry.

Imagine a world in religious turmoil. The monasteries that were havens of culture and humanity in an age of brutality have been dissolved, their lands and property seized to pad the royal treasury. Imagine plots and pu
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Claire Gem
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any historical fiction aficionado
Medieval tapestries are a personal obsession of mine, so I came to Nancy Bilyeau’s The Tapestry with heightened anticipation. Knowing nothing about the series (this is the third in her Joanna Stafford series), what I expected was an historical account with a central theme revolving around the production of these timeless works of art. In fact, the heroine does weave tapestries. This, however, is ancillary to what surrounds: a brilliantly crafted historical adventure.

Joanna Stafford is a former n
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Kathleen Kelly
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Tapestry is the third book featuring Joanna Stafford. Joanna is a former nun from the priory in Dartford that has been closed, ordered by King Henry VIII. She does have some royal blood but court is the remotest place she wants to be. She is brought to the Tudor court, reluctantly, and is tasked with creating a tapestry for the King and inventory his many tapestries. On her first day at court, she is attacked by an unknown assailant. Thus starts her journey back into court life and it's many ...more
Charlene
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the third and final adventure for Joanna Stafford, former novice to the Dominican priory. I have so enjoyed Joanna's journey, and the historical setting that the author has created from the real history, and I think this is a wonderful conclusion to the trilogy. As this series has progressed, the focus has changed from a historical mystery for the main character Joanna to solve, to a mystery now more focused on Joanna. However, the mystery in this novel is less hair-raising compared to t ...more
eyes.2c
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Complex and intriguing!

Joanna Stafford a former Domonican Novice has returned to London and court. King Henry has called for her to work on his tapestry collection. The life she has put behind her re-emerges. A series of mishaps and confrontations leaves Joanna emotionally in a strange place. A distant cousin to Henry, she is at first housed with her cousin Catherine Howard at a time just before Catherine becomes Henry's mistresss. Joanna is shocked and saddened by the way Catherine is used by h
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Patty
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third (and final I believe) of the Joanna Stafford novels. Joanna is a lost child as it were of a royal family in the Tudor era. She chooses to become a novitiate in the Dominican Priory at Dartford but as we all know Henry VIII with the help of Thomas Cromwell had the Abbeys and Monasteries destroyed. In this installment Joanna seeks to live a quiet life in Dartford and weave the tapestries that give her comfort. But that is not to be as she receives a summons from Whitehall to see ...more
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Nancy is a writer and magazine editor, a graduate of the University of Michigan who worked as an editor at "Rolling Stone," "InStyle" and "Good Housekeeping." She wrote a trilogy of award-winning Tudor mysteries, published in 9 countries: "The Crown," "The Chalice," and "The Tapestry." Her new book is "The Blue," a novel of suspense set in the rivalrous art and porcelain worlds of 18th century Eur ...more

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