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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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Lady Jane Grey
Feb 23, 2008 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!
Phil Syphe
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first half of the novel is by far superior to the second half. I feel the author should’ve ended this one with Henry IV’s demise, and wrote a separate book from when Henry V took the throne.

I didn’t previously know much about Mary de Bohun, who takes centre stage during the opening chapters. Don’t know what the real Mary was like, but I loved Jean Plaidy’s portral of her.

As with the previous books in the Plantagenet series, the author tries to cover the lives of nearly everyone involved dur
Christine Cazeneuve
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Terrific book about the reign of Henry IV and his conquering son - Henry V. Read it in two days as the book was so fast paced and full of love, lust, betrayal and intrigue I just couldn't put it down. Jean Plaidy has such a way in capturing the reader and you just surrender to it. This book starts the dawn of the Lancaster period and starts the reader on to the road of the Battle of the Roses. A must read!
Milan Nekolný
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Vydáno v r. 2010 nakladatelstvím Baronet pod názvem Hvězda Lancasterů.
Po Richardově porážce a smrti se Henry Bolingbroke nechal korunovat (Jindřich IV.). Ale trpěl vážnou chorobou a byl obklopen nepřáteli – Welšany, Skoty i příznivci bývalého krále, a země byla neustále ohrožována povstáními. Dvoru dominoval jeho nejstarší syn Harry z Monmouthu nedočkavě čekající na příležitost zmocnit se koruny a vedoucí skandální život. Pak se Harry stal králem Jindřichem V. a nastala zázračná změna, z mladíka
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
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.
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.
Sara W
Jul 18, 2007 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
Sep 14, 2010 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.
Feb 29, 2012 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.
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
An amazing book, very lush and pretty.
Oct 04, 2015 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.
11th in series
Sue Law
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well paced novel covering the lives of Heny IV (Bolingbroke) and his son Henry V, as usual primarily seen through the lives of their wives. The ending is rather abrupt, but that's history!
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.
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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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