The King's Concubine

The King s Concubine Better than Philippa Gregory The Bookseller Anne O Brien has joined the exclusive club of excellent historical novelists Sunday Express One marriage Three people Proud king Loving wife Infamous mistre

  • Title: The King's Concubine
  • Author: Anne O'Brien
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Better than Philippa Gregory The Bookseller Anne O Brien has joined the exclusive club of excellent historical novelists Sunday Express One marriage Three people Proud king Loving wife Infamous mistress 1362 Philippa of Hainault selects a young orphan from a convent Alice Perrers, a girl born with nothing but ambition The Queen has a role waiting for her Better than Philippa Gregory The Bookseller Anne O Brien has joined the exclusive club of excellent historical novelists Sunday Express One marriage Three people Proud king Loving wife Infamous mistress 1362 Philippa of Hainault selects a young orphan from a convent Alice Perrers, a girl born with nothing but ambition The Queen has a role waiting for her at court I have lifted you from nothing Alice Now you repay me Led down the corridors of the royal palace, the young virgin is secretly delivered to King Edward III to perform the wifely duties of which ailing Philippa is no longer capable Power has a price, and Alice Perrers will pay it Mistress to the King Confidante of the Queen Whore to the court Her fate is double edged loved by the majesties, ostracised by her peers Alice must balance her future with care as her star begins to rise the despised concubine is not untouchable Politics and pillow talk are dangerous bedfellows The fading great King wants her in his bed Her enemies want her banished One mistake and Alice will face a threat worse than any malicious whispers of the past.

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    1. "Better than Philippa Gregory" says the bold statement on the cover. Oooh Big Call.Gregory is one of the finest architects of what I call the Likeable Villianess: the abrasive, self-serving, yet ultimately sympathetic anti-heroine you love to hate. Finest of *these* times - might I add as a disclaimer - since Margaret Mitchell's wonderfully complex Scarlett O'Hara is arguably the doyenne of them all.Anne Boylen of The Other Boylen girl is probably Gregory's most famous creation (she puts the "ev [...]

    2. Alice Perrers the name painted by history is of an unattracive and manipulative woman who took advantage of King Edward III generosity for her own lust for power. This book though goes along way to rewriting the past to show Alice as a brave and loyal woman who paid a heavy price for her time with King and Queen. The story is of Alice growing up in 14th century England with her parents unknown, called a bastard child and doomed to live her life as a nun a life she does not wish on her self. Alic [...]

    3. REVIEW:Alice Perrers was born in the year of 1348 during the plague. She was raised in a convent. While at the convent Alice was quite a problem at times. She refused to take the veil. She believed that she had a bigger and better future in line for her.She left the horrid beginnings of her life behind her to become mistress to Edward III, but like always she was alone.Early in her life she met with royalty and that changes her entire life. Very much in love with her husband, Edward, Queen Phili [...]

    4. Stories about the mistresses of Kings have always intrigued me. This story was made even more so because I had just read The King Must Die, which was about Edward's mother and his early years on the throne.Not much is known about Alice Perrers, other than she served as a Lady in Waiting to Queen Phillipa and that she became the King's Mistress. Oh and she was intensely disliked by most people.I think the why's of that dislike are pretty obvious.Edward and Phillipa had a very good marriage as far [...]

    5. Alice Perrers is a 14th century orphan sheltered and used by nuns who on a long and winding path becomes the mistress to King Edward III. She subsequently marries another man, William de Windsor, is banished, then unbanished, then rebanished and finally reinstated in civil society thanks to the great love of Windsor.As historical fiction, the book is loosely based on facts and tells Alice's side of the story. The author appears to be Alice's apologist and justifies her actions, especially when e [...]

    6. Little is known about the life of Alice Perrers, but The King's Concubine strives admirably to fill in the gaps and to paint positive intentions and motivations onto a woman whom history has branded as a villain. I'm a sucker for English historical fiction, so on many levels I enjoyed the book. It was an engaging and thorough look at a fascinating time period, and at a fascinating monarch. I thought the love between Edward and Philippa was handled with a perfect touch, and I found the premise th [...]

    7. na knjizi pise Bolja od Philippe Gregory hmm svaka knjiga koju sam procitala gdje je pisalo bolje od e tu je slijedilo razocarenjeKnjiga sama po sebi nije losa ali bolja od Gregory ma nema sanseDok me Gregory svakom knjigom suptilno uvlacila u dvorce, kraljevstva, zivote aktera knjige, tijekom citanja mogla sam osjetiti atmosferu tog vremena, bila je opipljiva.Ovo je prva knjiga od Anne O'Brien i naravno procitat cu i druge dvije koje imam ali osim dogadjanja u knjizi nisam osjetila atmosferu ta [...]

    8. My thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin UK (Mira) for an early digital edition to read and review.The King’s Concubine is set during the reign of Edward III, and describes his relationship with his wife, Philippa of Hainault, and his mistress, Alice Perrers. Little is truly known about the life of Alice Perrers, and yet Anne O’Brien has woven a skilful and believable story about how, in the mid 1360’s, young Alice became one of the Queen’s waiting women. The way in which Alice colluded with [...]

    9. I do not really know what happened, it could have been growing all week. I was all come on, 600 pages? Why is that needed? Cos honestly nothing happened in the book.I started to read, it felt ok, but then I started to skim and skimmed to the end. I could have worked through it and given it a good rating but it was a library book which meansI gave up and skimmed. I have too many books. I need awesome, if the library do not give me awesome I go all eh.I am also not a fan of the this is me, the nar [...]

    10. I found Alice Perrers (or Alice de Windsor, as we should really call her), to be an uninspiring heroine. She was greedy and self-serving. Maybe she wasn't really like that but Ms. O'Brien would have you believe she was. She was constantly stealing (calling a spade a spade) and justifying her actions on every other page. Enough already. I get it. She wants money. She wants land. Life for a medieval woman of no rank was rough. She had to look out for herself and her children, I get it. I didn't fe [...]

    11. As a novel, the story of a rise of Alice Perrers might seem a bit dry, but as a historical account of a magnificent woman who achieved so much way ahead of her time? It's glorious!I loved Alice Perrers because no matter what she faced she kept her integrity. I'm actually really fascinated with that time period and Plantagenets are my favorite royal branch of British monarchy. The narration is led by Alice Perrers largely from her memories. She talks about her common upbringing in the Abbey on th [...]

    12. "Today you will be my Lady of the Sun," King Edward says as he approaches to settle me into my chariot.Alice Perrers begins life as an orphan living in a convent and destined to be a nun. Her ambition is to be someone powerful and independent. Catching the eye of Queen Philippa, she finds herself caught up in the world of court politics and intrigue. When the King begins expressing an interest in Alice as well, will Alice betray the queen who brought her to court for her own ambition?Have I ever [...]

    13. Alice Perrers was mistress to Edward III. I'd heard of her but that's it. She was an innocent with no friends who had to learn to survive in a politicized world where one wrong move could mean your downfall, and could literally mean death when she was accused of witchcraft. I enjoy learning about new people and always find it intriguing to read about a person from different points-of-view. Alice was a minor character in a book I just finished reading about Katherine Swynford. In it, she was port [...]

    14. A great story of Alice Perrers, showing her to be a strong and determined medieval woman. She had a mind for business and was able to invest in property so that on the death of Edward III she was decidedly land-rich. However with the loss of her royal lover she was left vulnerable to the rest of the court and to Parliament. This novel really showed me just how difficult it was to have been a 'woman of means' at that time; women were ultimately dependant on men for their livelihood. Luckily Alice [...]

    15. This is the first historical I have read about King Edward III and Queen Phillipa of Hainault and its really good. Most of what I read is usually set in the Tudor age or during the Wars of the Roses. The King's Concubine was refreshing, and from the first page it immersed me in the medieval era. Alice at first was naive, but then as I followed her story, and her ups and downs at court, you realise how two faced life was then. One minute she was the favourite and a very powerful woman. The next b [...]

    16. This has become one of my top ten historical reads of all time. Anne O'Brien has created a heroine who is wholly unique, unusually strong and an equal match for any man. Alice Perrers (who has not been treated kindly by history) is neither beautiful nor well born, but she dreams of a grander life than taking a nun's habit and eventually finds herself in the court of Edward III and Philippa. The author manages to make the reasons for her being there and becoming Edward's paramour very believable. [...]

    17. I started this book with more than a little trepidation. Other books I've read from this time period both fiction and non-fiction did not paint a flattering picture of Alice Perrers. Anne O'Brien has painted a wonderful and engaging portrait of a woman who started with nothing and at one point was a very wealthy woman. She knew her royal patronage would not last forever and planned accordingly. I liked that she was shrewd and conniving but was also very loyal to Edward III. I also think that tel [...]

    18. I thoroughly enjoyed this account of Alice Perrers, notorious mistress of Edward III. I had always suspected that Alice got the rough end of history's stick and that she could not possibly have been as evil as she was portrayed to be. In this novel she emerges as a strong and compassionate woman who had a high regard for both Edward and Phillipa. Yes, she was an opportunist and yes, she took whatever gifts and baubles came her way - but what savvy woman wouldn't try to secure a future for hersel [...]

    19. I am a big fan of Phillippa Gregory and wanted to try other authors with similar plots. I was pleasantly surprised. This book wasn't dumbed down and it was a well-researched and fascinating book on a woman that isn't commonly written about. I enjoyed not being in the Tudor area and instead seeing how the royal family was before being decided into the Lancasters and Yorks.

    20. $6.99When Alice Perrers was born in 1348, just surviving the Black Death would have been an amazing feat, let alone rising to be the King’s mistress, concubine, lover, or whatever you want to call her.Because so little is known about her youth, the author has chosen to have her abandoned and brought up with the nuns, but she was able to read and write and most likely a very bright girl. As a teenager she was married to Janyn Perrers for a brief time and perhaps learned about acquiring property [...]

    21. I have been wanting to delve into the world of historical fiction for a long time, and when I saw this book I just knew this would be the one to tempt me into never before sailed seas.I enjoyed it from start to finish. The provocative and ambitious Alice is a wonderful character, and the author has done a fantastic job of bringing Kind Edward III's court to life. Everything from the political intrigues, and grim realities of illness and death, to the wonderfully decadent dresses and and jewelry [...]

    22. A pretty decent read, although it had its flaws. My copy stands at around 600 pages and there could have easily been 200+ cut from that with all the repetition (usually about her need for land) and angst. The repetition is a pain, it slows down the story each time, we get it, she needs property to feel secure, I don't need to be told 10 times. It is reminiscent of another historical fiction writer who uses a similar tactic *coughs* Philippa Gregory *coughs*. I read O'Brien's book on Katherine Sw [...]

    23. Lot of folks getting their panties in a wad about Being compared to Phillipa Gregory, but I think that's very accurate here. Both write with a lot of leeway on the side of historical accuracy and if that's an bugbear for then stick to biographies. I enjoyed this book; perhaps it could have been edited better; brought up the children (and their fates) more, added more detail regarding the trials but overall it was a nice toe dip into the life of someone who in all probability was painted 1000x mo [...]

    24. Surprisingly, I liked this book. I randomly saw it at Half-Priced Books and the title caught my eye. Historical fiction has not always interested me, but I think a LOT of "notorious" women in history are treated unfairly, mainly because history during that time was written by men - religious, sanctimonious, hypocritical, medieval-minded men. As mistress to King Edward III, Alice Perrers had more influence and money than many lords and politician of that time, so of course they would hate her. Sh [...]

    25. On the cover it boasts Anne O'Brien outdoes even Philippa Gregory by The Sun. I don't think that's quite a true statement. This is a good read; a very well written historical novel. O'Brien's writing is less 'dramatic' than Gregory, this is my first book by O'Brien, but that said, the story was very engaging, it kept me turning the pages!The years are cruel. They rob us of our health and our friends and our hopes, and give nothing back. - Pg. 146Jealousy is a terrible sine and a vicious companio [...]

    26. This is fascinating story about the reign of Edward III but I do not agree with bold statement on the cover of the book "better than Philippa Gregory". As enjoyable as this book is the language seemed a little too colloquial for the time period and, in my opinion, Gregory is a far more skilled author.

    27. 3.5* I didn't quite like Alice's attitude throughout the book, though the author did do a good job of showing her flaws and virtues. I liked de Windsor. I just don't know that I got into the book enough.

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