The Tapestry

The Tapestry Whitehall Amid political betrayal and sexual intrigue one woman fights for her soul The next page turner in theJoanna Stafford series is here plunging readers into the heart of the Tudor court

  • Title: The Tapestry
  • Author: Nancy Bilyeau
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Whitehall 1540 Amid political betrayal and sexual intrigue, one woman fights for her soul The next page turner in theJoanna Stafford series is here, plunging readers into the heart of the Tudor court.Says bestselling author Alison Weir Nancy Bilyeau s passion for history infuses her books and transports us back to the dangerous world of Tudor England Vivid charactersWhitehall 1540 Amid political betrayal and sexual intrigue, one woman fights for her soul The next page turner in theJoanna Stafford series is here, plunging readers into the heart of the Tudor court.Says bestselling author Alison Weir Nancy Bilyeau s passion for history infuses her books and transports us back to the dangerous world of Tudor England Vivid characters and gripping plots are at the heart of this wonderful trilogy, and this third book will not fail to thrill readers Warmly recommended The story After her priory in Dartford is closed, Joanna resolves to live a quiet and honorable life weaving tapestries, shunning dangerous quests and conspiracies Until she is summoned to Whitehall Palace, where her tapestry weaving has drawn the King s attention Joanna is uncomfortable serving the King whom she has twice attempted to overthrow, unbeknownst to him She fears for her life in a court bursting with hidden agendas and a casual disregard for the virtues she holds dear And her suspicions are confirmed when an assassin attempts to kill her moments after arriving at Whitehall Struggling to stay ahead of her most formidable enemy yet, an unknown one, she becomes entangled in dangerous court politics A disturbing encounter with Thomas Cromwell propels Joanna to prominence in the King s circle She discovered that her dear friend Catherine Howard is rud to be the King s mistress Joanna is determined to protect young, beautiful, naive Catherine from becoming the aging King s next wife and possibly, victim Two friends she makes at court, painter Hans Holbein and courtier Thomas Culpepper, offer help, but at what cost Set in a world of royal banquets and feasts, tournament jousts, ship voyages, and Tower Hill executions, this thrilling tale finds Joanna in her most dangerous situation yet, as she attempts to decide the life she wants to live nun or wife, spy or subject, rebel or courtier Joanna must finally choose her fate.

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    1. 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.

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 character [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 4.5 starsIt'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 [...]

    8. 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!

    9. 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.

    10. 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 d [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. “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.”

    13. 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!

    14. 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 w [...]

    15. Copy received from author for an honest reviewMy 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 [...]

    16. Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.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 sex sells, but I'm [...]

    17. 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 [...]

    18. 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 becom [...]

    19. 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 [...]

    20. 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!

    21. 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 d [...]

    22. Originally posted at Peeking Between the Pages: peekingbetweenthepagesI’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 weaves fact and fi [...]

    23. 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 hi [...]

    24. 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 [...]

    25. 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 [...]

    26. 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 [...]

    27. 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 [...]

    28. 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 [...]

    29. 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 [...]

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