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The crown (edition 2011)

by Nancy Bilyeau

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Title:The crown
Authors:Nancy Bilyeau
Info:New York : Simon & Schuster, c2011.
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Interesting historical fiction, and a fascinating, twisting, turning mystery. Loved it! ( )
  ewillse | Mar 23, 2014 |
Interesting historical fiction, and a fascinating, twisting, turning mystery. Loved it! ( )
  PatienceFortitude | Mar 6, 2014 |
Interesting historical fiction, and a fascinating, twisting, turning mystery. Loved it! ( )
  PatienceFortitude | Mar 6, 2014 |
Interesting historical fiction, and a fascinating, twisting, turning mystery. Loved it! ( )
  PatienceFortitude | Mar 6, 2014 |
The Crown is an amazing historical fiction novel set during the time of King Henry VIII, but follows the character of Joanna Stafford a novice at Dartford Priory. Joanna has snuck away from the priory to offer comfort to her cousin, Margaret Blumer when she is burned at the stake for treason. While at the burning, Joanna runs into trouble as her father arrives and tries to aid Margaret. Joanna and her father are both imprisoned in the Tower.

While imprisoned, Bishop Gardiner learns of Joanna's placement within Dartford Priory and negotiates her release back to the Priory if she will look for the mystical Crown of Athelstan. Meanwhile, Gardiner will hold her father in the Tower to make sure she complies.

This is a fast-paced historical fiction mystery. The writing takes you back to the 1500's and is a wonderful insight into the not-so-often explored realm of Priory life during the reign of King Henry the VIII when Thomas Cromwell was actively dissolving religious houses. Joanna Stafford's character is dynamic and heartfelt, she blends in seamlessly with the many real-life characters that make appearances throughout the book. The ending was brilliant, I really never saw it coming... ( )
  Mishker | Dec 12, 2013 |
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When a burning is announced, the taverns of Smithfield order extra barrels of ale, but when the person to be executed is a woman and of noble birth, the ale comes by the cartload.
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In this debut historical thriller, an aristocratic young nun must find a legendary crown in order to save her father’s life and preserve all she holds dear from Cromwell’s ruthless terror.

When novice nun Joanna Stafford learns her rebel cousin is condemned by King Henry VIII to be burned at the stake, she makes the decision to break the sacred rule of enclosure and run away from her Dominican Order in Dartford to stand at her cousin’s side.

Arrested for interfering with king’s justice, Joanna, along with her father, Sir Richard Stafford, is sent to the Tower of London. Joanna’s father is brutally tortured by Stephen Gardiner, the Bishop of Winchester who leads the Catholic faction bent on saving England’s monasteries from destruction. In order to save her father, Joanna must submit to Gardiner’s will and become a pawn in the struggle between religious extremes. Gardiner forces Joanna to return to Dartford Priory with a mission: find the long hidden crown worn by Saxon King Athelstan in AD 937 during the historic battle that first united Britain. Gardiner believes the crown itself to possess a mystical power that will halt the Reformation.

Uncovering only dark betrayals and murder at Dartford, Joanna flees with Brother Edmund, a troubled young friar, and with time running out, their hunt for the crown leads them through royal castles, to Stonehenge, and finally to the tomb of the mysterious King Athelstan under Malmesbury Abbey. There Joanna learns the true secret of the crown, a secret tracing all the way back to Golgotha and the Relics of the Passion. Now, as Cromwell’s army of destruction advances, Joanna must finally determine who to trust and how far she is willing to go to protect a way of life that she passionately loves.
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Leaving her Dominican Order to stand by a cousin who has been condemned to death by Henry VIII, novice Joanna Stafford and her father are arrested and ordered by the Bishop of Winchester to recover a religious artifact believed to hold a sacred power.… (more)

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