Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The crown by Nancy Bilyeau

The crown (edition 2011)

by Nancy Bilyeau

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
2603643,918 (3.95)6
Title:The crown
Authors:Nancy Bilyeau
Info:New York : Simon & Schuster, c2011.
Tags:mcpl, fiction, historical, mystery

Work details

The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau


Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 6 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 35 (next | show all)
Solid debut novel

The Crown has been described as a cross between a Dan Brown and Philippa Gregory novel. Set in Tudor times this historical thriller features young Dominican novice, Joanna Stafford, who has just left her priory to attend the public burning of her beloved cousin, Lady Margaret, for treason against King Henry VIII.

"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 one of noble birth, the ale comes by the cartload."

A good entertaining read with likable characters, extensive historical detail throughout and a juicy blend of lust, murder, conspiracy, and betrayal. ( )
  jan.fleming | Feb 9, 2015 |

What an amazing, interesting book. This was such a hard book to put down. The story just kept getting more and more interesting.

The basic story in this amazing book is about the crown that Christ wore while on the cross. Did it still exist in the 1500's? Did some of the Bishop's in England try to find the crown? This book take's the reader through a couple of Bishop's who were interesting in finding the crown. This also happened during the time when King Henry divorced Queen Katherine from Spain so he could marry Anne Boylen. Also when King Henry dissolved the monasteries in England. The author has wrote a fiction book about true history. This was a very good and interesting read. I look forward to future work by this author. ( )
  kybunnies | Oct 19, 2014 |
This was an entertaining historic thriller which was perfect for my current mood. The author did a very good job with her history and interweaving a clever story between these times. ( )
  yougotamber | Aug 22, 2014 |
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 |
Showing 1-5 of 35 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Information from the German Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
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.
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
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.
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

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)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 4 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
1 avail.
269 wanted
3 pay4 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.95)
2 2
2.5 3
3 19
3.5 6
4 28
4.5 4
5 24


An edition of this book was published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 95,708,336 books! | Top bar: Always visible