Queen By Right (Paperback)

A Novel

By Anne Easter Smith

Atria Books, 9781416550471, 528pp.

Publication Date: May 10, 2011

List Price: 17.99*
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From the award-winning author of A Rose for the Crown, Daughter of York, and The King’s Grace comes another masterful historical novel—the story of Cecily of York, mother of two kings and the heroine of one of history’s greatest love stories.

 Anne Easter Smith’s novels are beloved by readers for their ability “to grab you, sweep you along with the story, and make you fall in love with the characters.” * In Cecily Neville, duchess of York and ancestor of every English monarch to the present day, she has found her most engrossing character yet.

History remembers Cecily of York standing on the steps of the Market Cross at Ludlow, facing an attacking army while holding the hands of her two young sons. Queen by Right reveals how she came to step into her destiny, beginning with her marriage to Richard, duke of York, whom she meets when she is nine and he is thirteen. Raised together in her father’s household, they become a true love match and together face personal tragedies, pivotal events of history, and deadly political intrigue. All of England knows that Richard has a clear claim to the throne, and when King Henry VI becomes unfit to rule, Cecily must put aside her hopes and fears and help her husband decide what is right for their family and their country. Queen by Right marks Anne Easter Smith’s greatest achievement, a book that every fan of sweeping, exquisitely detailed historical fiction will devour.

About the Author

A native of England, Anne Easter Smith has lived in the United States for more than forty years. She was the features editor at a newspaper in New York State and now lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts, with her husband, Scott. You can visit her website at AnneEasterSmith.com.

Praise For Queen By Right: A Novel

“Anne Easter Smith knows how to deliver a journey of the heart.” --Sandra Worth, author of Pale Rose of England

“Intelligent, compelling and engaging, her novel is lively, believable historical fiction with a heroine readers will take to their hearts.” Romantic Times Book Reviews, Editor’s Top Pick

“Stunning…richly detailed…a delicious read.” --Library Journal

“Remarkably assured…a delightful, confident novel…a strong new voice in the field of historical romance.” --Kirkus Reviews

“Her most compelling and gripping novel yet…absolutely captivating, a tale you will want to read over and over again!” --Michelle Moran, author of Madame Tussaud

“All the makings of a proper medieval tale--familial betrayal, political scandal, savage wars, decapitations, and licentious affairs. . . . Fans of medieval historical fiction will undoubtedly appreciate this intimate portrayal of some of the era's key players.” -PublishersWeekly.com

"With her signature attention to detail, Smith fully fleshes out the life of this English lady and, through her eyes, skillfully dramatizes the thick of the Wars of the Roses. A master of historical accuracy and complex political intrigues." --Library Journal

“Well-researched and entertaining … Anne Easter Smith is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.…She seems to effortlessly bring the 15th century and Cecily Neville to life.” --Historical Novels Review