I noticed in Friday’s Weekly Reading Round-Up that a number of people seem to be reading In a Treacherous Court.
So, if you like tales of court intrigue, you’ll probably like….
— Karleen Koen’s Dark Angels, set at the court of Charles II;
— Susan Holloway Scott’s The Duchess, detailing the chequered career of Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough– and don’t miss her other books, about the mistresses of Charles II: Royal Harlot (Barbara, Countess Castlemaine), The French Mistress (Louise de Kerouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth), and The King’s Favorite (Nell Gwynn);
— Victoria Holt’s My Enemy, the Queen, about Elizabeth I’s troublesome cousin, Lettice Knollys;
— and pretty much anything by Holt’s alter ego, Jean Plaidy, who left no queen unchronicled. My old favorites include Queen in Waiting, about my personal heroine, Caroline of Ansbach, and Victoria Victorious (self-explanatory) but you can also find Tudors (such as The Lady in the Tower, about Anne Boleyn), Borgias (Madonna of the Seven Hills, et al) and pretty much anyone else you can think of. Prolific doesn’t even begin to describe it;
— Diane Haeger’s Courtesan, about Diane de Poitier and Henri II;
— Judith Merkle Riley’s The Master of All Desires, for a somewhat quirkier look at Catherine de’ Medici and the court of Henri II, as well as The Serpent Garden, for a whole new look Cardinal Wolsey and the marriage of the Princess Mary to the King of France;
— Rosalind Laker’s To Dance With Kings, spanning from the court of Louis XIV up through the French Revolution;
— Tracy Grant’s Vienna Waltz (yes, yes, I know I just mentioned her last week, but you really can’t get a better view of the intrigue at the Congress of Vienna, as those titans of intrigue, Talleyrand and Metternich, went head to head);
— and how could I possibly leave out the book that launched a thousand Tudor take-offs? Philippa Gregory’s The Other Boleyn Girl.
Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg. And, then, on top of it, there’s the non-fiction universe of court intrigue, including works by:
— Alison Weir, who, like Jean Plaidy, is on the No Tudor Left Behind program;
Where do you find your court intrigue? I know I’ve left out a ridiculous number of novels and non-fiction!