By Jean Plaidy
A personal conflict rages at court docket for the affections of a childless queen, who needs to quickly identify her successor--and hence verify the way forward for the British Empire. it's the starting of the eighteenth century and William of Orange is loss of life. quickly Anne is topped queen, yet to court docket insiders, the identify of the upcoming sovereign is Sarah Churchill. appealing, outspoken Sarah has bewitched Anne and believes she is invincible--until she installs her bad cousin Abigail Hill into court docket as royal chambermaid. simple Abigail turns out the least most probably challenger to Sarah’s position in her highness’s affections, yet problem it she does, in stealthy but ambitious methods. whereas Anne engages in her deepest tug-of-war, the state is captivated with one other, extra public conflict: succession. Anne is sickly and childless, the final of the Stuart line. This ultimate novel of the Stuarts from Jean Plaidy weaves larger-than-life characters via a dismal maze of intrigue, love, and destruction, with not anything under the way forward for the British Empire at stake.
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Never allow anyone to tell you otherwise. But sometimes I think that if God is to continue denying me children of my body He has a reason and it came to me last night, Hill, that I shall be the Mother of my people. When I see the crowds and they cheer me, I think they love me … more than they love William—but then of course they do not love him at all. I think they love me more than they loved my father. They see me as the Mother. ” “But I am a little ignorant, I fear. I never did my lessons as well as my sister Mary did.
Freeman. ” “And you have found nothing amiss? ” “My dear, dear Mrs. Freeman, I am so well tended … thanks to you. ” Nothing could have pleased Sarah better. Abigail was pleased too. She took her orders from Mrs. Danvers, went about the apartment silent-footed and efficient, and she knew that although she was often in the presence of the Princess, perhaps because the latter was shortsighted, perhaps because Abigail was just another woman to her, she was not aware of her as an individual, although any personal service was always rewarded with a kindly smile.
And if the boy was brought up as a Protestant who was going to quarrel with that? But Sarah’s fears miraculously disappeared. James declared that he absolutely refused to put his beloved son in the care of William. William looked greyer every day; Sarah was more jubilant. “Warming-pan babies! ” cried Sarah gleefully. ” It was a marvel to everyone that Sarah Churchill was not sent to the Tower. She must have uttered twenty treasonable statements a day. The King loathed her, but was afraid of offending the people if he attempted to interfere with Anne’s freedom, so she remained.