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About J.P. Reedman
J.P. Reedman was born in Canada but has lived in the U.K. for nearly 30 years.
Interests include folklore & anthropology, prehistoric archaeology (neolithic/bronze age Europe; ritual,burial & material culture), as well as The Wars of the Roses and the rest of the medieval era.
WARS OF THE ROSES/RICHARD III
I Richard Plantagenet parts 1 and 2 (also available as an omnibus)
I RICHARD PLANTAGENET the Prequel, Part 1 (new for 2020)
A Man Who Would Be King (Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham)
Sacred King (historical fantasy)
BLOOD OF ROSES (Edward IV and Towton)
SECRET MARRIAGES (Edward IV, Eleanor Talbot and Elizabeth Woodville)
WHITE ROSES, GOLDEN SUNNES--Collection of short stories about Richard III and his family
FEAST OF THE INNOCENTS. Novella about Richard III's son Edward
THE MISTLETOE BRIDE OF MINSTER LOVELL. Novella about Francis Lovell based on local folklore.
THE MEDIEVAL BABES series about little-known medieval women:
MY FAIR LADY- Eleanor of Provence, wife of Henry III.
MISTRESS OF THE MAZE-Fair Rosamund, mistress of Henry II
THE CAPTIVE PRINCESS--Eleanor of Brittany, victim of King John
THE WHITE ROSE RENT- Katherine, illegitimate daughter of Richard III (long novella)
THE PRINCESS NUN-Mary, daughter of Edward I
MY FATHER, MY ENEMY-Juliane, illegitimate daughter of Henry I, who tried to assassinate her father.
THE HOOD GAME (series about a mystical, magical Robin Hood)
RISE OF THE GREENWOOD KING BOOK 1
SHADOW OF THE BRAZEN HEAD BOOK 2
THE STONEHENGE SAGA. Omnibus edition containing the two novels Stone Lord and Moon Lord. The Arthurian legends retold in an early Bronze Age setting.
DUE OUT THIS YEAR-- I, RICHARD PLANTAGENET THE SEQUEL PART 2--A VOUS ME LIE
LONGSWORD'S WIFE--Ela of Salisbury
THE HOOD GAME-part 3. BLOOD OF THE DIVINE KING
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Young Richard of Gloucester has returned to his brother King Edward’s court after training in the household of the Earl of Warwick. Quickly the young man finds himself caught up in court intrigues: the famous Smithfield Joust, the Woodvilles’ theft of Thomas Cook’s tapestries, the killing of the Earl of Desmond in dubious circumstances. He also is befriended by the older John Howard, and experiences his first tastes of love –which results in the births of his two natural children, John and Katherine.
Duty soon beckons, however, when Warwick’s friendship with Edward is irrevocably broken and George of Clarence, Richard’s other brother, takes Warwick’s side. Rebellion now threatens the stability of England and even Edward’s throne. Young Richard, not yet eighteen, must retrieve Welsh castles, sit in judgment on traitors to the crown…and even stamp on the toes of the side-swapping Lord Stanley. He meets some loyal friends along the way but, unwittingly, he makes enemies too, who will one day return to haunt him.
As the clouds of war darken, Richard is finally driven into exile in Burgundy with the King. Butas the ship leaves the harbour, he swears he will return…
Part 2 of I, Richard Plantagenet: The Prequel.
All five of the I, Richard Plantagenet novels, both the two prequels and three main books of the series can be read as independent, self-contained stories of the life of Richard III.
Some years later, Ela and William form a harmonious bond, despite their arranged marriage, and have many children, but their lives are always threatened by uncertainty. King John now rules, and William is his most loyal brother--and his enforcer.
When the King tries to seduce Ela while William lies in the dungeons of the fighting Bishop of Bouvines, at last he decides to change his allegiance from the brother he once loved who has now become a tyrant. He returns to the Plantagenet fold only on King John's demise and the accession of his young nephew, King Henry III.
But war and strife is never far away, and on a journey from Gascony, William is shipwrecked and believed dead by most, barring Ela. Men of ambition start clamouring to wed the widowed Countess--and claim the earldom of Salisbury through marrying her...
LONGSWORD'S LADY is historical fiction based on the life of the remarkable medieval woman who placed a founding stone of Salisbury Cathedral, became the Sheriff of Wiltshire, one of only two female Sheriffs, and ended up a powerful Abbess in the beautiful convent she founded at Lacock.
Richard's illegitimate daughter, Katherine Plantagenet, wife of one year to William Herbert, Earl of Huntingdon, struggles to find her path in the strange new world of Tudor England. Only fifteen years old, she fears her husband will put her aside due to her relationship to the deposed King.
Frightened and alone, she recalls the events of her younger years, when Richard, Duke of Gloucester took her and her half-brother John to be raised at Sheriff Hutton Castle. Days when it seemed a baseborn girl could reach dizzying heights...
Days of happiness before her father took the crown, before her cousins Edward and Richard vanished from the Tower of London, before beautiful Elizabeth of York danced in gold at the Christmas Feast of 1484 and started rumours flying...
A small, thin, nervous boy who witnesses the terror of the sack of Ludlow and is taken prisoner in its aftermath, along with his mother Cecily and two of his siblings.
A child of eight sent for safety to a strange foreign land when his father is killed in battle and one of his brothers murdered, their heads spiked above the gates of York by the Lancastrian victors.
A young boy raised to knighthood and a Dukedom by his eldest brother, the warrior-king Edward IV, then sent to Middleham Castle to receive knightly training in the household of his kinsman, Richard Neville--the infamous Warwick the Kingmaker. A place and a man that will shape the future course of Richard's life...
First part in a two part series on Richard III's childhood and youth. Part two, AVOUS ME LIE, due out late 2020
Prequel to the I, RICHARD PLANTAGENET series--TANTE LE DESIREE, LOYAULTE ME LIE and A MAN WHO WOULD BE KING.
LOYAULTE ME LIE
Sequel to Tante le Desiree but also a stand-alone book in its own right.
1483. King Edward IV is dead. The Woodvilles have the Great Seal—and the treasury.
In the north Richard Duke of Gloucester receives word of his brother’s unexpected death from Lord Hastings, who advises him to get to London and take possession of the new young King.
Riding into Northampton, Anthony Woodville, guardian of Edward V, is implicated in a plot to ambush Richard upon the road. He is arrested and Edward V taken into care by Gloucester and the flamboyant and persuasive Duke of Buckingham.
Once they reach London, Buckingham glibly suggests that the young King be sent to the Tower of London ‘for his own safety.’
Plans for the Coronation progress as expected—and then Bishop Stillington comes to Richard with a shocking revelation.
What the Bishop imparts will set the Wheel of Fortune spinning, dooming a young boy and setting Richard of Gloucester on the road to Kingship…and tragedy at Bosworth Field.
Called a ‘new Ricardian classic’, I, RICHARD PLANTAGENET is both bloody and bawdy; the story of Richard III retold in first person for the first time in a full length novel, from Richard’s point of view. Tragedy and comedy collide. A different Richard than any you have read before— warrior, scoliosis sufferer, loving father, loyal husband, and unexpected King —with a sense of humour!
Complete Edition, updated and revised, containing parts 1 and 2, Tante Le Desiree and Loyaulte Me Lie.
Richard III's story, told in first person from his point of view, using, where possible, Richard's actual words (in modern English.)
From the battle of Barnet when Richard is only 18 through his marriage to Anne Neville, to unexpected kingship, betrayal by his 'friend' Buckingham...and the mystery of the vanished princes. Then it is on through the pain of the loss of his only legitimate son Edward, to the final deadly conflict on Bosworth Field against Henry Tudor.
A different fictional look at England's most loved--and most hated--King.. Not a wooden saint, nor yet Shakespeare's hunchbacked fiend, a flesh and blood, fallible man: King's brother, royal duke, scoliosis sufferer, warrior, husband, father.
Called 'a new Ricardian classic.'
Approximately 250,000 words.
Contains what is probably the most up to date fictional account of Richard's last moments at Bosworth, based on the archaeology and forensics.
A young maiden ruled by a grasping father who will stop at nothing to promote his own cause with the King...even using his daughter's beautiful face and enticing body to gain high favour.
A fearful girl taken by a mysterious messenger from Godstow nunnery to a Tower surrounded by a grotesque topiary labyrinth, where she must wait for the arrival of the master of the maze—not the Minotaur of ancient Greek myth but the bull-like Plantagenet King Henry.
Drawn like a moth to a flame, Rosamund soon grows to love the charismatic King…but when her love is reciprocated, she makes a terrible enemy, Henry’s estranged wife, the powerful Eleanor of Aquitaine.
When Henry locks Queen Eleanor in Sarum castle and speaks of annulment, Rosamund thinks she has no more to fear from her rival.
But a spurned Queen is a dangerous foe…
Novel 57,000 words, from the author of My Fair Lady-Eleanor of Provence and I, Richard Plantagenet
Mabel is the daughter of William de Belleme, known as Talvas, the Hard Shield, for his fierceness in battle…and at home. When William murders Mabel’s mother, he is expelled from his castle into exile—but Mabel follows him loyally, despite what he has done.
As the Belleme fortunes gradually return, Mabel is married to an upstanding young lord, Roger de Montgomery, a close friend of the new Duke of Normandy—William, who will one day become the Conqueror of England. Their marriage appears to be successful, with many children, but Mabel remains her father’s daughter in temperament and spirit and soon her reputation becomes fearsome.
Castles and lands are collected like pieces on a chessboard, and those who object to her harsh tactics are dealt with, not by the sword but by Mabel’s secret means. When Mabel plays her game, she seeks to win at any cost.
But when she crosses Hugh Bunel, kinsman of a man she has killed, Normandy’s wicked lady may have met her match…
Based on a true story of Norman times.
A marriage surprisingly happy, with the king pouring wealth upon his young wife's relatives...incurring the wrath of the Barons.
Eleanor, devoted mother, who fought the will of the monks to stay in a monastery and nurse her sick son, the future Edward I.
Eleanor, caught in court intrigue, with the powerful, disturbing Baron, Simon de Montfort, looming at every turn--friend or foe? Or what else?
Eleanor, attacked while on a barge passing under London Bridge, as the kingdom seems to slip away from her and Henry.
Eleanor in victory, de Montfort slain at Evesham by her son's mighty forces. But there is a price to pay.
Eleanor, a widow, seeking peace after so many years of strife, ending her days in Amesbury Priory in the shadow of Stonehenge, a convent thought in Eleanor's time to be the final refuge of Queen Guinevere, whose legends the queen had ever loved.
Today, Eleanor of Provence is lost to time, one of the lesser known English Queens, her gravesite obliterated, its whereabouts forgotten—one of the few English monarchs to have no known tomb.
MY FAIR LADY is first person novel written from the viewpoint of Eleanor herself. A woman’s look at her own Queenship and life and loves in the 13th century, at the time of the Second Barons Revolt.
When her Father the King becomes ill and dies, the crown goes to Mary's brother Edward II and the travelling nun attends his disastrous Coronation, rubbing shoulders with the hated Piers Gaveston. For the first time, she is uneasy about the future. Leaving her wayward life behind, she retires to spending a quiet life in Amesbury Priory where she decides to have a chronicle written on the life of her family - a book that exists today.
PART ONE : TANT LE DESIREE (I have desired it so much.)
1471 : THE BATTLE OF BARNET. He is eighteen.It is his first battle. He is wounded…he is Richard of Gloucester, the King’s youngest brother. With the Kingmaker slain, Richard and his brother Edward IV go on to ultimate victory at Tewkesbury.
The Old King Henry dies in ‘mysterious circumstances’ in the Tower and York’s claim is secure…Richard wants to marry Anne Neville, the Kingmaker’s daughter, but his brother George stands in his way and hides her in a London tavern… Not all the feuds are on the battlefield for the House of York!
Finally finding his bride, Richard gets both the girl…and her lands! As Lord of the North, with Middleham castle as his main seat, he sets out to be York’s ‘especial good lord’
He is Chief Mourner at the reburial of his father, Richard Duke or York, and fares with the King to France for what he hopes will be another Agincourt, a glorious victory for England. Instead, he finds a changed Edward…and the dishonour of French bribes.
The next few years bring grief when the perennially troubled George of Clarence goes mad and is executed by King Edward for treason. The Three Sons of York are no longer three, and Edward’s glorious Sun in Splendour seems to be setting.
With Edward’s health on the wane, it is Richard’s duty to take on the invading Scots alone and put the fickle Duke of Albany on the Scottish throne.
A new Wars of the Roses epic, both bloody and bawdy; the story of Richard III is retold for the first time in first person, from Richard’s point of view. Tragedy and comedy collide. A different Richard than any you have read before— King’s brother, warrior, scoliosis sufferer, teenage father, loyal husband, and great magnate—with a sense of humour!
Note: some strong language.
From the author of Sacred King and White Roses, Golden Sunnes
When her father weds her to a young Norman lord, Eustace de Breteuil, she thinks she has done well in life for the daughter of a Saxon concubine.
But Eustace wants a castle he cannot have. He starts hostilities with its castellan, Ralph Harenc, egged on by the dubious Amaury de Montfort.
To keep the peace, King Henry orders a hostage exchange between Eustace and Ralph. Juliane's pretty young daughters for Ralph's son.
In a drunken rage, fuelled on by Amaury, Eustace breaks the truce and blinds Harenc's boy. Furious, the King allows Ralph to take his own brutal vengeance upon Henry's own granddaughters.
Crazed with grief, Juliane plots revenge for the maiming of her children.
The Wheel of Fate spins. The King must die, his own daughter judge, jury, executioner...