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Thwarted Queen, the Complete Version: The Entire Saga about the Yorks, Lancasters, and Nevilles, whose family feud started the Wars of the Roses Paperback – May 7, 2015

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"...Descriptions of Henry's descent into madness are particularly striking, as are the myriad relationships and duplicities that shaped the era, ultimately causing the war, which unfold intimately as Haggard couples fact with the affecting personal details..." Kirkus Review
 
"Thwarted Queen: A Saga About the Yorks, Lancasters and Nevilles, Whose Family Feud Started the Wars of the Roses is historical fiction at its best, an account which takes the real-world stories of a woman trapped by power and her husband, a Royal duke, who faces  down his political opponents, and melds their lives into an exciting fictional drama." Diane DonovanMidwest Book Review
 
"THWARTED QUEEN is extremely interesting and cleverly written-I was completely enthralled!" Lucy BertoldiHistorical Novel Society
 
"Gripping, well-researched historical novel, revealing a violent age. Cecylee and the other characters are well-drawn, with great subtlety and depth." Lindsay Townsend, author of TO TOUCH THE KNIGHT.  
 
"The author immerses the reader in a complex and vivid world that is depicted with persuasive confidence." Curtis Sittenfeld, author of AMERICAN WIFE. 

 
"For a novel that clocks in at nearly 500 pages, THWARTED QUEEN was a surprisingly fast and easy read. Once Cecylee got her foot in the door, she was impossible to ignore." Ageless Pages. 
 
"THWARTED QUEEN is a wonderful book. It is an interesting take of the reigns of Edward IV and Richard III." Kinx's Book Nook
 
"I highly recommend this book as a well-written, fast moving tale that will keep readers captivated to the very end." Sharon's Garden of Books
 
"This book will delight fans of the era and hopefully inspire a few new fans!" The Lit Bitch.

From the Author

Many readers may wonder how I came to choose the name Cecylee.  

Not wanting to get caught up in the Cecily/Cicely controversy, I thought it would be interesting to see how Cecylee herself spelt her name.  
Her will is in the public domain, and it seems that she signed it Cecylee.  However, her handwriting is extremely difficult to read - it looks like the signature of someone who does not write much - so it is possible that she actually spelled her name Cecylle.  
In the fifteenth century spelling varied widely and great ladies like Cecylee usually dictated their letters and papers to scribes who came from different regions of the country and spelled things differently.  
According to the Richard III society, Cecylee in her lifetime was addressed as Cecill, Cecille, Cecyll but the most usual form of the name was Cecylee. And so I went with that version of the name, knowing that it would be easy for English-speaking readers to figure out how to pronounce it. (It is pronounced in the exact same way as the more modern spelling of the name, Cecily.) 
If I had been writing for French readers, I probably would have called her Cecylle, because that is closer to the French version of the name Cécile.  

It was an honor as well as great fun to have Cecylee materialize from the fifteenth century and talk to me about her life.  I hope you enjoy reading this novel as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Wars of the Roses from another View point
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