AT THE MERCY OF THE QUEEN tells the story of Lady Margaret Shelton, or Pretty Madge as she is often called at court, and her first cousin, Queen Anne Boleyn. Both women must find a way to survive the treacherous court of Henry VIII, where displeasing the king can cost you your head. As Lady Margaret serves Queen Anne, she falls for the handsome son of Sir Charles Brandon, the king’s brother-in-law and best friend. Master Arthur Brandon can offer her nothing, however, as he is Brandon’s unclaimed bastard. As the king begins to fall for Lady Magaret, she has decisions to make. Will she betray the love of her life to enjoy the many perks of becoming the king’s mistress? Or will she deny the king and leave her dear cousin Anne, in grave danger?
What others have to say about AT THE MERCY OF THE QUEEN:
“Fresh and dramatic, At The Mercy of the Queen gives us a different side of Henry VIII and his infamous second wife, Anne Boleyn, as well as an intriguing heroine in Madge Shelton herself, a cousin and confidant of the queen who is thrust into the heart of Tudor machinations and forced to fight for her own safety.”– C.W.Gortner, author of The Last Queen and The Tudor Secret.
“This novel throws light upon a character whose story is little known but who was at the heart of one of the most dramatic episodes in Tudor history.”–Tracy Borman, author of Elizabeth’s Women: Friends, Rivals, and Foes Who Shaped the Virgin Queen.
“Ms. Barnhill’s engaging style harkens back to the lovely, richly testured writing of Jean Plaidy and Kathleen Winsor. At The Mercy of the Queen is a timeless tale, wonderfully well told, of courtly lords and ladies, one that swiftly scoops up the reader and spirits us back through a finely woven tapestry of history and romance. An absolutely splendid read.”–Diane Haeger, author of The Secret Bride.
“Just when I think there’s nothing really new to say about Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, along comes this fresh and absorbing view through the eyes of little known and certainly underrated Madge Shelton, the queen’s cousin. But inevitably, it is Anne herself who bestrides the narrative, continuing, as she always does, to fascinate.”–Sara Poole, author of Poison and The Borgia Betrayal.
“Reading Anne Clinard Barnhill’s At the Mercy of the Queen evoked for me the first time I stood on Tower Green and contemplated with a thrill of horror the spot where Anne boleyn lost her head. I was scarcely older than Madge Shelton, Barnhill’s innocent young heroine and just as thoroughly captivated by the dark-eyed, ill-fated queen. Just when you think the telling of this tragic but familiar tale has surely been exhuasted, suddenly there is this fresh, new voice that makes it new again.”–Brenda Rickman Vantrease, bestselling author of The Illuminator.