Posted By TLC Booktours on May 7, 2010
About The King’s Mistress
Publisher: Crown (July 6, 2010)
History has not been kind to Alice Perrers, the notorious mistress of King Edward II. Scholars and contemporaries alike have deemed her a manipulative woman who used her great beauty & sensuality to take advantage of an aging and increasingly senile king. But who was the woman behind the scandal? A cold-hearted opportunist or someone fighting for her very survival?
Like most girls of her era Alice is taught obedience in all things. At the age of fourteen she marries the man her father chooses for her, dutifully accepting the cost of being torn from the family she holds so dear and losing the love of her mother forever. Despite these heartbreaks Alice finds that merchant Janyn Perrers is a good and loving husband and the two settle into a happy life together. Their bliss is short-lived, however, unraveled the dark day a messenger appears at Alice’s door and notifies her of Janyn’s sudden disappearance.
Emma Campion paints a colorful and thrilling portrait of the court of Edward III–with all of its extravagance, scandalous love affairs, political machinations, and murder–and the devastating results of being singled out by the royal family. At the center of the storm is Alice, surviving by her wits in this dangerous world where the choices are not always of her own making. Emma Campion’s dazzling novel shows that there is always another side to the story.
EMMA CAMPION did her graduate work in medieval and Anglo-Saxon literature and is the world’s foremost scholar on Alice Perrers. She lives in Seattle.
Learn more about Emma on her website.
Emma Campion’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Tuesday, July 6th: Life in Review
Wednesday, July 7th: Luxury Reading
Thursday, July 8th: Life is a Patchwork Quilt
Friday, July 9th: Hist-Fic Chick
Monday, July 12th: The Tome Traveller
Tuesday, July 13th: Novel Whore
Wednesday, July 14th: Rundpinne
Thursday, July 15th: Stiletto Storytime
Thursday, July 22nd: Ask Miss A
Thursday, July 22nd: The Book Faery Reviews
Monday, July 26th: Chaotic Compendiums
Monday, July 26th: The Feminist Review
Wednesday, July 28th: Devourer of Books
Monday, August 2nd: S. Krishna’s Books
Wednesday, August 4th: Peeking Between the Pages
Friday, August 6th: Historical-Fiction.com
Thursday, August 12th: Enchanted by Josephine