Carolly Erickson

Carolly Erickson
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Distinguished historian Carolly Erickson is the author of Rival to the Queen, The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots, The First Elizabeth, The Hidden Life of Josephine, The Last Wife of Henry VIII, and many other prize-winning works of fiction and nonfiction. Her novel The Tsarina’s Daughter won the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. She lives in Hawaii.


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The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette by Carolly Erickson--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Carolly Erickson's historical novel The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette. Imagine that, on the night before she is to die under the blade of the guillotine, Marie Antoinette leaves behind in her prison cell a diary telling the story of her life—from her privileged childhood as Austrian Archduchess to her years as glamorous mistress of Versailles to the heartbreak of imprisonment and humiliation during the French Revolution.

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Rival to the Queen by Carolly Erickson--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Carolly Erickson's historical novel Rival to the Queen, narrated by Susan Lyons. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII comes a novel about the bitter rivalry between Queen Elizabeth I and her fascinating cousin, Lettice Knollys, for the love of one extraordinary man. Powerful and dramatic, this is the story of the only woman to ever stand up to the Virgin Queen—her own cousin, Lettice Knollys.

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The Spanish Queen

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Press

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII comes a powerful and moving novel about Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's first...


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The Unfaithful Queen

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Griffin

From Carolly Erickson, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII, a novel about Catherine Howard, wife of Henry's later years  Amid the...


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The Favored Queen

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Griffin

From The New York Times bestselling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII comes a powerful and moving novel about Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII, who...


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Rival to the Queen

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Griffin

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII comes a novel about the bitter rivalry between Queen Elizabeth I and her fascinating...


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The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Griffin

Queen of Scotland at six days of age, married as a young girl to the invalid young king of France, Mary took the reins of the unruly kingdom of Scotland as a...


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The Tsarina's Daughter

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Griffin

It is 1989 and Daria Gradov is an elderly grandmother living in the rural West. But she is not who she claims to be—the widow of a Russian immigrant of modest...


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The Secret Life of Josephine

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Griffin

The bestselling author of The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette and The Last Wife of Henry VIII returns with an enchanting novel about the ambitious, amoral,...


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Royal Panoply

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Griffin

From medieval conqueror to Renaissance autocrat to Victorian Empress to modern melodrama, Royal Panoply is the story of some of the most fascinating people in...


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The Last Wife of Henry VIII

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Griffin

From the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette comes a powerful new novel about Catherine Parr, The Last Wife of...


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The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Griffin

Imagine that, on the night before she is to die under the blade of the guillotine, Marie Antoinette leaves behind in her prison cell a diary telling the story...


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Lilibet

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Griffin

In Lilibet, master biographer Carolly Erickson turns her skill at writing un-put-downable narrative to telling the remarkable story of Elizabeth II, Queen of...


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To the Scaffold

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Griffin

"An extraordinary life...Erickson gives us a likable, empathetic woman and broadens our understanding of her."- The New York Times Book Review


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Alexandra

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Griffin

Tsarina Alexandra-hauntingly beautiful, melancholy, obsessed with the occult-was blamed by her contemporaries for the downfall of the Romanovs. But her true...


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Josephine

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Griffin

In 1804, when Josephine Bonaparte knelt before her husband, Napoleon, to receive the imperial diadem, few in the vast crowd of onlookers were aware of the dark...


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Mistress Anne

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Griffin

As Maureen Quilligan wrote in the New York Times Book Review of The First Elizabeth, Anne Boleyn "was a real victim of the sexual scandals her brilliant...


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Bloody Mary

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Griffin

Here is the tragic, stormy life of Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon. Her story is a chronicle of courage and faith, betrayal and...


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The First Elizabeth

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Griffin

In this remarkable biography, Carolly Erickson brings Elizabeth I to life and allows us to see her as a living, breathing, elegant, flirtatious, diplomatic,...


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Great Harry

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Griffin

St. Martin's Griffin is proud to reissue acclaimed biographer Carolly Erickson's lives of the Tudor monarchs. In this full-scale popular biography of Henry...


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Great Catherine

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Griffin

From the moment the fourteen-year-old Princess Sophia of Anhalt-Zerbst agreed to marry the heir to the Russian throne, she was mired in a quicksand of...


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