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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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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
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The Spanish Queen

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Press
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 Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's first wife and mother of Mary I

When...

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The Unfaithful Queen
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The Unfaithful Queen

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Press
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 turbulent, faction-ridden...

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The Favored Queen
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The Favored Queen

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Press
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 married him only...

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Rival to the Queen
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Rival to the Queen

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Press
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 cousin, Lettice Knollys,...

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The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots
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The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Press

In this dramatic, compelling fictional memoir Carolly Erickson lets the courageous, spirited Mary Queen of Scots tell her own storyand the result is a novel readers will long remember.

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The Tsarina's Daughter
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The Tsarina's Daughter

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Press
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 means. In actuality she began her...

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The Secret Life of Josephine
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The Secret Life of Josephine

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Press
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, vulnerable woman who became...

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Royal Panoply
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Royal Panoply

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Press
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 world history.

With her...

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The Last Wife of Henry VIII
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The Last Wife of Henry VIII

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Press
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 Henry VIII.

The...

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The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette
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The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Press
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 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.

Carolly Erickson takes the reader deep into the psyche of France's doomed queen: her love affair with handsome Swedish diplomat Count Axel Fersen, who risked his life to save her; her fears on the terrifying night the Parisian mob broke into her palace bedroom intent on murdering her and her family; her harrowing attempted flight from France in disguise; her recapture and the grim months of harsh captivity; her agony when her beloved husband was guillotined and her young son was torn from her arms, never to be seen again.

Erickson brilliantly captures the queen's voice, her hopes, her dreads, and her suffering. We follow, mesmerized, as she reveals every detail of her remarkable, eventful life—from her teenage years when she began keeping a diary to her final days when she awaited her own bloody appointment with the guillotine.

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Lilibet
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Lilibet

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Press
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 England.

With her customary...

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To the Scaffold
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To the Scaffold

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Press
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
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Alexandra

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Press
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 nature has eluded previous biographers....

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Josephine
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Josephine

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Press
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 secrets hidden behind the imperial...

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Bloody Mary
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Bloody Mary

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Press
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 treachery-set amidst the splendor, pageantry,...

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Mistress Anne
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Mistress Anne

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Press
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 daughter escaped, and a subject...

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Great Harry
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Great Harry

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Press
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 VIII, Carolly Erickson re-creates...

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The First Elizabeth
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The First Elizabeth

Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's Press
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, violent, arrogant, and outrageous woman...

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