Epic and sumptuous, here is a novel about one of the most cataclysmic times in our history. The story of one extraordinary woman, from the extravagant grandeur of her reign as queen, through the grime and brutality of war, to the bitter impoverishment of exile. And winding through it all, the passion of two people who loved not wisely, but too well.
Set during the Civil War, Cavalier Queen tells the epic true story of Queen Henrietta Maria and her chamberlain, Henry Jermyn Earl of St Albans. Henrietta’s love for the executed King Charles I is one of the most famous love stories in history, but there were contemporary rumours that she and Henry were lovers. It was he who went with her into exile, who rode with her at the head of her Army and he remained devotedly by her side all his life, even when he risked being hung as a traitor.
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Fiona Mountain grew up in Sheffield and moved to London aged eighteen where she worked in the press office for Radio 1 for ten years. Her first novel Isabella was short-listed for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2000, the first debut novel to reach the shortlist. It was followed with Pale as the Dead and Bloodline, which combine history with mystery and feature 'ancestor detective', Natasha Blake. Bloodline is the winner of the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award.It has also been optioned by Leonard Goldberg, (producer of TV classics such as Charlie's Angles and Starsky and Hutch). It is being produced by Darren Reagan, who has also optioned Isabella. Fiona lives in the Cotswolds with her family.
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