Meeting Cecily of York: Queen By Right by Anne Easter Smith
Publisher: Touchstone; Original edition (May 10, 2011)
Anne Easter Smith's latest release entitled, 'Queen By Right' tells the story of Cecily of York,
mother of two kings and one of English history’s most intelligent and courageous women.
Cecily Neville, duchess of York and ancestor of every English monarch to the present day, Anne has found her most engrossing character yet. Cecily earned two monikers from her contemporaries: Rose of Raby for her fair-haired beauty and Proud Cis for her fierce loyalty and courage in the face of the many history-making events she experienced in her eighty years. This was a woman who could have been queen had her husband lived to win the day over Henry VI and his queen, Margaret of Anjou, in the winter of 1461.
History remembers Cecily of York standing on the steps of Ludlow Castle, facing an attacking army while holding the hands of her two young sons. Queen by Right reveals how she came to step into her destiny, beginning with her marriage to Richard, Duke of York who she meets when she is nine and he is thirteen. Raised together in her father’s household, they become a true love match, and together they face personal tragedies, pivotal events of history, and deadly political intrigue.
All of England knows that Richard has a clear claim to the throne, and when King Henry VI becomes unfit to rule, Cecily must put aside her own hopes and fears and help her husband decide what is right for their family and the kingdom. As civil war escalates between the cousins of Lancaster and York, Cecily will lose her love, her favorite brother and her dearest child. But in the end, she will watch proudly as her oldest son takes his father’s place at the head of a victorious army and is crowned at Westminster Abbey as King Edward IV.
To read and or download an excerpt of Queen By Right, click here, http://www.scribd.com/doc/52355133/QUEEN-BY-RIGHT-by-Anne-Easter-Smith-%E2%80%93-read-an-excerpt
To learn more about Anne Easter Smith, visit her website, http://www.anneeastersmith.com/Home_Page.html
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