Royal Sisters The Story of the Daughters of James II (Paperback)
|Author: Jean Plaidy|
|"Originally published in hardcover in slightly different form as The Haunted Sisters in Great Britain by Robert Hale Limited, London, in 1966, and in hardcover in the United States by G.P. Putnam''s Sons, New York, in 1977."--T.p. verso.|
From the Publisher:
Two sisters change the course of a nation by forsaking the King—their own father.
England is on the verge of revolution. Antagonized by the Catholicism of King James II, the people plot to drive him from the throne. But at the heart of the plot is a deep betrayal: the defection of the daughters James loves, Mary and Anne.
Both raised Protestant according to the wishes of England, the sisters support Protestant usurper William of Orange, Mary's husband, who lusts after the British crown. Passive Queen Mary is subservient to her husband's wishes, while Anne is desperate to please her childhood friend Sarah Churchill, a bold and domineering woman determined to subdue Anne, the queen-to-be, and rule England herself.
Intrigue and political drama run high as the sisters struggle to be reconciled with each other--and with the haunting memory of the father they have exiled.
Eleanor Hibbert, who wrote under many pseudonyms (including Victoria Holt and Jean Plaidy), was one of the most prolific writers of the 20th century. Little is known about Hibbert's closely guarded personal life. She was born in London in the early 1900s, although the exact year is a mystery. Under the name Jean Plaidy, Hibbert published her first novel, "Beyond the Blue Mountains", in 1947. During the subsequent four decades, Hibbert wrote over 150 books, and earned a small fortune. She died on cruise ship on the Mediterranean Sea in 1993.