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Mary, daughter of James II and future wife of William of Orange, has had an exceptionally happy childhood. Innocent and unworldly, she is quite unprepared for the shocks to come. In line to the throne, Mary becomes the ideal wife for the ambitious Prince of Orange. Torn from her happy home to go to a foreign country with a strange, dour husband, she gradually learns to forget her past. Life in Holland is hard and the intrigue of the court shocking. When trouble threatens her father's throne in England, Mary finds herself at the heart of the conflict, caught between her father and her husband.
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ed Lady Mary, elder daughter of the Duke of York, in line for England's throne -- and thrust this gentle beauty, at age fifteen, into a loveless political marriage with her cold-hearted Protestant cousin, William of Orange.
In her own poignant words, Lady Mary recounts her strange and haunting story: a happy childhood in merry England under King Charles II, her dark and lonely years in Holland, and the upheavals that brought her home once more as England's honored queen. Hers is a richly royal story, with kings and queens, princesses and princes, playing their noble or shameful roles upon Europe's brilliant stage. Among these towering figures Lady Mary's lot had been cast, among them she would grow strong or perish....
One of the pre-eminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, Jean Plaidy is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert; she also wrote under the name Victoria Holt. By the time of her death in 1993, the novels of Jean Plaidy had sold more than fourteen million copies worldwide.
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