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The Tudor Bride’ – a new novel by OQ Joanna Hickson

Thursday 22 May 2014
OQ Joanna Hickson’s latest historical novel, The Tudor Bride, has just hit the bookshops. It is a sequel to The Agincourt Bride (2013) and continues the story of Catherine de Valois.

King Henry V’s new French Queen, Catherine, dazzles the crowds in England but life at court is full of intrigue. Her loyal companion, Mette, suspects that the beautiful Eleanor Cobham, protégée of the Duke of Gloucester, is spying for him.

However, Catherine believes herself invincible as she gives birth to an heir. Within months Henry is struck down by a fever and Catherine finds herself unable to combat those who wish to remove the young king from her care. Defeated, she retires from court, taking the king’s harper Owen Tudor as her Master of the Household.

At the secluded manor of Hadham love blossoms between them and against the laws of the land they marry and start a family. But their marriage cannot remain a secret forever and when Gloucester makes a grab for power Catherine – and those dearest to her – face mortal danger…

Tudor Bride
is published by Harper Fiction and is available to purchase online in paperback and e-book or from many bookshops
and supermarkets nationwide.

Joanna Hickson (Mrs McDonald)
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Author Joanna’s debut historical novel The Agincourt Bride was published in January 2013, and its sequel, The Tudor Bride, followed in January 2014.

Joanna spent twenty-five years at the BBC writing and presenting for radio and television. Her first book, Rebellion at Orford Castle was a children’s novel set in East Anglia. This was then followed by Island Games and Dubious Assets, set in her adopted homeland of Scotland and published under the name of Joanna McDonald.

Gripped by Shakespeare’s historical plays, Joanna began researching King Henry V’s ‘fair Kate’ as a schoolgirl and the story of Catherine de Valois and the Tudor genesis has remained with her all her life. Inspired by a chronicle of Catherine’s ‘damsels of the bedchamber’, the schemes and treacheries of medieval royal courts are brought to life through the eyes of “Guillaumette”, the voice of The Agincourt Bride.