The Prince of Darkness

The Prince of Darkness

(The Plantagenets: book IV): a tempestuous period of history expertly brought to life by the Queen of English historical fiction


Multi-million copy and international bestselling author Jean Plaidy paints an incredibly vivid portrait of one of history's most controversial - and terrifying - monarchs... Readers of Philippa Gregory will not be disappointed.

'Plaidy excels at blending history with romance and drama' -- New York Times
'Full-blooded, dramatic, exciting.' - Observer
'Outstanding' - Vanity Fair
'Compulsive reading' -- ***** Reader review
'I was gripped and want more!' -- ***** Reader review
'Found this book hard to put down and didn't want it to finish' -- ***** Reader review
'Brilliant stuff!!!' -- ***** Reader review
The untimely death of Richard the Lionheart left his nephew Arthur and his younger brother John in contest for the throne of England. Reluctantly the barons chose John, and so began years of rule by a ruthless and greedy tyrant.

Yet despite his reputation, John, still manages to seduce the young and beautiful Isabella of Angoulême. But in taking her as his bride he makes an enemy for life.

And in the tempestuous years that follow many men come to believe that the House of Anjou was tainted by the Devil's blood, the loathsome monarch was himself Evil Incarnate, the very Prince of Darkness...


  • Her novels are still very much to be enjoyed ... Any writer who can both educate and thrill a reader of any age deserves to be remembered and find new fans ... One only has to look at the TV/Media to see that the appetite for this kind of writing is still very much there
    Matt Bates, WH Smith Travel

About the author

Jean Plaidy

Jean Plaidy, one of the preeminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also know as Victoria Holt. Jean Plaidy's novels had sold more than 14 million copies worldwide by the time of her death in 1993.
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