The Battle of the Queens

The Battle of the Queens

(The Plantagenets: book V): a wonderfully evocative and beautifully atmospheric novel from the Queen of English historical fiction


Multi-million copy and international bestselling author Jean Plaidy brings the fascinating story of the hatred between two queens expertly to life. Readers of Philippa Gregory will not be disappointed.

'Full - bloodied, dramatic, exciting' - THE OBSERVER
'Plaidy, by the skilful blending of superb storytelling and meticulous attention to authenticity of detail and depth of characterization has become one of the country's most widely read novelists.' - THE SUNDAY TIMES
'It is hard to better Jean Plaidy . . . both elegant and exciting' - DAILY MIRROR
'Definitely a page turner!' -- ***** Reader review
'I found it hard to put down' -- ***** Reader review
'Gripping' -- ***** Reader review
'I could not put this down' -- ***** Reader review

The first half of the thirteenth century is dominated by two women, as proud and ambitious as they are beautiful, yet different in all other qualities.

Isabella, flamboyant and passionate, a medieval Helen of Troy - wife to King John and mother to Henry III...

Blanche of Castile, serene and virtuous Queen of France, wife of Louis VIII and mother of Louis IX...

The two women hated each other on sight. Isabella would stop at nothing, not even murder, in her passion to destroy the French Queen...


  • Jean Plaidy doesn't just write the history, she makes it come alive
    Julia Moffat, RNA

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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