The Crown

The Crown

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Baker & Taylor
Leaving her Dominican Order to stand by a cousin who has been condemned to death by Henry VIII, novice Joanna Stafford and her father are arrested and ordered by the Bishop of Winchester to recover a religious artifact believed to hold a sacred power.

Simon and Schuster
An astonishing debut in historical fiction, hailed as “part The Da Vinci Code, part The Other Boleyn Girl,” (Woman’s Day), The Crown follows one nun’s dangerous quest to find an ancient relic during Cromwell’s reign of terror.

Joanna Stafford, a Dominican nun, learns that her favorite cousin has been condemned by Henry VIII to be burned at the stake. Defying the rule of enclosure, Joanna leaves the priory to stand at her cousin’s side. Arrested for interfering with the king’s justice, Joanna, along with her father, is sent to the Tower of London.

While Joanna is in the Tower, the ruthless Bishop of Winchester forces her to spy for him: to save her father’s life she must find an ancient relic—a crown so powerful, it may possess the ability to end the Reformation.

With Cromwell’s troops threatening to shutter her priory, bright and bold Joanna must decide who she can trust so that she may save herself, her family, and her sacred way of life. This provocative story melds heart-stopping suspense with historical detail and brings to life the poignant dramas of women and men at a fascinating and critical moment in England’s past.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2012
ISBN: 9781451626865
Characteristics: 409 p. ; 24 cm


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Dec 02, 2012

The quest of a secret relic mixed with the complex relationship of politics and religion during the reign of King Henry VIII makes for a pretty interesting story althought I thought the writing lacked finesse.

ehbooklover Sep 14, 2012

A historical thriller that is part "Da Vinci Code" and part "The Other Boleyn Girl". A strong female protagonist, numerous twists and turns, plus lots of historical detail make for a great read.

Aug 02, 2012

A historical fiction thrill ride.

Apr 25, 2012

It's clearly a first novel. The writing is a little juvenile and strained, but it's a pretty good story and I enjoyed it as mind candy. Don't expect to get tot he real action too soon in the book thought. The stuff they write about on the jacket cover takes place pretty late in the story and is a lttle less than satisfying. I could have used a better, more conclusive ending as well, but can't have everything!

Sunny39 Jan 12, 2012

recommended on goodreads website for january 2012


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