London, 1501. In a time of political unrest, Varina Westcott, a young widow and candle maker for court and church, agrees to perform a clandestine service for Queen Elizabeth of York, wife of Henry VII--carve wax figures of four dead children, two of her offspring lost in infancy and her two brothers, the Princes of the Tower, whose mysterious disappearance years ago has never been solved. Having lost a child herself, Varina feels a sympathetic bond with the queen. And as she works under the watchful eye of handsome Nicholas Sutton, an ambitious assistant to the royals, she develops feelings of quite a different nature...
Then news comes from Wales of the unexpected death of newly married Prince Arthur, the queen’s eldest child and heir to the throne. Deeply grieving, Elizabeth suspects that Arthur did not die of a sudden illness, as reported, but was actually murdered by her husband’s enemies. This time her task for Varina and Nicholas is of vital importance--travel into the Welsh wilderness to investigate the prince’s death. But as the couple unearths one unsettling clue after another, they begin to fear that the conspiracy they’re confronting is far more ambitious and treacherous than even the queen imagined. And it aims to utterly destroy the Tudor dynasty.
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When the sudden and suspicious death of the heir to the English throne and the queen's beloved son occurs, Queen Elizabeth sends Varina and a handsome courtier on the rise, Nicholas Sutton to Wales to discover the events surrounding her son's death.Aug 10 2012 | Read Full Review of Mistress of Mourning: A Novel
This year’s Harper novel, Mistress of Mourning, is an altogether more somber affair, set a century earlier than the time of Elizabeth: the time is 1501, and the Elizabeth of these pages is Elizabeth of York, the daughter of Edward IV, the sister of the much-debated Princes in the Tower, the wife ...| Read Full Review of Mistress of Mourning: A Novel
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