The First Princess of Wales

The First Princess of Wales

A Novel

Book - 1984
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The daughter of a disgraced earl, she matched wits with a prince.

It is the fourteenth century, the height of the Medieval Age, and at the court of King Edward III of England, chivalry is loudly praised while treachery runs rampant. When the lovely and high-spirited Joan of Kent is sent to this politically charged court, she is woefully unprepared for the underhanded maneuverings of her peers.

Determined to increase the breadth of his rule, the king will use any means necessary to gain control of France--including manipulating his own son, Edward, Prince of Wales. Joan plots to become involved with the prince to scandalize the royal family, for she has learned they engineered her father's downfall and death. But what begins as a calculated strategy soon--to Joan's surprise--grows into love. When Joan learns that Edward returns her feelings, she is soon fighting her own, for how can she love the man that ruined her family? And, if she does, what will be the cost?

Filled with scandal, court intrigue, and prominent figures of the Medieval Age, The First Princess of Wales has at its center a wonderful love story, which is all the more remarkable because it is true. Karen Harper's compelling, fast-paced novel tells the riveting tale of an innocent girl who marries a prince and gives birth to a king.
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, 1984.
ISBN: 9780307237910
0307237915
Branch Call Number: FICTION HAR
Alternative Title: Sweet passion's pain

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Puddleglum
Apr 01, 2010

thought-provoking. it was cool that she thought out the entire story from the few facts that we know, but I wished it wasn't so descriptive in certain areas. For younger readers I would suggest waiting a few years on this book for it's adult-based story, and perhaps checking out "The Royal Diaries Series" instead. I love those and they are less questionable.

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Nov 27, 2007

Fluent & entertaining if sentimental account of the tumultuous 14th-century romance between the Black Prince Edward IV & Joan of Kent--unfortunately focusing on her. (Would have preferred more information from or about Edward.) The author compares the story to a medieval version of Charles & Camilla.

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Apr 01, 2010

Puddleglum thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 99

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FavouriteFiction Sep 29, 2009

Joan of Kent arrives at the court of King Edward III of England planning revenge on the Royal family but instead falls in love with the prince.This novel, based on the true history of the Medieval Age, features scandal, court intrigue and true love.

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