Posted by: Dorothea Preis   in Bookworm

Congratulations to Anne Easter Smith who just let us know that she won the 2010 Romantic Times Book Review Magazine Award for Best Historical Biography for The King’s Grace.  The Grace of the title is Grace Plantagenet, an illegitimate daughter of Edward IV, her mother is unknown.  Indeed all we know about her is that she was one of two mourners (the other is an unnamed “gentilwoman”) on the funeral barge of Elizabeth Woodville in 1492.  From this Anne spins a fascinating story about the Perkin Warbeck mystery.  For if Perkin Warbeck was indeed Richard of York, this Grace would have been his half-sister.

With the award Anne beat another contender, which also deals with the question of what happened to Elizabeth Woodville’s sons by Edward IV:  Philippa Gregory’s The White Queen.  Having read both books, I can only agree with the judges.  We congratulate Anne on this award.  It is her first, but should not be her last.  I believe Anne is at present working on a book on Cecily of York, the mother of among others Edward IV, Richard III as well as Margaret of Burgundy.  Richard played an important role in Anne’s A Rose for the Crown, while Margaret was portrayed in Daughter of York.  Can’t wait for her to bring Cecily to life!

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Anne Easter Smith

Thank you so much, Dorothea! I am delighted my books have found their way Down Under. I am sitting here on tenterhooks awaiting the edits for “Queen By Right.” It has been three months since I delivered the manuscript, and this wait is unnerving! Will I recognize it when it returns, that is the question! I hope so, because I think Cecily is an absolutely dynamite character and I can’t wait for you all to read about her. Loyaulte me lie, Anne

June 9th, 2010 at 4:00
Dorothea Preis

Thank you, Anne. I’m always thrilled if someone posts a comment because it shows that people read our website. Looking forward to meeting Cecily personally.

June 9th, 2010 at 9:07

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