The Crown

The Crown Tudor fiction like no other 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 th
  • Title: The Crown
  • Author: Nancy Bilyeau
  • ISBN: 9781451626858
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Crown
    Tudor fiction like no other 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 thTudor fiction like no other 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 set in Tudor England 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.
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  • Nancy Bilyeau

    Nancy is a writer and magazine editor She attended the University of Michigan and has lived in Illinois, Michigan, and Toronto, Ontario She has worked as an editor at InStyle and Good Housekeeping and is now the deputy editor of The Crime Report at the Center for Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College of the City University of New York She wrote a trilogy of award winning Tudor mysteries for Touchstone The Crown, The Chalice, and The Tapestry Her next book is The Blue, a novel of suspense set in the rivalrous art and porcelain worlds of 18th century Europe featuring a young female artist turned spy The book will be published by Endeavour Press in late 2018.Visit Nancy s website at nancybilyeau, and follow her on Twitter tudorscribe.


  • A mystery set in the reign of Henry VIII after he set aside Katharine of Aragon and off with her headed Anne Boleyn, during his marriage to Jane Seymour It is a cracking good tale with murder, blood, betrayal and crimes of passion, set amidst a world of religious peril, because the main character, Joanna, is a Catholic nun You might recall Henry VIII s awkward relationship with Rome and the slight grudge he had against the Roman Church I find the point of view of Sister Joanna quite compelling, [...]

  • Nancy Bilyeau s The Crown began on a sour note as I instantly gathered that it was trying too hard to be historical fiction Meaning that it tried to follow the epitome formula major event on the initial pages, character flashbacks, etc Sadly, the Crown fails to deliver on a truly deep story which is not only reflected by the plot but also by the characters and writing style For instance, the sentences are too choppy and short, which leaves much to be desired Further, Bilyeau lacks in the literar [...]

  • When I picked up this book to start reading I was thinking, OK, how exciting can a book about a nun really be Well the answer is VERY I was pleasantly surprised to discover this book was nothing like I was expecting and Joanna Stafford made for a great protagonist I think that s mainly because she s really not cut out to be a nun, despite her fervent faith, but she hasn t quite figured that out yet She s educated and she was raised to be a lady of the court, so she s wise in many ways that her f [...]

  • The Crown, set in 16th century England, follows a young nun as she tries to save her family, her priory and her faith, armed primarily with a stubborn streak and a good mind There are a number of pleasures to reading this book One is watching the development of Joanna When we meet her, we are struck by her na vet and unpreparedness for the world that she has thrust herself into, but also by her determination and intelligence She s one of those rare people who gain a clearer, cynical understandi [...]

  • The Crown was a unique novel that I had not quite decided if I was going to read until I had an opportunity to get a copy of the latest Joanna Stafford novel, The Tapestry I m glad that I did Joanna is an interesting and well developed character, and I enjoyed her story.The writing and historical research evident in this novel were two of the elements that I enjoyed most Joanna is incredibly innocent of some worldly truths, yet well connected through her family She is firm in her faith, but with [...]

  • Part Da Vinci Code, part Nancy Drew, part historical fiction, the end result was neither an interesting historical story nor a riveting page turning mystery While all the pieces are there the major historical figures of the Henry VIII era, the girl who becomes a nun but still keeps her adventurous spirit, the chivalrous constable who always appears at the right moment unfortunately, they never quite connect and the leaps and jumps made to attempt it are silly and downright unbelievable.Joanna St [...]

  • I somehow missed meeting Nancy Bilyeau at the last Historical Novel Society Conference, which is a pity because I d have liked to congratulate her on just what she pulled off with The Crown a serious investigation of the personal ramifications of the Dissolution, paired with the headlong chase of an Indiana Jones magic relic hunt The plot is simple Sister Joanna has entered the Dominican order as a nun at a time when nunneries are on the brink of going extinct in England under Henry VIII Joanna [...]

  • This is not a perfect book The ending is a bit too much thrown at the reader too soon, and some of it doesn t really seem to have a point The reader is told one too many times how perfect Joanna is, though in fairness the perfect is moral and intelligence than looks a nice change Yet, I found myself enjoying the book It s a step above The Other Boleyn Girl anyone else crack up about PG s quest for historical accuracy in movies I found something likable about Joanna, perhaps because she found he [...]

  • Darn good book Wonderful characters, excellent plot, and now I m half in love with Brother Edmund Congrats to Bilyeau on a brilliant literary work.

  • I picked up this book because it was supposed to be a mix of The Da Vinci Code and a Philippa Gregory novel I would say that it was significantly Philippa Gregory than Da Vinci Code.The book is written in the time of King Henry VIII and told from Joanna s perspective This is done moderately well, but lacks the detail and insight that Gregory weaves into her books Moreover, it leaves out a a lot of thoughts that would have strengthened the characters For example, view spoiler when Joanna and the [...]

  • I started out reading The Crown on my phone, since historical fiction is often slow enough for me to read it gradually About half way through I abandoned that plan, and finished it up in a couple of evenings instead Enough said.I really enjoyed the details of life in the priory combined with the mystery, which finally truly surfaced halfway through What I liked best about it is the way I really felt the impact of Henry VIII s war on the Catholic church at the level of the people tossed around by [...]

  • Imagine a da Vinci Code plot set in 1537 Evil Bishop Gardiner wants to find a rud medieval relic, the Aethelstan Crown, which is reputed to kill unworthy kings leading, tediously, to it being sent away to France and buried and then found and dug up and returned and then sent away and then How or if he plans to stop the Reformation or Henry VIII specifically is left as a giant plot hole Luckily, being that this is 1537, there is no professor of symbology, plane travel or tortured Renaissance tech [...]

  • 29 MAR 2015 a terrific debut featuring a strong female lead I look forward to Books 2 and 3 I will be taking today off from reading in order to cook and bake for the week Will begin Book 2 tomorrow.

  • A sincere thank you to the recommender of this novel I dislike the Tudor era I feel film and fiction have been saturated with it To the usual tales of courtiers and royalty, this novel was an outstanding, happy exception The author approached the period from a different slant the religious enmity gripping England in the time of Henry VIII, and the forced dissolution of monasteries and churches The narrator and heroine is the appealing Sister Joanna Stafford, a Dominican novice The novel was a pa [...]

  • This incredible first novel brings readers to the months surrounding the birth of King Henry VIII son Edward Readers are quickly drawn into the tale of Sister Joanna Stafford, the daughter of a fallen English house and a lady in waiting to deposed Queen Katherine of Aragon In fact, Joanna had also served in that capacity in the final days of the Queen s life.It is that service that led her to a life as a Dominican novice at the Priory of Dartford, an ancient structure that had been set up by Kin [...]

  • DNF 23%.I was quite excited about starting The Crown Usually I don t seek out historical fiction set in Tudor England but the prospect of reading this with a book club was too good to miss This is the first installment of a series following Joanna Stafford, a daughter of a Catholic family that has been regarded a threat to Henry VIII, a novice at Dartford Priory, and an accidental adventurer it seems.The beginning of the book was really promising as Joanna sets out to London to witness the execu [...]

  • 2.5 starsThis was just ok for me It was a mystery infused with historical fiction The historical fiction didn t work and it would have been better as just a mystery.I did not like any of the characters They were supposed to be royalty and members of the church yet no one was steadfast in their convictions and all succumbed to their weaknesses This made the book not believable There wasn t enough background on the main character Joanna so you never connected with her or rooted for her She acted c [...]

  • I first learned of The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau when I saw a tweet with a link to a teaser trailer This 60 second trailer made me want to know about the book, and it made me want a trailer for my own book The Hounding It s forthcoming I found the author s blog, I went to , and I knew for sure I wanted to read the book Then an exciting thing happened I won the book in a contest Now, I have read it, so I want to tell you about it.This is an historical novel set in Tudor times, the era of King Henry [...]

  • I dare you to read the first sentence and not want to keep going From that oomph of a beginning, Bilyeau s fantastically fun and engrossing historical novel takes what is an overdone era for me the Tudors and provides a fun angle the story of a noblewoman turned nun who finds herself an enemy of the state when Henry VIII declares himself head of the Church At the novel s open, she s left her convent without permission to attend the public execution of her beloved cousin, and finds herself embroi [...]

  • The Crown by Nancy Bilyeau has been described as a cross between Philippa Gregory and Dan Brown Library Journal and that is not far off.The protagonist, Joanna Stafford, is a novice Dominican nun during the turbulent times of King Henry VIII His first divorce is history and the dissolution of many monasteries has begun Those who oppose the new religion, thereby opposing the king, are branded as traitors Joanna s cousin, Margaret, is to be burned at the stake as a traitor, and Joanna leaves the p [...]

  • Joanna Stafford, a Dominican nun in the sixteenth century discovers her cousin is sentenced to burned at the stake at the orders of King Henry VIII She leaves the priory to go to her cousin to show her support and she is arrested along with her father and they are sent to the Tower of London Joanna is forced by Stephen Gardiner a horrid man to spy for him and to find a relic He believes this relic, a crown is at the Dartford Priory where Joanna is a nun She is sent back to Dartford along with tw [...]

  • Pretty amazing first novel by Nancy Bilyeau I thoroughly enjoyed the story and characters and, although I sometimes think I ve read everything about the Tudor era, this book gave me a fresh perspective I had never thought about what it would be like to lose your home when the abbeys and monestaries were dissolved by Henry the VIII and I found Joanna s story compelling This is not your typical Henry s cast off wives story instead it is a tense drama with a central mystery and developed characteri [...]

  • I enjoyed it I must confess that when studying the period in history I hadn t given much thought to what happened to the dispossesed monks, friars and nuns I had certainly never heard of a King called Athelstan who was supposedly the first King of all England but as I m Welsh perhaps that was hardly surprising.I found the character s believable and felt that the book than abley conveyed the terror and uncertaintity of life in the reign of Henry VIII.

  • I really loved this book I started it during a busy week and kept longing to get back to it I don t want to say too much and give away any of the plot which had twists that took me by surprise.

  • Actual rating 3.5 starsThe good luck I ve been having with historical fiction continues I ve seen The Crown praised everywhere, and there s a reason for that it s really good Though the novel got out to a bit of a slow start, by the end, I was really close to the main characters and captivated by the plot Bilyeau writes beautifully, and made me interested in the sort of subject matter I wouldn t ordinarily care one whit about, which I take as a sign of her talent.Though set almost entirely in Da [...]

  • A perfect blend of historical fiction and mystery If Dan Brown and Phillippa Gregory had a love child, she would be Nancy Bilyeau The year is 1537, King Henry VIII is on the throne next to his newest bride the Church of England threatens the old ways of Christianity and aristocrats and religious leaders alike are jockeying for power Meanwhile, Joanna Stafford, a girl of noble blood and a Novice at Dartford Priory, breaks her vows and travels to the side of her beloved cousin, Lady Margaret Bulme [...]

  • Wonderful As good as The Name of the Rose as far as I am concerned I love strong female MCs and Joanna is definitely one Wonderful history background as well I love to hear different sides of the time of Henry VIII Will definitely continue with the series.

  • Set in Tudor England this novel features novice nun Sister Joanna, previously Mistress Joanna Stafford, as our independent and intelligent heroine Undaunted by her vows at the Dominican Order at Dartford Priory, she disobeys rules not to leave without permission and goes to London on her own to pray for condemned traitor Lady Margaret Bulmer, who is also her cousin Arriving on the morning of the execution, Joanna finds herself protected from the mob by Geoffrey Scovill, who, in turn, finds himse [...]

  • I haven t read historical fiction in awhile, and boy was this a great one to get back into the habit excuse the pun The detailed, well researched history described in this book created a completely immersive background for which a story of espionage, mystery and betrayal was woven perfectly throughout For such a densely detailed novel, with so much history to establish, the writing is compulsive and completely engaging, and the author made these characters from a different time so relatable to t [...]

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