She was the Princess Diana of her day. Her story the English Gone With The Wind.
She loved clothes and jewels and parties. She had exquisite taste in interior design. She seemed destined to reign as one of England's most glamorous queens, famed for the beautiful palaces she designed and decorated.
Instead, Princess Henrietta Maria of France became caught up in the Civil War, one of the greatest cataclysms in English history. Swept from her life of luxury into the squalid brutality of battle and the loneliness of exile, her heart was torn by the two men she loved - her husband, tragic Charles I and charismatic Harry Jermyn, who designed and built most of London's West End, including the street which bears his name.
This is their story.
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You will be captivated until the last page - Take a Break
This is the sort of history lesson we can get on board with. Set in the 17th century, Cavalier Queen charts the moving true story of Queen Henrietta ... Fascinating, gripping and educational - Weight Watchers Magazine
A wonderfully extravagant and engrossing saga told in an engaging and effective style. Highly recommended - 4.5 stars Bookbag
Henrietta Maria lived through turbulent times as the country plunged into civil war and 17th century England comes to colourful life through the eyes of an author to watch - Choice
Dazzling and sumptuous...Cavalier Queen, with its magical mix of the personal and the historical, puts romance into a royal marriage, passion into a proud princess and fresh drama into the demise of a doomed and tragic king. A thrilling and romantic story from a talented new author in the world of historical fiction. - Lancashire Evening Post
After ten years at the BBC, primarily in Radio 1 where she worked with the likes of John Peel, Tommy Vance and Mark Radcliffe, Fiona Mountain left to pursue her great passion for history, in particular a fascination for the seventeenth century. Since childhood visits to the haunting 'Plague Village' of Eyam in the Dark Peak of Derbyshire, Fiona has been captivated by this most turbulent and vibrant period in history. She finds a real thrill in researching it through letters and original documents, which she uses to help bring some of history's most intriguing characters back to life. Fiona has written five novels and lives in the historic Cotswolds with her family. She remains a rock chick at heart.