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Virginia Henley, neé Virginia Syddall is a successful writer of historical-romance novels. She is well-known for her Medieval, Renaissance and other period piece romance novels.
Her father, Thomas Syddall, taught her to love history, she later on obtained a university degree in History. Virginia has been married to Arthur Henley since 1956. She and her husband live in St. Petersburg, Florida United States, and they spend summers in Ontario (Canada), with their two children, and three grandsons.
Virginia Henley is the author of eighteen historical novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Seduced and Desired, as well as three novellas. Her work has been translated into fourteen languages.
Virginia Henley's novels are not typical 'bodice rippers' - attention is paid to many details such as historical events, which are integrated seamlessly into an otherwise fictional story. This attention to historical details is a hallmark of her novels. From the practices and traditions of the day, to the trends in fashion and down to the lives of prominent families in history - Henley combines them to create a rich background for her characters. Apart from the male and female protagonists, Henley's romance novels also contain colorful supporting characters, each with their own adventures and romances which at times even rival those of the main protagonists.