In this debut historical thriller, an aristocratic young nun must find a legendary crown in order to save her father’s life and preserve all she holds dear from Cromwell’s ruthless terror. When novice nun Joanna Stafford learns her rebel cousin is condemned by King Henry VIII to be burned...
Joanna Stafford: young Dominican novice who was forced to follow the devious plan of Bishop Gardiner; protagonist
Stephen Gardiner: Bishop of Winchester; evil conspirator behind the search for the crown
Henry Tudor: a King who was married 6 times, seeking to have a son who would insure his dynasty by becoming king after him. Jane Seymour, his third wife, was the only one to bear a son who lived to adulthood. He became King Edward VI, when Henry VIII died in 1547, and reigned until 1553.
King Athelstan: Saxon king that united Britain; Athelstan was the first English King to wear a crown rather than a ceremonial helmet
Thomas Cromwell: Henry VIII's Vice Regent; agent of the king and architect of the English Reformation, which included the dissolution of the priories.
Thomas More: Catholic martyr and Saint, and at first part of King Henry VIII's government, succeeding Cardinal Wolsey. He refused Henry's wish to divorce Katherine of Aragon, and later would not swear the Oath of Supremacy. In 1535 he was imprisoned and beheaded.
Elizabeth Barton: nun of Kent who prophesied against the king's divorce and was executed
Ethel Westerly: child of the Westerly; mother died in the infirmary at Dartford
Martha Westerly: child of the Westerlys, mother died in the infirmary at Dartford
Brother Oswald: one of the monastic brothers who were displaced by the king's order to close the monasteries; part of a group that traveled to find their spiritual purpose
Black Prince: Prince Edward, born in 1330, eldest son of King Edward III, died after coming in contact with the crown, in 1376, without becoming king, as his father was still alive. He was the father of King Richard the II; Richard the Lionhearted, Richard I, was King of England until 1199.
Katherine of Aragon: first husband Arthur; then married to King Henry who sought divorce because her male children died very young. Henry VIII wanted to marry Ann Boleyn; he sent Katherine into exile and forced the change of religion away from the catholic; this began the upheaval of his reign
Bess: servant at Tower of London when Joanna was kept; she aided Joanna in the search for her father
Arthur Tudor: son of Queen Elizabeth; first husband of Katherine of Aragon; he died shortly after marrying Katherine. They are not known to have consummated the marriage (had intercourse, which makes a marriage valid.)
Edward Stafford: third Duke of Buckingham; Joanna's uncle; Margaret's father; was executed because the King believed he was a traitor;
Cardinal Wolsey: King Henry VIII's Lord Chancellor and chief adviser. He promised to secure Henry's divorce from Katherine of Aragon, but eventually fell out of favor and was stripped of most of his titles, in 1529, for failure to obtain Henry's divorce from Katherine of Aragon.
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