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Avalon

by Anya Seton

The last quarter of the tenth century was a time of conflict and exploration. While the Anglo-Saxons fought against the Vikings, Norsemen voyaged into the unknown, looking for new lands to pillage, and so discovered America. Prince Rumon of France, descendant of Charlemagne and King Alfred, was a searcher. He had visions of the Islands of the Blessed, perhaps King Arthur's Avalon "where falls not hail, or rain, or any snow." Merewyn grew up in savage Cornwall--a lonely girl, sustained by stubborn courage and belief in her descent from great King Arthur. Chance--or fate--in the form of a shipwreck off the Cornish coast brought Rumon and Merewyn together and from that hour their lives were intertwined. Bound by his vow to her dying mother, Rumon brought Merewyn safely to England and kept from her and all others the shameful secret of her birth. But there his responsibility ended. At court Queen Alfrida dazzled him with her beauty and held him in subjection to her will. Freed by the revelation of Alfrida's murderous actions in a bid to capture the throne for her son, Rumon finally turned to Merewyn, only to find that he had lost her. His search led him across the Atlantic to an unknown land, to disappointment, and at last to fulfillment and peace.

Devil Water

by Anya Seton

This fiercely beautiful novel tells the true story of Charles Radcliff, a Catholic nobleman who joined the short-lived Jacobite rebellion of 1715, and of Jenny, his daughter by a secret marriage. Set in the wilds of Northumbria, teeming London, and colonial Virginia, where Jenny eventually settled on the estate of the famous William Byrd of Westover - Jenny's story reveals one young woman's loyalty, passion, and courage as she struggles between living in the Old World and the New.

Dragonwyck

by Anya Seton

This story was suggested by a news item in the New York Herald, 1849, but the main characters are entirely fictional. The historical framework -- manor system, anti-rent wars, Astor Place massacre, and steamboat race -- is, however, founded on fact, and I have tried to be accurate in presenting it and all background detail. There was, on the Hudson, a way of life such as this, and there was a house not unlike Dragonwyck. All Gothic magnificence and eerie manifestations were not at that time inevitably confined to English castles or Southern plantations! I want to thank the patient and helpful librarians at the Greenwich Library, and many kind people who facilitated my research in Hudson, Albany, Kinderhook, Cornwall, and other towns along the river. I am particularly grateful to Mr. Carl Carmer, not only for his book 'The Hudson,' to which I am very much indebted, but for his personal help and interest. - Anya Seton

Foxfire

by Anya Seton

Foxfire, one of Anya Seton's best-known novels, was made into a movie soon after the book published. The film starred Jane Russell and Jeff Chandler.

Green Darkness

by Anya Seton

A story based on reincarnation. When Celia moves to England she is haunted by strange thoughts. She decides to unravel the secrets by travelling back four centuries and reliving the life of a servant in 16th century.

Green Darkness

by Anya Seton

"The theme of this book is reincarnation, an attempt to show the interplay--the law of cause and effect, good and evil, among certain individual souls in two periods of English history." Green Darkness is the story of a great love, in which mysticism, suspense, and mystery form a web of good and evil forces that stretches from Tudor England to the England of the twentieth century.The marriage of the Englishman Richard Marsdon and his young American wife Celia slowly turns tragic as Richard withdraws into himself and Celia suffers a debilitating emotional breakdown. A wise mystic realizes that Celia can escape her past only by reliving it. She journeys back four hundred years to her former life as the servant girl Celia de Bohun during the reign of Edward VI - and her doomed love affair with the chaplain Stephen Marsdon. Although Celia and Stephen can't escape the horrifying consequences of their love, fate (and time) offer them another chance for redemption.

Hearth and the Eagle

by Anya Seton

The story of Hesper Honeywood is the centerpiece of Anya Seton's classic 1940s novel.

Katherine

by Anya Seton

Katherine is an epic novel of the love affair that changed history--that of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of most of the British royal family. Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the story features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets--Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II--who ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue. Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king's son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine. Their affair persists through decades of war, adultery, murder, loneliness, and redemption. Anya Seton's vivid rendering of the lives of the Duke and Duchess of Lancaster makes Katherine an unmistakable classic.

The Mistletoe and Sword: A Story of Roman Britain

by Anya Seton

Romance loosely based on historical events during the year 61 c.e., a hundred years after the Romans first come to Britain under the command of Julius Caesar.

My Theodosia

by Anya Seton

THEODOSIA BURR was borne on the full tide of history. Her short life has all the drama, all the necessary elements of a great historical novel. Under Anya Seton's guidance, we see Aaron Burr, her father, sitting in his study before the great duel with Alexander Hamilton, and writing that famous letter which began, 'To my dearest Theodosia.' We see Theodosia herself, received like royalty on Blennerhassett Island, expecting to be crowned princess of the Kingdom of Mexico. We see Aaron awaiting trial in the jail at Richmond, repudiated by his son-in-law and by his friends, with Theodosia now playing an important part in his final exoneration. Aaron's star had set, but Theodosia still saw him as a man who could change the course of history. She may have realized too late that she had hitched her wagon to the wrong star. She never admitted it. With Aaron, she attempted to change the stream of American history, but the stream was too powerful for them. She remains a haunting memory, still lovely, still imperious, never vanquished. The author of this brilliant first novel is the daughter of Ernest Thompson Seton.

The Turquoise

by Anya Seton

This is the story of a beautiful, gifted woman who leaves the magic mountains of her native New Mexico for New York of the seventies-- piratical, opulent, gas-lit New York--only to end her search for happiness back in the high, thin air of Santa Fe. Santa Fe Cameron was named for the place of her birth. Child of a Spanish mother and a Scotch father, she inherited from both a high degree of psychic perceptivity easily visible to the Indian Nata-nay, who gave the little orphan a turquoise amulet as a keepsake. It is this turquoise, Indian symbol of the spirit, which dominates her life and gives the book its title.

The Winthrop Woman

by Anya Seton

"The Winthrop Woman is that rare literary accomplishment -- living history. Really good fictionalized history [like this] often gives closer reality to a period than do factual records." - Chicago Tribune In 1631 Elizabeth Winthrop, newly widowed with an infant daughter, set sail for the New World. Against a background of rigidity and conformity she dared to befriend Anne Hutchinson at the moment of her banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony; dared to challenge a determined army captain bent on the massacre of her friends the Siwanoy Indians; and, above all, dared to love a man as her heart and her whole being commanded. And so, as a response to this almost unmatched courage and vitality, Governor John Winthrop came to refer to this woman in the historical records of the time as his "unregenerate niece." Anya Seton's riveting historical novel portrays the fortitude, humiliation, and ultimate triumph of the Winthrop woman, who believed in a concept of happiness transcending that of her own day. "A rich and panoramic narrative full of gusto, sentimentality and compassion. It is bound to give much enjoyment and a good many thrills." - Times Literary Supplement "Abundant and juicy entertainment." - New York Times

The Winthrop Woman

by Anya Seton

This is the story of a Puritan woman who lived life with a gusto at odds with her h e r i t a g e and her surroundings. It was like the alluring Elizabeth Fones to marry a cousin in the Win-throp family, and the black sheep cousin, Harry, at that. Then, although a widow at twenty, she left with her infant daughter for the New World in 1631. In those days of hardship, famine, and Indian attack, there was only one way, in the minds of the governors of the Massachusetts Bay and Connecticut colonies, to hold together the sanity and identity of the colonists. That was through a strong and bigoted, theocratic government. It is against this background of rigidity and conformity that Bess Winthrop dared to befriend Anne Hutchinson at the moment of her banishment from the Bay Colony; dared to challenge a determined army captain bent on the massacre of her friends the Siwanoy Indians; and, above all, dared to love a man as her heart and her whole being commanded. And so, as a response to this almost unmatched courage and vitality, Governor John Winthrop came to refer to this woman in the historical records of the time as his "unregenerate niece." Through Bess Winthrop's three marriages, passionate beliefs, and countless rebellions against bigotry, this perceptive novel (which is also an authoritative and thoroughly documented account) portrays the fortitude, humiliation, and ultimate triumph of the Winthrop woman, who believed in a concept of happiness transcending that of her own day.

The Winthrop Woman

by Anya Seton

"The Winthrop Woman is that rare literary accomplishment -- living history. Really good fictionalized history [like this] often gives closer reality to a period than do factual records." - Chicago Tribune In 1631 Elizabeth Winthrop, newly widowed with an infant daughter, set sail for the New World. Against a background of rigidity and conformity she dared to befriend Anne Hutchinson at the moment of her banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony; dared to challenge a determined army captain bent on the massacre of her friends the Siwanoy Indians; and, above all, dared to love a man as her heart and her whole being commanded. And so, as a response to this almost unmatched courage and vitality, Governor John Winthrop came to refer to this woman in the historical records of the time as his "unregenerate niece." Anya Seton's riveting historical novel portrays the fortitude, humiliation, and ultimate triumph of the Winthrop woman, who believed in a concept of happiness transcending that of her own day. "A rich and panoramic narrative full of gusto, sentimentality and compassion. It is bound to give much enjoyment and a good many thrills." - Times Literary Supplement "Abundant and juicy entertainment." - New York Times

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