The Vow on the Heron
9th Book of the Plantagenet Saga
**RARE & OOP**
by Jean Plaidy
G.P. Putnam, c1980, stated 1st American Edition 1982, 351 pages. VERY GOOD+ Condition Hardcover with an EXCELLENT Condition Dust Jacket. This book is ex-library with usual markings (NONE on dj/book exterior), fep removed, light spine lean & very light dj wear. Pages & Binding are NICE & TIGHT!
Edward the Second had been barbarously murdered in Berkeley Castle on the orders of his wife, Queen Isabella, and her lover Roger de Mortimer; and fifteen-year-old Edward the Third had become King. Young Edward had already met and fallen in love with Philippa of Hainault. To prevent his inquiring into the details of his father's death, Isabella allowed the marriage to take place. A son was born who was to become the famous Black Prince.
It began to be said that Edward had a claim to the throne of France through his mother, who was the daughter of Philip the Fourth; and Robert of Artois, who hated the King of France, and came to England bent on bringing about war between En- gland and France. Realizing the magnitude of such an undertaking, Edward was loath to enter into it until that fatal day when he made his vow on the heron. Robert of Artois had captured the bird during a hunting expedition, had it roasted and brought to a banquet. Before a large company he had it placed before Edward, comparing him with this timid bird because he would not fight for the French crown. Goaded by his references to cowardice, Edward swore on the heron that he would attack France. This vow on the heron changed the course of history, for it heralded the beginning of the Hundred Years' War.
Among the splendor of Edward's medieval court moved characters who have made their mark in history: Philippa, kindly, wise, the ever-loving wife and mother; her children, the famous Black Prince, hero of Crecy and Poitiers; spoiled Isabella; tragic Joanna; ambitious John of Gaunt, among others; and dominating them all: Edward, handsome, strong, a great leader, an indulgent father and a loving husband whose fidelity was put to a severe test when he rescued the beautiful Countess of Salisbury from the Scotch invaders-Edward in his greatness, victorious in war, leading his country to prosperity and then, at the end, falling from glory to become the weak old man in the hands of a scheming mistress.
AKA Victoria Holt~Philippa Carr~Eleanor Hibbert~Kathleen Kellow. Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert, better known to readers as Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr, and Jean Plaidy, was one of the world's most beloved and enduring authors. Her career spanned five decades and she was heralded as the "Queen of Romantic Suspense.
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