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Authors: Laura Andersen

The Virgin's Daughter

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The Boleyn Reckoning

“Powerful…action, intrigue, star-crossed lovers, and all the drama period fans have come to expect…thrilling.”


The Boleyn Deceit

“Detailed and quick paced, [
The Boleyn Deceit
] will have series fans devouring it and emerging eager for the last book. An excellent recommendation for Philippa Gregory fans.”

, starred review

“This novel is recommended for all lovers of historical fiction.”

—Historical Novel Society

“This entertaining work of alternative history offers plenty to savor for both fans of historical romance and those whose passion is political intrigue….Perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir, Andersen’s novel admirably takes artistic license with history while remaining true to many aspects of real-world history…Foreshadows a mesmerizing conclusion to the trilogy.”

Publishers Weekly

“Elaborately threaded with historical details…the second in Andersen’s Boleyn family saga will appeal to fans of historical fiction….This is an intriguing reimagining of Tudor England and the treacheries of court life.”


The Boleyn King

Winner of the 2013 RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards for Best Historical Fiction

“Andersen’s novel, alive with historical flair and drama, satisfies both curious and imaginative Tudor aficionados…her multidimensional characters are so real that readers will wish it was history and eagerly await the next in the trilogy.”

—Romantic Times
(4.5 stars, Top Pick!)

“A surprising gem and a thoroughly enjoyable read….Andersen has given Anne Boleyn fans the happy ending we desire.”

—Historical Novels Society

“An absolutely gorgeous manifestation of that urge to bring an intriguing story forward….This is history-plus-more….The first in a trilogy, so brilliantly conceived and richly executed, fans of bold, historical dramas are likely to gobble them up as soon as they appear.”

—January Magazine

“A glamorous royal drama—but
The Boleyn King
offers a refreshingly offbeat, counterfactual take on the familiar story….The first book in a trilogy that promises to be inventive and entertaining.”

—Shelf Awareness

“High-court intrigue, romantic passions, and danger surround the four central characters of Andersen’s gripping first novel….This first entry in a planned trilogy highly entertains with fine pacing, plot, and detail. Perfect for Philippa Gregory fans.”

(starred review)

“A fascinating journey into what might have been, this novel of alternate history will keep you turning the pages and leave you hoping for a sequel.”

Royal Inheritance

“From the intrigue of the Tudor court to the battlefields of France, you will be entranced by the power, emotion, and sweeping romance of this spell-binding novel. I loved it and can’t wait for the next book in the series!”

, bestselling author of
The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

“ ‘
What if…
’ With these tantalizing words, Laura Andersen creates a fresh and vividly realized alternative world where not only does Anne Boleyn live, but also gives birth to a healthy son who will become King. With the introduction of Minuette, Princess Elizabeth’s lady-in-waiting, we meet an extraordinary young woman who embodies love and loyalty, and who fights to find the humanity at the heart of the most glamorous—and dangerous—courts in Europe.”

, author of
Mr. Churchill’s Secretary

The Boleyn King
is a riveting page-turner of a tale. I could not put it down. Laura Andersen’s splendidly imagined novel provides a fresh take on an era in history that’s been done to death. For historical fiction fans and Tudor aficionados,
The Boleyn King
is a must-read.”

, author,
Four Sisters, All Queens

“This terrific debut brings to life a fascinating page of Tudor history, vividly reimagined with a crucial twist: What if Anne Boleyn had a son who lived to become King?
The Boleyn King
deftly blends compelling characters, flawless social history, and courtly romance into an enthralling tale that’s impossible to put down.”

, Edgar Award–winning author of
Secret of the White Rose

“Full of intrigue, conspiracies, and the accurate details so essential to good historical fiction,
The Boleyn King
is the ultimate game of
What if?
Anyone who has even the slightest fascination with the Tudors will want to devour this deletectable novel in a single sitting—and not only to see what might have happened to England had Anne Boleyn kept her head.”

New York Times
bestselling author

The Virgin’s Daughter
is a work of historical fiction. Apart from the well-known actual people, events, and locales that figure in the narrative, all names, characters, places, and incidents are the products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to current events or locales, or to living persons, is entirely coincidental.

A Ballantine Books eBook Edition

Copyright © 2015 by Laura Andersen

Reading group guide copyright © 2015 by Penguin Random House LLC

Excerpt from
The Virgin’s Spy
by Laura Andersen copyright © 2015 by Laura Andersen

All rights reserved.

Published in the United States by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York.

BALLANTINE and the HOUSE colophon are registered trademarks of Penguin Random House LLC.

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This book contains an excerpt from the forthcoming book
The Concubine’s Daughter
by Laura Andersen. This excerpt has been set for this edition only and may not reflect the final content of the forthcoming edition.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Andersen, Laura.

The virgin’s daughter : a Tudor legacy novel / Laura Andersen.

pages cm

ISBN 978-0-8041-7936-2 (paperback)—ISBN 978-0-8041-7937-9 (ebook)

1. Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533–1603—Fiction. 2. Queens—Great Britain—Fiction. 3. Inheritance and succession—Fiction. 4. Great Britain—Kings and rulers—Succession—Fiction. 5. Great Britain—History—Tudors, 1485–1603—Fiction. I. Title. II. Title: Tudor legacy novel.

PS3601.N437V57 2015



eBook ISBN 9780804179379

eBook design adapted from printed book design by Caroline Cunningham

Cover design: Susan Zucker

Cover photography: Jeff Cottonden




Title Page
Prelude: June 1568
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Interlude: September 1568
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Interlude: August 1572
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen
Interlude: September 1574
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Nineteen
Chapter Twenty
Chapter Twenty-One
Chapter Twenty-Two
Chapter Twenty-Three
Chapter Twenty-Four
Chapter Twenty-Five
Postlude: September 1580
By Laura Andersen
About the Author
Reading Group Guide
Excerpt from
The Virgin’s Spy


June 1568

lizabeth Tudor—Queen of England, Ireland, and France; Supreme Head of the Church of England; estranged wife of King Philip of Spain; warrior savior or bastard heretic depending on one’s point of view—walked the grounds of a quiet country manor in company of the woman once her dearest friend, and allowed herself to be at ease.

Or relative ease for, of course, a queen could never entirely unbend. Not when there were so many eager to relieve her of her crown.

But today was not a day for such concerns. Elizabeth would once have linked arms with Minuette Courtenay, Duchess of Exeter, as they walked, but that was many years and even more choices ago. But their steps still matched and so did their thoughts.

“The boy is besotted with you,” Elizabeth noted drily.

Minuette’s amused laughter rang as clear as childhood. “Julien LeClerc is sixteen years old. He’s besotted with every female he lays eyes on.”

“Does Dominic take his infatuation as lightly as you do?”

“Are you implying my husband has cause for jealousy?” There was the slightest edge to Minuette’s teasing question. She had always been highly protective of Dominic.

“I am implying only that your husband’s sense of humour has never been highly developed, least of all where you and other men are concerned.”

Even a queen occasionally slipped in her choice of words; a shiver passed between them and Elizabeth was grateful when Minuette neatly changed the subject. “It is good of you to allow Anabel to come this summer, despite our French guests in residence.”

Only a handful of people used that particular name, for Anabel was properly Her Royal Highness Anne Isabella, Princess of Wales and only daughter of the Queen of England and the King of Spain. At six years old, Anabel was already a precocious mix of Elizabeth’s cleverness and Philip’s cold-blooded practicality. She had her own household mainly based at Ashridge, but for the last three summers Elizabeth had sent Anabel to the informal Courtenay household at Wynfield Mote. She wanted her daughter to have some warmth in her childhood, and no one better to provide it than Minuette. It also provided Anabel with friends, for Minuette had four children of her own, including twins born the same month as the young princess.

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