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The Queen's Dwarf

A Novel

By Ella March Chase

A richly imagined, gorgeously written historical novel set in the Stuart court featuring a unique hero: Jeffrey Hudson, a dwarf tasked with spying on the beautiful but vulnerable queen

 

It's 1629, and King Charles I and his French queen Henrietta Maria have reigned in England for less than three years. Young dwarf Jeffrey Hudson is swept away from a village shambles and plunged into the Stuart court when his father sells him to the most hated man in England—the Duke of Buckingham. Buckingham trains Jeffrey to be his spy in the household of Charles’ seventeen-year-old bride, hoping to gain intelligence that will help him undermine the vivacious queen’s influence with the king.

Desperately homesick in a country that hates her for her nationality and Catholic faith, Henrietta Maria surrounds herself with her "Royal Menagerie of Freaks and Curiosities of Nature"—a "collection" consisting of a giant, two other dwarves, a rope dancer, an acrobat/animal trainer and now Jeffrey, who is dubbed "Lord Minimus."

Dropped into this family of misfits, Jeffrey must negotiate a labyrinth of court intrigue and his own increasingly divided loyalties. For not even the plotting of the Duke nor the dangers of a tumultuous kingdom can order the heart of a man. Though he is only eighteen inches tall, Jeffrey Hudson's love will reach far beyond his grasp—to the queen he has been sent to destroy.

Full of vibrant period detail, The Queen's Dwarf by Ella March Chase is a thrilling and evocative portrait of an intriguing era.


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Book

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Publish Date

2014

ISBN

9781250006295


Format: Book
Author: Chase, Ella March
Summary: "It's 1629, and King Charles I and his French queen Henrietta-Maria have reigned in England for less than three years. Young dwarf Jeffrey Hudson is swept away from a village shambles and plunged into the Stuart court when his father sells him to the most hated man in England--the Duke of Buckingham. Buckingham trains Jeffrey to be his spy in the household of Charles' seventeen-year-old bride, hoping to gain intelligence that will help him undermine the vivacious queen's influence with the king. Desperately homesick in a country that hates her for her nationality and Catholic faith, Henrietta-Maria surrounds herself with her "Royal Menagerie of Freaks and Curiosities of Nature"--a "collection" consisting of a giant, two other dwarves, a rope dancer, an acrobat/animal trainer and now Jeffrey, who is dubbed "Lord Minimus." Dropped into this family of misfits, Jeffrey must negotiate a labyrinth of court intrigue and his own increasingly divided loyalties. For not even the plotting of the Duke nor the dangers of a tumultuous kingdom can order the heart of a man. Though he is only eighteen inches tall, Jeffrey Hudson's love will reach far beyond his grasp--to the queen he has been sent to destroy. Full of vibrant period detail and with shades of Gregory Maguire's Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Philippa Gregory's The Queen's Fool, The Queen's Dwarf is a rich, thrilling and evocative portrait of an intriguing era"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: The queen's dwarf : a novel / Ella March Chase.
Publisher Date: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2014.
Subject: Hudson, Jeffrey, 1619-1681 -- Fiction. Henrietta Maria, Queen, consort of Charles I, King of England, 1609-1669 -- Fiction. Buckingham, George Villiers, Duke of, 1592-1628 -- Fiction. Charles I, King of England, 1600-1649 -- Fiction. Dwarfs -- Great Britain -- Fiction. Courts and courtiers -- Fiction. Great Britain -- Kings and rulers -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9781250006295 (hardback) 1250006295 (hardback) 9781250038524 (e-book)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 2
Call Number: PS3553.A845 Q44 2014
Oclc: 846545312
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Bib Id: 480098

Format: Book
Author: Chase, Ella March.
Summary: "It's 1629, and King Charles I and his French queen Henrietta-Maria have reigned in England for less than three years. Young dwarf Jeffrey Hudson is swept away from a village shambles and plunged into the Stuart court when his father sells him to the most hated man in England--the Duke of Buckingham. Buckingham trains Jeffrey to be his spy in the household of Charles' seventeen-year-old bride, hoping to gain intelligence that will help him undermine the vivacious queen's influence with the king. Desperately homesick in a country that hates her for her nationality and Catholic faith, Henrietta-Maria surrounds herself with her "Royal Menagerie of Freaks and Curiosities of Nature"--a "collection" consisting of a giant, two other dwarves, a rope dancer, an acrobat/animal trainer and now Jeffrey, who is dubbed "Lord Minimus." Dropped into this family of misfits, Jeffrey must negotiate a labyrinth of court intrigue and his own increasingly divided loyalties. For not even the plotting of the Duke nor the dangers of a tumultuous kingdom can order the heart of a man. Though he is only eighteen inches tall, Jeffrey Hudson's love will reach far beyond his grasp--to the queen he has been sent to destroy. Full of vibrant period detail and with shades of Gregory Maguire's Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Philippa Gregory's The Queen's Fool, The Queen's Dwarf is a rich, thrilling and evocative portrait of an intriguing era"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: The queen's dwarf : a novel / Ella March Chase.
Publisher, Date: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2014.
Subjects: Hudson, Jeffrey, 1619-1681 -- Fiction.
Subjects: Henrietta Maria, Queen, consort of Charles I, King of England, 1609-1669 -- Fiction.
Subjects: Buckingham, George Villiers, Duke of, 1592-1628 -- Fiction.
Subjects: Charles I, King of England, 1600-1649 -- Fiction.
Subjects: Dwarfs -- Great Britain -- Fiction.
Subjects: Courts and courtiers -- Fiction.
Subjects: Great Britain -- Kings and rulers -- Fiction.
LCCN: 2013030262
ISBN: 9781250006295 (hardback)
ISBN: 1250006295 (hardback)
ISBN: 9781250038524 (e-book)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: PS3553.A845 Q44 2014