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O'Brien, Anne 1949-

Works: 32 works in 226 publications in 10 languages and 4,351 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Romance fiction  Historical fiction  Biographical fiction  Romances  Political fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6115.B7355, 823.92
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Anne O'Brien
The virgin widow by Anne O'Brien( Book )

13 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and Serbian and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Anne Neville, daughter of the Earl of Warwick and queen to Richard III, during the bloody War of the Roses
The forbidden queen by Anne O'Brien( Book )

20 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An innocent pawn A kingdom without a King A new dynasty will reign ... 1415. The jewel in the French crown, Katherine de Valois, is waiting under lock and key for King Henry V. While he's been slaughtering her kinsmen in Agincourt, Katherine has been praying for marriage to save her from her misery. But the brutal King wants her crown, not her innocent love. For Katherine, England is a lion's den of greed, avarice and mistrust. And when Katherine is widowed at twenty-one she is a prize ripe for the taking. Her young son the future monarch, her hand in marriage worth a kingdom. This is a deadly political game; one the Dowager Queen must learn fast. The players - Duke of Gloucester, Edmund Beaufort and Owen Tudor -are circling. Who will have her? Who will ruin her? This is the story of Katherine de Valois. The forbidden queen who launched the most famous dynasty of all time
The king's concubine : a novel of Alice Perrers by Anne O'Brien( Book )

16 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A child born in the plague year of 1348, abandoned and raised within the oppressive walls of a convent, Alice Perrers refused to take the veil, convinced that a greater destiny awaited her. Ambitious and quick-witted, she rose above her obscure beginnings to become the infamous mistress of Edward III. But always, essentially, she was alone ... Early in Alice's life, a chance meeting with royalty changes everything: Kindly Queen Philippa, deeply in love with her husband but gravely ill, chooses Alice as a lady-in-waiting. Under the queen's watchful eye, Alice dares to speak her mind. She demands to be taken seriously. She even flirts with the dynamic, much older king. But she is torn when her vibrant spirit captures his interest ... and leads her to a betrayal she never intended. In Edward's private chambers, Alice discovers the pleasures and paradoxes of her position. She is the queen's confidante and the king's lover, yet she can rely only on herself. It is a divided role she was destined to play, and she vows to play it until the bitter end. Even as she is swept up in Edward's lavish and magnificent court, amassing wealth and influence for herself, becoming an enemy of his power-hungry son John of Gaunt and a sparring partner to resourceful diplomat William de Windsor, she anticipates the day when the political winds will turn against her. For when her detractors voice their hatred and accusations of treason swirl around her, threatening to destroy everything she has achieved, who will stand by Alice then?"--
Queen defiant : a a novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Anne O'Brien( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the early adult years of Eleanor of Aquitaine, whose arranged marriage to the weak-willed and fanatical Louis VII of France sends her on an adventure where she meets her soul mate, Henry d'Anjou
Chosen for the marriage bed by Anne O'Brien( Book )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Welsh Marches 1460. In the eerie depths of Llanwardine Priory, Elizabeth de Lacy is about to take the veil when she is told she must wed her family's sworn enemy! Lord Richard Malinder must produce an heir, and a union with the de Lacy family could prove advantageous-if only to keep his enemies close. Elizabeth has not expected to feel such intense attraction, or to find Richard so kind, understanding and devastatingly handsome
The King's sister by Anne O'Brien( Book )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'The gripping tale of Elizabeth of Lancaster, sibling of Henry IV. Packed with love, loss and intrigue' - Sunday Express S Magazine ONE BETRAYAL IS ALL IT TAKES TO CHANGE HISTORY 1382. Daughter of John of Gaunt, sister to the future King Henry IV, Elizabeth of Lancaster has learned the shrewd tricks of the court from England's most powerful men. In a time of political turmoil, allegiance to family is everything. A Plantagenet princess should never defy her father's wishes. Yet headstrong Elizabeth refuses to bow to the fate of a strategic marriage. Rejecting her duty, Elizabeth weds the charming and ruthlessly ambitious Sir John Holland: Duke of Exeter, half-brother to King Richard II and the one man she has always wanted. But defiance can come at a price. 1399. Elizabeth's brother Henry has seized the throne. Her husband, confidant to the usurped Richard, masterminds a secret plot against the new King. Trapped in a dangerous web, Elizabeth must make a choice. Defy the King and betray her family. Or condemn her husband and send him to his death. SISTER. WIFE. TRAITOR. She holds the fate of England in her hands. Praise for Anne O'Brien: 'One of the best writers around...she outdoes even Philippa Gregory' - The Sun 'Her writing is highly evocative of the time period. ..O'Brien has produced an epic tale' - Historical Novel Society 'Anne O'Brien's novels give a voice to the "silent" women of history' - Yorkshire Post 'The gripping tale of Elizabeth of Lancaster, sibling of Henry IV. Packed with love, loss and intrigue' - Sunday Express S Magazine 'Once again O'Brien proves herself a medieval history magician, conjuring up a sizzling, sweeping story' - Lancashire Evening Post 'An exciting and intriguing story of love and historical politics. If you enjoy Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir you will love Anne O'Brien' - We Love This Book 'A brilliantly researched and well-told story; you won't be able to put this book down' - Candis 'A fast paced historical drama that is full of suspense.'
The Queen's choice by Anne O'Brien( Book )

10 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and Italian and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Joanna of Navarre knows her place in society. And defies it. Forthright, unemotional and politically minded, she is more than a match for the men in the court of Brittany. And when she inherits control of her lands after her husband's death, it's a testament to her intellect and loyal duty. Then comes an unexpected proposal - marriage to Henry IV, King of England. The price? Abandoning her homeland, leaving her children, and sacrificing her independence. Henry's hold on the crown is unsteady and war is brewing. Crossing the channel is a dangerous prospect. If Joanna's pride will allow it, this could be a chance to unite two nations. But pride comes before a fall, and there are many who conspire to watch Joanna tumble from the English throne
The scandalous duchess by Anne O'Brien( Book )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is time for this great love to be tested. But is anything strong enough to face the cries of heresy? 'If you will be a great man's mistress you must pay the price ... ' 1372 The Savoy. Widow Lady Katherine de Swynford presents herself for a role in the household of merciless royal prince, John Plantagenet, Duke of Lancaster, hoping to end her destitution. But the Duke's scandalous proposition leaves her life of pious integrity reeling ... Seduced by the glare of royal adoration, Katherine becomes John's mistress. She will leave behind everything she has stood for to play second fiddle to his young wife and ruthless ambition. She will live in the shadows of the most powerful man in England in the hope of a love greater than propriety. But soon the court whispers - whore, harlot, vile temptress - reach the ears of not just John's young bride but his most dangerous political enemies. As the Plantagenet prince is accused of bringing England to its knees who better to blame than shameless she-devil Katherine de Swynford? Dragged from the shadows, Katherine must now answer for her sins
Conquering knight, captive lady by Anne O'Brien( Book )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Green eyes sparkling with fire, there is no way Lady Rosamund de Longspey has escaped an arranged marriage only to be conquered by a rogue! Gray eyes as hard and flinty as his heart has become, Lord Gervase Fitz Osbern, weary of war and wanton women, will fight for what rightly belongs to him. But Rose is not going to be ousted, and Gervase, a warrior to his fingertips, is not going to meekly withdraw. Instead he'll claim his castle--and just maybe a bride!
The runaway heiress by Anne O'Brien( Book )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mistaking Miss Frances Hanwell for a runaway kitchen servant, Hugh only realises his grave error the next day. With scandal imminent, a reluctant marriage seems the only course of action. Reluctance turns to respect when Hugh uncovers the brutal marks of the unhappy life she's been leading. Suddenly, he will do all in his power to protect her ... especially now, as an unexpected inheritance threatens to take Frances from him
Puritan bride by Anne O'Brien( Book )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The scandalous, sexual games at the Restoration Court of King Charles have turned Marcus, Viscount Marlbrooke, into a cynic. It is not love that lies within matrimony but the victory of a bitter inheritance feud, securing his rightful claim to Winteringham Priory
Compromised miss by Anne O'Brien( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and Swedish and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Despite being unconscious for most of the night, Lucius has been accused of compromising a lady. She may not be an obvious beauty, dressed as she is in seaman's garb, but his rescuer is all woman - and now he must marry Miss Harriette Lydyard. The Earl of Venmore is lethally attractive, and Harriette knows she should refuse him. Only with her reputation in tatters Harriette must face the consequences of her actions - by making a pact with this disreputable, dangerous devil of a man!"--Publisher description
The disgraced marchioness by Anne O'Brien( Book )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Henry Faringdon, the new Marquis of Burford, returns home and makes a shocking discovery! On his departure to America, his late brother Thomas had married the woman who'd stolen Henry's heart- the alluring Miss Eleanor Stamford. Now in mourning, with a babe in arms, Eleanor is dismayed to see Henry as he is to see her. Even more so when a gentleman arrives announcing his sister to be the true Marchioness, claiming she married Thomas in secret years before
Marriage under siege by Anne O'Brien( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With staunchly opposed political views, the new Lord and Lady Mansell are not seeking love during a time of civil war. But, with riots in the surrounding countryside, Honoria must appear loyal to Francis. Amid the cannon-fire and devastation around them, passion is blazing between Honoria and her husband
Rake beyond redemption by Anne O'Brien( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and Swedish and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Riding on a Sussex beach, Alexander Ellerdine fights through the waves to rescue a young lady trapped by the tide. He's instantly captivated by her beautiful face and dauntles spirit -- but as a smuggler with a tranished reputation Zan has nothing to offer a woman such as her. Marie-Claude is determined to unravel the mystery of her brooding rescuer. His passionate kisses are as dangerous as his reputation. The integrity in his eyes indicates he's a gentleman - but the secrets and rumours say that he's a rake beyond redemption ..."--Publisher description
The enigmatic rake by Anne O'Brien( Book )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and Swedish and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Secrets!A spy for the British Government, Lord Joshua Sherbourne Faringdon must foster his notoriety as a rake as a front for his secret activities. Until an undercover exercise almost costs him his life. Passion!Miss Sarah Russell, newly appointed housekeeper, knows only of her lord's rakish reputation. She's unprepared for his surprise proposal of marriage-and the way her body responds to him!Espionage!Burning desire turns to passion for Joshua and Sarah, until rumors and whisperings rear their ugly heads. Who is the shadow following Sarah's every move' What did actually happen to Joshua's late wife' What is this intriguing man hiding ... '
The outrageous debutante by Anne O'Brien( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and Swedish and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

They have been summoned to London to enjoy the 'delights' of the Season, yet neither Theodora Wooton-Devereux nor Lord Nicholas Faringdon is an enthusiastic participant in the game of love--until a chance meeting sets their lives on a different course. And soon the handsome gentleman, who has captured the heart of the beautiful--though somewhat unconventional--debutante, is the talk of the town! But when a shocking family scandal rears its head and forbids that they be united, it seems fate is not on their side. Now Thea must end the relationship before it is too playing the truly outrageous debutante!
Devil's consort by Anne O'Brien( Book )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and Czech and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This title talks about the England's most ruthless queen. Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, is a determined woman who plots and schemes an astonishing path between two equally powerful men in twelfth century Europe, a woman who can manoeuvre and manipulate to safeguard her own lands as effectively as any power-grasping lord. Eleanor is single-minded in her struggle to keep her inheritance intact, leading her to reject one husband and take another who will fulfil her desires. Eleanor intends to reign as Queen and is prepared to bring scandal down upon herself in pursuit of her ultimate prize. Hers is a story of power, political intrigue, passion and love
The shadow queen by Anne O'Brien( Book )

5 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The untold story of Joan of Kent, the mastermind behind the reign of King Richard II. From her first clandestine marriage, Joan of Kent's reputation is one of beauty, scandal and rumour. Her royal blood makes her a desirable bride. Her ambition and passion make her a threat. Joan knows what she has to do to survive. The games to play, the men to marry -- even if one man will always have her heart. A remarkable story of love and loyalty and of the cost of personal ambition. The story of the woman who would ultimately wield power as the mother to ten-year-old King Richard II, from the shadows of the throne. 'What would enhance the pattern of my life further? One word slid into my mind. A seductive word. A dangerous word, perhaps, for a woman. Power.'
Queen of the north by Anne O'Brien( Book )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1399: England’s crown is under threat. King Richard II holds onto his power by an ever-weakening thread, with exiled Henry of Lancaster back to reclaim his place on the throne. For Elizabeth Mortimer, great-granddaughter of Edward III and wife to Sir Harry Hotspur, there is only one rightful King - her eight-year-old nephew, Edmund. Only he can guarantee her fortunes, and protect her family’s rule over the precious Northern lands bordering Scotland. To question her loyalty to the King places Elizabeth in the shadow of the axe. To concede would curdle her Plantagenet blood
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The virgin widow
Queen defiant : a a novel of Eleanor of AquitaineChosen for the marriage bedConquering knight, captive ladyThe runaway heiressPuritan brideCompromised missThe disgraced marchionessMarriage under siege
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Anne O'Brien

O'Brien, Anne