(From the publisher):
The goldsmith's wife is Jane Shore, favorite mistress of the greatest lover in English history, King Edward IV. Wayward, passionate, goodhearted and loved by many men, Jane passes from a background of trade in Cheapside and Lombard Street, to rule the brilliant, profligate court, the morals of which are set by its amorous King. Her attempted abduction by Lord Hastings, her seduction by the merchant who is really the King in disguise, her flight from the goldsmith's house to the King's court -- all this is but the prelude to her colorful and exciting story.
And although Jane is the central figure, her life is necessarily closely interwoven with those of many fascinating personalities of the court.
All these famous characters form a background for the goldsmith's wife, and among these people moves Jane, a dainty, golden-haired figure, the loveliest and the merriest lady of the court. She is seen gracing royal banquets, laden with jewels, and doing penance through the streets of London, with only a kirtle and her golden hair to cover her. She is seen begging favors for others from the King, and begging alms for herself in the streets.
Humble mercer's daughter, goldsmith's wife, King's favorite, publicly proclaimed harlot, prisoner and beggarwoman, hers is a story of amazing contrasts set against the colorful, dangerous background of fifteenth century London.
Original title: The Goldsmith's Wife
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European→ British Isles→ England
Fiction→ Historical→ Fictional Biography