(From the publisher):
Henrietta Maria, whose father was murdered a few months after her birth, grew up in a court of intrigue which was constantly on the verge of conflict until the arrival of the future King of England on a romantic visit to Spain. Eventually Henrietta Maria herself was betrothed and embarked on the stormy years of a marriage which seemed doomed to failure, overshadowed by as it was by the malevolent Buckingham.
But out of these tempestuous beginnings grew one of the greatest love stories of all times. Henrietta Maria -- fiercely loyal in love, impetuously ruthless in hatred -- stood beside her husband through his tragic progress. Blindly they blundered through the years, watching the fall of Strafford and the rise of men such as Cornwell, Hampden and Pym, unaware even of the spies in their own household; and so came the inevitable march toward war, Englishman against Englishman, Cavalier against Roundhead, the sequel of which was played out on a cold January day in Whitehall. At the center of the disaster stand the King with his unswerving belief in the divine right of kings and his Queen, warmhearted, passionate Henrietta Maria who was her own greatest enemy and that of those whom she loved best.
There is that other Charles, witty, calm, inscrutable, refusing to be influenced by his mother, coming back to claim his rights; there are Mary, James, Henry and Henriette, all determined to go their own way; and so Henrietta Maria must retire to the chateau of Colombes, a lonely, doubting woman brooding on the past and asking herself "How much was I to blame?"
Original title: Myself My Enemy
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ The "royals"
Fiction→ Historical→ European→ British Isles→ England