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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.
Praise for "The Queen's Dwarf" "Entertaining... a fascinating glimpse into 17th-century court life, rife with ladies in waiting who could be confidants or backstabbers; lush, wasteful banquets; and people like Jeffrey who are treated kindly but were essentially pets for royalty." -"Publishers Weekly""Rich in detail and brimming with intriguing characters, Chase's novel will please fans of historical fiction." --Kirkus "A tour de force on many levels... Jeffrey became a living, breathing person to me. As the story is told in the first person, we become privy to Jeffrey's darkest inner monologues, his deepest wishes, his personal struggles. To his peers and the King and Queen, Jeffrey's physical size says nothing of his great humanity, his courage and his ability to love... A marvelous, engrossing and highly recommended read." -Historical Novel Society ""The Queen's Dwarf "is a feast for readers told by a masterful author. Ella March Chase beautifully renders myriad facets of life in seventeenth century England: the sumptuous and the gritty, the magical and the terrifying. The seemingly fantastical--yet historically accurate--collection of characters will tug at your heart." -Tahsha Alexander, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Behind the Shattered Glass" "Enthralling, unexpected, and mysterious, this vivid novel set in the rarely explored world of acrobats, mages, giants and dwarves who populated Queen Henrietta-Maria's court offers a fascinating tale of an unlikely hero and his companions' hunt for a royal assassin, even as an infamous love affair threatens to overturn the kingdom. "The Queen's Dwarf" proves that Ms. March-Chase has a very bright future in historical fiction!" - C.W. Gortner, author of "The Tudor Conspiracy" ""The Queen's Dwarf" is a beautiful tapestry, authentic history carefully woven together with a curiously engaging story. I love the in-depth look at a rarely written about queen, and the perfect b
ELLA MARCH CHASE cannot remember a time she did not want to write historical fiction. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. She lives in a house filled with books and music and is lovingly herded by a loyal Shetland sheepdog named Oliver. Chase is the author of The Virgin Queen's Daughter and Three Maids for a Crown, a story of the Grey Sisters.