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TITLE: THE THISTLE AND THE ROSE IMPRINT: Random House Large Print SUBTITLE: The Tudor Princesses SPAN: Spring 2006 CATALOG PAGE: 7 AUTHOR: Jean Plaidy ON-SALE DATE: 01/03/06 0-375-43487-9 Hardcover $24.95 448 pages Simultaneous with hardcover: No Author Residence: Story Locale: Scotland Genre: Historical Fiction AUTHOR INFORMATION: JEAN PLAIDY is the penname of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, who also wrote under the names Victoria Holt and Philippa Carr. Born in 1906, Hibbert began writing in 1947 and eventually published over 200 novels under three pseudonyms. The Jean Plaidy books ? about 90 in all ? are works of historical fiction about the famous and infamous women of English and European history, from medieval times to the Victorian era. Many were bestsellers in the U.S. and abroad, although they are currently out of print in the U.S. At the time of Hibbert?s death, in 1993, the Jean Plaidy novels had sold over 14 million copies worldwide. BRIEF DESCRIPTION: THE THISTLE AND THE ROSE is the story of Henry VIII?s older sister Margaret, the pride of the House of Tudor, and the princess whose life would change the destiny of two countries, England and Scotland. As the novel opens, the beautiful teenage Margaret ? a fiery red-head, like all the Tudors ? is engaged to be married to King James IV of Scotland. It is by far the most advantageous marriage the Tudor family could arrange, one that they hope will end years of bloody border wars between England and its wild northern neighbor. Fortunately for Margaret, her new husband, some 17 years her senior, is known throughout Europe for his good looks and his skill in the arts of love. Theirs was a love match, but unfortunately it did not bring peace to their two countries. Margaret?s brother Henry declares war on Scotland, and her beloved James dies bravely on the field of battle. Torn between loyalty to the house of Tudor and to her son, the young king of Scotland, James V., Margaret ultimately decides to remain in Scotland. No longer a blushing bride, she is still beautiful and sensual enough to attract many suitors, to the dismay of the Scottish court. She chooses a powerful earl, Archibald Douglas, and marries him. But when Archibald?s infidelities become too humiliating to bear, Margaret does the unthinkable ? she asks the Pope to dissolve their marriage. The divorce scandal nearly spells ruin for her but, like her headstrong brother Henry, Margaret is determined to marry who she chooses, even if it means breaking with tradition. She survives the scandal and marries yet again, this time finding happiness with her third husband, Henry Stuart. She remains in Scotland, revered and somewhat feared, until her death. Because of Margaret?s Tudor blood, her great-grandson, James I, ultimately inherited the thrones of both England and Scotland, joining the former enemy nations together , and finally bringing peace to the two countries she loved. KEYNOTE: From the pen of the legendary historical novelist Jean Plaidy comes the story of Princess Margaret whose life of tragedy, bloodshed, and scandal would rival even that of her younger brother, Henry VIII. POSITIONING STATEMENT: The prolific English historical novelist Jean Plaidy (a.k.a. Victoria Holt) is back with THE THISTLE AND THE ROSE, available in hardcover from Three Rivers Press (15,000 first printing). KEY SELLING POINTS: * B-O-T EXCLUSIVE * TREMENDOUS TRACK RECORD. The Jean Plaidy novels have sold over 14 million copies. Many of Hibbert?s Victoria Holt novels are still in print, and have sold millions in paperback. * HOT GENRE, HOT TOPIC. Historical fiction is always hot, but fans always flock to novels about Henry VIII and the Tudor family. The first four Jean Plaidy novels being reissued are sure to capitalize on the surge of interest in Tudor lore. * GODMOTHER OF THE GENRE. Before there was Margaret George or Rosalind Miles, Jean Plaidy popularized historical fiction for women with her tales of queens, princesses and courtesans. Although her books are out of print, there are websites devoted to her work, and ?favorites? lists in online bookstores routinely include her novels PRAISE FOR JEAN PLAIDY: * ?Plaidy excels at blending history with romance and drama.? ? THE NEW YORK TIMES MARKETING LAUNCH PLANS: Marketing: * Library E-Newsletter Three Rivers Press marketing: * Major promotion on MaidensCrown.com, including free downloadable discussion group guide, book excerpts and e-newsletter feature Three Rivers Press advertising: * National print attention with reviews in women?s and general interest publications as well as newspapers nationwide Publicity: Random House Large Print Publicity: * Monthly focus title mailing to key A list reviewers with product, including Aging with Style, AARP The Magazine, and First for Women * Email follow up to reviewers * Targeted B list mailings to over 60 Senior Citizen publications across the country?they have the option to request the title from publicity NOTES: Hardcover: Three Rivers Press Trade Paperback ISBN: 00609810227 Pub. Date: January 7, 2004 Retail Price: $12.95 THE LADY IN THE TOWER/ Plaidy 0-375-43486-0 THE ROSE WIHOUT A THORN/ Plaidy 0-375-43485-2
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Margaret, Queen, consort of James IV, King of Scotland, 1489-1541 -- Fiction.
Scotland -- History -- James IV, 1488-1513 -- Fiction.
Queens -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Biographical fiction. gsafd.
Historical fiction. gsafd.