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The Crown

(2012)
(The first book in the Joanna Stafford series)
A novel by

 
An aristocratic young nun must find a legendary crown in order to save her father - and preserve the Catholic faith from Cromwell's ruthless terror. The year is 1537. . . Joanna Stafford, a Dominican nun, learns that her favorite cousin has been condemned by Henry VIII to be burned at the stake. Defying the sacred rule of enclosure, Joanna leaves the priory to stand at her cousin's side. Arrested for interfering with the king's justice, Joanna, along with her father, is sent to the Tower of London. The ruthless Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, takes terrifying steps to force Joanna to agree to spy for him: to save her father's life she must find an ancient relic - a crown so powerful, it may hold the ability to end the Reformation. Accompanied by two monks, Joanna returns home to Dartford Priory and searches in secret for this long-lost piece of history worn by the Saxon King Athelstan in 937 during the historic battle that first united Britain. But Dartford Priory has become a dangerous place, and when more than one dead body is uncovered, Joanna departs with a sensitive young monk, Brother Edmund, to search elsewhere for the legendary crown. From royal castles with tapestry-filled rooms to Stonehenge to Malmesbury Abbey, the final resting place of King Athelstan, Joanna and Brother Edmund must hurry to find the crown if they want to keep Joanna's father alive. At Malmesbury, secrets of the crown are revealed that bring to light the fates of the Black Prince, Richard the Lionhearted, and Katherine of Aragon's first husband, Arthur. The crown's intensity and strength are beyond the earthly realm and it must not fall into the wrong hands. With Cromwell's troops threatening to shutter her priory, bright and bold Joanna must now decide who she can trust with the secret of the crown so that she may save herself, her family, and her sacred way of life. This provocative story melds heart-stopping suspense with historical detail and brings to life the poignant dramas of women and men at a fascinating and critical moment in England's past.

Genre: Historical Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

February 2012 : UK Hardback
Title: The Crown
Author(s): Nancy Bilyeau
ISBN: 1-4091-3306-0 / 978-1-4091-3306-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2012 : USA Hardback
Title: The Crown (Joanna Stafford series)
Author(s): Nancy Bilyeau
ISBN: 1-4516-2685-1 / 978-1-4516-2685-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Touchstone
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

February 2013 : UK Paperback
Title: The Crown (Joanna Stafford 1)
Author(s): Nancy Bilyeau
ISBN: 1-4091-3579-9 / 978-1-4091-3579-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: The Crown: A Novel (Joanna Stafford series)
Author(s): Nancy Bilyeau
ISBN: 1-4516-2686-X / 978-1-4516-2686-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Touchstone
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: The Crown
Author(s): Nancy Bilyeau
ISBN: 1-4091-3307-9 / 978-1-4091-3307-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

April 2014 : UK Audio CD
Title: The Crown
Author(s): Nancy Bilyeau
ISBN: 0-85735-894-4 / 978-0-85735-894-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

March 2014 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Crown
Author(s): Nancy Bilyeau
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Availability: Amazon   

March 2014 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Crown
Author(s): Nancy Bilyeau
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Availability: Amazon UK   

January 2012 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: The Crown (Joanna Stafford)
Author(s): Nancy Bilyeau
ISBN: 1-4551-3194-6 / 978-1-4551-3194-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2012 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Crown (Joanna Stafford Series, Book 1)
Author(s): Nancy Bilyeau
ISBN: 1-4551-3196-2 / 978-1-4551-3196-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2012 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Crown (Joanna Stafford)
Author(s): Nancy Bilyeau
ISBN: 1-4551-3195-4 / 978-1-4551-3195-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2012 : USA MP3 CD
Title: The Crown (Joanna Stafford)
Author(s): Nancy Bilyeau
ISBN: 1-4551-3197-0 / 978-1-4551-3197-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2012 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Crown
Author(s): Nancy Bilyeau
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

February 2012 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Crown (Joanna Stafford Book 1)
Author(s): Nancy Bilyeau
Publisher: Orion
Availability: Amazon UK   

January 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Crown (Joanna Stafford Series Book 1)
Author(s): Nancy Bilyeau
Publisher: Touchstone
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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