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Few writers can rival the sheer storytelling mastery of New York Times bestselling author Virginia Henley. Brimming with sensual tension, humor, and narrative power, Henley's award-winning novels have enchanted readers worldwide. Now in The Marriage Prize-the third novel in her Plantagenet trilogy, which began with The Falcon and the Flower and continued in The Dragon and Few writers can rival the sheer storytelling mastery of New York Times bestselling author Virginia Henley. Brimming with sensual tension, humor, and narrative power, Henley's award-winning novels have enchanted readers worldwide. Now in The Marriage Prize-the third novel in her Plantagenet trilogy, which began with The Falcon and the Flower and continued in The Dragon and the Jewel-this incomparable storyteller returns to medieval England and brings to life a love story so passionate it will take your breath away. Orphaned at a young age, Rosamond Marshal is a royal ward of Eleanor de Montfort, sister of King Henry III and wife of the renowned warlord Simon de Montfort. Under the worldly countess's tutelage, Rosamond learns not only the skills of a chatelaine, but how to wield her female power by dressing exquisitely, conversing wittily, and charming men mercilessly. As she reaches young womanhood, the beautiful heiress is fearful of leaving the security of the de Montfort household and fulfilling her betrothal to the powerful bachelor knight Rodger de Leyburn. Just as Rodger devilishly outmaneuvers Rosamond's strategems to break their betrothal, Prince Edward will accept none of Rosamond's excuses to forestall her marriage. For the prince is determined to reward Rodger, his dearest friend, with a wealthy, noble wife. Slowly Rodger woos Rosamond, convincing her that his love extends beyond her estates and her wealth. But no sooner does Rosamond become Rodger's wife and experience all the exquisite ways a man can love a woman than she finds herself and her husband on opposite sides of a bloody civil war. For Rodger is fighting alongside Prince Edward and the king to quell the barons' rebellion, led by none other than Rosamond's beloved guardian, Simon de Montfort. With the gripping storytelling, vibrant historical detail, and powerful insight into a woman's heart that have made her one of the most popular authors of romantic fiction, Virginia Henley sweeps readers into the most captivating and wildly passionate love story of her career.


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Few writers can rival the sheer storytelling mastery of New York Times bestselling author Virginia Henley. Brimming with sensual tension, humor, and narrative power, Henley's award-winning novels have enchanted readers worldwide. Now in The Marriage Prize-the third novel in her Plantagenet trilogy, which began with The Falcon and the Flower and continued in The Dragon and Few writers can rival the sheer storytelling mastery of New York Times bestselling author Virginia Henley. Brimming with sensual tension, humor, and narrative power, Henley's award-winning novels have enchanted readers worldwide. Now in The Marriage Prize-the third novel in her Plantagenet trilogy, which began with The Falcon and the Flower and continued in The Dragon and the Jewel-this incomparable storyteller returns to medieval England and brings to life a love story so passionate it will take your breath away. Orphaned at a young age, Rosamond Marshal is a royal ward of Eleanor de Montfort, sister of King Henry III and wife of the renowned warlord Simon de Montfort. Under the worldly countess's tutelage, Rosamond learns not only the skills of a chatelaine, but how to wield her female power by dressing exquisitely, conversing wittily, and charming men mercilessly. As she reaches young womanhood, the beautiful heiress is fearful of leaving the security of the de Montfort household and fulfilling her betrothal to the powerful bachelor knight Rodger de Leyburn. Just as Rodger devilishly outmaneuvers Rosamond's strategems to break their betrothal, Prince Edward will accept none of Rosamond's excuses to forestall her marriage. For the prince is determined to reward Rodger, his dearest friend, with a wealthy, noble wife. Slowly Rodger woos Rosamond, convincing her that his love extends beyond her estates and her wealth. But no sooner does Rosamond become Rodger's wife and experience all the exquisite ways a man can love a woman than she finds herself and her husband on opposite sides of a bloody civil war. For Rodger is fighting alongside Prince Edward and the king to quell the barons' rebellion, led by none other than Rosamond's beloved guardian, Simon de Montfort. With the gripping storytelling, vibrant historical detail, and powerful insight into a woman's heart that have made her one of the most popular authors of romantic fiction, Virginia Henley sweeps readers into the most captivating and wildly passionate love story of her career.

30 review for The Marriage Prize

  1. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    I read this book way back in my youth. I recalled the book right away after reading the blurb. I remember that I liked it. It is a well-written old-fashioned medieval story. I liked Rodger but was not so impressed with Rosamond (surprise surprise). I just dont like willful heroines and Rosamond was exactly that. She supported Simon de Montfort and was willing to betray her husband, who she came to love. I dont get this decision. I think it is ok to have different opinions. But your loyalty must I read this book way back in my youth. I recalled the book right away after reading the blurb. I remember that I liked it. It is a well-written old-fashioned medieval story. I liked Rodger but was not so impressed with Rosamond (surprise surprise). I just dont like willful heroines and Rosamond was exactly that. She supported Simon de Montfort and was willing to betray her husband, who she came to love. I dont get this decision. I think it is ok to have different opinions. But your loyalty must be clear. Either you support your husband or you support your guardian. Doing the latter meaning you sacrifice your marriage so dont freak out when he wouldnt change his allegiance for you because you did not do that for him either. Accept it and move on. OK I think it is quite enough with my heroine hating. lol I have such a hard time with willful women who do what they do and expect no consequences. There are always consequences to every action we take. These old-timer romance stories from the 80s have a lot of such heroines (think Johanna Lindsey, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss and our Virginia Henley here). They go against their husbands and get pissed when the men have a different opinion or are not willing to back down. Why should they? It is not that these heroines are exactly accommodating either. I would probably not reread this story because of Rosamond. I recall vividly how she defied Rodger because of her political inclination. I am not a fan.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    One of the best books I've ever read. I own the paperback and though am steadily with great difficulty shedding my huge quantity of paperbacks, I refuse to let this one go, probably forever. It was just soooooo good. But you know I am tenative about rereading it because it actually is filled with so much passion and emotion, fierce heartwrenching, paralyzing love, it's hard to invest unless you have an entire week because at times I just had to put it down and cry or get out of the numbness beca One of the best books I've ever read. I own the paperback and though am steadily with great difficulty shedding my huge quantity of paperbacks, I refuse to let this one go, probably forever. It was just soooooo good. But you know I am tenative about rereading it because it actually is filled with so much passion and emotion, fierce heartwrenching, paralyzing love, it's hard to invest unless you have an entire week because at times I just had to put it down and cry or get out of the numbness because the way she writes it can affect her reader just that much. I loved this book is just too simple of a way to describe it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Eden Patton

    I love anything Henley. I love the drama, the hot sex, the macho men and the history. sexy, smart and passionate. love it, love her

  4. 4 out of 5

    A

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really really really wanted to love this book but it just didn't happen . Also the ending of this book spoilt the previous two for me . I really really really wanted to love this book but it just didn't happen . Also the ending of this book spoilt the previous two for me .

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lita

    "-Anticipation is said to harden the pleasure, no? -Heighten the pleasure -Rod corrected-, though there is likely more truth in the way you say it". "She found him more than attractive, she found him as magnetic as a lodestone". "But that's what bravery is all about... overcoming fear enough to do the couragous thing". "-Anticipation is said to harden the pleasure, no? -Heighten the pleasure -Rod corrected-, though there is likely more truth in the way you say it". "She found him more than attractive, she found him as magnetic as a lodestone". "But that's what bravery is all about... overcoming fear enough to do the couragous thing".

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

    I enjoy a good historical romantic read....sadly I was disappointed and annoyed by this book. Rosamond is definitely a very willful person who constantly throws tantrums when things don't go her way (um I know you want to model yourself after Eleanor, but she is a princess by birth and countess by marriage, she has royal blood going back generations and knows where her true powers come from!). The whole trust issue Rod and Rosamond keep talking about is like non-existent, even though they keep ta I enjoy a good historical romantic read....sadly I was disappointed and annoyed by this book. Rosamond is definitely a very willful person who constantly throws tantrums when things don't go her way (um I know you want to model yourself after Eleanor, but she is a princess by birth and countess by marriage, she has royal blood going back generations and knows where her true powers come from!). The whole trust issue Rod and Rosamond keep talking about is like non-existent, even though they keep talking over and over again about it. Seriously, Rod doesn't trust Rosamond enough with state secrets due to her connections with the de Montfort family and the truth of her brother's death. And Rosamond doesn't trust Rod enough to protect her and keep her from harm's way. Not a fan of the language. How many times is it necessary to use the word ‘bitch’, it is really jarring and takes it away from the setting. I get it, they are horrible people that you want to curse at, blah, blah, blah. The intimate scenes are pretty typical of romance books. There is enough to keep you interesting and reading, but nothing more than that. The only thing that keep things interesting and me reading was the civil strife between Simon de Montfort and the royal Plantagenet. Otherwise, I'll pass on the story and the main characters.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Morena

    Wow WTF was this? How can anyone like this drivel? I don't expect much from a silly romance, but it boggles my mind when a dumb, rough draft gets published. The historical elements read like a mashup of regency, tudor, and a visit to a ren fair. There is no flow, no pacing, headhopping galore, the characterization is laughable at first then irritating, and good god, what is it with the clumsy info dumps? Am I supposed to be impressed that Henley read some Plantagenet for dummies book as part of Wow WTF was this? How can anyone like this drivel? I don't expect much from a silly romance, but it boggles my mind when a dumb, rough draft gets published. The historical elements read like a mashup of regency, tudor, and a visit to a ren fair. There is no flow, no pacing, headhopping galore, the characterization is laughable at first then irritating, and good god, what is it with the clumsy info dumps? Am I supposed to be impressed that Henley read some Plantagenet for dummies book as part of her pathetic research?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Broke my heart.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chanda Cathey

    Love Henley I love her books,when it comes to medieval romance she is the best. All her historical story is amazing and detailed.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Literatura pe tocuri

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  11. 4 out of 5

    Tenderlay

    Nice beginning but got a bit too repetitive and I didn’t like the h.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Regan Walker

    This must have been a difficult one for Henley to write...and it is easy to see why some fans of her work liked this one less than the others in the trilogy. Third in Henley's Plantagenet trilogy (The Falcon and the Flower, The Dragon and the Jewel and The Marriage Prize), it is set in 13th century England, continuing with the reign of King Henry III but focused on his son, Edward, the future king. The characters we came to love in books 1 and 2 are suddenly enemies when civil war breaks out in This must have been a difficult one for Henley to write...and it is easy to see why some fans of her work liked this one less than the others in the trilogy. Third in Henley's Plantagenet trilogy (The Falcon and the Flower, The Dragon and the Jewel and The Marriage Prize), it is set in 13th century England, continuing with the reign of King Henry III but focused on his son, Edward, the future king. The characters we came to love in books 1 and 2 are suddenly enemies when civil war breaks out in England. In the second book, Henry's sister, Princess Eleanor married Simon de Montfort, the Earl of Leicester, and the great War Lord. Theirs was a magnificent love story well told by Henley. In this last in the trilogy, they continue to be characters but Simon's desire to see justice brought to the common man puts him at odds with the weak King Henry. At first Lord Edward, who was trained by his godfather, Simon de Montfort, joins with him against his father. But Edward is eventually lured to the Plantagenet side against Simon. Friends become enemies and many we love die in the war that inevitably comes. (This isn't a spoiler...it's history.) Henley tells the story well but she had to include the facts and some are difficult to take. This book opens in 1253, as 12-year-old Rosamond Marshal, the fictional niece of Eleanor Plantagenet's first husband, is betrothed to Sir Rodger de Leyburn, Prince Edward's steward. Rosamond was considered a great "marriage prize" because of her family's wealth, which she inherited upon the death of her brother, Giles, her only relative. Five years later, King Henry is chaffing at the parliament imposed on him by his barons and has fled to France to seek aid while Simon de Montfort's power grows in England. Rosamond, now 17, resents the marriage imposed upon her as a child, and Rodger must woo her to claim her. At times I found Rosamond annoying. She was not the strong character that was Eleanor Plantagenet (heroine in book 2); she often gave in to the demanding warrior that was her husband. At one point, she believed him when he told her he had her favorite knight trussed up and would kill him if she didn't come with him. I thought that made her look stupid. There were a few improbable moments, like when she is 9 months pregnant and her servants and men leave her completely alone in a castle (would never happen). But all in all, Henley did a great job of telling this story and it's an appropriate finish to the Plantagenet trilogy. Her meticulous attention to both historical details and character development are evident and set this and all her novels apart from those of the light romance fare so frequently found today. If you like to read books in date order, here is the Plantagenet trilogy followed by the other books she wrote about the same time in chronological order: * The Falcon and the Flower (1989) - late 12th century/early 13th * The Dragon and the Jewel (1991) - 13th century * The Marriage Prize (2000) - 13th century * The Raven and the Rose (1987) - 15th century * The Hawk and the Dove (1988) - 16th century * The Pirate and the Pagan (1990) - 17th century All the books are worthy reads. And, if you want Scotland's side of the story, you can read her wonderful Kennedy Clan romances, both set in the 16th century after the events of The Raven and The Rose: * Tempted (1992) * The Border Hostage (2001)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mareena

    Orphaned at a young age, Rosamond Marshal is the royal ward of Eleanor de Montfort - sister of King Henry III and wife of the renowned warlord Simon de Montfort. Under the worldly countess' wise tutelage, Rosamond learns not only the skills of a chatelaine, but also how to wield her feminine power by dressing exquisitely, conversing wittily, and charming men relentlessly. As the beautiful heiress approaches young womanhood, she is fearful of leaving the security of the de Montfort household and Orphaned at a young age, Rosamond Marshal is the royal ward of Eleanor de Montfort - sister of King Henry III and wife of the renowned warlord Simon de Montfort. Under the worldly countess' wise tutelage, Rosamond learns not only the skills of a chatelaine, but also how to wield her feminine power by dressing exquisitely, conversing wittily, and charming men relentlessly. As the beautiful heiress approaches young womanhood, she is fearful of leaving the security of the de Montfort household and fulfilling her betrothal to the dark, imposing bachelor knight Rodger de Leyburn. Just as Rodger de Leyburn devilishly outmaneuvers Rosamond's various strategic attempts to break their betrothal, so do her numerous entreaties to Prince Edward to forestall her marriage fall on deaf ears. For Rosamond Marshal is truly a marriage prize and the prince is determined to reward Rodger, his dearest friend, with a wealthy, noble wife. Wary of love, Rosamond is unsettled by Rodger's powerful presence, and she is convinced that Rodger's insistent pursuit of her is for her wealth alone. Slowly and patiently Rodger woos Rosamond, convincing her that his love for her extends beyond her estates and her wealth. No sooner does Rosamond become Rodger's wife and begins to entrust her heart to him, than she finds herself and her husband on opposite sides of a bloody civil war. For Rodger is fighting alongside Prince Edward and the king to quell the barons' rebellion, led by none other than Rosamond's beloved guardian, Simon de Montfort. So, as civil war erupts around them, and Rodger is called to battle, Rosamond faces the ultimate test of loyalty and choices - between the man who stormed her reluctant heart, and the family who raised her as their own... I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I haven't read any of Virginia Henley's books before, although I may have several of her books hidden away on my bookshelf. This book is actually the third in a trilogy - the first two being The Falcon and the Flower written in 1989; and The Dragon and the Jewel written in 1991. I usually love reading historical romances; primarily medieval and regency romances. And while I don't consider myself a stickler for historical accuracy, I do appreciate reading well-researched historical romances. I give The Marriage Prize by Virginia Henley an A+! and will certainly be looking for more books by this author to read in the future.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Viszed

    Empezamos esta Saga Plantagenet con Juan I (1199-1216), seguimos con Enrique III (1216-1272) y concluimos con Eduardo I (1272-1307). La cantidad de datos históricos y cómo logra encajar su historia en los hechos históricos denota la gran habilidad de la autora. Siendo una de las mejores representantes del Romance histórico; mi genero favorito en cuanto a Romance. En esta ocasión el protagonista, Rodger de Leyburn, fue un personaje con el que logre empatizar a diferencia de la novela anterior Empezamos esta Saga Plantagenet con Juan I (1199-1216), seguimos con Enrique III (1216-1272) y concluimos con Eduardo I (1272-1307). La cantidad de datos históricos y cómo logra encajar su historia en los hechos históricos denota la gran habilidad de la autora. Siendo una de las mejores representantes del Romance histórico; mi genero favorito en cuanto a Romance. En esta ocasión el protagonista, Rodger de Leyburn, fue un personaje con el que logre empatizar a diferencia de la novela anterior este si me dejo una buena impresión; además el príncipe Eduardo logra llevarse gran parte de la historia, siendo un personaje agradable que denota simpatía. Al centrarse la historia en el entorno de los Plantagenet, Simon de Monfort y Eleonor son pieza fundamental en el desarrollo de la historia, teniendo en cuenta el hecho histórico en el que centra el drama de la misma. En cuanto a los protagonistas de la primera novela, Falcon de Burgh y Jazmín, en esta ocasión no hacen ninguna aparición, salvo una breve alusión que hace Rodger cuando habla de las posesiones y el gran padre que tiene Rickar de Burgh -hijo de Jasmín y Falcon- que en esta novela es el interés amoroso de Rosamond -la protagonista-. Entre lo que no me gusto esta precisamente el papel que le dan a Rickard de Burgh, como el eterno enamorado de Eleonor de Monfort, incluso una insinuación de que podrían llegar a tener algo en el futuro. Lo cual destruye lo que había dicho él en la segunda novela "que solo era leal a ella por la promesa que había hecho." En conclusión fue una lectura entretenida e instructiva, superior a la anterior pero por debajo de la primera. Aun así un buen cierre para la serie Plantagenet.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kats Burn

    "I love anything Virginia Henley writes. I love the drama, the hot sex, the macho men and the history. When I did a google search of one the characters to see how their life fit into actual history, I was shocked to find out how factual her novel was. I shed tears about this novel. This is the third of the Plantagenet trilogy. The three novels are awesome. They are a must read. "The Falcon and the Flower", "The Dragon and the Jewel" and "The Marriage Prize". "I love anything Virginia Henley writes. I love the drama, the hot sex, the macho men and the history. When I did a google search of one the characters to see how their life fit into actual history, I was shocked to find out how factual her novel was. I shed tears about this novel. This is the third of the Plantagenet trilogy. The three novels are awesome. They are a must read. "The Falcon and the Flower", "The Dragon and the Jewel" and "The Marriage Prize".

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    I liked this one better than the previous two in the series. Either I got used to the writing style problems or the story grabbed me enough I didn't notice. Anyway, very enjoyable, and generally pretty good history (some liberties again, but at least the author did enough research to do it deliberately). I liked this one better than the previous two in the series. Either I got used to the writing style problems or the story grabbed me enough I didn't notice. Anyway, very enjoyable, and generally pretty good history (some liberties again, but at least the author did enough research to do it deliberately).

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nenna

    what a good story. it was very sensual but very tasteful. and to intertwine it amongst the political vendettas of the characters was absolutely genius. virginia henley obviously did her homework. she definitely gave rise to these now popular "political" authors such as philipia gregory and diane heller what a good story. it was very sensual but very tasteful. and to intertwine it amongst the political vendettas of the characters was absolutely genius. virginia henley obviously did her homework. she definitely gave rise to these now popular "political" authors such as philipia gregory and diane heller

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cem73

    Ce qui arrive à Simon de Montford ici est juste horrible! Ok , c'est un fait historique, mais quand même...BOUH! (et c'est ce qui vaut cette cotation , parce que pas pu m'empêcher de penser à mon Simon tout le long de l'histoire, snif!) Ce qui arrive à Simon de Montford ici est juste horrible! Ok , c'est un fait historique, mais quand même...BOUH! (et c'est ce qui vaut cette cotation , parce que pas pu m'empêcher de penser à mon Simon tout le long de l'histoire, snif!)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Romance twisted with a lot of history type stuff!!! A story filled with more than just pretty girl beautiful women, but don't worry the story is takes a leaf from the pages of the stories written in the same time period, with lots of sexual slurs and political gambles!! Romance twisted with a lot of history type stuff!!! A story filled with more than just pretty girl beautiful women, but don't worry the story is takes a leaf from the pages of the stories written in the same time period, with lots of sexual slurs and political gambles!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mariam

    LOVE this book. It's full of excitement. Won't leave you bored. Definitely one to read if you're interested in Historical Romance! LOVE this book. It's full of excitement. Won't leave you bored. Definitely one to read if you're interested in Historical Romance!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Danielles

    ebook pc

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kashii

    I enjoyed this... the heroine while stubborn wasn't as bad as from the falcon and the flower. the story was pretty believable and Henley can write I enjoyed this... the heroine while stubborn wasn't as bad as from the falcon and the flower. the story was pretty believable and Henley can write

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Historical romance set in Medieval England. Excellent! I like Henley's book for a quick, entertaining read. Historical romance set in Medieval England. Excellent! I like Henley's book for a quick, entertaining read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jazmin

    Another of my absolute favorites! Can I marry Rodger? :)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marielle Authier

    **½

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chani

    Pas mal du tout pour une percée dans un style littéraire que je connais mal ^^

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susan Laine

    have

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gardavson

    Henley is so easy to read and this is just another of her great books that are fun not only to read, but also to reread.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jenna ( Chicken Mama )

    What a beautiful love story!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katie Kuykendall

    Loved it! It reminded me of the passion and suspension that I felt when I read "The Dragon and The Jewel" as well as "The Falcon and The Flower". Wonderful author!! Loved it! It reminded me of the passion and suspension that I felt when I read "The Dragon and The Jewel" as well as "The Falcon and The Flower". Wonderful author!!

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