26 April 2018

New Book Spotlight: Virgin to Victoria, by Trisha Hughes

New on Amazon UK and Amazon US

Vikings to Virgin – The Hazards of being King’ brought us stories, myths and legends from the Vikings, the Normans, the Plantagenets, the Lancasters, the Yorks and the Tudors.

'Virgin to Victoria'-The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen follows on in time through Elizabeth's amazing life, the confusion of the Stuart dynasty, the devastation of a Civil War led by Oliver Cromwell and the turbulent and discordant Hanover dynasty with their 
intricate family squabbles.

After the death of her sister, 'Bloody Mary’, England had high hopes for Elizabeth when she ascended the throne. The 25-year-old was the third queen to rule in her own right and despite England’s anxiety, she attended her first council exuding an air of quiet confidence, even though she was inheriting a bankrupt nation torn apart by religious discord.

Despite her amazing legacy and despite what her father Henry VIII had desired above all else, Elizabeth failed England in one vital point. She never married and did not leave an heir to the Tudor dynasty. By making that one fateful decision, she left the path open for the arrogant Stuarts in Scotland to take over. And life would never be the same.

But for a dynasty to flourish, it needs heirs. If nothing else, Henry VIII had been correct in that one vital issue and in this, the Tudors failed. But they weren’t the only ones. Whether by bad health or bad luck, the Stuart dynasty came to an end and the dysfunctional Hanover dynasty stepped forward only to dwindle out as well.

The last of her line was an eighteen-year-old girl by the name of Victoria.  She did not ask to be Queen. It was thrust upon her by the accident of birth and then by a succession of accidents that removed all others who stood between her and the throne. She assumed it reluctantly and, at first, incompetently. Could an innocent 18-year-old be relied upon to leave the job of running the country to the professionals? Could she continue the Hanover dynasty when all others had failed?

There were some monarchs who ruled for years and there were some who ruled for only a few months. There were also some who should never have ruled at all.  Yet this group shares one thing in common. In their own lifetimes, they were the most powerful and brutal individuals in the land. This book is the stories that span hundreds of years, full of lust, betrayal, heroism, murder, cruelty and mysteries.

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About the Author

Australian born Trisha Hughes began writing 18 years ago with her best-selling memoir ‘Daughters of Nazareth’. Trisha’s passion is history and she loves bringing it alive in a way that is easy to read and enjoy. Her hope is to inspire young readers and the young at heart to understand and enjoy stories and legends from the past. While living in Hong Kong, she writes for a local magazine and is involved with young writers. Find out more at Trisha’s website: www.trishahughesauthor.com and www.vikingstovirgin.com.  You can contact Trisha on her Facebook page, Trisha Hughes Author and on Twitter @TrishaHughes_

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