Elizabeth St. John books in order
Elizabeth St. John is a British historian, genealogist and author of historical fiction novels.
Raised in England with an insatiable passion for history, Elizabeth’s research has taken her from family memoirs to letters at Nottingham Castle; from the British Library to the Tower of London; and from Yale University to the family seat of Lydiard Park.
The endeavor has reaped massive dividends, as it has enabled her to write the historical fiction series, The Lydiard Chronicles.
For someone who has spent a huge portion of her life with her seventeenth-century family when researching for her The Lydiard Chronicles, Elizabeth St.John is now uncovering new exciting family tales with her fifteenth-century namesake Elysabeth St.John Scrope, and her step-sister, Margaret Beaufort.
As she gets to know more about her family, Elizabeth learns of their triumphs and defeats; discovering just how similar they are.
She enjoys spending her time between California, England, and the enchanting past.
Genre: Historical Fiction
The Lydiard Chronicles
- The Lady of the Tower (2016)
- By Love Divided (2017)
- Written in their Stars (2019)
Detailed book overview
The Lydiard Chronicles
London, 1609. When Lucy St.John, a beautiful highborn orphan at the court of King James, is seduced by the Earl of Suffolk, she never imagines the powerful enemy she creates in his beloved sister, the Countess of Somerset. Or that her own sister Barbara would betray her and force Lucy to leave the court in disgrace.
Spirited, educated, and skilled in medicinal remedies, Lucy fights her way back into society, and through an unexpected love match, becomes mistress of the Tower of London. Living inside the infamous prison, she defies plague, political intrigues and tragic executions to tend to aristocratic prisoners and criminals alike.
Now married into the immensely powerful Villiers family, Barbara unites with the king’s favorite, the Duke of Buckingham, to raise the fortunes of Lucy and her family to dizzying heights. But with great wealth comes treachery, leaving Lucy to fight for her survival—and her honor—in a world of deceit and debauchery.
London, 1630. Widowed and penniless, Lucy St.John is fighting for her family’s survival and makes a terrible choice to secure a future for her children. Worse still, her daughter Luce rejects the royal court and wealthy marriage arranged by her aristocratic family and falls in love with a charismatic Parliamentarian.
As England tumbles toward bloody civil war, Luce’s beloved brother Allen embraces the Royalist cause and chooses to fight for the king as a cavalier. Lucy is helpless to prevent her family being torn apart, and as war flares across England, Allen and Luce are swept up in bloody battles and brutal sieges as they fight for their opposing causes.
Along with thousands of others uprooted by the turmoil, Lucy, Allen, and Luce face a devastating challenge. Will war unite or divide them? And will they find love and a home to return to—if they survive the horror of civil war. In the dawn of England’s great rebellion, love is the final battleground.
London, 1649. Horrified eyewitnesses to King Charles’s bloody execution, Royalists Nan Wilmot and Frances Apsley plot to return the king’s exiled son to England’s throne, while their radical cousin Luce, the wife of king-killer John Hutchinson, rejoices in the new republic’s triumph.
Nan exploits her high-ranking position as Countess of Rochester to manipulate England’s great divide, flouting Cromwell and establishing a Royalist spy network; while Frances and her husband Allen join the destitute prince in Paris’s Louvre Palace to support his restoration.
As the women work from the shadows to topple Cromwell’s regime, their husbands fight openly for the throne on England’s bloody battlefields. But will the return of the king be a victory, or destroy them all? Separated by loyalty and bound by love, Luce, Nan and Frances hold the fate of England—and their family—in their hands.