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The next page-turner in the award-winning Joanna Stafford series takes place in the heart of the Tudor court, as the gutsy former novice risks everything to defy the most powerful men of her era.

After her priory in Dartford is closed—collateral damage in tyrannical King Henry VIII’s quest to overthrow the Catholic Church—Joanna resolves to live a quiet and honorable life weaving tapestries, shunning dangerous quests and conspiracies. Until she is summoned to Whitehall Palace, where her tapestry weaving has drawn the king’s attention.

Joanna is uncomfortable serving the king whom she has twice attempted to overthrow—unbeknownst to him. She fears for her life in a court bursting with hidden agendas and a casual disregard for the virtues she holds dear. And her suspicions are confirmed when an assassin attempts to kill her moments after arriving at Whitehall.

Struggling to stay ahead of her most formidable enemy yet, an unknown one, she becomes entangled in dangerous court politics. Her dear friend Catherine Howard is rumored to be one of the king’s mistresses. Joanna is determined to protect young, beautiful, naïve Catherine from becoming the king’s next wife and possibly, victim.

Set in a world of royal banquets and feasts, tournament jousts, ship voyages, and Tower Hill executions, this thrilling tale finds Joanna in her most dangerous situation yet, as she attempts to decide the life she wants to live: nun or wife, spy or subject, rebel or courtier. Joanna must finally choose her fate.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In Joanna Stafford, Bilyeau has given us a memorable character who is prepared to risk her life to save what she most values.”

    Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author

  • The Tapestry takes its history seriously, but that doesn’t stop it from being a supremely deft, clever, and pacy entertainment. This is Nancy Bilyeau’s most thrilling—and enlightening—novel in the Joanna Stafford series yet.”

    Andrew Pyper, International Thriller Writers Award–winning author

  • “Illuminated by Bilyeau’s vivid prose, minor players of Tudor England emerge from the shadows.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Nicola Barber’s excellent narration brings Henry VIII’s court to life, introducing listeners to a variety of historic figures… Barber handles multiple characters, including a diversity of male voices, with impressive ease and offers an especially engaging portrait of Joanna, a complex, likable heroine with spunk and brains to spare. Both a lively and accurate history lesson and a well-crafted suspense novel, this production will satisfy an array of listeners, keeping them enthralled for hours.”

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  • “In The Tapestry, Nancy Bilyeau brilliantly captures both the white-hot religious passions and the brutal politics of Tudor England. It is a rare book that does both so well.”

    Sam Thomas, author of The Midwife’s Tale

  • “A master of atmosphere, Nancy Bilyeau imbues her novel with the sense of dread and oppression lurking behind the royal glamour; in her descriptions and characterizations…Bilyeau breathes life into history.”

    Laura Andersen, author of The Boleyn King

  • “In spite of murderous plots, volatile kings, and a divided heart, Joanna Stafford manages to stay true to her noble character. Fans of Ken Follett will devour Nancy Bilyeau’s novel of political treachery and courageous love, set amid the endlessly fascinating Tudor landscape.”

    Erika Robuck, author of Hemingway’s Girl

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