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Gortner, C. W.

Overview
Works: 48 works in 389 publications in 9 languages and 11,331 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Biographical fiction  Historical fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Thrillers (Fiction)  Spy fiction  Biography  Church history  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3607.O78, 813.6
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Most widely held works by C. W Gortner
The last queen : a novel by C. W Gortner( Book )

34 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 1,190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born amid her parents' ruthless struggle to unify and strengthen their kingdom, Juana, at the age of sixteen, is sent to wed Philip, heir to the Habsburg Empire. Juana finds unexpected love and passion with her dashing young husband, and at first she is content with her children and her married life. But when tragedy strikes and she becomes heir to the Spanish throne, Juana finds herself plunged into a battle for power against her husband that grows to involve the major monarchs of Europe. Besieged by foes on all sides, Juana vows to secure her crown and save Spain from ruin, even if it costs her everything
Mademoiselle Chanel by C. W Gortner( Book )

22 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A creative reimagining of the life of iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel traces the development of her exceptional sewing skills in an orphanage, her transformation into a couturier and the private struggles behind her subsequent fame
The queen's vow : a novel of Isabella of Castile by C. W Gortner( Book )

27 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 1,142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Isabella of Castile, the intelligent and fiery Spanish queen best remembered today for funding the voyages of Christopher Columbus, begins this historical novel as a mere pawn in the decadent court of her weak older brother. When controversy arises over the legitimacy of her brother's heir, Isabella's tenacity and ruthlessness allow her to seize the throne with the help of her beloved Ferdinand of Aragon. After she is crowned, however, Isabella faces continued threats to the security of the realm not only from outside sources but also from Ferdinand's own pride and arrogance."--Library Journal
The confessions of Catherine de Medici : a novel by C. W Gortner( Book )

22 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 997 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leaving her native Florence to marry Henry II of France, Catherine de Medici embarks on an unanticipated destiny of religious warfare, thwarted leadership, and psychologically charged royal machinations
The Vatican princess : a novel of Lucrezia Borgia by C. W Gortner( Book )

24 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 990 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Glamorous and predatory, the Borgias became Italy's most ruthless and powerful family, electrifying and terrorizing their 15th-century Renaissance world. To this day, Lucrezia Borgia is known as one of history's most notorious villainesses, accused of incest and luring men to doom with her arsenal of poison. International bestselling author C.W. Gortner's new novel delves beyond the myth to depict Lucrezia in her own voice, from her pampered childhood in the palaces of Rome to her ill-fated, scandalous arranged marriages and complex relationship with her adored father and her rival brothers--brutal Juan and enigmatic Cesare. This is the dramatic, untold story of a papal princess who came of age in an era of savage intrigue and unparalleled splendor, and whose courage led her to overcome the fate imposed on her by her Borgia blood"--
The Tudor secret by C. W Gortner( Book )

32 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 987 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In sixteenth-century England, Brendan Prescott enters a world of danger and lies when he reluctantly agrees to work as a double agent for Princess Elizabeth's protector, William Cecil
The Romanov empress : a novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna by C. W Gortner( Book )

8 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 926 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For readers of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir comes a dramatic novel of the beloved Empress Maria, the Danish girl who became the mother of the last Russian tsar. Even from behind the throne, a woman can rule. Narrated by the mother of Russia's last tsar, this vivid, historically authentic novel brings to life the courageous story of Maria Feodorovna, one of Imperial Russia's most compelling women, who witnessed the splendor and tragic downfall of the Romanovs as she fought to save her dynasty in its final years. Barely nineteen, Minnie knows that her station in life as a Danish princess is to leave her family and enter into a royal marriage--as her older sister Alix has done, moving to England to wed Queen Victoria's eldest son. The winds of fortune bring Minnie to Russia, where she marries the Romanov heir, Alexander, and once he ascends the throne, becomes empress. When resistance to his reign strikes at the heart of her family and the tsar sets out to crush all who oppose him, Minnie--now called Maria--must tread a perilous path of compromise in a country she has come to love. Her husband's death leaves their son Nicholas as the inexperienced ruler of a deeply divided and crumbling empire. Determined to guide him to reforms that will bring Russia into the modern age, Maria faces implacable opposition from Nicholas's strong-willed wife, Alexandra, whose fervor has led her into a disturbing relationship with a mystic named Rasputin. As the unstoppable wave of revolution rises anew to engulf Russia, Maria will face her most dangerous challenge and her greatest heartache. From the opulent palaces of St. Petersburg and the intrigue-laced salons of the aristocracy to the World War I battlefields and the bloodied countryside occupied by the Bolsheviks, C. W. Gortner sweeps us into the anarchic fall of an empire and the complex, bold heart of the woman who tried to save it"--
Marlene by C. W Gortner( Book )

20 editions published between 2016 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 925 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Marlene reveals the inner life of a woman of grit, glamour, and ambition who defied convention, seduced the world, and forged her own path on her own terms."--
The Tudor conspiracy by C. W Gortner( Book )

16 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Mary Tudor's unpopular betrothal to the Catholic prince of Spain sparks rumors that her half-sister, Princess Elizabeth, is plotting to depose her, Brendan Prescott is thrust into a deadly cat-and-mouse game in London's treacherous underworld
The Tudor Vendetta : a novel by C. W Gortner( Book )

14 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"London, 1558. Queen Mary is dead, and 25-year old Elizabeth ascends the throne. Summoned to court from exile abroad, Elizabeth's intimate spy, Brendan Prescott, is reunited with the young queen, as well as his beloved Kate, scheming William Cecil, and arch-rival, Robert Dudley. A poison attempt on Elizabeth soon overshadows her coronation, but before Brendan can investigate, Elizabeth summons him in private to dispatch him on a far more confidential mission: to find her favored lady in waiting, Lady Parry, who has disappeared during a visit to her family manor in Yorkshire. Upon his arrival at the desolate sea-side manor where Lady Parry was last seen, he encounters a strange, impoverished family beset by grief, as well as mounting evidence that they hide a secret from him. The mystery surrounding Lady Parry deepens as Brendan begins to realize there is far more going on at the manor than meets the eye, but the closer he gets to the heart of the mystery in Vaughn Hall, the more he learns that in his zeal to uncover the truth, he could be precipitating Elizabeth's destruction. From the intrigue-laden passages of Whitehall to a foreboding Catholic manor and the deadly underworld of London, Brendan must race against time to unravel a vendetta that will strike at the very core of his world--a vendetta that could expose a buried past and betray everything he has fought for, including his loyalty to his queen"--
The Tudor Secret : the Elizabeth I spymaster chronicles by C. W Gortner( )

19 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The era of the Tudors was one of danger, intrigue, conspiracy, and, above all, spies. Summer 1553 was a time of danger and deceit. Brendan Prescott, an orphan, has been reared in the household of the powerful Dudley family. Brought to court, Prescott finds himself sent on an illicit mission to the king's brilliant but enigmatic sister, Princess Elizabeth. But Brendan is soon compelled to work as a double agent by Elizabeth's protector, William Cecil, who promises in exchange to help him unravel the secret of his own mysterious past. A dark plot swirls around Elizabeth's quest to discover the truth about the ominous disappearance of her seriously ill brother, King Edward VI. With only a bold stable boy and an audacious lady-in-waiting at his side, Brendan plunges into a ruthless gambit of half-truths, lies, and murder. Filled with the intrigue and pageantry of Tudor England, The Tudor Secret is the first book in the Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles
The last queen : [a novel] by C. W Gortner( )

13 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historical novel telling the tumultuous life of Juana of Castile, daughter of Queen Isabel and King Fernando of Spain
The queen's vow : a novel of Isabella of Castile by C. W Gortner( Recording )

20 editions published in 2012 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This gripping novel follows young Isabella of Castile in her dramatic and turbulent ascent to power, transforming from the defiant, passionate daughter of an exiled widow into the famed warrior-queen who irrevocably changed the future of Spain
The Vatican princess : a novel of Lucrezia Borgia by C. W Gortner( Recording )

11 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Borgias fascinated and terrorized fifteenth-century Renaissance Italy, and Lucrezia Borgia, beloved daughter of the pope, was at the center of the dynasty's ambitions. Slandered as a heartless seductress who lured men to their doom, was she in fact the villainess of legend, or was she trapped in a familial web, forced to choose between loyalty and survival?
The Tudor conspiracy by C. W Gortner( Recording )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

England, 1553. Harsh winter encroaches upon the realm. Mary Tudor has become queen to popular acclaim, and her enemies are imprisoned in the Tower. But when she's betrothed to Philip, Catholic prince of Spain, putting her Protestant subjects in peril, rumors of a plot to depose her swirl around the one person many consider to be England's heir and only hope: the queen's half sister, Princess Elizabeth. Haunted by his past, Brendan Prescott lives far from the intrigues of court. But his time of refuge comes to an end when his foe and mentor, the spymaster Cecil, brings him disquieting news that sends him on a dangerous mission. Elizabeth is held captive at court, the target of the Spanish ambassador, who seeks her demise. Obliged to return to the palace where he almost lost his life, Brendan finds himself working as a double agent for Queen Mary herself, who orders Brendan to secure proof that will be his cherished Elizabeth's undoing
Mademoiselle Chanel : a novel by C. W Gortner( Recording )

13 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born into rural poverty, Gabrielle Chanel and her sisters are sent to a convent orphanage after their mother's death. The nuns of the order nurture Gabrielle's exceptional sewing skills, a talent that would propel the willful young woman into a life far removed from the drudgery of her childhood. Burning with ambition, the petite brunette transforms herself into Coco, by day a hard-working seamstress and by night a singer in a nightclub, where her incandescence draws in a wealthy gentleman who becomes the love of her life. She immerses herself in his world of money and luxury, discovering a freedom that sparks her creativity. But it is only when her lover takes her to Paris that Coco discovers her destiny. Rejecting the frilly, corseted silhouette of the past, Coco's sleek, minimalist styles reflect the youthful ease and confidence of the 1920s modern woman. As her reputation spreads, her couture business explodes, taking her into rarefied circles of society and bohemian salons. But her fame and fortune cannot save her from heartbreak as the years pass. And when Paris falls to the Nazis, Coco is forced to make choices that will haunt her always
The confessions of Catherine de Medici : a novel by C. W Gortner( Recording )

9 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leaving her native Florence to marry Henry II of France, Catherine de Medici embarks on an unanticipated destiny of religious warfare, thwarted leadership, and psychologically charged royal machinations
The Tudor vendetta by C. W Gortner( )

12 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Upon the death of Mary I (Bloody Mary), Elizabeth I takes the throne and Brendan Prescott is called to aid the young queen amid a realm plunged into chaos and a court rife with conspiracy.London, 1558. Queen Mary is dead, and twenty-five-year-old Elizabeth ascends the throne. Summoned to court from exile abroad, Elizabeth's intimate spy, Brendan Prescott, is reunited with the young queen, as well as his beloved Kate, scheming William Cecil, and archrival, Robert Dudley
Marlene : a novel of Marlene Dietrich by C. W Gortner( Recording )

13 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lush, dramatic biographical novel of one of the most glamorous and alluring legends of Hollywood's golden age, Marlene Dietrich--from the gender-bending cabarets of Weimar Berlin to the lush film studios of Hollywood, a sweeping story of passion, glamour, ambition, art, and war from the author of Mademoiselle ChanelRaised in genteel poverty after the First World War, Maria Magdalena Dietrich dreams of a life on the stage. When a budding career as a violinist is cut short, the willful teenager vows to become a singer, trading her family's proper, middle-class society for the free-spirited, louche world of Weimar Berlin's cabarets and drag balls. With her sultry beauty, smoky voice, seductive silk cocktail dresses, and androgynous tailored suits, Marlene performs to packed houses and becomes entangled in a series of stormy love affairs that push the boundaries of social convention.For the beautiful, desirous Marlene, neither fame nor marriage and motherhood can cure her wanderlust. As Hitler and the Nazis rise to power, she sets sail for America. Rivaling the success of another European import, Greta Garbo, Marlene quickly becomes one of Hollywood's leading ladies, starring with legends such as Gary Cooper, John Wayne, and Cary Grant. Desperate for her return, Hitler tries to lure her with dazzling promises. Marlene instead chooses to become an American citizen, and after her new nation is forced into World War II, she tours with the USO, performing for thousands of Allied troops in Europe and Africa.But one day she returns to Germany. Escorted by General George Patton himself, Marlene is heartbroken by the war's devastation and the evil legacy of the Third Reich that has transformed her homeland and the family she loved.An enthralling and insightful account of this extraordinary legend, Marlene reveals the inner life of a woman of grit, glamour, and ambition who defied convention, seduced the world, and forged her own path on her own terms
Marlen Ditrich by C. W Gortner( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in Russian and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The confessions of Catherine de Medici : a novelThe Tudor secretThe Tudor Secret : the Elizabeth I spymaster chroniclesThe last queen : [a novel]The confessions of Catherine de Medici : a novel
Alternative Names
Gortner C.W.

Gortner, Christopher W.

Gortneris C.W.

Gortners, K. V.

Languages
English (251)

German (29)

Polish (21)

Spanish (15)

Russian (14)

Czech (5)

Italian (3)

Swedish (2)

Lithuanian (1)