Monday, April 12, 2010

Messenger of Love



Messenger of Love is an Elizabethan romance about a girl named Andora, who is Queen Elizabeth's newest Maid of Honor. Sir Hengist is attracted to the new Maid, but she is wondering if he could be a traitor!

Francis Marshall creates two different covers for this story, but the similarities and differences are fascinating!

The Pyramid (US) book was published in 1978 and is a great cover showing our couple up close. Our heroine wears a pretty white gown with a ruff and pearl drop headpiece while our hero is handsome in black and gold.

The Arrow (UK) version from 1970 shows our heroine in the same gown, with the hero behind the queen and also another courtier and guard. This cover emphasizes the queen and her wealth and is more formal than the other. Which cover do you like best?

5 comments:

  1. another beautiful cover!! also thanks for including the plot, some of them are really hard to find.

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  2. I love the second one - it's much more personal. It's also interesting to see a BC hero who's blonde! (ish?) Thanks so much for posting these covers - it's great to find other BC fans online.

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  3. This is a good website for BC's plots. Unfortunately, it's not totally accurate in terms of titles, but it's a start....

    http://www.fictiondb.com/author/barbara-cartland~1221.htm

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  4. Didn't know if you were aware of this other version of Messenger of Love. I think this was an earlier version also published by Pyramid but not as attractive as the cover here.

    http://www.bestlittlebookhouse.com/meoflobybaca.html

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