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Rivals in the Tudor Court

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

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    The prequel to the Secrets of the Tudor Court is an engaging look at the era

    In 1547 Thomas Howard sits in the Tower anticipating execution. He blames his mess on his wife Elizabeth, his mistress Bess Holland, his dolt of a daughter Mary, and especially his hothead son Henry. He reflects back to when Henry VII took the throne as his family's fortune rose and fell fast due to royal wars. In 1495, he marries Henry's sister-in-law Princess Anne though he is bit appalled that she is taller than him. However, they have several children but they all die young.

    In 1503 Henry VIII sits on the throne. In 1509, Elizabeth Stafford arrives at court as a Lady-in-Waiting. Elizabeth looks forward to becoming a Neville, but instead her father arranges a marriage to widow Thomas. She is loyal to her spouse even when he takes Bess Holland as a mistress. However, as Elizabeth is Queen Catherine's favorite, Thomas tries to return the family to the prominence of that short loved loftiness before the Battle of Bosworth in 1483 pushes forward Anne Boleyn to the king. At the same time Bess wants wealth and land even if it means destroying her lover.

    The prequel to the Secrets of the Tudor Court is an engaging look at the era through the rotating perspectives of Thomas, Elizabeth, and Bess. Though none of the prime trio fully takes charge of the story line leaving it somewhat rudderless, Tudor era fiction fans will find fascinating the viewpoints of lesser players in a period in which it did backstabbing intrigue lead to the Tower.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Great book that sucks you in and you can't put it down. Easy re

    Great book that sucks you in and you can't put it down. Easy read.

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

    Another amazing read

    D.L. Bogdan did another amazing job with this book. As Thomas Howard (Third Duke of Norfolk)looks back at his life starting as a young boy dealing with his Grandfather and Father to being a adult in the Tower awaiting possible execution. I love books that keep you on the edge of your seat, D.L. Bogdan did it for me in this book! It hit all emotions! Most of all sadness. I now understand why Thomas Howard was the way he was! This book is another must read!!!!

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