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The fourth novel in Kate Emerson’s well-reviewed series set in Tudor England—based on a real life member of the royal court of Henry VIII.

Following the acclaimed By Royal Decree, Pleasure Palace, and Between Two Queens, Kate Emerson again plucks a real figure from history in this lushly detailed tale featuring Lady Anne Stafford—who is torn between her husband and another man.

History remembers Lady Anne Stafford as the woman who cheated on ...

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Overview

The fourth novel in Kate Emerson’s well-reviewed series set in Tudor England—based on a real life member of the royal court of Henry VIII.

Following the acclaimed By Royal Decree, Pleasure Palace, and Between Two Queens, Kate Emerson again plucks a real figure from history in this lushly detailed tale featuring Lady Anne Stafford—who is torn between her husband and another man.

History remembers Lady Anne Stafford as the woman who cheated on her husband with both King Henry VIII and his companion, Sir William Compton. Lady Anne was indeed in love with two men at the same time….but the king wasn’t one of them. Lady Anne’s complex and heart-wrenching romantic relationships are at the core of this riveting tale that masterfully blends romance, drama, and historical detail as only Kate Emerson can.

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In the fourth installment of her Tudor series (Pleasure Palace; Between Two Queens; By Royal Decree), Emerson focuses on Lady Anne Stafford, notorious for having an affair with both Henry VIII and his best friend, William Compton. Her novel follows Lady Anne as she tastes a bit of freedom as a widow until her independence is quickly squashed by her brother's meddling. Condemned for adultery, Lady Anne is shoved into a convent and all but forgotten by her family and the royal court. Over time, she realizes that, despite the many friends who have sworn to protect her, she is the only one willing to fight for her freedom. VERDICT Emerson, who also pens a Scottish mystery series as Kaitlyn Dunnett, has written a wonderfully absorbing novel that is full of enough historical detail to satisfy even the most hard-core Tudor fan. Lady Anne is a well-chosen protagonist whose sensitivity, pure caring, and desire to do what she knows is right makes her easy for the reader to love. Emerson beautifully depicts the difficulty of living in a treacherous period in which one had to do what the king's pleasure demanded, in spite of the risk of losing one's head.—Audrey Johnson, Arlington, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439177822
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 351
  • Sales rank: 534,348
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Emerson was born in Liberty, New York, and received an A.B. from Bates College and an M.A. from Old Dominion University. She currently lives in Wilton, Maine. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and other professional organizations. Emerson also writes a Scottish mysteries series as Kaitlyn Dunnett. Visit her at KateEmersonHistoricals.com.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

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    an engaging tale

    In 1509, in spite of his efforts Edward the Duke of Buckingham is upset that his brother charged with treason Lord Henry remains confined to the Tower. Edward needs a pawn at the court of King Henry VIII, but his three daughters are too young and one of his sisters is married. He turns to his sibling Widow Anne Herbert whose husband died form a fall; as Edward realizes she is the only one he can barter with.

    Edward arranges a marriage to George, Baron Hastings. Lady Anne is pleased to escape her martinet brother and obtains a position as a lady-in-waiting to Queen Catherine. One year after she and George married, she is caught up in a scandalous situation with King Henry VIII's man Sir William Compton in her chambers while the ruler is also sniffing at her with desire.

    The latest Secrets of the Tudor Court (see The Pleasure Queen, Between Two Queens and By Royal Decree) is an engaging tale though the lead protagonist lacks the passion and energy (even with three males desiring her and her brother using her) that previous Tudor heroines had. Still sub-fans will enjoy an interesting look at the court of King Henry VIII in which much of the intrigue centers around the value of females on the aristocratic commodity exchange.

    Harriet Klausner

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