The Fifth Queen: And How She Came to Court [NOOK Book]

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PART III. THE KING MOVES. I. March was a month of great storms of rain in that year, and the river-walls of the Thames were much weakened. April opened fine enough for men to get about the land, so that, on a day towards the ...
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PART III. THE KING MOVES. I. March was a month of great storms of rain in that year, and the river-walls of the Thames were much weakened. April opened fine enough for men to get about the land, so that, on a day towards the middle of the month, there was a meeting of seven Protestant men from Kent and Essex, of two German servants of the Count of Oberstein, and of two other German men in the living-room of Badge, the printer, in Austin Friars. It happened that the tide was high at four in the afternoon, and, after a morning of glints of sun, great rain fell. Thus, when the Lord Oberstein's men set out into the weather, they must needs turn back, because the water was all out between Austin Friars and the river. They came again into the house, not very unwillingly, to resume their arguments about Justification by Faith, about the estate of the Queen Anne, about the King's mind towards her, and about the price of wool in Flanders. The printer himself was gloomy and abstracted; arguments about Justification interested him little, and when the talk fell upon the price of wool, he remained standing, absolutely lost in gloomy dreams. It grew a little dark in the room, the sky being so overcast, and suddenly, all the voices having fallen, there was a gurgle of water by the threshold, and a little flood, coming in between sill and floor, reached as it were, a tiny finger of witness towards his great feet. He looked down at it uninterestedly, and said: " Talk how you will, I can measure this thing by words and by print. Here hath this Queen been with us a matter of four months. Now in my chronicle the pageants that have been made in her honour fill but five pages." Whereas the chronicling of the jousts, pageants, merry-nights, masques and hawkings that had been given in the f...
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  • BN ID: 2940019059218
  • Publisher: London, Alston Rivers, ltd.
  • Series: Fifth Queen Trilogy Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1906 volume
  • File size: 419 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2000

    Intrigue and romance in the court of Henry VIII

    Katherine Howard, armed only with education, wit and honesty, becomes the Fifth Queen, Henry VIII's fifth wife in this amazing historical trilogy. The plot-ridden court comes to vivid life as everyone from high to low maneuvers for advantage. Everyone except Katherine Howard, whose unwillingness to scheme will make her queen and defenseless at the same moment. Even knowing the general story this is a fascinating and occasionally shocking novel, with a stunning ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2000

    Henry VIII's court is thrown into turmoil by the arrival of an honest woman.

    Katherine Howard, an impoverished gentlewoman, knocks the plans of a talented group of plotters askew when she arrives in London. The King, his chancellor, the chancellor's spy and the archbishop all want to put her in play in their political chess game but Katherine wants simply to live a moral life. The future of England and Protestantism, are at stake and any player can pay for a miscalculation with their life. Passionate characters, subtle action and high tension distinguish this first book in the trilogy, also called the Fifth Queen. Set in a world of high culture and looming violence, sophisticated and clever as any traditional spy story, this is a fabulous novel, and a fabulous way to start a trilogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    A difficult read.

    I didn't care for the way the book was written. It didn't strike true, although the novel approach to Katharine Howard provided an interesting way to look at her character. And, based on what is known of Henry VIII, it might be a more accurate picture of her than what has been commonly believed.

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