Gilt

Gilt

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by Katherine Longshore
     
 

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In the court of King Henry VIII, nothing is free—
and love comes at the highest price of all.

When Kitty Tylney's best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII's heart and brings Kitty to court, she's thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat's shadow,

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In the court of King Henry VIII, nothing is free—
and love comes at the highest price of all.

When Kitty Tylney's best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII's heart and brings Kitty to court, she's thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat's shadow, Kitty's now caught between two men—the object of her affection and the object of her desire. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as Kitty witnesses Cat's meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend when the price of telling the truth could literally be her head.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Laura Panter
Kitty Tylney and Cat Howard have been best friends since age eight. Living as maids in Norfolk House, Cat was the brazen leader among the servant girls. Her priority: find someone rich to marry to elevate her status in 1539 England. Managing to secure a place in King Henry VIII's court serving his future wife, the Lady of Cleves, Cat uses her feminine wiles to make King Henry fall in love with her. When Catherine becomes Queen, she sends for Kitty to become her chambermaid. Thinking Cat has fulfilled her promise to bring Kitty to court, Kitty does not realize Cat needs someone to manipulate who will keep her secrets. Kitty believes Cat is beautiful where she is tall and plain, when really Cat is spoiled and vindictive where Kitty is loyal. Kitty spends three years sucked into Cat's courtly web of deception, ending up in prison when Cat's lies trap her in her own game. Spending months alone in a cell, Kitty ponders whether her own sacrifices were worth it and what will happen if her life is spared. Longshore writes a believable novel of historical fiction with well-developed characters and entertaining, yet predictable, plot twists. The author focuses on Kitty's internal battle to usurp her inner strength and become her own person as Cat's frivolous ways with material riches and self-serving behavior continually invoke reader distaste. Many will be frustrated with Kitty's failure to stand up to Cat's domineering ways, as this timeless theme of misguided friendship is brought to its deadly end. This is an enjoyable novel to recommend to girls interested in history, love, and betrayal. Reviewer: Laura Panter
Kirkus Reviews
The short life and times of Henry VIII's fifth wife, as seen through the eyes of her friend. Cat Howard styles herself Queen of Misrule in the Duchess of Norfolk's maidens' chamber (a misnomer if ever there was one). When Cat is selected to be one of Anne of Cleves' ladies-in-waiting, she soon catches the king's eye, and the rest, as they say, is history. Cat rescues mousy friend Kitty to attend her in her chambers, giving Kitty and readers an intimate view of that history. Hewing closely to what little is known about Howard's circumstances, Longshore allows Kitty to thread the maze of alliances that was the court of Henry VIII. She concentrates on domestic details while brushing with broad strokes the politics of the men's world. Kitty's narration is formal, but her language is modern, a balance between authenticity and readability that is mostly successful. Her sense of her own powerlessness, and by extension all women's, even the queen's, comes through clearly. The mounting terror as lusty, luxury-loving Cat's fortunes fall is palpable, as is the sense that the queen is no innocent. The author's adherence to historical detail is admirable, clashing with both title and cover, which imply far more froth than readers will find between the covers. A substantive, sobering historical read, with just a few heaving bodices. (Historical fiction. 13 & up)
From the Publisher
“In modern times, Cat would most likely be a cheerleader; the king, captain of the football team. But the royal backdrop with historical underpinnings makes a far more interesting story…Readers can practically feel the embroidered ball gowns and hand-stitched lace.” –The Los Angeles Times

"I believe I found my new favorite series"- MTV.com

“Longshore, who's clearly done her historical homework, takes full advantage of the Tudor standards. . . and surroundings. . .  but Cat is a completely contemporary American teenager.”—BCCB

“Longshore writes a believable novel of historical fiction with well-developed characters and entertaining . . . plot twists.”—VOYA

“A good, juicy story . . . royally riveting for the reader.”—Booklist

“A substantive, sobering historical read, with just a few heaving bodices.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670013999
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/15/2012
Series:
Royal Circle Series, #1
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.34(h) x 1.28(d)
Lexile:
HL660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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From the Publisher

“In modern times, Cat would most likely be a cheerleader; the king, captain of the football team. But the royal backdrop with historical underpinnings makes a far more interesting story…Readers can practically feel the embroidered ball gowns and hand-stitched lace.” –The Los Angeles Times

"I believe I found my new favorite series"- MTV.com

“Longshore, who's clearly done her historical homework, takes full advantage of the Tudor standards. . . and surroundings. . . but Cat is a completely contemporary American teenager.”—BCCB

“Longshore writes a believable novel of historical fiction with well-developed characters and entertaining . . . plot twists.”—VOYA

“A good, juicy story . . . royally riveting for the reader.”—Booklist

“A substantive, sobering historical read, with just a few heaving bodices.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Meet the Author

Katherine Longshore grew up on the northern California coast. At university, she created her own major in Cross-Cultural Studies and Communications, planning to travel and write. Forever. Four years, six continents, and countless pairs of shoes later, she went to England for two weeks, stayed five years, and discovered history. She now lives in California with her husband, two children, and a sun-worshiping dog.

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