I, Jane: In the Court of Henry VIII

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Though her path to the throne was long and paved with treachery, Jane Seymour would win the heart of her king—and heal her own.

Jane Seymour of Wiltshire is not meant to go to Court. Not a child like her, with her lack of beauty and no title. But family connections are enough to have her named to the bridal retinue of Mary Tudor. At the French Court, the plain and docile Jane meets the girl who will grow into her rival in years to come: the ...

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Overview

Though her path to the throne was long and paved with treachery, Jane Seymour would win the heart of her king—and heal her own.

Jane Seymour of Wiltshire is not meant to go to Court. Not a child like her, with her lack of beauty and no title. But family connections are enough to have her named to the bridal retinue of Mary Tudor. At the French Court, the plain and docile Jane meets the girl who will grow into her rival in years to come: the already charismatic and conniving Anne Boleyn.

Soon back home in the English countryside, Jane wants nothing more than peace and quiet—and the devotion of her childhood protector, William Dormer. But his family vows to keep them apart, and Jane is called back to Court to serve Katherine of Aragon, who is fighting for her life as Queen in the face of Anne Boleyn’s open seduction of King Henry VIII.

In those turbulent years, Jane will learn the value of loyalty and honesty, while holding fast to her convictions. And it is her unblemished soul that will slowly rise above the chaos—and turn a king’s head.

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Praise for The Queen’s Rival

“Made me fall in love with Diane Haeger’s gift for storytelling all over again.…impeccably written.”—Historically Obsessed (5/5)

“The author brought history to life with this story.…I did not want [it] to end.” —To Read or Not to Read

“It’s official—Diane Haeger is one of my favorite authors. I love her ongoing series about Henry VIII’s court, and The Queen’s Rival was no disappointment. I read it in less than 24 hours…4.5 stars to a well written and very interesting book. DEFINITELY recommended to all lovers of the Tudors and romantic historical fiction.”—Fresh Off the Shelf

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451237897
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Series: Henry VIII's Court Series, #4
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 483,743
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Haeger is the author of several novels of historical and women's fiction. She has a degree in English literature and an advanced degree in clinical psychology, which she credits with helping her bring to life complicated characters and their relationships. She lives with her husband and children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2014

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    Ms. Haeger has written a wonderfully vivid account of Jane's ear

    Ms. Haeger has written a wonderfully vivid account of Jane's early years though. We meet her as a 9 year old little girl living at her family's estate, Wolf Hall. We learn how she fell in love with local boy William Dormer, but was destined to be kept apart from him...first due to a scheming servant, then by Will's ambitious mother, and finally by the love of a King. Jane Seymour is by no means my favorite wife of Henry VIII, and calling her 'Little Mouse' is the perfect description of her. She just kind of fades into the background when compared to Henry's other 5 wives. It's not that I don't like her, I just didn't know much about her. She was Henry's wife for such a short time before her death. The book reminded me that we must view historical personages from within their culture - and I must admit that I was remiss in this area when it came to Jane Seymour. For example, it's very hard to sympathize with a person who really believes in witchcraft as not only a dangerous damning, interaction with the devil, but also as a potential trap for an unaware soul. In addition to this, I think it is nearly impossible to truly understand the intricacies of Tudor era seduction and the lengths to which a virgin had to go to preserve her maidenhood. In my jaded eyes, for example, I find the "purse full of gold" saga as merely a novel way to play "hard to get," especially with all the "necking and petting" done in the presence of the court. I hadn't considered that it was possible for the gift of a HUGE sum of money could compromise a young woman. Thus, when I finished reading the book, for the first time in my life, I felt that someone had really provided us with a glimpse into what could very likely be Jane Seymour's personality. Overall, I absolutely recommend this book, especially for Tudor lovers.       

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

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    Enjoyable novel of Tudor England

    Because I have read a number of historical novels by Diane Haeger before, I bought this one. If it had been by another author, I might not have, because I wasn't sure how exciting a book about Henry VIII's third wife, Jane Seymour, would be. There's always more drama attached to stories about Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, the wives who lost their heads. Diane Haeger did a good job of bringing her characters to life, however, and it was interesting to read the story from Jane's perspective. Of course the author had to use her imagination to fill in some of the details of her main character's life, but that was fine. She's written other books about the period and is familiar with it. Although I am no fan of Henry VIII, the period in which he lived is fascinating to me, and this is definitely a worthwhile addition to my collection of historical novels about that part of English history.

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