Murder Most Royal: The Story of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard

Murder Most Royal: The Story of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard

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by Jean Plaidy
     
 

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One powerful king. Two tragic queens.

In the court of Henry VIII, it was dangerous for a woman to catch the king’s eye. Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard were cousins. Both were beautiful women, though very different in temperament. They each learned that Henry’s passion was all-consuming–and fickle.

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One powerful king. Two tragic queens.

In the court of Henry VIII, it was dangerous for a woman to catch the king’s eye. Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard were cousins. Both were beautiful women, though very different in temperament. They each learned that Henry’s passion was all-consuming–and fickle.

Sophisticated Anne Boleyn, raised in the decadent court of France, was in love with another man when King Henry claimed her as his own. Being his mistress gave her a position of power; being his queen put her life in jeopardy. Her younger cousin, Catherine Howard, was only fifteen when she was swept into the circle of King Henry. Her innocence attracted him, but a past mistake was destined to haunt her.

Painted in the rich colors of Tudor England, Murder Most Royal is a page-turning journey into the lives of two of the wives of the tempestuous Henry VIII.


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307345394
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
01/24/2006
Series:
A Novel of the Tudors , #5
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
158,021
File size:
550 KB

Meet the Author

Jean Plaidy is the pen name of Eleanor Hibbert; she was also known as Victoria Holt. More than fourteen million copies of her books have been sold worldwide. Visit maidenscrown.com for a list of other historical novels available from this prolific author.

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Murder Most Royal 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gives good insight into Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard's early life. However, once Catherine Howard becomes queen it tends to rush rather quickly to when she gets beheaded. All in all I would say this book is more about Anne Boleyn than it is about Catherine Howard. Murder Most Royal though is quite interesting and makes you wonder about these women. It does give you the story from thier point of view but it also jumps to others, whose insight tends to steer the book away from the main story. If you are a Tudor history buff or want to learn a little bit more about Tudor England and two tragic queens then this book is a good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't say that that I had a difficult time putting this book down, because put it down, I did, several times. However, it was well written and the more I read the more enveloped I became in the story. I am an avid Tudor History buff, with many years under my belt of fiction and non-fiction Tudor England. The inconsistencies in these historical works of fiction KILL me. I can't understand why on earth, you can't just write the factual happenings, and then develope the story line. Overall, Plaidy does indeed write a great story with very many accuracies. Anne Boleyn's worry, and pain, are felt, and the assumptions on Catherine Howard's life are comedic, to a fault. I would recommend the book.
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Although intresting , i didn't enjoy her out look on Anne and Catherine. Plaidy made Anne look like she was never really in love with Henery , which is totaly false. Anne loved and stood by Henery for the whole ten years she was with him, they were incredibly passionate for one another the first 7 or 8 years together. As for Catherine she down played how much Catherine actully cheated on Henery when they were married, making her seem all to insent. There is no doudt about it. Catherine cheated on Henery A LOT. So historically it was kinda lame. But for someone just beging to explore the Tudors phonomena, it does a good job catching your intesting and understands they way of life in that time peroid.