No Will But His: A Novel of Kathryn Howard

No Will But His: A Novel of Kathryn Howard

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by Sarah A. Hoyt
     
 


The author who "masterfully builds a dramatic story" presents another gripping novel of the women of Tudor England.

As the bereft, orphaned cousin to the ill-fated Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard knows better than many the danger of being favored by the King. But she is a Howard, and therefore ambitious, so she assumes the role Henry VIII has assigned her

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The author who "masterfully builds a dramatic story" presents another gripping novel of the women of Tudor England.

As the bereft, orphaned cousin to the ill-fated Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard knows better than many the danger of being favored by the King. But she is a Howard, and therefore ambitious, so she assumes the role Henry VIII has assigned her-his untouched child bride, his adored fifth wife. But her innocence is imagined, the first of many lies she will have to tell to gain the throne. And the path that she will tread to do so is one fraught with the same dangers that cost Queen Anne her head.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425232514
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
04/06/2010
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Sarah de Almeida Hoyt was born in Porto, Portugal. She now lives in Colorado with her husband, two sons and four cats. She holds an MA in English and Literature and has pursued Shakespearean studies as a hobby for over twenty-five years. All Night Awake is her second novel and continues the story of her first, Ill Met By Moonlight. Her short stories have appeared in various magazines, among them Weird Tales and Absolute Magnitude.

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No Will But His: A Novel of Kathryn Howard 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
likesthesilence More than 1 year ago
I found this book on the New In Paperback table at my local store. Being a huge fan of the entire period, I bought it to read. I highly regret ever buying this book. The story is bland and doesn't entirely tread over much new ground, beyond trying to show Katherine as a victim of everyone. The worst part of the book, though, is the writing itself. The book was rife with spelling and grammar errors, some of which rendered sentences completely unreadable, and without any sense. The author misspells the name of her main character THREE separate ways in the book, multiple times for each way. She does the same with the last name of Lady Rochford, with three incorrect spellings, used multiple times. I highly recommend that anyone looking to read on Katherine Howard find a different book to explore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading it.
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PhoenixAshes More than 1 year ago
The end seemed a bit rushed but I enjoyed getting an idea of where Kathryn Howatd came from.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Hoping to have learned from her late second cousin Anne Boleyn, ambitious poor orphan Katherine Howard believes she can survive being the bride of King Henry VIII in spite of her bloodlines; even if she wanted to say no, which she does not, Katherine knows no one lives to refuse the King anyway. Thus she shrewdly plans to foster the innocence of youth behind a docile nature that focuses on keeping her ultra proud spouse happy as her philosophy in No Will But His. When the aging Henry is unable to perform in bed, she takes his cousin on as a lover praying for a successor as the monarch's health deteriorates. However, like those before her, she is betrayed and exposed, and in her case imprisoned with her queenly role stripped away just a little over one year on the throne by Parliament before being executed for adultery. The engaging fourth Wives of King Henry VIII biographical fiction novel is an intriguing look at Katherine Howard based on a different premise than the usual perception. Instead of the typical writing of Howard as a moron based on her writings, Sarah A. Hoyt believes the woman was clever, perhaps too cunning. Thus historical fiction fans will relish a different take on the rise and fall of Queen Katherine Howard. Harriet Klausner