Plain Jane: A Novel of Jane Seymour

Plain Jane: A Novel of Jane Seymour

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by Laurien Gardner
     
 

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Continuing the story of Henry VIII?s wives?from the author of The Spanish Bride and A Lady Raised High.

With a face better suited to a nun's habit than a wedding dress, Jane Seymour has no suitors and few hopes. Then, her prospects brighten when she is granted a position at court as maid of honor to Queen Catherine. There, Jane watches as

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Continuing the story of Henry VIII?s wives?from the author of The Spanish Bride and A Lady Raised High.

With a face better suited to a nun's habit than a wedding dress, Jane Seymour has no suitors and few hopes. Then, her prospects brighten when she is granted a position at court as maid of honor to Queen Catherine. There, Jane watches as King Henry VIII ignores his aging wife, showering favor on the beautiful Anne Boleyn, the woman he would make his new queen.

But soon he tires of Anne and his wandering eye falls on Jane. Though she has feelings of affection for Henry, she cannot let herself be swept away by his attentions if she is to win not only his heart, but also the greatest prize of all?the Crown.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440634222
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Series:
Tudor Women Series , #3
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
107,055
File size:
458 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Laurien Gardner is the author of a series of historical novels about the women of Tudor England: The Spanish Bride, A Lady Raised High, and Plain Jane.

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Plain Jane: A Novel of Jane Seymour 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Stemline More than 1 year ago
Most historical novelists who have dealt with the Tudor era focus on Anne Boleyn; this book concentrates on her successor, Jane Seymour, who bore Henry VIII his only son who lived beyond infancy. Laurien Gardner, the author, warrants compliments for creating a believable Jane and her court--we know almost nothing about the woman--as well as for the charming writing. An interesting wrinkle is that Gardner assumes that Jane actually loved Henry. Historians seem to find this difficult to believe. I look forward to more books by this writer.
anniemom More than 1 year ago
I felt that Laurien Gardner must have known Jane as a person. The insight she has about Jane's feelings about being plain and that no one could get past her looks and find the good and compassion person she was. It was as if Laurien wrote about a dear friend . BEST REVIEW I CAN GIVE IS THAT I WAS SORRY WHEN THE BOOK ENDED
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1537 England Jane Seymour has no suitors, no prospects and no future at least with a man. She understands that no male would desire PLAIN JANE. The reticent lady actually gets a lift when she is selected as a maid of honor to Queen Catherine. While she feels bad for Catherine when Henry VIII ignores her in favor of beautiful Anne Boleyn, she knows to remain quiet, which in fact is her personality. Jane stays at court when Catherine is dumped and divorced as Henry marries Anne. However after she fails to produce an heir, Henry becomes tired of her demanding obstinate shrewish ways and to the shock of everyone begins to look in the direction of the shy silent mouse, PLAIN JANE. Jane is attracted to her Highness, but hides it as she believes a hale, hearty hunk like King Henry would never find her attractive. However, she soon believes she can win his heart and the throne by his side. --- The third Laurien Gardner historical tale focusing on the wives of King Henry VIII (see THE SPANISH BRIDE and A LADY RAISED HIGH) is an intriguing look at PLAIN JANE Seymour who wins the immediate sweepstake in spousal roulette. She triumphs because she gives the monarch what he most desires in life, a male heir. The look into Jane¿s life enables the reader a fascinating glimpse at royalty in the early sixteenth century as Henry changes much of the accepted culture with his divorces and ultimately the establishment of a new church. Historical readers will enjoy the latest entry and look forward to reading about the next person on the chopping block, Katherine Howard. --- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! It was void of crassness and lewd details,(very rare for novels about Henry VIII's reign),the language was clean, and the plot very engaging.I was thrilled to see a book about Jane Seymour(third wive of Henry VIII). Usually it's about Anne Bolyn or Catherine Howard, the more riviting flirty wives. So, if you want to broaden your historical horizans and be vastly enchanted.......
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book finally tells the story of Jane, bittersweet it was but it turns her into a person to remember in contradiction to the woman who gave henry a son.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the book really captivated me and I couldn't put it down. The end is heartbreaking, but it feels so real you almost cry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read
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