The Queen's Lady [NOOK Book]

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London, 1527. Marry or serve: for Honor Larke, the choice is clear. Unwilling to perish of boredom as an obedient wife, she leaves the home of her ward to attend Her Majesty, Queen Catherine of Aragon. But life at Henry VIII's court holds more than artifice for an intelligent observer, and Honor knows how to watch--and when to act. . .

Angered by the humiliation heaped upon her mistress as Henry cavorts with Anne Boleyn and presses Rome for a ...
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Overview

London, 1527. Marry or serve: for Honor Larke, the choice is clear. Unwilling to perish of boredom as an obedient wife, she leaves the home of her ward to attend Her Majesty, Queen Catherine of Aragon. But life at Henry VIII's court holds more than artifice for an intelligent observer, and Honor knows how to watch--and when to act. . .

Angered by the humiliation heaped upon her mistress as Henry cavorts with Anne Boleyn and presses Rome for a divorce, Honor volunteers to carry letters to the Queen's allies. It's a risky game, but Honor is confident--until she's proven wrong by dashing courtier Richard Thornleigh--a man who awakens her heart, and who also has something to hide. . .. Swept into a tide of intrigue and danger that stretches across Europe, the Queen's lady is about to learn everything: about pride, passion, greed--and the conscience of the King. . .

"Weaves a fast-paced plot through some of the most harrowing years of English history." --Judith Merkle Riley

"Excellent, exciting, compellingly readable." --Ellen Jones

"Riveting, heady, glorious, inspired." --Susan Wiggs

Includes a Reading Group Guide!
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Born just as the violent overthrow of the Catholic Church begins in 1527 Tudor England, Honor Larke is alternately pulled and pushed by her conscience: she wants to save heretics from burning, but desires to see her once beloved guardian, Thomas More, punished for his reforming ways. Meanwhile, Erasmus, Catherine of Aragon, Henry Tudor, Anne Boleyn and More himself charm, pummel and sweep their way through history. Fully grown, Honor meets and employs Thomas Thornleigh, a merchant and courtier who she vastly misjudges-at first. Firsthand experience with the horrors of persecution on both sides forces Honor into an unusual decision of where to put her faith. Compelling narrative and characterization make Kyle's debut comparable with the likes of Margaret George and Kathleen Windsor. (Aug.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758250643
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Series: Thornleigh Saga , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 319,456
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Barbara Kyle, a classically trained actor, enjoyed a successful career in Canadian television and theater before turning her hand to writing fiction. She and her husband live in Ontario, where she teaches popular writing seminars and workshops.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2010

    Hooked me into a disappointing series!

    Although I am very disappointed with the series as a whole this book was well written. I found myself pulled into that time and place and feeling for the character - at least for most of the book. The problem is that those annoying mistakes that the Thornleigh family make in this book seem to be plot devices that the author uses constantly. By the time you are reading the second book you will feel like throwing it across the room as the people in this family continually make the same ridiculous decisions. The author allows crucial characters to forget key pieces of information (like their neighbors are their arch enemies who took part in a rebellion) in between books which makes reading these books as a series difficult. There are much better authors of this time frame, such as Alison Weir, who not only have researched the time, but also the historical people.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2011

    Interesting and exciting, if not accurate historically.

    The book provides a romanticized version of a phase of Tudor history. While it was not accurate historically, it was entertaining reading. I wish the conclusion did not have such a rapid denouement and had provided something of a transition or set up for the next novel in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2008

    LOVED this book

    This book was great. It has all the majesty of the old courts of kings and queens! The subplot of romance is lovely. I try to pace myself reading this book but the last 1/4 of it was so ggod I could not put it down!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fans of historical fiction with a romantic subplot will njoy this

    In 1527 London, women have few choices they can make. To Honor Larke she can select between a marriage that sounds like incarceration or serving Her Majesty, Queen Catherine of Aragon. She chooses the latter as the court will be exciting while marriage will be boring in either case she knows she must obey.------------- After informing her guardian, Sir Thomas More, Honor joins the court of Henry VIII. However, she quickly is appalled at how poorly the monarch and his supplicants scorn the queen while kissing the king¿s butt. Honor becomes outraged when the King humiliates his wife by demanding Rome grant him a divorce while he plays around with Anne Boleyn. Loyal to her Queen and her friend, Honor carries letters to her Majesty¿s Queen's allies that if caught will behead her for seditious acts. All is well until that foppish cavalier whom she desires, Richard Thornleigh, catches her.-------------------- Intrigue, betrayal and avarice are the fuels of King Henry¿s court as THE QUEEN¿S LADY quickly learns. Honor lives up to her name as she feels a strong loyalty to the tossed aside Queen and acts on her fidelity at the risk to her life. Thornleigh is actually a more interesting character than the title protagonist as the audience is not sure whether he is an early sixteenth century Pimpernel, a genuine fop, a traitor or a ¿secret agent¿. Fans of historical fiction with a romantic subplot enhancing the era will enjoy Barbara Kyle¿s deep look at King Henry¿s first marriage that had ramifications across Europe.---------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

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    Honor Larkin is a ward of Sir Thomas Moore, a man she loves as a

    Honor Larkin is a ward of Sir Thomas Moore, a man she loves as a father. She is sent to be a lady-in-waiting for Queen Catherine of Aragon, who is being rejected by the king as he waits for the pope to grant him an annulment so he can marry Anne Boleyn. She becomes embroiled in smuggling letters on the queen’s behalf to members of her family. It is then that Honor discovers the prosecution of Protestants. Honor takes up the cause and becomes embroiled in working for their cause, putting her life at risk. During her intrigues, she meets a dashing, sometimes outrageous man named Richard Thornleigh with whom a romance blooms.

    Although The Queen's Lady is set in the time of the Tudors, thankfully, the Tudors are mostly in the background rather than the foreground. So those who have had their fill of the Tudors, you need not hesitate to pick this novel up. Barbara Kyle writes with clarity and detail so that the novel plays like a movie as you read. There is plenty of danger, intrigue, and humor to delight and hold your interest. Richard Thornleigh is so dashing, so spectacularly smart and honorable, that one cannot help but like this fabulous romantic hero. With its many twists and turns, rich plot, and vivid characters, this is one of the finest historical fiction novels of this era!

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

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    Entertaining

    Not bad. The plot I thought was messy and unfocused a bit, but an entertaining read. I'm not sure if I will be reading the other books in the series, but its a possibility.

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  • Posted June 4, 2009

    loved it

    i liked it alot especially Honor who put her life in danger to same men and their families. Its a wonderfull book it has adventure and romance its touching too

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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