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Rivals in the Tudor Court
     

Rivals in the Tudor Court

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by D.L. Bogdan
 

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As Queen Catherine's maid and daughter of the Duke of Buckingham, the future seems bright for Elizabeth Stafford. But when her father gives her hand to Thomas Howard, third Duke of Norfolk, the spirited young woman must sacrifice all for duty. Yet Elizabeth is surprised by her passion for her powerful new husband. And when he takes on a mistress, she is determined to

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As Queen Catherine's maid and daughter of the Duke of Buckingham, the future seems bright for Elizabeth Stafford. But when her father gives her hand to Thomas Howard, third Duke of Norfolk, the spirited young woman must sacrifice all for duty. Yet Elizabeth is surprised by her passion for her powerful new husband. And when he takes on a mistress, she is determined to fight for her love and her honor. . .

Naïve and vulnerable, Bess Holland is easily charmed by the Duke of Norfolk, doing his bidding in exchange for gifts and adoration. For years, she and Elizabeth compete for his affections. But they are mere spectators to an obsession neither can rival: Norfolk's quest to weave the Howard name into the royal bloodline. The women's loyalties are tested as his schemes unfold-among them the litigious marriage of his niece, Anne Boleyn, to King Henry the VIII. But in an age of ruthless beheadings, no self-serving motive goes unpunished-and Elizabeth and Bess will have to fight a force more sinister than the executioner's axe. . .

Praise for Secrets of the Tudor Court

"A beautifully written story with wonderful attention to detail. I loved the book." -Diane Haeger, author of The Queen's Mistake

"Throbs with intensity as it lays bare the secret delights of Tudor court life and the sudden, lethal terrors. A tale of innocence and ruthless ambition locked in a love-hate embrace." -Barbara Kyle, author of The King's Daughter

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758271877
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
05/01/2011
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
331,735
File size:
1 MB

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Rivals in the Tudor Court 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book that sucks you in and you can't put it down. Easy read.
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eheinlen More than 1 year ago
I tried to like this book, but I just couldn't. It didn't have anything to do with the writing or the author, it simply had to do with the fact that the characters were disgusting, horrible people by today's standards. I know that this is how people acted and thought during this time period, but I just don't like it. I couldn't get past that dislike to become engaged in the story.
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sfc98 More than 1 year ago
This is a very good, historical fiction book concerning Thomas Howard, Anne Boylen, etc. The striking thing to me was the old cliche "You can't judge a book by its cover" because when I got this book I thought oh no this is a trashy romance book just because of the picture on the cover, I could not have been more wrong, written in the fashion of other historical fiction court writers: Christine Trent, Phippa Gregory etc this book is filled with interesting facts and good spun fiction about the courts. Certainly worth a read.
Dani-booklover More than 1 year ago
D.L. Bogdan did another amazing job with this book. As Thomas Howard (Third Duke of Norfolk)looks back at his life starting as a young boy dealing with his Grandfather and Father to being a adult in the Tower awaiting possible execution. I love books that keep you on the edge of your seat, D.L. Bogdan did it for me in this book! It hit all emotions! Most of all sadness. I now understand why Thomas Howard was the way he was! This book is another must read!!!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1547 Thomas Howard sits in the Tower anticipating execution. He blames his mess on his wife Elizabeth, his mistress Bess Holland, his dolt of a daughter Mary, and especially his hothead son Henry. He reflects back to when Henry VII took the throne as his family's fortune rose and fell fast due to royal wars. In 1495, he marries Henry's sister-in-law Princess Anne though he is bit appalled that she is taller than him. However, they have several children but they all die young. In 1503 Henry VIII sits on the throne. In 1509, Elizabeth Stafford arrives at court as a Lady-in-Waiting. Elizabeth looks forward to becoming a Neville, but instead her father arranges a marriage to widow Thomas. She is loyal to her spouse even when he takes Bess Holland as a mistress. However, as Elizabeth is Queen Catherine's favorite, Thomas tries to return the family to the prominence of that short loved loftiness before the Battle of Bosworth in 1483 pushes forward Anne Boleyn to the king. At the same time Bess wants wealth and land even if it means destroying her lover. The prequel to the Secrets of the Tudor Court is an engaging look at the era through the rotating perspectives of Thomas, Elizabeth, and Bess. Though none of the prime trio fully takes charge of the story line leaving it somewhat rudderless, Tudor era fiction fans will find fascinating the viewpoints of lesser players in a period in which it did backstabbing intrigue lead to the Tower. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago