Royal Inheritance

Royal Inheritance

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by Kate Emerson
     
 

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Audrey Malte is illegitimate, though her beloved father—tailor to King Henry VIII—prefers to call her “merry-begot,” saying there was much joy in her making. Then Audrey visits the royal court with her father, and the whispers start about Audrey’s distinctive Tudor-red hair and the kindness that the king shows her. Did dashingSee more details below

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Audrey Malte is illegitimate, though her beloved father—tailor to King Henry VIII—prefers to call her “merry-begot,” saying there was much joy in her making. Then Audrey visits the royal court with her father, and the whispers start about Audrey’s distinctive Tudor-red hair and the kindness that the king shows her. Did dashing Henry perhaps ask Malte to raise a royal love child? The king’s favor, however, brings Audrey constraint as well as opportunity. Though she holds tender feelings for her handsome music tutor, John Harington, the king is pressuring her to marry into the family of treacherous, land-hungry Sir Richard Southwell. Audrey determines to learn the truth about her birth at last. The answer may give her the freedom to give her heart as she chooses . . . or it could ensnare her deeper in an enemy’s ruthless scheme.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In her latest of the Secrets of the Tudor Court series (after The King’s Damsel), Tudor aficionado Emerson suggests that Henry VIII fathered an out-of-wedlock daughter with one of the royal laundresses and privately arranged for her to be put in the care of his personal tailor, John Malte. Imagining the life story of Audrey Malte, an actual historical figure, the author reliably mixes court intrigue and the complicated politics of Henry’s life and multiple wives with the fascinating private journey of a young woman who gradually becomes aware of her royal heritage. Audrey’s life story is told to her only daughter, Hester, and this device works as the tale shifts back and forth between the “present” (1556) and the past, beginning in 1532 when Audrey first encounters the King and where her account takes off. The special treatment Audrey receives through the years—private tutors and court visits—raises suspicions among her siblings, and though all think John Malte is her real father and that she was his “merry-begot” (a bastard child), it is not until Audrey is a young woman that she comes to learn the identity of her true father. Emerson cleverly makes a good case for her royal connection, as well as for why the King did not officially recognize her. Adding punch is the love story between Audrey and John Harrington. Another satisfying, page-turning addition to Emerson’s series. (Sept. 24)
Romantic Times Book Reviews
"Readers with a voracious appetite for Tudor-set novels will take Emerson’s Secrets of the Tudor Court series to heart. It is more than the careful research, dramatic events, and lush details they savor; it is how Emerson merges little known historical personages and history into a powerful novel where ordinary people take center stage. This new outlook on history makes for realism, while tugging at readers’ hearts and stimulating minds to learn more about the era. Well-crafted historical fiction, romance and passion fill every page.”
Historically Obsessed
“5/5 Kate did it again! She might as well be called the Tudor goddess. I loved every page of "Royal Inheritance" because it was so exciting...makes for excellent reading. I highly recommend all of Kate’s novels because they are so much fun to read. They seem to surprise me every time.”
Fresh Fiction
"An engaging tale of loyalty, love, and treachery in the court of King Henry VIII."
Renaissance magazine
"Intrigue, romance and treachery abound in this well-researched, sensitively written book."
RT Book Reviews - Kathe Robins
"In the first in Emerson's series, it's hard to tell where reality ends and fiction begins. Rich and lushly detailed, teeming with passion and intrigue, this is a novel in which you can happily immerse yourself in another time and place."
From the Publisher
"A wonderfully absorbing novel that is full of enough historical detail to satisfy even the most hard-core Tudor fan. Emerson beautifully depicts the difficulty of living in a treacherous period in which one had to do what the king’s pleasure demanded, in spite of the risk of losing one’s head.”

"Sparked by an actual letter written by a Spanish ambassador in 1534, Emerson creates a believable scenario rich in accurate detail where her fictional Thomasine strolls comfortably next to real-life figures.“

"An engaging tale of loyalty, love, and treachery in the court of King Henry VIII."

"Subtle and well-drawn."

"Intrigue, romance and treachery abound in this well-researched, sensitively written book."

"In the first in Emerson's series, it's hard to tell where reality ends and fiction begins. Rich and lushly detailed, teeming with passion and intrigue, this is a novel in which you can happily immerse yourself in another time and place."

"It is this heroine that separates this book from the pack. The characters are subtle and well-drawn.."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451661538
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
77,398
File size:
3 MB

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