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The King's Damsel
     

The King's Damsel

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by Kate Emerson
 

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In the fifth novel in Kate Emerson’s highly acclaimed Secrets of the Tudor Court series, a young gentlewoman catches King Henry the Eighth’s roving eye.

Handmaid. Spy. Mistress. Anxious to secure his own success at the glittering court of Henry VIII, heiress Tamsin Lodge’s ambitious guardian obtains her a position as

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In the fifth novel in Kate Emerson’s highly acclaimed Secrets of the Tudor Court series, a young gentlewoman catches King Henry the Eighth’s roving eye.

Handmaid. Spy. Mistress. Anxious to secure his own success at the glittering court of Henry VIII, heiress Tamsin Lodge’s ambitious guardian obtains her a position as maid of honor to young Princess Mary Tudor. Tamsin soon comes to love the neglected child, but in the Tudor court, not even a princess is secure. Mary’s father is besotted with the lovely Anne Boleyn, and the girl’s future has grown perilous. Plotting to be Mary’s eyes and ears, Tamsin joins Anne’s service, but the handsome silk worker who is her co-conspirator may be her undoing. While marriage with a merchant is unthinkable, she cannot resist Rafe Pinckney’s embraces. When Tamsin also attracts the lusty Henry, she must choose between loyalty and desire. . . . With Anne’s jealousy growing dangerous, can Tamsin survive the schemes and seductions that surround her?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In 1525, heiress Thomasine Lodge,13, loses control of her money, property, and person when her guardianship is purchased from King Henry VIII by Sir Lionel Daggett. Thomasine is sent to attend Henry’s daughter, the young Princess Mary, and ordered to use her wiles to become the king’s mistress and advance Sir Lionel’s political career. She defies him, but years later her unswerving loyalty to the politically declining Mary leads her to the court of Anne Boleyn as a spy, where Thomasine learns there are many advantages to warming Henry’s bed after all. Sparked by an actual letter written by a Spanish ambassador in 1534, Emerson (At the King’s Pleasure) creates a believable scenario rich in accurate detail where her fictional Thomasine strolls comfortably next to real-life figures. Historical fiction fans will enjoy the political manipulations and court intrigues, but romance fans will be disappointed by perfunctory sexual tension, scant romance, and a happy ending that feels like an afterthought. Agent: Meg Ruley, the Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Aug.)
Fresh Fiction
"An engaging tale of loyalty, love, and treachery in the court of King Henry VIII."
From the Publisher
"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." —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451661491
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
743,949
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.08(h) x 0.96(d)

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Kate Emerson, an expert in all things Tudor, is the author of the Secrets of the Tudor Court series: The Pleasure Palace, Between Two Queens, By Royal Decree, and At the King’s Pleasure. She lives in Wilton, Maine.

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The King's Damsel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MsDollie 10 months ago
I enjoyed reading Kate Emerson's novel .... The King's Damsel and would consider reading it again in the future.
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reececo331 More than 1 year ago
Kate Emerson the king’s damsel is an easy summer reading, the compelling story of a young girl forced into the court of Henry Tutor, is a delight to read. Tamsin’s innocent nature and loyalty are a rarity in the dynamic and ever changing world of Henry VIII. The story begins right at the dramatic point in history when Henry VIII is attempting to divorce his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Tamsin is a young girl left as a court ward because of the sudden death of her father and older brother. She is forced into the service of Princess Mary Tutor, by her social climbing guardian. Tamsin finds a new home and friends with in the Princess’ court only to have to make the difficult transition to Anne Boleyn’s court to help her beloved Princess. Her success may or may not allow the Princess to return to her father’s court, and love.