The Secret Bride: In The Court of Henry VIII

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For fans of The Tudors comes a captivating drama about the only woman who could defy Henry VIII -and keep her life.

Mary Tudor, the headstrong younger sister of the ruthless King Henry VII, has always been her brother's favorite-but now she is also an important political bargaining chip. When she is promised to the elderly, ailing King Louis of France, a heartbroken Mary accepts her fate, but not before extracting a promise from her brother: When the old king dies, her next ...

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Overview

For fans of The Tudors comes a captivating drama about the only woman who could defy Henry VIII -and keep her life.

Mary Tudor, the headstrong younger sister of the ruthless King Henry VII, has always been her brother's favorite-but now she is also an important political bargaining chip. When she is promised to the elderly, ailing King Louis of France, a heartbroken Mary accepts her fate, but not before extracting a promise from her brother: When the old king dies, her next marriage shall be solely of her choosing. For Mary has a forbidden passion, and is determined, through her own cunning, courage, and boldness, to forge her own destiny.

The Secret Bride is the triumphant tale of one extraordinary woman who meant to stay true to her heart and live her life just as her royal brother did- by her own rules...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451223135
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Series: Henry VIII's Court Series , #1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 411,069
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2008

    Couldn't stop reading

    Great book, I've read all of Diane Haeger's books, and this by far is one of her best . The more you read the better the story got. Couldn't put the book down, I will look forward to her next novel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    excellent biographical fiction

    Being the sister of King Henry VIII, Princess Mary understands that she will one day be a political pawn marrying someone to further her brother¿s reign. However that does not prevent her from falling in love with the Duke of Suffolk Charles Brandon nor he with her. She begs her sibling to allow her to marry Charles, but he refuses as she is intended to wed King Louis XII of France. However, feeling some guilt as he likes and trust Charles as a loyal friend of his and cares for Mary, Henry agrees she can marry her beloved if he is single and she is a widow. --- In the fall of 1514, Mary marries fiftyish King Louis XII of France. Less than three months later he died allegedly from too much exertion trying to begat an heir on his teenage wife. . Not asking permission as she knows her capricious brother might pawn her off on someone else, Mary persuades Charles to marry her as he and others escort her back across the Channel. However, they time their nuptials perfectly as Henry has no time to deal with either of them as he struggles to obtain papal approval of his divorce from Catherine of Aragon --- THE SECRET BRIDE is an excellent biographical fiction tale of the sister of King Henry VIII, who comes across as intelligent, compassionate, and sly. She has to if she is to survive her checkmating her manipulative political keen sibling. Fans of Tudor tales will appreciate this deep character driven look at Princess Mary though her romance with Charles takes center stage over the historical perspective. --- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2010

    I Don't Even Know Where to Begin

    As a Tudor history enthusiast with a particular interest in the story of Henry's sister, Mary, I found this book a wonderful disappointment. While Haeger manages to follow the characters through a rather accurate portrayal of history, the characters themselves fall flat. No woman would want to relate to Mary, who appears simpering and weak. At the same time, Charles Brandon has no swagger or charisma of a romantic hero.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2009

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    Loved This Book!

    I just love books like this, fictional based on history around Henry Vlll. I totally recommand this one and the author. This is my first book read by Diane Haeger. I loved this one so much I went and bought "Courtesan" by her, and it's just as good as this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2009

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    Good Read

    I enjoyed this book a lot. It starts out a little slow but then I couldn't put it down. Would definetly recommend this book especially if you are interested in the Tudor era.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2008

    Wonderful romantic story

    If you are a fan of Showtime's The Tudors, you will really enjoy this love story of Charles Brandon and Mary, Queen of France. I couldn't put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Great book

    I'm a huge fan of historical fiction, and this one is one of my favorites. I highly recommend this read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    Entranced

    Read in one day. Haeger did an amazing job and hope she rights more soon.

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    Amazing book!

    This is a must read. I havent been so excited about a book in a long time. I love the tudor line and this story is just amazing! I have read it 3 times. highly recommend.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    Highly recommended - you must check this one out!!

    I am a HUGE fan of The Tudors, that was an HBO series, and couldn't wait to read this after the final season . . . . I had a hard time putting this book down because I couldn't wait to see what happened next! Imagine spending your whole life being a royal pawn to be traded and used as needed by your brother, the King of England! This was drastically different than the series was, which portrayed Mary and Charles' relationship as a disaster . . . . I was very surprised by the twists and turns that were in the book . . . . it was AWESOME!

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  • Posted September 14, 2010

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    In all my fascination with the Tudor courts, I must have forgotten that Henry VIII had a younger sister. Or maybe books that talk about Henry are so concentrated on his different wives they forget to mention her (maybe I should have something more on Catherine of Aragon). I was immediately drawn to a story about someone who could defy the King and get away with it.

    I actually really liked Princess Mary. You can tell that the characteristic of getting what they want runs in the family (something I think was passed down to Elizabeth I). But, I think she was smarter about it. Mary worked in the background. She knew she was beautiful and she knew the King loved her dearly. It makes her sound conniving, but she wasn't. She accepted her duty as a princess of England, but was willing to bargain for what she really wanted. She also showed she really cared about others. As powerful as the King was, she still saw him as her older brother and human I thought she was very sweet with King Louis of France. I also really enjoyed the different view on the relationship between King Henry VIII and his first wife.

    The story was actually just a little bland. I think I was expecting more fireworks and something a little bit more fast paced. It actually covers quite a large time period. I enjoyed it, but it was a slow read.

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  • Posted August 20, 2010

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    Dissapointment

    I bought this book thinking it would be more about the relationship between Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon. I have always wanted to read a book about their relationship (first a crush and eventually lovers) and then the aftermath of their secret marriage. That is not what I got.
    Very dissapointed.

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  • Posted June 24, 2009

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    Absolutely loved this book

    Really gives you an insight into Henry & Mary's relationship as brother and sister. Tells a wonderful love story about Charles Brandon and Mary Tudor! I have never read this author before but have read numerous books on the Tudors, but I found her writing style easy and engaging.

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