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The Queen's Lady
     

The Queen's Lady

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by Barbara Kyle
 

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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. . .

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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 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

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Publishers Weekly

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:
12/01/2009
Series:
Thornleigh Saga , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
199,366
File size:
1 MB

What People are Saying About This

Ellen Jones
"Excellent, exciting, compellingly readable." --Ellen Jones
Judith Merkle Riley
"Weaves a fast-paced plot through some of the most harrowing years of English history." --Judith Merkle Riley
Susan Wiggs
"Riveting, heady, glorious, inspired." --Susan Wiggs

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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Queen's Lady 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
mcgregors_daughter More than 1 year ago
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.
Jules_K More than 1 year ago
Plot development is gripping. Don't want to put it down.Characters are real and well developed. It's a good read.
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J34E34S34S More than 1 year ago
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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