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The Favored Queen

A Novel of Henry VIII's Third Wife
Erickson, Carolly (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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From The New York Times bestselling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII comes a powerful and moving novel about Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII, who married him only days after the execution of Anne Boleyn and ultimately lost her own life in giving him the son he badly needed to guarantee the Tudor succession Born into an ambitious noble family, young Jane Seymour is sent to Court as a Maid of Honor to Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's aging queen. She is devoted to her mistress and watches with empathy as the calculating Anne Boleyn contrives to supplant her as queen. Anne's single-minded intriguing threatens all who stand in her way; she does not hesitate to arrange the murder of a woman who knows a secret so dark that, if revealed, would make it impossible for the king tomarry Anne.nbsp; Once Anne becomes queen, no one at court is safe, and Jane herself becomes the victim of Anne's venomous rage when she suspects Jane has become the object of the king's lust. Henry, fearing that Anne's inability to give him a son is a sign of divine wrath, asks Jane to become his next queen. Deeply reluctant to embark on such a dangerous course, Jane must choose between her heart and her loyalty to the king.Acclaimed biographer and bestselling novelist Carolly Erickson weaves another of her irresistible historical entertainments about the queen who finally gave Henry VIII his longed for heir, set against the excitement and danger of the Tudor Court.
Authors: Erickson, Carolly, 1943-
Title: The favored queen
a novel of Henry VIII's third wife
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 295 p. ;,25 cm.
Alternate Title: Henry VIII's third wife
ISBN: 0312596901
9780312596903
Statement of Responsibility: Carolly Erickson
Subject Headings: Jane Seymour, Queen, consort of Henry VIII, King of England, 1509?-1537 Fiction. Queens Great Britain Fiction. Great Britain History Henry VIII, 1509-1547 Fiction. England Fiction.
Genre/Form: Historical fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Topical Term: Queens
LCCN: 2011024757
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Sep 17, 2013
  • jurban1983 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I don't completely agree with the author's depicting on Jane Seymour however this is an entertaining book if you like anything Tudor related, especially King Henry VIII's 6 queen consorts. Jane Seymour is the one queen consort that really didn't have that much known about her.

If you are interested in a more accurate portrayal but with the narrative element of a story plot line, please check out Plain Jane by Lauren Gardner.

Mar 26, 2013
  • mooncat rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

There was nothing about this book that made me want to keep reading it. I found it boring and also found lots of the story line unbelievable so I returned the book half way through it. With similar books from Philippa Gregory to compare with, this book is a real flop.

Mar 02, 2013
  • meyoubou rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Simple read about a complex period in history.

Since I am tolerably familiar with the events surrounding King Henry’s libido, I was pretty sure how the main plot would unfold. No real surprises, but it was a pleasure to hear the tale through Jane’s persona.

Apr 09, 2012
  • shadyladynz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. Was great to read something about one of Henry's not so well known Queens.

Jan 08, 2012
  • nancytheknitter rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

My first and greatest love is history and I love a good fiction book based on Henry the VIII and his many wives. This one was good but very historically inaccurate. I do wish that authors wouldn't change history so much. I understand that they want to liven up the story but in most cases I don't think that is necessary. It is a good story though but if you are looking for something historically accurate this is not the best of books.

Nov 08, 2011
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This novel is told from the point of view of his third queen, Jane Seymour, but also includes the end of Catherine of Aragon reign and all of Anne Boleyn's reign. Jane was a maid of honour to Catherine of Aragon and to Anne in turn. Here we see her own dreams and how her family's behaviour and her situation caused them to perish before she gained them. We see the relationship she developed with Henry and how her own good nature and moral sense brought her to her own fate.
This is an interesting characterization of the historical figure, reimagined by the author.

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Sep 17, 2013
  • jurban1983 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

jurban1983 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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