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The King's Rose Hardcover – 1 Apr 2009
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Alisa M. Libby lives outside of Boston, Massachusetts.
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This time it is fifteen-year-old Catherine Howard, cousin to Anne Boleyn. Less than a year has passed since her arrival at court, and she is now the Queen of England. Catherine's new life of luxury and being the king's "rose without a thorn" is different.
But Catherine's past haunts her, so she must be careful. She dreams of that kiss she shared with her (distant) cousin, Thomas Culpeper. A perfect kiss. Her relations with other men. But all must stay a secret, or death caused by treason could come her way.
Being the huge historical fiction fan I am, I just had to buy this book when I could find it around. This was one of the novels I couldn't put down, because I really wanted to continue on and find out what was going to happen.
There isn't much else to say, aside from I loved THE KING'S ROSE. If you enjoy historical fiction, you should definitely check this one out.
Reviewed by: Ashley B
This is all pretty much known history and as the historical market is pretty much inundated with anything and everything Tudor so I needn't rehash it much more. Very easy, pleasant reading and perfect for the YA Reader, but if you're looking for a big meaty read and/or some new aspect to Catherine's story you won't find it here. I do give BIG thumbs up to the author for pointing out in her notes that the twist she took in Catherine's story had no basis in fact. There have been a few recent historical novels whose authors made up nonsense with no basis in historical fact just for the sake of a sensationalized story - although they kind of forgot to point that out to their readers in their notes. 4/5 stars.
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Katherine Howard, a silly, flighty girl of 15, is a ward in the household of her aunt, the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk. Anne of Cleves is recently out of the picture, so Henry VIII is in need of a new woman at his side. Despite Katherine's wanton and childish behavior, the Duke of Norfolk (the same duke who helped place Anne Boleyn on the throne) sees an opportunity to put the Howard-Boleyn family back into power, and decides that Katherine shall be groomed to be England's next queen. She does indeed become the King's new favorite courtier, and soon after his newest wife. But like many women before her, Katherine soon struggles to both please her king and her family, provide the king with a second son, and keep her head.
This book is interesting in that Katherine has two sides; the flighty young girl who loves to be played with and dressed up in beautiful gowns, dripping with jewels, and the Katherine who actually genuinely cares for Henry despite his mood swings and aging appearance. They way it is written, there is an air of mystery for people who have no idea who Katherine is or anything about the time period (a key player in Katherine's fate is at first only identifiable by a ring; from the dialogue, people familiar with Tudor history can easily figure out who it is.) It is also unique in that we get Katherine at Lambeth, at Court, in the King's bed, and in the Tower all in one book.
It's definitely a great addition to anybody's Tudor literary collection!
I didn't love everything about this book and I thought the first half was a lot stronger than the second. However, this was one of the better depictions that I have read of Catherine Howard.