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Secrets of the Tudor Court by [Bonnette, Darcey]
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"A beautifully written story of wonderful attention to detail. Ms. Bonnette has a unique and vivid style that caught me from the first page and carried me off into the characters, the times and their story. I loved the book."
Diane Hagar, author of The Queen’s Mistake

"Throbs with intensity as it lays bare the secret delights of Tudor court life and the sudden, lethal terrors. A tale of innocence and ruthless ambition locked in a love-hate embrace."
Barbara Kyle, author of The King’s Daughter

About the Author

Darcey Bonnette is a history major and also a multi-talented musician with classical voice training. Her first novel, Secrets of the Tudor Court is out now.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 857 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (28 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004P1JE8O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is yet another canter through the wives of Henry VIII as seen through the eyes of Mary Howard who comes to court to serve Anne Boleyn. Dear Anne...if she had never existed I doubt whether there would be these innumerable rehashes of her story. Mary is what I would term heavy weather, as another reviewer has noted it doesn't take much to get her tear ducts flowing. As a character and a story, it's passable, certainly better than the Tudor Wife though anything would be. What grates is the language and choice of words, nobody of the period would say closure for instance, and there are some really awful proof errors, such as reigns instead of reins.

Just about worthwhile as an easygoing read if you're a Tudor or Boleyn completist who must read everything about the subject, but Philippa Gregory has already done it in a way that is classic and in my opinion, in popular fiction at least, unsurpassable.
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This book is brilliant for anyone who enjoyed 'The Other Boleyn Girl' or any of Philippa Gregory's novels. It looks at the life of the daughter of Mary Howard, daughter of the Duke of Norfolk, and cousin to Anne Boleyn.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I've read a lot about the Tudors, in both fiction and non-fiction books, but I've never read one told from the viewpoint of Mary Howard, and found it fascinating. The author's portrayal of the Duke of Norfolk, and his relationship with his daughter, is hauntingly emotional, and I found this stayed with me a long time after I finished this book.
Another thing I loved about this book was the brilliant continuity - this book literally follows the life of Mary Howard, right through the reign of Henry VIII and all the ups and downs of his court, and includes the reign of Henry's son Edward, and daughter Mary.
I also loved how the character of Henry Fitzroy was explored, as his role in the Tudor court was a strange but interesting one, and it was so interesting to look at this through the eyes of his wife and childhood friend.

Anyone who has enjoyed the TV series The Tudors, or any of the popular Tudor novels, will find this a slightly different, but still really interesting take on life at the Tudor Court.
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...and by that I don't mean profanity, I mean the use of modern words in what is supposed to be a period piece.

Jane Parker (Lady Rochester) was described as "mealymouthed", I gave up on the number of times characters were referred to as "daft" and there was a word in the book which I had never before seen. Thinking it might be an archaic English word, I looked it up in the dictionary to find that it was an 18th century American word!

That, together with the American spellings, which except for the previous language issues I could have tolerated, made this book a great disappointment for me. This is a pity as I love historical fiction and otherwise the book might have been, for me, a great success.

On the whole, I would say that far better research would have helped this book and may have then warranted a four star rating; as it is, I'm afraid, it only warrants a two star.
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I have a high interest in the Tudor period of English history, but I've not read much fiction on it. I picked this up because it came as a recommendation from my mother-in-law (who IS very much into historical fiction) and decided to read something a bit different on my train journeys into work. The story follows Mary Howard - a young girl who comes to court to serve Anne Bolyen just as she's about to come into power, as her father plots to bring his family into the King's favour. As she becomes betrothed to the King's illegitimate son, slowly her life descend into chaos.

Mary Howard isn't exactly a pair of eyes that's seen through on a regular occasion, all the books I've seen have been from the wives of Henry but Mary serves as an outsider looking in and offers a unique spin on the royals. The book is told from a first person perspective of Mary herself but the opening and closing chapters are narrated by her mother. The text sometimes reads like its lifted out of a history book with its dates and descriptions, other times I feel like I'm reading Mary's diary with all her emotional drivel. I noticed also the odd jumps in time between paragraph breaks; sometimes only days pass whilst in most cases whole years whiz by in a matter of words. As I haven't read the likes of Philippa Gregory, I can't comment on whether the text is taken from another book or not, and I didn't take much note or offense to the incorrect language used for the time period as I have read much worst from much more incompetent writers, but overall I found it easy to read and keep up with what's going on.

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I will give this book three and a half stars. It isn't an excellent read by any means, nor it is totally bad.
The character of Mary Howard doesn't draw the reader in. She is a bit of a wimp most of the time, but kudos to the author for attempting to convey this neglected figure in history, it is a shame that the character just didn't engage any interest for me.
When she not crying, she whines. Only occasionally showing any backbone.She is like the proverbial beaten dog that goes back to it's tormentor with it's tail wagging.
There has been some comment on 'modernisms' used in the dialogue.This didn't really detract from the book for me.The author is American and there are some mistakes in the history (Elizabeth 1 was born at Greenwich, not Windsor)that grated a bit.
Here's an idea....to get maximum enjoyment from this book,have a swig of your favourite tipple (or a piece of chocolate) every time Mary cries in this book and that will get you through to the end.You'll either be sozzled or chocced out- but hey!!
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