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Six Tudor Queens: Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen: Six Tudor Queens 3 Hardcover – 3 May 2018
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- Hardcover : 544 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1472227670
- ISBN-13 : 978-1472227676
- Dimensions : 20.5 x 4.4 x 25.1 cm
- Publisher : Headline Review (3 May 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 68,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer reviews:
Alison Weir gives a fresh take on Jane Seymour's life . . . A brilliant and engaging read, Good Housekeeping
Gripping and utterly compelling . . . Henry VIII's third and - allegedly - best-loved wife is brought vividly to life . . . Not to be missed -- Tracy Borman
Written with the verve of fiction and the authority of history, this is a Jane who is neither a puppet, a pious victim nor a po-faced schemer, but a living, breathing woman, launched on her own emotional journey. Meticulous research is magically transformed into a riveting narrative which takes us into the places non-fiction history cannot reach. It's what Alison Weir does better than anybody - and what historical fiction was created to do -- Sarah Gristwood
Deft, authoritative biographical fiction, Kirkus Reviews
This brilliant book is a bombshell! Jane Seymour the shy mouse type? Think again! . . . She is vibrant, determined and she sets the King's court on fire . . . A magnificent novel - you'll never forget her! -- Kate Williams
Hugely enjoyable . . . Alison Weir knows her subject and has a knack for the telling and textural detail, Daily Mail
Combining her authority as a historian with her skill as a novelist, in telling Jane Seymour's story Alison has once again brought the past enthrallingly to life, as only she can. The Haunted Queen is another classic - in the great tradition of historical fiction -- Josephine Ross
Vivid characters and a wonderful sense of time and place combine with the story of a gentle, kind heroine who I really cared about, the more so because she was so cruelly robbed of her life at the moment of her greatest happiness -- Barbara Erskine
Weir does an excellent job of bringing the pages of history to life; creating living, breathing characters with flaws and weaknesses like our own, Bookbag
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Lots of detailed research and facts have gone into this book but as with all fiction so has Alison's imagination.
Who better to do the imagining than a well renowned historian. This book tells Jane's story from her point of view and also shows the way women of the time were treated more as property than partners. The rules were very different for women especially when it came to affairs of the heart. A good read and the first time I have felt that Jane's character has really shown clearly in a novel.
If you like Tudor history based on truth and historical instincts then this is a book for you.
I have loved the series so far and can't wait for the next book about Anne of Cleves.
The best thing about this series? Even though I have learnt a lot over the years, I have still discovered new things about Henry and his Queens and courtiers in each book. Alison Weir is a joy to read and I for one will be following her books with interest.
That said, this author never tells anything other than an interesting tale, and this is the stepping stone book to the story of Anne of Cleves, which will be worth waiting for. The background characters are well drawn and La Boleyn dominates this narrative every bit as much on the page as she clearly did in life!
Read it to keep in step with the series.
Her death really was an unfortunate occurrence of 2 separate problems which brought her down.
I liked that the story ran smoothly but there was clearly a lot of research to get the underlying facts right. There is an authors note at the end explaining where she had to choose which story to believe, what was most plausible.
It was well written with lots of sources and references at the end but a continuous tale well told.
Historical fiction of a high standard.
Born into a large family, Jane enjoys a comfortable upbringing under the watchful eye of her mother. During this period Jane develops a strong sense of piety and purpose, which is almost shattered during a family scandal. This and Jane’s heartache becomes important to her characterisation and motivation later in the novel.
Upon entering the court, Jane develops a strong admiration for Catherine of Aragon. However, the shadow of Anne Boleyn and the Great Matter soon fall over Jane... setting the scene for her ascent later.
Antonia Fraser described Jane as a matriarch in the making. Weir builds a convincing and grounded portrayal of Jane, drawing from extensive research and her growing abilities as novelist. We don’t see just a meek and mild figure. Jane is fully rounded and an active protagonist.
There is a somewhat gothic flavour explored, here, that could be tedious with some authors but works in this narrative quite well. In fact, this is my favourite of the novels thus far. Highly recommended.
I don't mind her as a person or queen, in fact I felt sorry for her. She was the one that managed to have a son and didn't live to enjoy the credit and kudos that would have given her.
I found the religious twist and moving to be a nun hard to understand and believe but the rest I enjoyed