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Review: Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir

May 3rd, 2018 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Netgalley

Publication date: May 15, 2018

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Series: Six Tudor Queens #3

Rating: ★★★★★

About the book

Acclaimed author and historian Alison Weir continues her epic Six Tudor Queens series with this third captivating novel, which brings to life Jane Seymour, King Henry VIII’s most cherished bride and mother of his only male heir.

Ever since she was a child, Jane has longed for a cloistered life as a nun. But her large noble family has other plans, and, as an adult, Jane is invited to the King’s court to serve as lady-in-waiting for Queen Katherine of Aragon. The devout Katherine shows kindness to all her ladies, almost like a second mother, which makes rumors of Henry’s lustful pursuit of Anne Boleyn—who is also lady-in-waiting to the queen—all the more shocking. For Jane, the betrayal triggers memories of a painful incident that shaped her beliefs about marriage.

But once Henry disavows Katherine and secures his new queen—altering the religious landscape of England—he turns his eye to another: Jane herself. Urged to return the King’s affection and earn favor for her family, Jane is drawn into a dangerous political game that pits her conscience against her desires. Can Jane be the one to give the King his long-sought-after son or will she meet a fate similar to the women who came before her?

Bringing new insight to this compelling story, Weir marries meticulous research with gripping historical fiction to re-create the dramas and intrigues of the most renown court in English history. At its center is a loving and compassionate woman who captures the heart of a king, and whose life will hang in the balance for it.

My Thoughts

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a historical fiction and I forgot how much I love them. I’ve seen Alison Weir mentioned quite a bit when it comes to historical fiction so when I saw this one available on NetGalley I decided I had to request it. Thankfully I was approved and I was immediately sucked into the book. For being over 500 pages long it certainly didn’t feel like it as I flew through it. Alison Weir has a way of writing that draws the reader into the book and I felt as if I was an observer in King Henry VIII’s court watching everything occurring in front of me.

Jane Seymour isn’t one of the Henry’s wives that I’ve ever heard much about so I didn’t go in with any great expectations. The author notes that not much is actually known about Jane Seymour’s inner thoughts but I thoroughly enjoyed her take on what life might have been like for Jane.

I’m curious how the first two books in this series takes place since we see a lot about Anne Boleyn in this one but I enjoyed it so much I want to go back and read them. Definitely a great introduction to Alison Weir’s works!

Find it online

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Other books in the series:

Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen

Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession

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