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Secrets of the Tudor Court: The Pleasure Palace by Kate Emerson

April 30th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

Description: Beautiful. Seductive. Innocent. Jane Popyncourt was brought to the court as a child to be ward of the king and a companion to his daughters — the princesses Margaret and Mary. With no money of her own, Jane could not hope for a powerful marriage, or perhaps even marriage at all. But as she grows into a lovely young woman, she still receives flattering attention from the virile young men flocking to serve the handsome new king, Henry VIII, who has recently married Catherine of Aragon. Then a dashing French prisoner of war, cousin to the king of France, is brought to London, and Jane finds she cannot help giving some of her heart — and more — to a man she can never marry. But the Tudor court is filled with dangers as well as seductions, and there are mysteries surrounding Jane’s birth that have made her deadly enemies. Can she cultivate her beauty and her amorous wiles to guide her along a perilous path and bring her at last to happiness?

It has been awhile since I have read a book regarding the court of Henry VIII and this was the perfect book to return to that time period.   I enjoyed Jane as the main character and despite her naivety at the beginning of the book she surprised me at how she was able to navigate Henry’s court.   I was actually surprised that Jane was portrayed at being such good friends with so many males without being the target of more venomous gossip regarding her morals.

Although references are made to Henry’s lovers the focus of this book is not him and his love life but rather how it impinges on where Jane wants her life to go.  Having read a few other books about Henry and his various wives I had some internal confusion of Henry, Mary and Margaret’s personality quirks and actions as I would mix up this book with the ones I’ve read in the past.  However, I would have to say this one is one of my favorite’s set in Henry VIII’s court.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Historical Fiction

2 Responses

  1. Scattie

    This sounds like a really good book. I love any fiction that is based in Tudor times. That time in history fascinates me.

    Great post!:-)

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