The Favored Queen

The Favored Queen

A Novel Of Henry VIII's Third Wife

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From The New York Times bestselling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII comes a powerful and moving novel about Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII, who married him only days after the execution of Anne Boleyn and ultimately lost her own life in giving him the son he badly needed to guarantee the Tudor succession

Born into an ambitious noble family, young Jane Seymour is sent to Court as a Maid of Honor to Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's aging queen. She is devoted to her mistress and watches with empathy as the calculating Anne Boleyn contrives to supplant her as queen. Anne's single-minded intriguing threatens all who stand in her way; she does not hesitate to arrange the murder of a woman who knows a secret so dark that, if revealed, would make it impossible for the king to marry Anne. 
Once Anne becomes queen, no one at court is safe, and Jane herself becomes the victim of Anne's venomous rage when she suspects Jane has become the object of the king's lust. Henry, fearing that Anne's inability to give him a son is a sign of divine wrath, asks Jane to become his next queen. Deeply reluctant to embark on such a dangerous course, Jane must choose between her heart and her loyalty to the king.

Acclaimed biographer and bestselling novelist Carolly Erickson weaves another of her irresistible historical entertainments about the queen who finally gave Henry VIII his longed for heir, set against the excitement and danger of the Tudor Court.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312596903
0312596901
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 295 pages ;,25 cm
Alternative Title: Henry VIII's third wife

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RiniMoon56
Jul 23, 2015

This book was Awesome! I couldn't put it down. I wanted to read it to see what happened at the end.

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jurban1983
Sep 17, 2013

I don't completely agree with the author's depicting on Jane Seymour however this is an entertaining book if you like anything Tudor related, especially King Henry VIII's 6 queen consorts. Jane Seymour is the one queen consort that really didn't have that much known about her.

If you are interested in a more accurate portrayal but with the narrative element of a story plot line, please check out Plain Jane by Lauren Gardner.

mooncat Mar 26, 2013

There was nothing about this book that made me want to keep reading it. I found it boring and also found lots of the story line unbelievable so I returned the book half way through it. With similar books from Philippa Gregory to compare with, this book is a real flop.

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meyoubou
Mar 02, 2013

Simple read about a complex period in history.

bookfanatic1979 Apr 13, 2012

Since I am tolerably familiar with the events surrounding King Henry’s libido, I was pretty sure how the main plot would unfold. No real surprises, but it was a pleasure to hear the tale through Jane’s persona.

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shadynz
Apr 09, 2012

I really enjoyed this book. Was great to read something about one of Henry's not so well known Queens.

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nancytheknitter
Jan 08, 2012

My first and greatest love is history and I love a good fiction book based on Henry the VIII and his many wives. This one was good but very historically inaccurate. I do wish that authors wouldn't change history so much. I understand that they want to liven up the story but in most cases I don't think that is necessary. It is a good story though but if you are looking for something historically accurate this is not the best of books.

Cdnbookworm Nov 08, 2011

This novel is told from the point of view of his third queen, Jane Seymour, but also includes the end of Catherine of Aragon reign and all of Anne Boleyn's reign. Jane was a maid of honour to Catherine of Aragon and to Anne in turn. Here we see her own dreams and how her family's behaviour and her situation caused them to perish before she gained them. We see the relationship she developed with Henry and how her own good nature and moral sense brought her to her own fate.
This is an interesting characterization of the historical figure, reimagined by the author.

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Sep 17, 2013

jurban1983 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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