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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Queen's Mistake: In the court of Henry VIII by Diane Haeger: Book Review

The Queen's Mistake: In the court of Henry VIII
by Diane Haeger
New American Library (Penguin)
ISBN: 978-0-451-22800-0

Description: From the author of The Secret Bride, the tragic tale of the fifth wife of Henry VIII... When the young and beautiful Catherine Howard becomes the fifth...more From the author of The Secret Bride, the tragic tale of the fifth wife of Henry VIII...When the young and beautiful Catherine Howard becomes the fifth wife of the fifty-year-old King Henry VIII, she seems to be on top of the world. Yet her reign is destined to be brief and heartbreaking, as she is forced to do battle with enemies far more powerful and calculating than she could have ever anticipated in a court where one wrong move could mean her undoing. Wanting only love, Catherine is compelled to deny her heart's desire in favor of her family's ambition. But in so doing, she unwittingly gives those who sought to bring her down a most effective weapon-her own romantic past.

The Queen's Mistake is the tragic tale of one passionate and idealistic woman who struggles to negotiate the intrigue of the court and the yearnings of her heart

The Good Stuff
  • I love anything to do with Henry VIII (and of his daughter Elizabeth) and his court. It absolutely fascinates me and this story does not disappoint.
  • Beautifully written
  • Wonderfully researched  and a fascinating retelling of this piece of history
  • Couldn't stop hoping for a different outcome to this tragic tale
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Sort of grossed out by the descriptions of Henry eating so much food - ick!
  • A little dry at times
Favorite Quotes/Passages
"His desperation brought a sensation of revulsion from Catherine rather than compassion."

"I would wish you luck, but I suspect a charming girl like you will make your own."

"I am not his rival. I am just a girl." Catherine said in disbelief."

"Catherine relished the conversation between herself and Anne, particularly  about how frightening and overwhelming it was to be Queen."

What I Learned
  • I really would not liked to have been a women during this era
  • Henry the VIII really was a petulant prick!
  • The wives of Henry the VIII really had it bad
  • "Mary Lassells's" really was a nasty piece of work, poor Catherine never had a chance
  • Anne of Cleves was one lucky and decent women to have made it through those choppy waters
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Lovers of well research historical novels
  • Thinking Auntie Shiela will like it so I am going to lend to her
  • Lovers of historical fiction dealing with the court of Henry VIII
 3.5 Dewey's

I won this from Stacy's Books and didn't have to review it -- but its on my Bottom's Up 2010 Challenge : )

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