The May Bride

The May Bride

A Novel Of Tudor England

Book - 2014
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"Jane Seymour finds herself in the midst of scandal and intrigue at Wolf Hall in [a] new novel of the Tudor era."--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, c2014.
Edition: First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
ISBN: 9781605986302
1605986305
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 24 cm

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mackie93
May 14, 2017

I was really looking forward to reading this book given the description online and on the back cover. The synopsis is the story is supposed to tie in Jane Seymour's early life before coming to court and seeing the downfall of Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn (and how this was similar to her sister in law). There was really no connection at all, the majority of the book dragged on and on with no real action, building up to this climax that never really happened. The writing was beautiful and intellectual but the story was just so disappointing. When we could actually see a potential connection between Anne, Katherine, and the sister in law Katherine, the author just completely brushes over this and it's never acknowledged.

ChristchurchLib Dec 16, 2014

"Twice my life has turned on the step of a girl through a doorway," explains Jane Seymour, Henry VIII's future third wife. At 15, Jane experienced firsthand the scandal that arose when her brother Edward brought home his new bride, only to banish her to a convent amid allegations of infidelity. Later, sent to the royal court as a maid of honor to Catherine of Aragon, Jane again witnesses a once-beloved wife cast aside - this time, in favor of another woman, and in a manner that foreshadows Jane's own fate. For more fictional depictions of the scandals and intrigues of the Tudor court, try Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall trilogy; for about Jane Seymour, check out Carolly Erickson's The Favored Queen. Historical Fiction newsletter December 2014.

ChristchurchLib Dec 16, 2014

"Twice my life has turned on the step of a girl through a doorway," explains Jane Seymour, Henry VIII's future third wife. At 15, Jane experienced firsthand the scandal that arose when her brother Edward brought home his new bride, only to banish her to a convent amid allegations of infidelity. Later, sent to the royal court as a maid of honor to Catherine of Aragon, Jane again witnesses a once-beloved wife cast aside - this time, in favor of another woman, and in a manner that foreshadows Jane's own fate. For more fictional depictions of the scandals and intrigues of the Tudor court, try Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall trilogy; for about Jane Seymour, check out Carolly Erickson's The Favored Queen. Historical Fiction newsletter December 2014.

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genepy
Dec 15, 2014

Only the last part of the book is dedicated to the Tudor history. A very slow pace with weak characters . Mrs Dunn does not do justice to Jane Seymour's intelligence and personality.

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