(Viking Juvenile/May 15, 2012)
I'm a huge fan of works on and set during the Tudor era! Such an interesting era filled with a lot of drama, power plays, romance, and of course, treachery. Of course some fictional works based in that time period are more historically accurate than others but I've read plenty of stories told from the points of views from the many wives of Henry VIII, courtiers, dukes, duchesses to companions to nobility, maids and servants! It'll be interesting to read a novel set around the time of Catherine Howard--Henry's youngest wife of the six he had, and the second he beheaded--who had her own fair share of scandal during her time at court!
In the Tudor age, ambition, power and charismatic allure are essential and Catherine Howard has plenty of all three. Not to mention her loyal best friend, Kitty Tylney, to help cover her tracks. Kitty, the abandoned youngest daughter of minor aristocracy, owes everything to Cat – where she is, what she is, even who she is. Friend, flirt, and self-proclaimed Queen of Misrule, Cat reigns supreme in a loyal court of girls under the none-too-watchful eye of the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk.
When Cat worms her way into the heart of Henry VIII and becomes Queen of England, Kitty is thrown into the intoxicating Tudor Court. It’s a world of glittering jewels and elegant costumes, of gossip and deception. As the Queen’s right-hand-woman, Kitty goes from the girl nobody noticed to being caught between two men – the object of her affection and the object of her desire.
But the atmosphere of the court turns from dazzling to deadly, and Kitty is forced to learn the difference between trust and loyalty, love and lust, secrets and treason. And to accept the consequences when some lessons are learned too late.
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