The Favored Queen

The Favored Queen

A Novel of Henry VIII's Third Wife

Book - 2011
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A tale inspired by the life of Jane Seymour follows her dedicated service as a Maid of Honor to Catherine of Aragon until a scheming Anne Boleyn throws the court into turmoil, a situation that culminates in Jane's dangerous relationship with Henry VIII.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312596903
Branch Call Number: FICTION Erickson 2011
Characteristics: 295 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Henry VIII's third wife


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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.

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.

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.

Apr 09, 2012

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

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

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