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Author: Carolly Erickson Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781427213815
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Fascinating . . . highly recommended. Library Journal (starred review) on The Hidden Diary of Marie Antionette

  • A fast-paced, lavishly detailed narrative. Kirkus Reviews on The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots
  • A top-notch narrative . . . romantic and gripping. Publishers Weekly on The Tsarina's Daughter
  • An exquisitely realistic portrait of Tudor England. . . . compelling reading. . . . Historical fiction fans can't get enough of the Tudors; this engaging story is a worthy addition to the genre. Library Journal on Rival to the Queen
  • Steer Alison Weir and Philippa Gregory fans immediately to this satisfying read-alike . . . [an] historical tour de force. Booklist on The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots
  • Entertaining. USA Today on The Last Wife of Henry VIII
  • I read The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette in two days, and when I finished it, I re-read the final pages, as hungry for more as a child scraping the last crumbs of chocolate cake off her plate with her fingers. New York Times Book Review on The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette
  • Suspenseful and detailed, the novel captures a dramatic moment in history and will sear you with sorrow for this doomed daughter of the last tsar. People magazine on The Tsarina's Daughter
  • “A delectable serving of Tudor dish. Kirkus Reviews

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghan | 2/13/2014

    " Was disappointed with this book, it created drama and then ignored or downplayed much of the real drama. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kyle | 1/25/2014

    " Meh... I just couldn't like this book. It was very bland and so far out there. It was more about Anne Boleyn than Jane, it seemed, though Jane was the narrator. Honestly, if I hadn't KNOWN Jane was telling the story you could've told me any lady courtier was telling it and it would've made sense. I love historical fiction, but this one took too many liberties for my liking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mlg | 1/13/2014

    " An enjoyable book, but with too much fiction for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 1/9/2014

    " I am going to reserve the review until I have had a chance to discuss this with my reading partner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 1/8/2014

    " good, not great, interesting light read, written from the pov of Jane Seymour. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 12/9/2013

    " There's a reason no one writes books about Jane Seymour. I should remember that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 11/26/2013

    " Erickson is one of my favorite historical novel writers. People give her books bad ratings but I think they totally forget its historical fiction. They are books for fun and enjoyment, not historical research and accuracy. I am currently on my 5th book by her. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 10/25/2013

    " Loved it! Really enjoy Carolly Erickson books-both fiction and non-fiction. Great storyteller. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gin | 10/15/2013

    " It was okay. I prefer other books by Carolly to this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liz | 8/30/2013

    " The writing style was very "fluffy" and quite boring, actually. It wasn't any different than all the other Tudor books put there, except for the fact that it was poorly written. It didn't offer any new information or any new point of views. Too much creative license for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 7/1/2013

    " Excellent work of historical fiction depicting part of the reign of King Henry VIII. Made me want to read more of her books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/3/2012

    " I'm a fan of Carolly Erickson and have read most, if not all, of her books. This is a historical novel. It was okay reading, but definitely not her best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tami | 3/19/2012

    " I was glad to finally read a book about King Henry's third wife, but it just wasn't as good as I had hoped. I liked that Jane was more of a person than she seems in so many other books and movies, but there was just too much that was too fictionalized and strayed from the known facts. "

About the Author

Carolly Erickson is the bestselling author of many distinguished works of nonfiction and a series of historical entertainments, blending fact and invention. Her historical biographies include The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette, The First Elizabeth, Her Little Majesty, and Alexandra. She lives in Hawaii.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received dozens of Earphones Awards. She has been named by AudioFile magazine as a “Voice of the Century,” as well as the Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy in 2008 and 2009 and Best Voice in Biography & Culture in 2010. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others.