From the #1 New York Times bestselling
author comes the story of lady-in-waiting Margaret Pole and her unique view of
King Henry VIII’s stratospheric rise to power in Tudor England.
Regarded as yet another
threat to the volatile King Henry VII’s claim to the throne, Margaret Pole,
cousin to Elizabeth of York (known as the White Princess) and daughter of
George, Duke of Clarence, is married off to a steady and kind Lancaster
supporter—Sir Richard Pole. For his loyalty, Sir Richard is entrusted with the
governorship of Wales, but Margaret’s contented daily life is changed forever
with the arrival of Arthur, the young Prince of Wales, and his beautiful bride,
Katherine of Aragon. Margaret soon becomes a trusted advisor and friend to the
honeymooning couple, hiding her own royal connections in service to the Tudors.
After the sudden death of
Prince Arthur, Katherine leaves for London a widow, and fulfills her deathbed
promise to her husband by marrying his brother, Henry VIII. Margaret’s world is
turned upside down by the surprising summons to court, where she becomes the
chief lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine. But this charmed life of the
wealthiest and “holiest” woman in England lasts only until the rise of Anne
Boleyn, and the dramatic deterioration of the Tudor court. Margaret has to
choose whether her allegiance is to the increasingly tyrannical king, or to her
beloved queen; to the religion she loves or the theology which serves the new
masters. Caught between the old world and the new, Margaret Pole has to find
her own way as she carries the knowledge of an old curse on all the Tudors. Download and start listening now!