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The favored queen : a novel of Henry VIII's third wife, Carolly Erickson

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The favored queen : a novel of Henry VIII's third wife
Title
The favored queen
Title remainder
a novel of Henry VIII's third wife
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Carolly Erickson
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Henry VIII's third wife
Title variation remainder
a novel of Henry VIIIs third wife
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eng
Summary
A fictionalized account of Jane Seymour, the third wife of Henry VIII, in which she describes her life before and during her marriage
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Review
  • Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII and the one he reportedly loved the best, takes the stage in this self-described “historical entertainment.” As a noblewoman in the early sixteenth century, Jane serves as maid of honor first to pious, devoted Catherine of Aragon and later to Anne Boleyn, whose petulant and proud nature endears her to few members of the harsh royal court. Jane’s lively first-person narrative follows her transformation from passive observer to active participant in the marital stakes. Her family’s immoral conduct and her failed engagement to a family friend test her resolve, yet she survives and emerges triumphant as one of the king’s closest confidants. One well-crafted subplot involves the Nun of Kent, a prophetess who curses Henry’s marriage to Queen Anne. As Erickson alludes in her author’s note, significant parts of the story are wholly invented. One of these, Jane’s affair with a handsome French glazier, isn’t exactly believable, either. Overall, this is a light diversion likely to appeal to fans of The Tudors. -- Johnson, Sarah (Reviewed 11-15-2011) (Booklist, vol 108, number 6, p28)
  • Known throughout history as the third wife of Henry VIII and the only one to give birth to his son, Edward, Jane Seymour begins as a servant to Queen Catherine, and later serves Queen Anne Boleyn. She observes Catherine being set aside and Anne's eventual fall from grace, and sees that nothing will stop Anne as she tries to get her way. In this historical romance, Anne Boleyn is a vicious caricature—conniving, manipulative, psychotic, and prone to wild rages, while Henry is consumed with his desire for a son. Heroine Jane doesn't seem to have much agency, which unfortunately makes her a dull protagonist. While Erickson's (The Last Wife of Henry VIII) prose is competent, there are dozens of more interesting Tudor historicals to attract readers' attention. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed September 26, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 39, p)
  • Having published The Last Wife of Henry VIII (among other works, both fiction and nonfiction, about female royalty), Erickson backtracks to tell the story of Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII, who married him somewhat reluctantly days after Anne Boleyn's unceremonious beheading and died giving birth to the male heir he so wanted. Erickson is loved by the historical fiction set; buy accordingly. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed May 1, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 8, p56)
  • Another "historical entertainment" from Erickson, in which the third wife of Henry VIII has her say. Queen Jane Seymour has been the focus of few Tudor historical novels, compared with her more flamboyant predecessor Anne Boleyn. In all likelihood, perhaps because Jane was the only wife to give Henry what he wanted (a male heir) and to die before Henry could tire of her, Jane is generally seen as too nice to capture readers' interest. Erickson debunks the lackluster truth by freely imagining some unhistorical escapades for the shy daughter of the politically astute Seymours. As maid of honor to Henry's first Queen, Catherine of Aragon, Jane serves her mistress faithfully, all the while Catherine is being maligned, discredited and ousted by Henry, who declares himself the head of the Church in England mainly to nullify his marriage. Jane hates her father for seducing her fiancé Will's sister, thereby alienating Will's family and jeopardizing the engagement. Seymour senior also beds his son Ned's wife Cat, causing Ned to banish Cat to a convent and disown his two sons, whom Jane takes under her protection. But Jane has her amoral, conniving side. She joins with Catherine's other ladies in mercilessly baiting Anne Boleyn, a newcomer to Court. While still being courted by Will, she has an unapologetic affair with Galyon, a French glazier who is repairing Anne Boleyn's windows. Informed by Ned of a poisoning attempt on Henry Fitzroy, King Henry's illegitimate son by Anne's sister Mary, Jane sanctimoniously tattles to the King, implicating both Anne and the now-exiled Catherine. After Anne has Galyon killed and Will announces plans to wed another, Jane resigns herself to spinsterhood but vows revenge against Anne, who has fallen into royal disfavor after the birth of Princess Elizabeth. Jane entices Henry by going with what she's good at: appearing to be gentle, unassuming and, above all, trustworthy. But as Erickson amply demonstrates, there is no trust among Tudors. A delectable serving of Tudor dish.(Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2011)
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10003993
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1943-
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Erickson, Carolly
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3605.R53
LC item number
F38 2011
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Jane Seymour
  • Queens
  • Great Britain
  • England
Target audience
adult
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a novel of Henry VIII's third wife
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The favored queen : a novel of Henry VIII's third wife, Carolly Erickson
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Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
295 pages
Isbn
9780312596903
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(hbk.)
Lccn
2011024757
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • 707969389
  • (OCoLC)707969389
Label
The favored queen : a novel of Henry VIII's third wife, Carolly Erickson
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
295 pages
Isbn
9780312596903
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2011024757
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 707969389
  • (OCoLC)707969389

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