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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Kathryn In the Court of Six Queens, 454 pages of pure pleasure!

This novel is one for those who has a passion for any thing Tudors must read. It is one of the most sought after paperback of the 80s and there is a good reason why. Kathryn is a woman who has spent most of her life in the court of King Henry VIII being lady in waiting to all of his queens. In the mean time harboring secret love for the King's enemy John De gael of Windsgeat.Most of all the historical characters from the Tudor era are included in this fascinating tale. There are several fictional characters in the book such as Jaquetta who is a mistress of Henry and also Kathryn's best friend. There are cat fights between Anne and Kathryn as well as with Cathrine Howard. Kathryn's reaction to Anne of Cleeves will make you roar with laughter.When Henry takes Cathrine Parr as his final wife Kathryn is at court once again in time to save her from the fate of the wives before her. When Henry finally passes on she is married to her beloved John and delivers their son the heir of Windsgeat. If you enjoy the series The Tudors then this book is for you. it is simply a pleasure to read.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

If I could Go back In time........

If I could live back in the Tudor era I would have loved to be Kathryn Chase from the book Kathryn in the Court of six Queens.Kathryn has a chance to meet all six of Henry VIII's queens and be the cousin of two Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. But I would like to have had knowledge of what the future held for all the of the characters in the book. I could befriend the King and share with him how his reign has inspired many books and movie's and even a television series. I am sure he would have loved that little bit of news.

Through Kathryn's eyes I could see what exactly he looked like compared to the paintings today and hopefully he will look like this.......>

Perhaps I could let him know how his daughter Elizabeth changed the course of England's history with her reign. I would have warned Anne of the fate that lied before her. Then assured her that her daughter would one day be queen and make her and Henry proud. I would let Kathrine of Aragon know that her daughter Mary was also Queen of England and was not forgotten in the line of succession. I could have helped Henry's doctors save Jane Seymour and maybe she would have survived to live and reign with Henry for the rest of her days. Then Henry could have been spared the task of taking three other wives and beheading his youngest Catherine Howard. Anne of Cleeves could have been spared The rude remarks that were thrown at her when she arrived in England.Cathrine Parr could have married Thomas Seymour, and live happily ever after. Then I would come back and set the record straight with the media.

Thanks to Annie from Reading, Writing and Ranting For posting this Challenge I had a lot of fun with this.
Sunday, July 27, 2008

A New Royal Series for Young Girls

A new series for young girls has been released in the style of Royal Diaries.
the name of the series is Beneath the Crown and will highlight a Royal child in each book.
So far there are 3 book that have been released
The Last Duchess tells the story of Anastasia through the eyes of a friend named Dunia.Dunia’s life has been one of hardship . . . then she meets Rasputin, and through him, the Tsar of Russia. Dunia becomes a close friend of the Grand-duchess Anastasia. It seems that fortune is finally smiling on Dunia . . . until the dark clouds of revolution begin to loom over Russia.

The Princess In the tower tells the story of
Marie Thèrése the Daughter of Marie Antoinette.Mousseline to her family — spent her early childhood surrounded by family and servants, at the glittering palace of Versailles. But then came the French Revolution, and imprisonment in the Tower of the Temple. Her father is sent to the guillotine, then her mother is taken away . . . When, Mousseline wonders, will the executioner come for her?

The third on in the series seems to be a reissue of a book But was picked up to be part of the series as well this one tells the Story of Lady Jane grey and her fate as England's nine day queen. The true story of Lady Jane Grey who, at sixteen, ruled as Queen of England for nine days before being accused of treason. After the death of her cousin, Edward, Lady Jane Grey is forced to accept the crown of England. But her reign lasts only nine days as Edward?s eldest sister, Mary, challenges Jane for the throne. Jane is locked in the Tower of London, where she awaits her execution. The Nine Days Queen is the true story of a bright and intelligent young woman who was manipulated and betrayed …
This looks like it will be a wonderful series to introduce to any young girl in your life. So far they are only being offered through schools in Canada through Scholastic for book fairs and book orders. They do offer them on Amazon so if your interested check there. This is definitely a series I am going to be watching out for and collecting.