The May Bride

The May Bride

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I didn't stand a chance: looking back over thirteen years, that's what I see. In the very first instant, I was won over, and of course I was: I was fifteen and had been nowhere and done nothing, whereas Katherine was twenty-one and yellow-silk-clad and just married to the golden boy...

Jane Seymour is a shy, dutiful fifteen-year-old when her eldest brother, Edward, brings his bride home to Wolf Hall. Katherine Filliol is the perfect match for Edward, as well as being a breath of fresh air for the Seymour family, and Jane is captivated by the older girl. Over the course of a long, hot country summer, the two become close friends and allies, while Edward is busy building alliances at court and advancing his career.

However, only two years later, the family is torn apart by a dreadful allegation made by Edward against his wife. The repercussions for all the Seymours are incalculable, not least for Katherine herself. When Jane is sent away, to serve Katharine of Aragon, she is forced to witness another wife being put aside, with terrible consequences. Changed forever by what happened to Katherine Filliol, Jane comes to understand that in a world where power is held entirely by men, there is a way in which she can still hold true to herself.
Publisher: London : Little, Brown, 2014.
ISBN: 9781408704684
1408704684
Characteristics: 308 p.

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mackie93
May 14, 2017

I was really looking forward to reading this book given the description online and on the back cover. The synopsis is the story is supposed to tie in Jane Seymour's early life before coming to court and seeing the downfall of Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn (and how this was similar to her sister in law). There was really no connection at all, the majority of the book dragged on and on with no real action, building up to this climax that never really happened. The writing was beautiful and intellectual but the story was just so disappointing. When we could actually see a potential connection between Anne, Katherine, and the sister in law Katherine, the author just completely brushes over this and it's never acknowledged.

ChristchurchLib Dec 16, 2014

"Twice my life has turned on the step of a girl through a doorway," explains Jane Seymour, Henry VIII's future third wife. At 15, Jane experienced firsthand the scandal that arose when her brother Edward brought home his new bride, only to banish her to a convent amid allegations of infidelity. Later, sent to the royal court as a maid of honor to Catherine of Aragon, Jane again witnesses a once-beloved wife cast aside - this time, in favor of another woman, and in a manner that foreshadows Jane's own fate. For more fictional depictions of the scandals and intrigues of the Tudor court, try Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall trilogy; for about Jane Seymour, check out Carolly Erickson's The Favored Queen. Historical Fiction newsletter December 2014.

ChristchurchLib Dec 16, 2014

"Twice my life has turned on the step of a girl through a doorway," explains Jane Seymour, Henry VIII's future third wife. At 15, Jane experienced firsthand the scandal that arose when her brother Edward brought home his new bride, only to banish her to a convent amid allegations of infidelity. Later, sent to the royal court as a maid of honor to Catherine of Aragon, Jane again witnesses a once-beloved wife cast aside - this time, in favor of another woman, and in a manner that foreshadows Jane's own fate. For more fictional depictions of the scandals and intrigues of the Tudor court, try Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall trilogy; for about Jane Seymour, check out Carolly Erickson's The Favored Queen. Historical Fiction newsletter December 2014.

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genepy
Dec 15, 2014

Only the last part of the book is dedicated to the Tudor history. A very slow pace with weak characters . Mrs Dunn does not do justice to Jane Seymour's intelligence and personality.

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