Secrets of the Tudor Court: By Royal Decree
AS TEMPESTUOUS AS THE TUDOR MONARCHS THEMSELVES, THE SECRETS OF THE TUDOR COURT SERIES HAS BEEN CALLED “RIVETING” (BOOKLIST) AND “WELL DRAWN” (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY). Charming. Desirable. Forbidden. Brought to court with other eligible young noblewomen by the decree of King Henry VIII, lovely... show more
AS TEMPESTUOUS AS THE TUDOR MONARCHS THEMSELVES, THE SECRETS OF THE TUDOR COURT SERIES HAS BEEN CALLED “RIVETING” (BOOKLIST) AND “WELL DRAWN” (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY). Charming. Desirable. Forbidden. Brought to court with other eligible young noblewomen by the decree of King Henry VIII, lovely Elizabeth “Bess” Brooke realizes for the first time that beauty can be hazardous. Although Bess has no desire to wed the aging king, she and her family would have little choice if Henry’s eye were to fall on her. And other dangers exist as well, for Bess has caught the interest of dashing courtier Will Parr. Bess finds Will’s kisses as sweet as honey, but marriage between them may be impossible. Will is a divorced man, and remarriage is still prohibited. Bess and Will must hope that the king can be persuaded to issue a royal decree allowing Will to marry again . . . but to achieve their goal, the lovers will need royal favor. Amid the swirling alliances of royalty and nobles, Bess and Will perform a dangerous dance of palace intrigue and pulse-pounding passions. Brought to glowing life by the talented Kate Emerson, and seen through the eyes of a beautiful young noblewoman, By Royal Decree illuminates the lives of beautiful young courtiers in and out of the rich and compelling drama of the Tudor court.
Publish date: December 14th 2010
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
Series: Secrets of the Tudor Court (#3)
By Royal Decree is the third installment in Kate Emerson’s series, The Secrets of the Tudor Court. This series is unique is that each novel is narrated by an actual but marginal woman within the Tudor Court. I truly enjoy Emerson’s use of this innovative and fresh point of view and at the same tim...
Great historical details of the Tudor court, but aside from the historical aspects, I found little to enjoy in this book. The heroine was whiny and petulant, and her voice as a narrator was grating and made the book harder to tolerate.
Not a bad book by any means, but Bess and Will's story has the potential for so much more. Full review here, http://misfitandmom.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/by-royal-decree-kate-emerson/