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Reluctant Queen: Tudor Historical Novel About Mary Rose Tudor, the Defiant… (udgave 2014)

af Geraldine Evans

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RELUCTANT QUEEN: A TUDOR HISTORICAL NOVELOne NOT about any of the six wives! Henry had plenty of other relatives, most of whom, given his short-lived dynasty and shaky right to the crown, the always insecure Henry had executed throughout his reign in order to secure his throne.'A very readable account of a fascinating woman who dared to stand up to Henry VIII and survived. It is thoroughly researched, admirably written and the author's love of the Tudor period shines through.'REVIEW FROM HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEWCan you imagine what it must be like to be the little sister of infamous English king, Henry VIII? Remember, this is the king who went on to have six wives, two of whom he had beheaded.And although the teenage Mary Rose is his favourite sister (he even named his famous ship after her), his shifting alliances and ruthless desire to have his own way, made him push the young and lovely Mary into a hateful state marriage with the ailing and ancient King Louis XII of France.But, a reluctant Mary Rose, as strong-willed as Henry and passionately in love, for the first time, with champion of the lists Charles Brandon, doesn't give in easily. Before agreeing to the match, after a relentless campaign to get her to say yes, by her loving brother, Mary Rose extracts a promise from Henry. A promise she is determined he will keep.At the French court, Mary Rose is pursued by the witty, charming, but debauched Francis, Louis's heir, who, even at the young age of twenty, is a practised seducer.Between the awful conjugal embraces of her sickly old husband and the persistent and unwanted attentions from Francis, Mary is in a desperately unhappy situation.But then, her ailing husband dies, and the lusty Francis is elevated to the French throne and absolute power.Mary Rose thought her situation BEFORE her husband's death was difficult, but then she hears rumours of her kingly brother's plans for her future. And they do not include keeping the promise he made to her.Trapped in an impossible situation, caught between a lustful Francis and the ruthless self-interest of her older brother, the spirited Mary Rose makes a fateful decision aware, even as she does so, that she is taking her very life in her hands.… (mere)
Medlem:GeraldineEvans
Titel:Reluctant Queen: Tudor Historical Novel About Mary Rose Tudor, the Defiant Little Sister of King Henry VIII
Forfattere:Geraldine Evans
Info:Solo Books (2014), Edition: 5, Kindle Edition, 486 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:biographical historical novel, renaissance, tudors, tudor siblings, henry viii, coming of age, women's fiction

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Reluctant Queen: Tudor Historical Novel About Mary Rose Tudor, the Defiant Little Sister of King Henry VIII af Geraldine Evans

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This was a book I started reading months ago, & greatly enjoyed reading it, as I do any book remotely related to the Tudors. I'm not really sure why it took me most of six months to finish, other than other things always ended up my way.

As such, since it took me so long to finish, my overall thoughts on the book are a little hazy. It was well written, written at a nice pace, and shared the story nicely. ( )
  anastaciaknits | Oct 29, 2016 |
The Reluctant Queen by Geraldine Evans gave me a fascinating glimpse into the Tudors, from Mary Tudor's prospective. The dynamics of power during this tumultuous time In England's history is accentuated by Mary's actions. ( )
  UMAMH12 | Oct 18, 2014 |
I knew little of the Tudors when I began reading this book. Although it is a historical fiction, it captures what Mary must have been thinking throughout her life accounts. I covers her life and lives of others between the ages of 18 and 37 years of age. I could not put this book down. It is an excellent story for anyone, teen or adult, and reminds us that passionate 18 year olds have been around forever. The author is an excellent writer. ( )
  chutchi | Oct 6, 2014 |
I really enjoyed this book. I think the writing style could use a little polish but that's just nit-picking really. This was an exciting telling of Mary Tudor and her struggle to just have a happy life away from courtly intrigued. First she is shipped off to France to marry the elderly King Louis who is kind to her but soon dies. She has to fend off the unwanted attention of his step-son because she loves another. When she gets wind that her brother, King Henry, might be plotting another royal match she convinces her love to marry her. Eventually she wins Henry's forgiveness for defying him but her life is far from peaceful. She just wants to have a family and be happy without court politics but her husband and her brother seem determined to drag her into it.
Mary is a remarkably resilient and free-spirited character who loves her family madly but keeps her principals even in the face of her brothers infidelities and betrayals, her husbands ambitions and her willful daughter. One of the best Mary Tudor books that I have read. ( )
  arhoads29 | Aug 25, 2014 |
It is interesting to get a different view of Henry VIII and his first two queens. As his sister, her story revolves around him. The historical notes remind us of how closely Mary Rose is related to the main players of her time and the next generation.

I received this book through LT Member Giveaway ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Aug 19, 2014 |
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RELUCTANT QUEEN: A TUDOR HISTORICAL NOVELOne NOT about any of the six wives! Henry had plenty of other relatives, most of whom, given his short-lived dynasty and shaky right to the crown, the always insecure Henry had executed throughout his reign in order to secure his throne.'A very readable account of a fascinating woman who dared to stand up to Henry VIII and survived. It is thoroughly researched, admirably written and the author's love of the Tudor period shines through.'REVIEW FROM HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEWCan you imagine what it must be like to be the little sister of infamous English king, Henry VIII? Remember, this is the king who went on to have six wives, two of whom he had beheaded.And although the teenage Mary Rose is his favourite sister (he even named his famous ship after her), his shifting alliances and ruthless desire to have his own way, made him push the young and lovely Mary into a hateful state marriage with the ailing and ancient King Louis XII of France.But, a reluctant Mary Rose, as strong-willed as Henry and passionately in love, for the first time, with champion of the lists Charles Brandon, doesn't give in easily. Before agreeing to the match, after a relentless campaign to get her to say yes, by her loving brother, Mary Rose extracts a promise from Henry. A promise she is determined he will keep.At the French court, Mary Rose is pursued by the witty, charming, but debauched Francis, Louis's heir, who, even at the young age of twenty, is a practised seducer.Between the awful conjugal embraces of her sickly old husband and the persistent and unwanted attentions from Francis, Mary is in a desperately unhappy situation.But then, her ailing husband dies, and the lusty Francis is elevated to the French throne and absolute power.Mary Rose thought her situation BEFORE her husband's death was difficult, but then she hears rumours of her kingly brother's plans for her future. And they do not include keeping the promise he made to her.Trapped in an impossible situation, caught between a lustful Francis and the ruthless self-interest of her older brother, the spirited Mary Rose makes a fateful decision aware, even as she does so, that she is taking her very life in her hands.

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