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Secrets of the Tudor Court By D.L. Bogdan Darcey Bonnette,

  • Title: Secrets of the Tudor Court
  • Author: D.L. Bogdan Darcey Bonnette
  • ISBN: 9780758241993
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Paperback
  • When young Mary Howard receives the news that she will be leaving her home for the grand court of King Henry VIII, to attend his mistress Anne Boleyn, she is ecstatic Everything Anne touches seems to turn to gold, and Mary is certain Anne will one day become Queen But Mary has also seen the King s fickle nature and how easily he discards those who were once close to him.When young Mary Howard receives the news that she will be leaving her home for the grand court of King Henry VIII, to attend his mistress Anne Boleyn, she is ecstatic Everything Anne touches seems to turn to gold, and Mary is certain Anne will one day become Queen But Mary has also seen the King s fickle nature and how easily he discards those who were once close to him Discovering that she is a pawn in a carefully orchestrated plot devised by her father, the duke of Norfolk, Mary dare not disobey him Yet despite all of her efforts to please him, she too falls prey to his cold wrath Not until she becomes betrothed to Harry Fitzroy, the Duke of Richmond and son to King Henry VIII, does Mary finds the love and approval she s been seeking But just when Mary believes she is finally free of her father, the tides turn Now Mary must learn to play her part well in a dangerous chess game that could change her life and the course of history.
    Secrets of the Tudor Court When young Mary Howard receives the news that she will be leaving her home for the grand court of King Henry VIII to attend his mistress Anne Boleyn she is ecstatic Everything Anne touches seems to

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    1. I m beginning to see a pattern developing in the latest offerings in historical fiction similar to what I m accustomed to in romances you have the solid gritty novels with real historical detail and then there are the wall paper variety with a prettified historical setting and in my IMHO this book falls into the latter category Secrets is the story of Mary Howard, daughter of Thomas Howard the powerful Duke of Norfolk and wife to Henry VIII s illegitimate son Henry Fitzroy As a young girl Mary i [...]

    2. Divna knjiga, nezaboravna pri a o izdaji i izgubljenoj nevinosti Sudbina est supruga engleskog kralja Henrija VIII od kojih su neke zavr ile pod o tricom ma a Uzbudljiva povijesna pri a koja po inje dolaskom mlade Mary Howard na veli anstveni dvor kralja Henrija VIII kako bi bila dvorska dama njegove ljubavnice, Anne Boleyn.Mary je sigurna da e Anne jednoga dana postati kraljica Ali kralj je prevrtljive naravi i esto se surovo osveti onima za koje tvrdi da ih voliPratimo pri u Mary koja odrasta [...]

    3. I think my main problem with this book is that Mary, as imagined by Darcey Bonnette, is such a whiner Barely a page passes without her feeling nauseous with fear Her guts churn, her stomach aches, she vomits it s all about her and her belly aching literally and metaphorically So I have a recommendation for anyone about to head out on reading this book Rather than reading it for pleasure, use it as a drinking game Every time Mary mentions her stomach problems, take a shot of vodka Before too many [...]

    4. Free Kindle download.Even though I m a huge fan of Showtime s TV series The Tudors and have recently read Philippa Gregory s The Other Boleyn Girl the e book version but not in Kindle format, or I would have written a review , I really don t know anything about the main character in Secrets of the Tudor Court She is Lady Mary Howard, daughter of Thomas Howard, the third Duke of Norfolk, and cousin to Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII s second of six wives I m familiar with Norfolk, the hard and manip [...]

    5. I rather liked this book as a whole, though I wish there had been interactions between Mary and her brother, since an important part of the plot hinged on her role in his trial for treason I thought Bogdan actually did a good job of portraying Thomas Howard despite all of his flaws, which were shown in abundance here, I couldn t help but feel some sympathy for him There were times when the narrator s voice sounded too modern, as when she spoke of the need for closure, and some of the old canard [...]

    6. I just can t resist books where the author grabs a little known historical character and writes a story, within history, for her That s why I decided to pick this one up The main character here is Mary Howard, the daughter of the Duke of Norfolk As his nieces Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard she will also be a pawn in her father s plans to maintain his powerful position with the King.Unfortunately I didn t find Mary all that appealing as a character She was a bit too good to be true and she endu [...]

    7. An interesting insight into the court of Henry V111 and his six wives As such there isn t too much detail given to each of the wives, unlike other novelists who concentrate on one of the queens at any given time such as Gergory, for example Also, unlike Gregory et al, Bonnette examines the court in a much darker way, giving much detail about double dealings and the underhand way the courtiers behave in order to safeguard their survival.Narrated from the point of view of young Mary Howard, who ac [...]

    8. 3.75 If you are in the mood for some lite historical fiction and looking for a new character to read about, during the Tudor times, this will fit the bill Mary Howard, the daughter of King Henry VIII s Lord Treasurer, the evil Thomas Howard The Duke Of Norfolk is sent to court during the rise of Ann Boleyn We follow her years through 5 Queens and her marriage to Henry s illegitimate son Henry Fitzroy The author portrays the Duke of Norfolk as an abusive evil man and Mary being the daughter alway [...]

    9. Wow Far and away the most depressing book I ve read in awhile The plot is very simple the duke of Norfolk is cruel to the heroine, the heroine cries Over and over and over again If you like books about abuse and weepy characters, then this is the book for you Otherwise, avoid at all costs

    10. Review posted 6th August on a reader lives a thousand live Secrets of the Tudor Court follows the story of Mary Howard, a Howard girl eclipsed by those famous, such as Mary and Anne Bolyen, and Katherine Howard The story travels through from her father summoning her to court at 11, right through to her death during the reign of Queen Mary I, including her ill fated marriage to the illegitimate son of Henry VIII, Henry Fitzroy and her friendship with Catherine Parr and reformist beliefs.Link to [...]

    11. Originally published at Crickhollow BooksI wasn t expecting this one to be a literary masterpiece, but the subject, Mary Howard, got me interested in the book Mary Howard was the daughter of the notorious Duke of Norfolk and wife of Henry VIII s illegitimate son Henry Fitzroy She outlived Henry VIII s and all of his wives Now I don t know a lot about Mary Howard but there a lot of other historical inaccuracies I noticed in the book so I wouldn t take most of Bonnette s material on her as fact.Wh [...]

    12. I was interested in reading this book because Mary Howard s name is well known to Tudor fans but this was the first book that I ve found that tells her story As with all Tudor books, you have to consider that this is fact based fiction, meaning the author has added their own spin on events and things may not be totally accurate I can usually take these books at face value and just enjoy the story.History has not looked kindly on the Duke of Norfolk He is thought of as the ruthless monster who pu [...]

    13. This is a tricky one to rate On one hand, the writing was really good and very vidid definitely made me feel like I was right there On the other, there was something that really bothered me and bothered me enough that I can only give this book 3 stars.First, there is the theme of domestic violence and the victim s acceptance of said violence throughout out the story Mary s father beats and threatens both her and her mother repeatedly and brutally.Which leads me to second Mary s love for and idol [...]

    14. I wrote a review for Rivals in the Tudor Court and a lot of it ties in with this book I really think it should be read before this one even if they weren t published in that order.Something new for this review is that I love reading about different smaller characters in Tudor history In the genre, I would estimate half of the books are about Anne Boleyn I love seeing the supporting characters and extras get leading roles You don t hear too much about Mary Howard other than the fact she was marri [...]

    15. I liked this book better when it was called The Other Boleyn Girl.No, seriously The first part of it was nearly a rip off of TOBG, complete with the heroine feeling sorry for the poor Catherine of Aragon and hating her own family for, let s see, essentially behaving like every family depending on the king s favor would behave It got a little better afterwards, the main character Mary Howard, the wife of Henry VIII s illegitimate son Henry Fitzroy, and the daughter of Thomas Howard the duke of No [...]

    16. The Tudor Elizabethan eras are two of my favourite eras to study so therefore this book immediately appealed I couldn t stop reading even though it suffers from long chapters my personal pet hate with books I felt it was a good balance of drama and historical fiction and offers a different perspective on that era.The character of Mary is one where you remain sympathetic toward throughout Norfolk is the type of person you never wish to meet he s a proper villain This book develops the main charac [...]

    17. have recently finished reading Secrets of the Tudor Court by D.L Bogdan and I have to say that it fits my Tubor England mood well I have been really into this time period lately and I am fascinated by how the English lived and dealt with King Henry I also love reading about what life was like for women and the roles that they played The parts of this book that I found extremely interesting was the in depth look into the life long feud between the Howards and the Seymours It was a great story and [...]

    18. I really enjoyed this book When I wasn t reading it I found myself wanting to sneak a few pages in, which is always a good sign I don t know a whole lot about the Tudor dynasty past the movies and shows I ve seen, so I don t know how historically correct this story was, but I definitely would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the topic.

    19. Mehwritten from Mary Howard s perspective daughter of the Duke of Norfolk, widow of Henry Fitzpatrick Supposedly she was next in line to woo the king, too bad he died first Another story of how women in the Tudor court were property to be bartered with Kinda sad Duke of Norfolk sounds like one bad mamma jamma.

    20. Secrets of the Tudor Court Tudor Court series had me breathless clever dialogue, captivating characters, fast paced pulling the reader along, rich and exciting This one is a winner, I can t wait to read the second book, Rivals in the Tudor Court.

    21. I ve read enough Tudor era historical fiction that it s all blended together While the read was enjoyable enough, I found absolutely nothing in this one to set it apart Totally unobjectionable Which iswellunobjectionable I guess Damning with faint praise, huh

    22. I really enjoyed this book I really felt Bess s heartache at being separated from Will It s hard to imagine in this day and age the Crown telling you your marriage was illegal and then suddenly becoming legal again with a change of monarch.

    23. BahI yield I can handle books that are light on plot if it has a well written story and engaging characters This book, in my opinion, has neither.

    24. A truly amazing read Where to start This book was beautifully written, I found myself living the world of the Tudor court alongside Mary My heart breaking with hers and preying she finds the happiness she deserved Living her fear and heartbreaks alongside her in this greatly written book The way Darcey Bonnette brought the characters to life was amazing The historical beauty of Royal Court, The terrifying reign of King Henry VIII, the demise of his queens and close companions all brought to life [...]

    25. Another book that came to me via someone else that I might not have picked up otherwise, the cover suggesting, to me, a romance led book I love the Tudors, and I thought this account of a highborn woman on the fringes of the inner court was an interesting take, and certainly showed well just how the court functioned, was manipulated and controlled by various competing characters, and how the axe, noose, or much worse, was never far away, for men or women A good read.

    26. 4.5 STARS This is another great read to add to your Tudor fiction library It is full of the Tudor speculation and gossip that Tudor fans have come to enjoy and love, but this is not told in an over the top fashion It is fast paced and intriguing, as the Tudor courts and the events of the demise of Henry VIII s wives are merely a backdrop for Mary Howard s story Although an avid fan of Tudor history, this particular story is new to me, as I have never registered the fact that the shrewd and cunni [...]

    27. Secrets of the Tudor Court is told from the perspective of Mary Howard, a marginal but well connected woman in Tudor England Mary was not only the daughter of Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk, married to Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond, was in service as a lady in waiting to five of Henry VIII s queens Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, Catherine Parr , but was cousin to Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard and daughter in law to none other than the King himself It is her fat [...]

    28. I really wish they let us give half star ratings, because I would give this three and a half if I could I have mixed feelings about it On the one hand, it does a pretty good job of telling the story of Mary Howard, a relatively minor figure in the Tudor court, but one who was connected to the powerful Howard family and a witness to many of the important events that happened there Not thankfully having been in an abusive relationship myself, I don t know how accurate the dynamics of her relations [...]

    29. squeals like a little girl I LOVED this book Period I have a rooted place in my heart for historical fictions and anything to do with the Tudor Court or the Boleyn s They have always been my favorite, so as you can assume, I am very picky in regards to historical accuracy This books was so amazing that I overlooked the historical discrepancies in this book whole heartedly The only negative thing I have to say is that The Duke of Suffolk should have been talked about seeing as he was King Henry [...]

    30. I wasn t sure what I was expecting from this book I feared that it might be an Americanized version of British history ugh but actually it was an engaging look at a forgotten character of British history Mary Howard, daughter of the infamous Duke of Norfolk, married although never consummated the marriage Henry Fitzroy, the illegitimate son of Henry VIII This story spans the period from the rise of Anne Boleyn to the death of Henry VIII so it s quite a sweep of history but it s very well explain [...]

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