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Murder Most Royal (Tudor Saga #5)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,144 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
At the decadent French court of King Francois, the young Anne Boleyn grows into an enigmatic and striking woman, a temptation to many courtiers. But whilst Anne's ambitions are high, she has learned from her sister's unfortunate reputation. Unlike Mary, Anne refuses to become even a King's mistress.

So when Anne returns to the English court of Henry VIII, it is the King who
Paperback, 646 pages
Published October 5th 2006 by Arrow Books (first published 1949)
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This was the book that got me interested in the Tudors was back in the early 90s. Who knows what Twilight-esque literary phenoms were raging through my high school at the time, but I was gobbling up Plaidy by the armful.

I have no idea if I would like this book now - as I've found Plaidy to be a bit dry in recent years - but this book had me turning the pages frantically to find out what happened to both Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. So I'll simply keep it on the memory shelf where so many bo
Ashley W
Everyone knows the story of Henry VIII and his six wives whether from USA to Australia. That being said, Murder Most Royal doesn't add any new information, but was pretty entertaining all the same. The novel mostly focused on wives two (Anne Boleyn) and five (Catherine Howard), the two queens with two connections. One being that they are cousins, the other that they are beheaded...murdered, as the title suggests by the man they both called husband.

Anne goes from precocious seven-year-old, leavin
Kelly A.
It’s hard to believe that this is a piece of history. We get personal, yet fictionalized looks into the lives of two of England’s most infamous queens. The first chapter begins around the year 1510, with Anne as a seven-year-old girl, and ends in 1542, after the execution of her younger cousin Katherine (NOT a spoiler, I think the title gives away enough). What follows in between is such an interesting, engaging story, so wild it almost seems made up.

One thing I ask of you, please don’t base you
Jinny (Lost-At-Sea Book Reviews)
More books about the Tudors! Although to be fair, this one was written in 1949 so I wouldn’t say it’s a part of the current Tudor craze. As usual with such historical novels, though it says it is a part of a series, you can most certainly read them in any order you like.

Murder Most Royal takes place during the reign of Henry VIII and it focuses on two of his wives: Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, who were cousins of one another. As per usual, if you have an understanding of history, than the p
Portia Costa
Jan 05, 2016 Portia Costa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I read this book years and years ago, probably when I was in my teens, so I'd forgotten almost everything about it... and forgotten how good it is.

The style is a bit oldfashioned, but nevertheless it's a real page turner. Although we can't know for certain how the characters really thought and felt, Jean Plaidy does a fantastic job of making Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard believable. She creates sympathy for the women, without making them saints, and paints a particularly vivid por
Helene Harrison
Review - I didn't like this one as much as The King's Great Matter because I felt that the story was far too abbreviated and there wasn't enough detail in either story. It would have been better to look at Anne Boleyn's story in one book and Katherine Howard's in another, so that their stories could be fully explored and explained. I felt this was a major flaw, but that what was written was well written and interesting, if abbreviated. I thought that neither character came across as entirely 3D ...more
Jun 26, 2013 Cintia rated it liked it
No me atreví a darle más estrellas simplemente porque este es mi primer libro de Jean Plaidy. En realidad, es el primero de ficción histórica que leo, por lo tanto no tengo ninguna obra con la cual compararla. Sé que no es la mejor opción leer el quinto volumen de una saga sin haber leído ninguno de los anteriores, pero el interés por este episodio de la historia inglesa pudo más. Es increíble que una mujer que fue tan interesante y admirada en su tiempo, lo siga siendo hoy, ¿no es así? ¿No es a ...more
June Louise
"His great weakness had its roots in his conscience. He was what men called a religious man, which in his case meant he was a superstitious man. There was never a man less Christian; there was never one who made a greater show of piety. He was cruel; he was brutal; he was pitiless. This was his creed. He was an egoist, a megalomaniac; he saw himself not only as the centre of England but of the world. In his own opinion, everything he did was right; he only needed time to see it in its right pers ...more
Michelle Robinson
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.

I felt that it was well researched and seemed more accurate according to what researchers seem to have to say about this particular period in history.

I found that hearing the voice of Anne Boelynne helped me to connect with her, as a person, as I never have before. I felt that I had a much better understanding of who she might have been and of her motivations. I still cannot say that I really liked her but I had to admire her courage and the way she faced her deat
Nov 23, 2009 Tania rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 01, 2009 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if it's because I've almost practically exhausted the Tudor historical fiction genre, or if this book just was not written as well as it could have been, but it seemed very bland to me.
There was a LOT more intrigue and scandal in that time period, I'm sure, but she tends to skip over a lot. The majority of the book is spent on Anne Boleyn, which I understand since she was around longer. However, it takes a lot away from the character of Catherine Howard, leaving her a little empty.
Donna Mcaleavy Ⓥ
Reading this book straight after jean plaidys, Katherine of Aragon trilogy it was a nice continuation I liked the switch between anne boleyn and Katherine Howard although I felt at the end Katherine's reign as queen was quite rushed and the book could of done with being longer, some historical what ifs where definitely evident but I think sometimes that's a must in historical fiction to make a good story, I did however find the constant proclamation of Anne Boleyns beauty a bit annoying Jean pla ...more
Hannah Sloane
This book not my favorite Tudor book, but still worth reading. I found it interesting that the author chose to tell the stories of Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard together. I learned a lot about their family connections. Overall, I think it was a good read.
Fusty Luggs
Jan 19, 2015 Fusty Luggs rated it it was amazing
Read it in two helpings over a weekend. I'm very greedy with books I enjoy. And enjoy it I did.
Debbie Cartwright
Had to force myself to put down to do other things
Aug 01, 2014 Noémy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Going into this book, I had completely forgotten that the storyline would actually be about both Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard who, apart from being cousins, met the same tragic and horrifying death at the hands of their husbands, only six years apart.

I've confessed to my undying love for Anne Boleyn but I admit to never have cared much for poor Catherine Howard. Her chapters weren't the most interesting simply because most of her story accounted here was happening at Lambeth when she was jus
This is the second book by Jean Plaidy I read, and I enjoyed it just as much as I did with the first, "The Lady in the Tower".

The main characters are Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, who were possibly the most tragic of Henry VIII's wives. They had very different personalities, but also much in common: they were cousins, both captivating women with a great charm, and of course they were both married to Henry VIII - and were both executed by him. Plaidy interweaves their stories, showing their s
Jane Blake
Dec 03, 2013 Jane Blake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Murder Most Royal relata los primeros años de vida y juventud de Anna Bolena y Catalina Howard, escrita con narración omnipresente retrata la mayoría de las situaciones y pensamientos de los diversos personajes.

Hablando de la construcción de personajes es todo lo que me imaginaba de una figura de la talla de Jean Plaidy. El rey Enrique, un personaje real que es capaz de ser transmitido como el autentico monstruo que buscaba placer
Lisa Wilson
I absolutely adore Tudor historical fiction, but this book nearly killed me! The writing did not sustain my attention AT ALL! In fact, it seemed to drone on and on without lending any fresh perspective. The fact that it was written from the third person omniscient point of view was disturbing because it made for very abrupt shifts in the linear progression of the story and also left the reader on the outside looking in. I think that readers invest more in a novel when they connect with a specifi ...more
Jan 10, 2013 Joy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is absolutly the worst book I've read about Anne Boleyn and the other wives of Henry VIII. I realy struggled with it.

First there's the language. The old English makes it hard to read and makes it boring.

Second there's the ever changing storyline. There's Anne, Catharine Howard, Henry, Jane, Old Duchess of Norfolk, Mary Boleyn... Especially the parts of Catharine Howard and the Old Duchess bored me. Sometimes I couldn't bothered to finish those parts. But I do have to tell, I've never had
In line with Plaidy's other novels, this one is a sweeping fictional history about Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. In my opinion, however, Henry VIII is truly the central character.. though he is hardly likeable so one cannot call him the protagonist. This novel is really about all of Henry's first 5 wives.

What kept me from loving this novel was merely my over-exposure to the Tudor era. I think I've oversaturated myself with Tudor-era novels, especially those centering around Anne Boleyn so I
Apr 16, 2010 Karissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It starts off slow, with a lot of politics. The stories of Anne's childhood are not rooted in fact, but make the leading up to her meeting with Henry have some flow and consistancey. The book flitters back and forth between the minds of every character mentioned, which was sometimes interesting, and other times very boring.
I like how the author portrayed Anne and the love between Henry and Anne. I especially loved how she deleved into the mind of Henry after Anne's death and showed how much he
Kemi looves 2 read
Apr 29, 2014 Kemi looves 2 read rated it it was ok
Methinks I will stick to Phillipa Gregory as I seem to enjoy her style of writing. Jean Plaidy, I found to be a tad heavy on prose and full of old fashioned writing. However this book does tell you quite a lot about both the cousins who wed the king - Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard.
This was a very weird perspective to the stories of Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard. It's told in such a way to connect both women, whether or not there was actually a connection (besides the familial connection). It just wasn't as interesting as some of the other works from Plaidy.
I love Jean Plaidy and I really enjoyed a number of books of the 'Tudor Saga'. My problem is (by the time I read this one) I have already read the complete account of both central characters here in two other books of the series.
Inez Hardie
Dec 22, 2015 Inez Hardie rated it liked it
Enjoyed this book as it gave a new insight into both Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. Felt that Catherine Howard was ill-used by her relatives, who should have taken greater care of her as young girl.
Apr 01, 2011 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting approach to the story of the Tudors. By juxtaposing the lives of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, Plaidy puts their stories in a different perspective from what is usually presented. She also weaves in the stories of Wolsey, Cromwell, Smeaton, and others who were victims of Henry VIII's violent reign. The characters seemed more developed here than in some of Plaidy's other books, and the story moved quickly. The book helps the reader to see that the lives of these people ...more
This installment wasn't as interesting as the Katherine of Aragon novel that preceded it but I did prefer it over the first of the series. Most of the book took place during Anne Boleyn's reign as Queen with little snippets here and there of Catherine Howard's life. Howard's time as Queen, however, was highly glossed over to the point where I don't know why Plaidy included her in this book. Overall, this novel wasn't too terrible but I found myself really wanting to very quickly finish it and mo ...more
Melissa M
Dec 17, 2015 Melissa M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read!
Jane Hodgkinson
Just as good as Philippa Gregory's books. Would probably give a 3 1/2 rating. Enjoyed this read.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 12, 2015 10:39AM  
  • King's Fool: A Notorious King, His Six Wives, and the One Man Who Knew All Their Secrets
  • A Lady Raised High: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
  • The Concubine
  • The Fifth Queen
  • Dear Heart, How Like You This?
  • The Queen's Rival (In the Court of Henry VIII, #3)
  • At the King's Pleasure  (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #4 )
  • Jane Boleyn: The True Story of the Infamous Lady Rochford
  • Young Bess (Elizabeth Trilogy, #1)
  • Anne Boleyn: Henry VIII's Obsession
  • Secrets of the Tudor Court
  • The Queen of Subtleties: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
  • Vengeance Is Mine: A Novel Of Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard, And Lady Rochford  The Woman Who Helped Destroy Them Both
  • The Wild Irish
Eleanor Alice Burford, Mrs. George Percival Hibbert was a British author of about 200 historical novels, most of them under the pen name Jean Plaidy which had sold 14 million copies by the time of her death. She chose to use various names because of the differences in subject matter between her books; the best-known, apart from Plaidy, are Victoria Holt (56 million) and Philippa Carr (3 million). ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Tudor Saga (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • To Hold the Crown (Tudor Saga #1)
  • Katharine, the Virgin Widow (Tudor Saga, #2)
  • The Shadow of the Pomegranate (Tudor Saga, #3)
  • The King's Secret Matter (Tudor Saga, #4)
  • The King's Confidante (Tudor Saga, #6)
  • The Sixth Wife (Tudor Saga, #7)
  • The Thistle and the Rose (Tudor Saga, #8)
  • Mary, Queen of France (Tudor Saga, #9)
  • The Spanish Bridegroom (Tudor Saga, #10)
  • Gay Lord Robert (Tudor Saga, #11)

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