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The King's Damsel (Secrets of the Tudor Court #5)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  265 ratings  ·  43 reviews
In the fifth novel in Kate Emerson's highly acclaimed Secrets of the Tudor Court series, a young gentlewoman catches King Henry the Eighth's roving eye.In 1533 and again in 1534, Henry the Eighth reportedly kept a mistress while he was married to Anne Boleyn. Now, that mistress comes to vivid life in Kate Emerson's The King's Damsel.
A real-life letter from Spanish Ambassad
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 7th 2012
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There were aspects that I really liked about this historical fiction book, but then there were aspects that weren't so great too. Overall, it was a nice book, but didn't really stand out from the crowd for me.

One thing that I really liked about the book was that it was realistic historically, but it didn't push the shock factor like most historical fiction does. I liked that it did talk about the less pleasant aspects of life in the 1500's but it was never coarse or over the top with the ick fac
Tamsin was just thirteen years old when she lost her father and brother. This was not a good time. To make matters worse, because Tamsin was not betrothed the matter was let with Sir Lionel Daggett. Sir Daggett is greedy. He wants it all. He insures that Tamsin is part of Princess Mary’s entourage. Mary soon becomes a favorite for her knack of being a story teller. Mary catches several men’s eyes. One being a merchant named Rafe Pinckney and the other King Henry.

The King’s Damsel is book five o
Andy Kornylo
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Tamsin Lodge is well aware of what loss feels like. She has lost her father and her brother within a very short time span. Due to this loss, she believes that all the lands her family owns – except for the third her step-mother was given as her father’s widow – now belong to her. But she gets a letter that says otherwise. A man named Sir Lionel Daggett has purchased her wardship from the king and is now in control
This book is extremely interesting! I finished it in 5 hours, could not put it down. Absolutely amazing. I loved Tamsin, such a cool lead character,very strong and clever. I loved Princess Mary and her portrayal, reminded much of the one shown on the tv show The Tudors. Tamsin is a young girl left as a court ward because of the sudden death of her father and older brother. She is forced into the service of Princess Mary Tutor, by her social climbing guardian. Tamsin finds a new home and friends ...more
Jul 24, 2012 Marie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Emerson always delights me with her Tudor Secrets novels.
Forced into servitude at court by the man who bought her guardianship, Tamsin Lodge must serve the young Princess Mary Tudor. Her guardian's plot to secure a a position with the king and better his financial status is not the only plot afoot, and even the young princess is not safe from the dealings throughout the kingdom. Her loyalty for her mistress, along with her life, will be tested as she enters the games being played by a cast which includes King Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn. In order to sav ...more
I absolutely love anything during the Tudor era, whether it's a fiction novel or the show The Tudors. So when I heard that this book was about a young girl who finds herself immersed in the Tudor world as Princess Mary Tudor's maid of honor, I knew I was going to enjoy it.

The book starts out when Tamsin is 13 years old and, after her father dies, is forced by her new guardian, an extremely gross man, to leave her home and everything she loves to serve as Princess Mary's maid of honor. At first
Vanessa Booke
The King’s Damsel is a rich story set during King Henry the Eighth’s reign. It follows the story of Tamsin a lady in waiting to Princess Mary. Tamsin is forced into the difficult choice of leaving behind Princess Mary and going to serve Ann Boleyn, King Henry’s new mistress, and the woman who created tension between Mary’s father and mother Catherine. The King’s Damsel was the first novel that I’ve read by Kate Emerson. I enjoyed the overall story and the drama that builds between the characters ...more
Vera Marie
Kate Emerson creates The King s Damsel, Tamsin, a fictional character set in the middle of very real people and happenings. Tamsin’s evil ward sends her off to work as a lady in waiting to the Princess Mary, and thus she gets an inside view of the court. When Tamsin asks a new friend at court about the rules for visiting her own family, she is concerned because they are far away from her home. She is told:

“Oh, we will not be here long. The princess will not remain in any one place for more than
Monica Williams
Fans of Phillipa Gregory will no doubt enjoy this entertaining series by Kate Emerson. This is #5 in her Secrets of the Tudor Court series. Orphaned heiress Thomasine(Tamsin) Lodge finds herself under the guardianship of the odious Sir Lionel Daggett. Tamsin becomes a maid of honor to Princess Mary, Henry VIII daughter. Tamsin grows fond of her mistress who treats her kindly and fairly. However, there is dissent as Anne Boleyn arrives and supplants Catherine of Aragon in Henry VIII affections. U ...more
Frishawn Rasheed
My Thoughts
It seems that all is lost for young Tamsin Lodge, when at 13 she loses both her father and brother, only to realize that she is now the ward of greedy social climber, Sir. Lionel Daggett. Wanting only to procure Tamsin's fortune for himself and make in roads with the royal court; Sir. Daggett secures a position for his young charge in the service of Princess Mary Tudor.
Thanks to her quick wit, sweet disposition, and way with stories; Tamsin finds herself in the prime position of "pri
I have not had the opportunity to read any of Ms. Emerson's previous Secrets of the Tudor Court series but from what I can glean she like to present the familiar of Tudor life with fictional characters tied to real life actions. There is certainly a library full of Tudor reading out there right now so trying to find a way to differentiate is, I'm sure, challenging. In the case of The King's Damsel a letter written by a Spanish envoy about Henry VIII's interest in one of Queen Anne Boleyn's ladie ...more
Tamsin Lodge's story begins in 1525 during her 13th year. She has lost both her dad & brother, and should be able to live a comfortable life with her stepmother. But then she learns that her guardianship has been bought. Everything she inherited along with herself is now under the control of Sir Lionel Daggett. Daggett sends Tamsin to be part of Princess Mary's household. Between Daggett, Mary Tudor & the attentions of Henry the VII she'll be lucky to survive life among the royals.

Diana Leigh
This is the fifth book in the Secrets of the Tudor Court series, but it can easily be read stand-alone. The main character is Tamsin Lodge, who is orphaned at 13 years old. Her guardianship is purchased by a slimy individual named Sir Lionel Daggett. Sir Lionel wants to worm his way into the Royal Court, and he tries to use young Tamsin to do so. Against her will, she is sent to be a maid of honor for Princess Mary, though Tamsin quickly becomes loyal to King Henry's daughter. Tamsin goes to gre ...more
Colleen Turner
Really 3.5. I reviewed this book for

After losing her father and brother in short succession in 1525, thirteen year old Thomasine “Tamsin” Lodge becomes the sole heir of the Lodge family fortune. Having no male relatives and being an underage woman in a time when being so means she had no rights to manage her own fortune until marriage or reaching her majority, she becomes ward to Sir Lionel Daggett. A cruel and manipulative man, Sir Lionel demands Tamsin leave behind every
Cynthia Mcarthur
The Tudor court during Henry VIII’s reign was a dangerous place to serve, as Thomasina (Tamsin) Lodge discovers when her father and brother die, leaving her a wealthy, underage heiress. She becomes the ward of the odious Sir Lionel, who sends her away from the only home she has ever known to serve the Princess Mary and to advance his own prospects at court. Though Tamsin has never lived amongst nobility, her gifts for storytelling and secret card playing soon make her a favorite with the Princes ...more
Christena Rulli
As an owner of all of Kate Emerson's books, her historical fiction never disappoints. Tamsin Lodge becomes a heiress after her brother and father's deaths. Believing she would be able to stay with her stepmother, her hopes are dashed when she becomes the ward of Sir Lionel Daggett who has his own plans for her. Believing she can further his prospects, Daggett procures for her a position as a maid of honor in Princess Mary's household. While in her service, she meets a silkwoman's son named Rake ...more
The King’s Damsel follows the story of Tamsin Lodge from the point of her losing her father and brother -through to her time in the Tudor court. It was refereshing to see Tamsin’s dedication to Princess Mary and all the work and personal sacrifces she made in the court in order to help Princess Mary, rather then to advance her self. It’s a fairly fast and easy read, I found the ending wrapped up pretty quickly and felt very rushed. I feel Emerson could have spent more time in the last few chapte ...more
An entertaining read! Although I have to say this one was my least favorite of Kate Emerson's Secrets of the Tudor Court novels. Kept me interested, but I felt nothing really good started happening until about 50 pages from the end. This story tells the tale of Tamsin, a young heiress placed in the household of princess Mary Tudor ( daughter of Henry VIII). Faced with a horrible choice, after years of faithful service to her beloved princess Tamsin must "change sides" and become a lady in waitin ...more
Kate Emerson the king’s damsel is an easy summer reading, the compelling story of a young girl forced into the court of Henry Tutor, is a delight to read. Tamsin’s innocent nature and loyalty are a rarity in the dynamic and ever changing world of Henry VIII. The story begins right at the dramatic point in history when Henry VIII is attempting to divorce his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Tamsin is a young girl left as a court ward because of the sudden death of her father and older brother. Sh ...more
Lea Wait
Kate Emerson takes her readers to the court of Henry VIII ... and into the life of a young woman who was there. An absolute must read for anyone who loves historical novels!
While I like this addition to Emerson's "Secrets of the Tudor Court" series, I found this offering a bit disjointed. There were many foci in the story, I really wish there was only one main focus or maybe a secondary one. With the way it is written, there are multiple storylines happening, and as one progresses into another, the previous ones are barely touched upon. For it to have been fully developed and engaging I feel it should have been longer, to give the full story it's proper due. It alm ...more
Tracy Morton
Tamsin is unexpectedly thrust into the young Princess Mary's household after the death of her father. She ends up very devoted to the young girl and proceeds to enter the court of the future Queen Anne to work on Princess Marys's behalf. Interesting, well written and well researched.
Three and a half stars. I wasn't all too thrilled with this book. It was way too stretched out and always seemed to be grasping for straws when trying to think of conflicts for the book. Not to mention that there were a lot of things in the novel that were often repeated, especially phrases and sayings. Which did get annoying once you realized how many times you had seen them. Tomasin was an annoying narrator and wasn't that perceptive of things or people around her which was just plan stupid. I ...more
The book title starting with "K" for the A-Z 2015 challenge.
It's tough to breathe new life into the Tudors, but Kate Emerson surely has in her new pageturner. Princess Mary comes across as a sympathetic character, although Anne Boleyn is her usual witch-y self. It's the main character, however, Tamsin Lodge, based on a real member of the Court, who shines as first one of Mary's, then Anne's, maids of honor, or damsels. Tamsin is totally believable as a young girl totally at the mercy of her betters, fierce in her loyalty to Princess Mary, no matter what.
Ashley W
I kind of liked this book. It was interesting and it chronicled the rise of Anne Boleyn through a fictional maid of Mary I. That being said, of course this wasn't a book for fans of Anne Boleyn, which I am, but despite that, I did like the main character, Tamsin Lodge. I also liked seeing things from Mary's household, because it is rare that I find a book sympathetic with Mary I and Catherine of Aragon about this subject.
Suzanne Schmidt
I really enjoyed this book. Told from the point of view of a maid of honor who lives to serve Princess Mary Tudor and in doing so becomes a maid of honor to Anne Bolyn and mistress to King Henry himself. One wonders if she will survive the world of court and her guardian. You find yourself rooting for this young girl hoping that she will live and find love. Highly recommended.
Sandra Saidak
A good read that kept my interested until the end. My only complaint is the heroine's failure to stand up to her evil guardian (and she had plenty of opportunities!) The ending felt a bit rushed, but that seems to be a constant in this genre.
I'm giving this a 4.5 rating, not just for this book for the entire series of 5 books! Great storytelling and weaving of romance into history. I learned a lot about the Tudor Court and its customs and intrigue, and of course, it's ladies.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 14, 2015 06:53AM  
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  • The Queen's Pleasure
  • The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr (Ladies in Waiting #2)
  • The Sumerton Women
  • The Queen's Captive (Thornleigh, #3)
  • Mistress of Mourning
  • In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, #6)
  • At the Mercy of the Queen
  • His Last Letter: Elizabeth I and the Earl of Leicester
  • Elizabeth, Captive Princess (Elizabeth Trilogy, #2)
  • The Virgin's Daughter ( A Tudor Legacy Novel)
Kate Emerson is a pseudonym used by Kathy Lynn Emerson, author of the Face Down Mysteries featuring Susanna Appleton, 16th century gentlewoman, herbalist, and sleuth, the award-winning How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries, and a wide assortment of other books.

She was born in Liberty, New York and recieved an A.B. from Bates College and an MA from Old Dominion University. She is a member of th
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Other Books in the Series

Secrets of the Tudor Court (6 books)
  • The Pleasure Palace (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #1)
  • Between Two Queens (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #2)
  • By Royal Decree (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #3)
  • At the King's Pleasure  (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #4 )
  • Royal Inheritance (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #6)
The Pleasure Palace (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #1) Between Two Queens (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #2) By Royal Decree (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #3) At the King's Pleasure  (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #4 ) Royal Inheritance (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #6)

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