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Matilda's Secret (A Girl For All Time)

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Read the thrilling adventure of thirteen-year old Matilda Marchmont as she is drawn into a glittering world of intrigue, intense friendship and mortal danger in the court of Henry VIII which takes her from Hampton Court Palace to the Bloody Tower itself.
Paperback, 180 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Daughters of History Ltd (first published October 1st 2010)
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This book is written in the form of a diary kept by the main character, thirteen-year-old Matilda, who is the fictional cousin of Katherine Howard. Matilda's family is poor, even though they are related to nobility and have a big house and servants. Katherine's uncle, the Duke of Norfolk, offers to help the family out financially if Matilda's parents send one of their daughters to court. Matilda is chosen because she is able to be quiet and observant. Uncle Norfolk wants her to be a friend to ...more
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Nov 25, 2016 Charlie Fenton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a children's book it was surprisingly accurate, although some of the terms (I remember the word piss being used several times) and the gory detail (near the end Matilda hears two guards talking about what will happen to Culpepper and Dereham and they go into quite a bit of detail about being hung, drawn and quartered) make it feel more adult. Can't really place an age range for this, will rate it as I would a young adult book, but it was enjoyable to read even as an adult.
Nov 01, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was such a dark book and I wasn't expecting the enjoy it so much. I really did like this, I liked how it was written and I love the historical facts provided as well. I do think it was off with Katherine Howard's age (according to Wikipedia) but I may have just been confused. Either way that did not take any enjoyment away.
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