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My Lady Viper (Tales From the Tudor Court #1)

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May, 1536. The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen.

When Anne Boleyn falls to the executioner's axe on a cold spring morning, yet another Anne vows she will survive in the snakepit court of Henry VIII. But at what cost?

Lady Anne Seymour knows her family hangs by a thread. If her sister-in-law Jane Seymour cannot give the King a son, she will be executed or set aside, and he
Published October 1st 2013 by Knight Media, LLC (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jenny Q
Mar 06, 2014 Jenny Q added it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I've been wanting to try one of this author's historical romances for a long time, so I jumped at the chance to check out her first historical fiction offering, but I'm sorry to say that it didn't send me. I gave up after about 150 pages. There were some mechanical issues like too much telling of historical, political, and character info and "as you know, Bob" dialogue, but mainly I could not swallow the heroine's inconsistency; she continually pined over her love and devotion to her husband and ...more
Apr 12, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it
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Tudor fiction. The phrase alone makes me cringe. Wolf Hall, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Autobiography of Henry VIII, The Sixth Wife, Secrets of the Tudor Court, Queen's Gambit… there are enough titles on the market that I could go on all day.

With so many options, it’s hard to imagine an author bringing something new to the table. Are there really angles that haven’t been tried, schemes that haven’t been woven, or characters
WTF Are You Reading?
Though much has been made of lives, wives, deaths, and courts held by the various Tudor Queens; the life and times of young Queen Jane (Seymour) has gone largely unsung.
Until now...
My Lady Viper gives readers that much yearned for glimpse inside the Seymour reign.
Told in the voice of Lady Anne Seymour, the story we find here is far from that of staid civility, and forthright purity, as reported by history.
While that might have been true for the tragic Queen Jane, it was far from the case with th
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Sep 17, 2013 Meg - A Bookish Affair rated it really liked it
"My Lady Viper" is the story of Anne Seymour, who becomes a lady in waiting to Jane Seymour, who is, of course, one of Henry VIII's queens. This is the first traditional historical fiction offering from E. Knight, who also writes romances under the name Eliza Knight. It was neat to see the author make a jump to traditional historical fiction and after reading this book, I can say that the jump was worth it.

Now Tudor fiction can be tricky and it's a tricky subject for me. I was going guns a'blaz
Jul 13, 2015 Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, giveaways
If a book has anything to do with Tudor history, I will read it. I generally like to read books centering around Anne Boleyn, and as a result I have become part of "Team Howard" rather than "Team Seymour" (forgive me for the phrasing there). That being said, it was very different for me to read a book that focused on the Seymour family, and did so in a positive way. I thought I would hate the book because of this, but I ended up thoroughly enjoying it. It was fun to see some characters in a new ...more
A Holland Reads
May 16, 2014 A Holland Reads rated it really liked it
This was my first book by this author and I enjoyed it as I can never get enough of Tudor books. I enjoyed reading about the Seymour family and another Anne in Tudor history. The author did a very good job in my opinion with the development of the characters and they just see to jump off the page at you. I think she also did very good with the setting so she made feel as if you were right there in Henry's court. Another thing I enjoyed was the telling of yet another love triangle from the Tudor ...more
Amy Bruno
A fabulously scandalous new series set in the Tudor Court, highly recommended!
Melisende d'Outremer
Political machinations, intrigue, treachery - all make for good historical fiction set in the court of Henry VIII just after the execution of Anne Boleyn.

This story is told from the perspective of Anne Seymour - sister-in-law of Jane, who would become Henry's third wife. We follow Anne as she navigates the corridors of power that will first see Jane on the throne and then the Seymour clan cling to power as the relatives of Henry's only son and heir.

Anne was - at one point - the most powerful wom
Anne Monteith
Jun 07, 2015 Anne Monteith rated it really liked it
Shelves: av-arc-reviews
While still in school I developed a deep, life-long interest in Tudor history, which later led me to delve deeper into other ages in ancient English history, but the Tudors have remained one of my favorites. There’s been so much written about them and their court, some good, some bad and so bad that should never have been put to paper but yet authors continue to turn out novels that readers devour. While I’ve not read everything I can say that I am familiar with most of the history of those cons ...more
May 06, 2014 Lauralee rated it really liked it
My Lady Viper is a biographical novel of Queen Jane Seymour's, the third wife of Henry VIII, sister-in-law, Anne Seymour. Anne Seymour was known to be disliked around court, and was described as a viper. This novel gives us an in-depth psyche of Anne’s actions as she rises to become the Duchess of Somerset, and also, for a brief time, the most powerful woman in the world. She is not mostly seen as a viper, but as a strong-willed woman, who helps her family.

The story is set during King Henry’s r
Michelle (True Book Addict)
I've said this before and I'm not the only one. The Tudors are becoming a bit over saturated in books and other mediums. In order for this illustrious historical dynasty to stay fresh, and don't get me wrong here...I love the Tudors, I really do, but as I was saying, in order for them to appeal to us in a fresh way, the stories need to be told in a fresh way. And one way of doing this is to bring to the forefront the background characters. That is exactly what this author has done. By telling th ...more
Mar 19, 2014 Darlene rated it really liked it
My Lady Viper is E. Knight’s latest novel and it is fantastic! I’ve read a couple of the author’s historical/erotic romances earlier this year but this is her first historical novel and it is impressive. My Lady Viper takes place during the Tudor era and instead of being about the same old characters (which I still love) it brings to the forefront a lesser talked about character and that is Anne Seymour. This novel is enthralling from beginning to end and brings alive a Tudor court full of intri ...more
I received a free copy of this book from Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Oh my word. I think this is one of the best historical fiction books I've ever read. I was hooked all the way through the book, and I can't help but compare her writing style to Philippa Gregory (my favourite historical fiction author).

I adore the Tudor period. I've researched it, and even had a mini-obsession with it in the past
Kathleen Kelly
Apr 18, 2014 Kathleen Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Anne Seymour, nee Stanhope, was the second wife to Edward Seymour. Edward was the eldest brother to Jane Seymour, who was wife to King Henry VIII after Anne Boleyn. This is another Tudor historical fiction novel and starts off with the beheading of Anne Boleyn and takes the reader through the later part of King Henry VIII's reign and his subsequent marriages. Jane Seymour dies of childbed fever after the birth of Prince Edward, later King Edward. Edward and Anne have very powerful positions in t ...more
Stephanie Tracy
Apr 25, 2014 Stephanie Tracy rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful look at the Henrican court, seen through the eyes of one of its most maligned (and perhaps misunderstood) women, Lady Anne Seymour (Stanhope). The wife of Edward Seymour, she is a conniving, clever woman when it comes to maneuvering through the scandals and conflicts at court. Known by many as a "viper" or a "vicious" woman, she certainly isn't revered for her charms or compassion, but maybe that's what makes her such an interesting figure. Knight does a great job of portrayi ...more
Janina Barlow
Mar 23, 2015 Janina Barlow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable romp through the Tudor court seen through the eyes of Anne Seymour (Stanhope) , Lady Hertford, at times it felt like Fifty Shades of Grey meets The Tudors. It raced along at a good pace, however I felt it was rushed towards the end to get key historical events . That said I did enjoy this novel for what it was. Well written despite a couple of small errors, the mention of Potatoes and cups of tea in porcelain cups had me eye rolling at one point, either poorly researched or and over ...more
Sep 18, 2014 Denise rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. For all Tudor lovers who think they've read everything possible about every court's one for you. Anne Stanhope Seymour, Duchess of Somerset, interacted with all Henry VIII's queens, as well as the King himself, and anyone who was anyone during his heyday. She was a power to be reckoned, almost universally hated, yet this book gives her a human side and a backstory. Sooo glad this book ended on a high note, right after her ascension from Countess to ...more
Shannon Dyer
Jun 02, 2014 Shannon Dyer rated it liked it
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Nov 26, 2014 Caroline rated it it was ok
I was really excited to pick up a book about Anne Stanhope Seymour, the notoriously manipulative wife of Edward Seymour. The Seymour family often gets lost in the shuffle of Tudor history, especially compared to the Howards. I tend to think that this is because the queen they produced, Jane Seymour, isn't as flashy or tragic as the Howard queens, Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard. Hardcore Boleyn fans just hate the Seymours (which is a shame, because Henry VIII is the one truly at fault) and cast ...more
My Lady Viper by E. Knight
Book #1: Tales from the Tudor Court
Source: Purchase
My Rating: 4/5 stars
My Review:

The death of Anne Boleyn turned the court of King Henry VIII on its head and sent shockwaves out through every level of the country. Those most closely related to the throne and the King knew, with absolute certainty Henry was desperate for a male heir and willing to topple families in pursuit of his goal.

Lady Anne Seymour is constantly attended by several companions, most notably guilt,
Jun 16, 2016 Vanessa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book with the hope I would be able to give it at least three stars, but after only a few pages I knew it would probably be two. Now it's just one.

There might be mild spoilers in this review, but most of it is historical stuff that sort of happened.

Sadly the books starts out mediocre and gets worse with time.
The main character is all over the place. She's the prime example of telling and not showing. According to the other characters she's beautiful (even when she grows older - o
Laura Greenwood

Title: My Lady Viper
Series: Tales of the Tudor Court (#1)
Author: E Knight
From: Netgalley
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: 30th June 2015
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Since saving her from certain ruin at the hands of the Earl of Surrey, Edward Seymour has earnt the devotion of his wife Anne. But Anne is as much an asset to Edward as she is a wife, and her skill at playing
Aleen ~Lampshade Reader
Originally posted on my blog:

My Lady Viper is 452 pages of pure court intrigue set around the Tudor era, King Henry VIII’s reign. It’s house Seymour vs. house Howard in an epic, backstabbing, plotting, and vengeful journey to become a favorite in Henry’s eyes. Which house will reign supreme? It was truly interesting to see the era through Anne Seymour’s eyes. Her path to become well situated in court, earns her the nicknames of Hell and Viper.

There is so
Really not sure how I feel about this one.

I soaked up all the history of the Tudors like a sponge. Always, love reading more whether fiction or non fiction. For that alone I should give this story a 4 star rating but I just can't bring myself to do that.

I found the Main MC - to be very unlikable and manipulative. Granted I'm sure that was necessary to survive in those times - however, it really didn't make me like her anymore. She always seemed to look at things from the point of view - as how c
Sandra Smiley
Sep 12, 2014 Sandra Smiley rated it liked it
When I downloaded this book, it was classified as Historical Fiction. Upon reading it, and finding that most of the characters are randy in the worst way, I later find out that this was to be Historical/Romance Fiction. I can deal with that, but I found it lacking in both the historical front and the romance front.

Usually, when I read a historical fantasy, the people in actual history are remarked upon by new characters and react to the events of the time; or, since the history is much lost, mor
Paulla Schreiner
Feb 21, 2017 Paulla Schreiner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original view of the Tudor Court

Interesting POV of Anne Seymore. A few pivotal details like her rape at the hands is Surry and her a fair with Anthony that supposedly produced a child ,were admittedly fiction, but could've happened . Not very clear connection to her being called a Viper. Seemed to be more a victim of circumstances.

Ashley W
My Lady Viper is about the wife of Edward Seymour, the infamous Lady Anne Stanhope, and how her endless plotting brought herself, her husband, and their family as close as possible to the throne. While her husband is pretty well known, there is very little written about Anne’s life. So it was really easy to imagine this could have been her life.

I really loved Anne’s characterisation in this novel. She comes off as being a very human character. What I mean is she has flaws that almost get her int
Angel Hatfield
Feb 23, 2016 Angel Hatfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Seymour was portrayed as a very hated lady at King Henry the Eight’s court. But she wasn’t as bad as they made her out to be. But she did have reasons for how she was like her mother allowing a high ranking noble of court rape Anne her mother hoped the man would do the right thing and marry her daughter. Instead Edward stepped in and married Anne But not only from kindness but he knew Anne was smart and would be a loyal ally and wife. Anne had multiple alliances as well as divided loyalties ...more
Mar 28, 2016 Margo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was looking forward to this book because I love the era around the Tudors. Once I got over the annoyance that was the main character flip-flopping every other sentence, I was halfway thru and forced to finish. That said, once I did get halfway, the book was much better but not because I was used to the writing style but almost as if written by a different person.

The main character, Anne, was the sister by marriage of the new Queen Jane and I knew that because the writer elected to tell me on
Victoria Roberts
I enjoyed reading this book; it took me to a period of time that has long fascinated me. Pair that fact along with actually getting to know a little more about the reign of Jane Seymour it was a huge win. The author stated that she did take some creative license with certain dates to add something to the story.

There was a certain amount of internal angst with the Anne and her feelings for her husband and another courtier this back and forth for her last a significant portion of the book and it m
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Feb 22, 2015 12:10PM  
  • Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey
  • The Kiss of the Concubine: A story of Anne Boleyn
  • The Queen's Rivals
  • Queen Elizabeth's Daughter: A Novel of Elizabeth I
  • I, Jane (In the Court of Henry VIII, #4)
  • Ambition's Queen: A Novel of Tudor England
  • At the King's Pleasure  (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #4 )
  • Venus in Winter
  • The Fallen Queen
  • The Tudors
  • The Lost Duchess
  • The Virgin's Daughter (Tudor Legacy #1)
  • Sisters of Treason
  • Had the Queen Lived: An Alternative History of Anne Boleyn
  • The 7th Wife of Henry the 8th (Royal Sagas: Tudors #I)
  • The King's Secret Matter (Tudor Saga, #4)
  • The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr (Ladies in Waiting #2)
  • The Forgotten Queen (Tudor Court #4)

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  • Prisoner of the Queen

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