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The King's Confidante (Tudor Saga #6)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  599 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
An English lawyer and statesman, Sir Thomas More was a kind father who put as much emphasis on educating his daughters as on his son, declaring that women were just as intelligent as men. His favorite daughter, Meg, is the heroine of this novel in which we witness the everyday lives of people in Tudor England. Plaidy takes readers into a world far removed from the grandeur ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 1954)
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Aug 10, 2013 Arleigh rated it really liked it
St. Thomas’s Eve, republished as The King’s Confidante, is a story of the life of Sir Thomas More – scholar, lawyer, councilor to the King and ultimately Chancellor, after the fall of Wolsey. But most importantly to More, he was a loving husband and father, as well as father-figure to many.

The story begins with More’s difficult decision to pursue a family life instead of becoming a monk — something he will continue to question throughout his life. Though he was a family man at heart, he was also
Jun 10, 2014 Amanda rated it it was ok
I was very excited for this book, since I love everything Tudor-related. However, I felt Plaidy undertook too much in this book, and as a result, we are left with a very superficial take on Thomas More's life.[return][return]Part of the problem stemmed from Plaidy's attempt to delve into the psyches of too many characters--Katherine, Thomas More, Queen Katherine, Jane, Alice, King Henry VIII, to name some. Such treatment leaves little room for character development, and I was never left with the ...more
June Louise
"When good fortune is greatest, then is trouble close at hand. For Fortune delights to strike down those who are too high and to raise those who are low; and if we do not anticipate trouble, should it come, we shall face it with greater fortitude".

Saint Thomas's Eve takes a step aside from the Palaces of King Henry VIII and his wife trouble, and concentrates on the life of one his closest friends and confidantes, Thomas More, and his family. After reading this book, my dislike of Henry VIII - wh
Oct 18, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok
After reading this book, I realized that the publishers are re-releasing a bunch of Victoria Holt/Jean Plaidy books with different titles. i call this switch-and-bait because I get excited to see a new title out by a favorite/trusted author so I buy it only to learn that it's just an old book re-packaged.

I was disappointed in this book. The writing is up to par but the cover misled me. The sub-title suggests that the book is about Sir Thomas Moore's daughter. I wondered how I'd never heard that
Apr 18, 2009 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tudor Fiction, Historical Fiction
Shelves: own
This was a pleasure to read about Sir Thomas More, a notable figure among the prolific Tudor court of Henry VIII. Thomas More was a brilliant scholar and wrote "Utopia." You can't read a Henry VIII book and not have mention of the infamous Thomas More. Yet, we never get to see him in a personal tone until you read "St. Thomas's Eve" by Jean Plaidy. This novel does not focus on Henry VIII, it follows Thomas More's personal life as he marries, has children, remarries and becomes a grandfather. His ...more
Danielle Reily
Mar 11, 2013 Danielle Reily rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, I finished it one day. I liked seeing the old story of Henry the eighth in a different way, specifically from the point of view of the King's counselor Thomas More and the More family.
Thomas More has always confused me as a historical figure. He writes "Utopia" and other papers about religious tolerance and a "perfect state" ruled by wise and learned men. He raised and educated his daughters and son the same, a very unusual practice for the times. He was known as a
May 16, 2009 Lisa rated it it was amazing
The title of this book is somewhat misleading. While Meg More's relationship with her father is central to the book; it is Sir Thomas More's life which is the main feature. Still, this fact doesn't detract from my pleasure in this quaint novel.

There is much to admire in the humble Sir Thomas; but the loving family life he held so dear,especially the bond between him and Meg is most admirable. More's goodness was evident in his dealings with his family, extended family, friends and countrymen. He
Aug 15, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it
I think the title of the book is confusing. The book is really about Thomas More who most certainly WAS the king's confidante. But the sub-title says the story of the daughter of Thomas More. Although Meg is a main character, it is very obvious that Thomas is THEE main character, not Meg. I think this is a publishing company trying to capitalize on the rise of popularity of Philipa Gregory and other such authors. Which is unfortunate because Jean Plaidy is superior to Gregory in every way. Her s ...more
Heather Mims
Oct 25, 2014 Heather Mims rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-have
I've always had mixed feelings when it comes to Sir Thomas More. On one hand, he was a brilliant and forward thinking man, far ahead of his time. On the other, he represents the very worst of the religiously dogmatic mindset of his era. Nothing like a man who extols virtues like honesty and kindness, yet doesn't bat an eyelash at burning people at the stake simply for having a different perception of God.

That said, the self-righteousness and hypocrisy that I find so offputting is tolerable in th
May 17, 2014 ladywallingford rated it liked it
One thing I find really annoying about some of Plaidy's works is that they are marketed as something they are not. I expected this book to mainly be about the daughter of Thomas More but it really becomes more Thomas' book than Margaret's in my opinion. That is not to say that I didn't enjoy this one. The King's Confidante is one of the better ones but not my favorite.
Susan Grimshaw
Mar 02, 2016 Susan Grimshaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jean Plaidy always draws the reader into the story and you become involved with the characters. In the case of this book you really share the anxieties and sorrows of Thomas More's family, especially those of his daughter Meg.
Stephanie Tracy
Dec 07, 2011 Stephanie Tracy rated it really liked it
I didn't know very much about Sir Thomas More before reading this book, but after reading I have come to have a great respect for him and his family. This was a great novel, allowing readers to see a very different side of Tudor life - the quiet family life in the country. The More family may have been one of the happiest and most loving families during this time, and it was great to read about them and the quality family life they shared. Of course, Thomas More's fate is a sad one - even more s ...more
Dec 12, 2009 Janet rated it it was amazing
We all unfortunately know the outcome of this story. What I didn't realize was the warm family life that Sir Thomas Moore would have been perfectly content with. He got himself tangled in the court of Henry VIII and just never was able to free himself. In the end, he was presented with the choice to make himself a public hypocrite or go to the chopping block. He chose the latter, with grace and good humor right up until the end. Henry could not tolerate one of his entourage publicly putting God ...more
Mar 27, 2010 Crystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
Even before I developed my obsession with Tudor England, I had a keen interest in Sir Thomas More. He’s always been a historical figure that stood out to me – someone that dared to openly defy King Henry VIII, fully knowing the consequences of doing so? That’s an admirable and curious man in my book. So when I realized that Plaidy, one of my favorite historical authors, wrote a book focusing on More’s life, I had to read it.

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Apr 17, 2009 Lettie rated it liked it
It sounded better than it actually was. I liked the background on Thomas More, but the times jumped so quickly, I wasn't sure where I was at in the story at some points. And the fact that the summary played up the story of More's daughter, Meg, didn't completely correspond with the book. I've read another book on the More family, and it was better written, and easier to follow.
Nov 04, 2015 Barbara rated it liked it
Not my fave of her books. I couldn't decide if the book was about Thomas More or his daughter Margaret. I just thought it was slow
Oct 28, 2015 Kimmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though I knew how the book must end I couldn't put it down xx
Fraser Coltman
Aug 17, 2013 Fraser Coltman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came upon this book in a thrift shop today, and i remembered that I read it in high school. I don't remember its details anymore, but I do recall being struck by Plaidy's portrayal of More's commitment to truth in the face of the king's selfish and pragmatic reign.
Karen Galber
Dec 14, 2014 Karen Galber rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. This is Jean Plaidy at her best. It tells the story of Thomas More and his family life. It depicts Thomas as an ordinary family man as a loving husband, father and Grandfather. but he gets caught up with Henry VIII 's shenanigans and that is the tragedy.
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Octavia Cade
Very readable fiction about Sir Thomas More. I enjoyed the focus on his family life, and the dodgy-from-the-get-go portrait of King Henry. I did feel, however, that the depiction of More himself was so sympathetic as to be almost cloying.
Feb 12, 2011 Vaijayanthi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book everyone who is interested in Tudor history must read . Beautiful description of the life & times of Sir Thomas Moore , the author of "Utopia ."
His life seems so perfect, one envies this great, wise & simple man !
Feb 17, 2010 Hazel rated it liked it
Quite interesting that this book was supposed to be about Sir Thomas More's daughter - it was more about Sir Thomas More and revealed some interesting things that I didn't previously know. Henry VIII was quite a tyrant.
Oct 19, 2013 Lynnette rated it liked it
This is about Thomas More and his daughter during the times of Henry VIII. I'm rating it a 3 because I usually rate everything a four and
don't want to look too consistent... Lynnette
Heather Domin
Dec 28, 2010 Heather Domin rated it it was amazing
Meg is billed as the heroine of this story, but it's really about the entire More family and their idyllic domestic haven at Chelsea. A quaint and cozy old-fashioned classic.
Apr 19, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it
A moving depiction of Thomas More and his relationship with his family, especially his daughter Meg. This is a reprint of Plaidy's novel St. Thomas's Eve.
Not a book I expected in the tudor series since it doesn't concern any of them but is about sir thomas more.
Dec 15, 2011 Margie rated it liked it
The King's Confidante, by Jean Plaidy. The story of the daughter of Sir Thomas More.
Jan 31, 2009 Megan marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I love the histrical story of Sir thomas More so I'll probably love this one.
Sara W
Oct 15, 2007 Sara W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About Sir Thomas More - his life, his family and his death
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 23, 2015 06:07PM  
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  • Here Was a Man
  • By Royal Decree (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #3)
  • My Enemy, the Queen
  • The Fifth Queen
  • Young Bess (Elizabeth Trilogy, #1)
  • Secrets of the Tudor Court
  • The Favored Queen
  • His Last Letter: Elizabeth I and the Earl of Leicester
  • Brief Gaudy Hour: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
  • Anne Boleyn: In Her Own Words & the Words of Those Who Knew Her
  • The Queen's Mistake (In the Court of Henry VIII, #2)
  • The Wild Irish
  • The Queen of Subtleties: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
  • The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr (Ladies in Waiting #2)
  • A Lady Raised High: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
  • I Am Mary Tudor (Mary Tudor, #1)
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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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