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Between Two Queens (Secrets of the Tudor Court #2)

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Pretty, flirtatious, and ambitious. Nan Bassett hopes that an appointment at the court of King Henry VIII will bring her a grand marriage. But soon after she

Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Simon and Schuster (first published December 14th 2009)
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Mar 05, 2010 Lauren rated it liked it
Between Two Queens loosely tells the story of Anne "Nan" Basset, who arrives at the court of King Henry VIII at the age of 16 with the hopes of serving as maid of honor to his third queen, Jane Seymour, and of catching a wealthy titled husband in the process. Nan and her sister Catherine compete for the position of maid of honor and the King selects Nan because she is very beautiful. Nan's position of Maid of Honor to Queen Jane doesn't last long, as the Queen famously dies shortly after giving ...more
This was a fun, quick read. Books about the Tudors, especially Henry VIII, are one of my "guilty pleasures." This one was a fun page-turner, but although Kate Emerson is undoubtedly an expert (and a scholar) of this time period, the problem I find with all (or most) Tudor novels is that many of the characters are portrayed very differently in each novel. The character of Henry VIII remains VERY consistent in all the novels and non-fiction books I've read about him, but the characters and ...more
Feb 22, 2010 Deb rated it it was ok
An easy read but the excerpts of historical correspondence at the beginning of each chapter was like a spoiler.
Dec 21, 2009 Marie rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
In Kate Emerson's second installment in the Secrets of The Tudor Court series, Emerson brings to life the character she imagines as Nan Bassett. Called 'Nan' by her friends, there is not a lot known about Anne Bassett, this mistress of Henry VIII, except that he had courted her briefly. How far that went is unknown, but Henry seemed to be fond of her. The author takes this a bit further, and has Nan in the midst of Tudor court intrigues, as a maid of honor to Jane Seymour, albeit quite briefly d ...more
Marie Z. Johansen
Mar 08, 2010 Marie Z. Johansen rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed Between Two Queens – the first book I have read by Kate Emerson. I did not want to stop reading it ! I think that the cover could have been chosen more carefully – for me the cover choice would be more appropriate for a real romance sort of novel rather than the good historical novel that this book actually is.

The novel recounts the story of the two Bassett sisters, Nan (Anne) and Cat (Catherine).
The sisters parents, Honor Grenville and step-father Arthur Plantagenet, Lord L
Ana Mardoll
Mar 05, 2011 Ana Mardoll rated it really liked it
Shelves: ana-reviewed
Secrets of the Tudor Court: Between Two Queens / 978-1-4165-8327-1

It seems you can hardly swing a cat these days without hitting some new artifact of Tudor historical fiction: between the Philippa Gregory novels (and the dozens of spawned similar novels) and the HBO series "The Tudors", people just can't seem to get enough of the seamy life of Henry VIII and his never-ending parade of wives and love affairs.

Superficially, "Between Two Queens" fits the mold well enough - slap an attractive facel
Feb 03, 2010 Robin rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the first book in Emerson's Tudor Court series well enough so I picked up the second in the series to continue the journey. While the first book was okay this one really fell flat.

This story is about Anne (Nan) Bassett, a young woman who comes to Henry VIII's court not only hoping to be chosen as a maid of honor to Queen Jane but determined to find a husband, a wealthy one complete with a title. She eventually captures the eye of the king and hopes to use that as a way of achieving her
May 01, 2013 Shannon rated it liked it
Between Two Queens is the second in Kate Emerson's Secrets of the Tudor Court series. I adored the first, The Pleasure Palace, and high hopes and expectations for this read. I was surprised that Emerson followed up her immensely popular portrayal of Jane Popyncourt with such a surprising characterization of Anne “Nan” Bassett. We meet Nan as she competes against her sister for a position in Queen Jane Seymour’s household. She is young, naïve, and without substance so naturally King Henry takes a ...more
Apr 08, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it
Kate Emerson’s second book in her Secret’s of the Tudor Court series is set around Anne Bassett, known as Nan to her friends who desire’s nothing more than to marry a rich husband with a title (as one could best hope for in this era). Nan’s ambition manages to secure a place as one of Queen Jane Seymour’s maids of honour, chosen over her older sister and believes her life is now in motion, that she will now fulfil all her dreams. But Nan’s happiness doesn’t last for long – Queen Jane dies less ...more
Jan 05, 2010 Bookaholics rated it really liked it
Secrets of the Tudor Court: Between Two Queens by Kate Emerson
Historical Romance-Jan. 5, 2010
4 stars

Between Two Queens is an interesting peek into the Court life of the Tudor reign as seen through the eyes of the brash and young Anne Basssett. Nan Basset was a real person and Kate Emerson does a wonderful job of bringing her to life.
From the moment Nan Basset is chosen as a Maid of Honor to Queen Jane she hopes to use her position to find a young, wealthy and well-connected husband and furthe
This is the first novel I've read by Kate Emerson and I found myself pleasantly surprised by the story and the writing. I have to confess I am one who often judges a book by it's cover and I didn't care for this one. So, if you have a similar reaction I would urge you not to judge this book by it's cover.

I enjoyed this story and appreciated that the author included a family tree, two maps and a list of historical characters as resources for her readers. It's clear that Emerson has done her rese
Shari Larsen
Mar 11, 2011 Shari Larsen rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Secrets of the Tudor Court series. This one tells the story of Anne (called Nan in this book) Bassett, a real woman who part of King Henry VIII's court. As the story opens, the ambitious Nan joins the court just as Queen Jane Seymour is about to give birth to the king's son. Nan hopes to use her position to advance herself and her family, but when the queen dies from complications of childbirth, Nan's plans are thrown into a turmoil.

Nan catches the eye of King Henr
Jul 27, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: tudors
I really enjoyed this book! It's a bit more political and less romance than the first book in the series, but it's still very good. I like how the author included a lot of details about how the members of the court lived beck then; she discusses everything from the type of fabric used to make the ladies' dresses, to the exact rules for playing a particular dice game, to how much salary a lady in waiting received!

This book is about Anne "Nan" Bassett, and takes place probably between 15 and 20 ye
Rachel Swords
Jul 24, 2011 Rachel Swords rated it did not like it
Shelves: tudors
The premise of this book sounds interesting: a closer look at one of the minor figures in the Tudor period, Anne Bassett. Sadly, what follows does not seem to match at all. A one-night stand suddenly makes Anne Bassett Henry VIII's mistress, and this supposedly ambitious woman who wants to be queen and follow in the footsteps of Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour as maids-turned-queen flinches every time she gets anywhere close to that goal and then whines to herself later about not getting the job ...more
Jan 06, 2012 Tania rated it really liked it
I am hopelessly addicted to novels about the Tudor court, though some admittedly are better than others. Here we see events through the eyes of Anne Basset, a real person who did live through those times.

Nan Basset hopes to find a young, wealthy husband during her service to the queen, and if possible to help her family while doing so. Unfortunately for her, Queen Jane dies after giving birth to a son, and the King's household is once more in turmoil. Nan struggles to find a way to stay at cour
Mandy Moody
I would give this 3.5 stars, if I could...
The second book in Kate Emersons "Secrets of the Tudor Court" series, Between Two Queens focus's on the life of Anne (Nan) Basset, a minor noblewoman who served in the households of several Tudor Queens.
The book opens with Nan and her sister, Cat, competing for a place as Lady in Waiting to Queen Jane Seymore. Nan catches the eye of King Henry and is chosen over her sister.
She's thrilled by the attention from Henry, and is attracted to him from that mome
Mar 21, 2010 Svea rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, tudor
You can read my full review here: Full Review It is always refreshing to read a book set during the Tudor court without it being directly about one of King Henry VIII's Queens. Secrets of the Tudor Court, Between Two Queens focused more on the time in between the queens of England, hence the title. The author did a great job of portraying the vast personality differences with each queen. Nan was a very unlikable and most of her suffering she brought on herself, but I was still able to sympathize ...more
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Rio (Lynne)
Aug 04, 2011 Rio (Lynne) rated it liked it
Even though I did not like Emerson's first novel The Pleasure Palace, I thought I'd try her again. This book left out the annoying pages and pages of dress and pageantry details that bored me in the first book. In this one Emerson paints a story about lesser known Nan Bassett who serves as a Lady in Waiting to 4 of Henry VIII's wives and Queen Mary. She is not very likable, but that is because her Mother made her that way. It was all about scoring titles and ignoring love. I did not like Emerson ...more
Jan 10, 2011 Denise rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is historical fiction (though based on many real-life characters). I've read all of Kate Emerson's Tudor books now and I must admit this one was a better attempt at a more realistic character portrayal. Women in the 16th Century were considered worthy only by the families they came from and the potential marriage dowry they would bring. No dowry=no decent chance at marriage. So both sexes had it drummed into their heads from birth that their main goal in life was to make a "good" marriage. ...more
Jun 14, 2012 Ashlee rated it it was ok
This book is about the life of Anne (Nan) Bassett. Kate Emerson weaves fact with imagination to create the second book in the "Secrets of the Tudor Court" series. After reading the first book I was excited to read the second book, but was fairly disappointed. I was not ever really "into" this book. The main character Nan was slightly bothersome and was fairly selfish and unlikable in my opinion. The concept of time in this book is difficult to follow. I didn't feel like the passing of time ...more
Jan 05, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it
The story begins in 1537, King Henry VIII is in the middle of his reign and married to his 3rd wife Jane Seymour. Nan (Anne) Bassett & her sister Cat (Katherine) arrive at court. One of them is to be chosen to be a maid of honor to Queen Jane. Nan soon learns that the Tudor Court is a dangerous place to live, with games and intrigue around every corner.

I have always enjoyed reading about the Tudor Court but this is the first time I've read anything about Anne Bassett or her connection to the
Oct 07, 2015 Sara rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book. It has a gorgeous cover, and it's set during Henry VIII's descent into obesity and paranoia, which I absolutely love reading about. The characters here were just so boring, I had a hard time keeping up with it! Our protagonist, Nan, was not someone I could relate to or sympathize with on any level. She definitely falls in the "too stupid to live" category at a few points. I was really interested in the treasonous plots and Cromwell and all of the secretive things ...more
Rebecca Huston
Certainly this is yet another novel cashing in on the recent surge in fiction on Tudor England. This time, the heroine is actually someone who lived, Nan Bassett, a relation by marriage -- a very distant one -- to King Henry himself. She has arrived at court to be a maid of honour to the new queen, Jane Seymour, and Nan it seems can only focus on the pretty gowns, and the possibility of snagging a wealthy, titled nobleman for herself.

Indeed, the heroine harps incessantly on getting that ring on
Ambrosia Sullivan
Jun 07, 2013 Ambrosia Sullivan rated it really liked it
The Second in the Secrets of the Tudor Court series this book was very enjoyable. There was a couple of points that for me dragged a little bit I think that seems to be a pitfall when getting into deep well covered historical time periods, like the Tudor era.

Anne Bassett was a real person in the court and this is based on her life with of course some creative license like you do in a fiction. Anne goes along many different paths in her life, from young love, a secret pregnancy, freeing someone f
Andy Kornylo
May 10, 2015 Andy Kornylo rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
See full review for Between Two Queens at: https://toomanybooksnotenoughshelves....

So, remember how in my review for The Boleyn Inheritance, I had a few questions about Henry’s sixth wife? Well, I sort of got my answers with Between Two Queens. Emerson continues her Secrets series with an interesting installment. We’re introduced quickly to Anne Bassett who is desperately looking to become a maid of honor in Queen Jane’s household. Compared to her sister Cat, Nan believes that she is prettier an
Jun 03, 2010 Caroline rated it it was ok
As Tudor mania shows no signs of abating, Kate Emerson is wise to stake a claim to a less-covered segment of time: the period between the death of Jane Seymour and the short marriage of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves. She also makes a good decision by choosing a narrator who really lived during the time, but about whom we know fairly little - maid of honor Nan Basset. I will say that Nan begins the book as a rather difficult protagonist - she starts out as one of those saucy, short-tempered, ...more
Dec 16, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
I needed my Tudor fix and I am not familiar with the character of Nan Bassett, so I am thoroughly enjoying this story told from her point of view. The last half of the book was full of the Tudor intrigue and I could not put it down. As usual, since there are only about 6 names used in the 1500's, it was a bit hard to keep track of the various characters.
The author has a great mini biography section at the end where she lists and describes the various royals contained within the story.

I love lea
Jan 02, 2011 Traci rated it liked it
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Jun 13, 2014 Theresa rated it it was amazing
an interesting book about the dynamic and tumultuous times in the later reign of Henry 8 th. After he has placed aside his first wife, beheaded his second. His third wife Jane Seymour is about to give birth. Nan is a young noble woman wanting a position at court that will lead to a good marriage and prestige for her kith and kin. But Henry's court it not a play palace and she risks everything for love, for family to only find a way by the merits of her efforts and acceptances. .. a broad scope ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Feb 14, 2015 06:39AM  
  • The Queen's Mistake (In the Court of Henry VIII, #2)
  • Plain Jane
  • Gay Lord Robert (Tudor Saga, #11)
  • Secrets of the Tudor Court
  • Brief Gaudy Hour: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
  • His Last Letter: Elizabeth I and the Earl of Leicester
  • Vengeance Is Mine: A Novel Of Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard, And Lady Rochford  The Woman Who Helped Destroy Them Both
  • Rival to the Queen
  • The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr (Ladies in Waiting #2)
  • The King's Daughter (Thornleigh, #2)
  • No Will But His: A Novel of Kathryn Howard
  • Three Maids for a Crown
  • At the Mercy of the Queen
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)
  • By Royal Decree (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #3)
  • At the King's Pleasure  (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #4 )
  • The King's Damsel (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #5)
  • Royal Inheritance (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #6)

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