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Murder Most Royal: The Story of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard (Tudor Saga #5)

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One powerful king. Two tragic queens.

In the court of Henry VIII, it was dangerous for a woman to catch the king’s eye. Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard were cousins. Both were beautiful women, though very different in temperament. They each learned that Henry’s passion was all-consuming–and fickle.

Sophisticated Anne Boleyn, raised in the decadent court of France, was in lo
ebook, 480 pages
Published January 24th 2006 by Broadway Books (first published 1949)
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Ashley W
Everyone knows the story of Henry VIII and his six wives whether from USA to Australia. That being said, Murder Most Royal doesn't add any new information, but was pretty entertaining all the same. The novel mostly focused on wives two (Anne Boleyn) and five (Catherine Howard), the two queens with two connections. One being that they are cousins, the other that they are beheaded...murdered, as the title suggests by the man they both called husband.

Anne goes from precocious seven-year-old, leavin
Kelly A.
It’s hard to believe that this is a piece of history. We get personal, yet fictionalized looks into the lives of two of England’s most infamous queens. The first chapter begins around the year 1510, with Anne as a seven-year-old girl, and ends in 1542, after the execution of her younger cousin Katherine (NOT a spoiler, I think the title gives away enough). What follows in between is such an interesting, engaging story, so wild it almost seems made up.

One thing I ask of you, please don’t base you
This was the book that got me interested in the Tudors was back in the early 90s. Who knows what Twilight-esque literary phenoms were raging through my high school at the time, but I was gobbling up Plaidy by the armful.

I have no idea if I would like this book now - as I've found Plaidy to be a bit dry in recent years - but this book had me turning the pages frantically to find out what happened to both Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. So I'll simply keep it on the memory shelf where so many bo
Jinny (
More books about the Tudors! Although to be fair, this one was written in 1949 so I wouldn’t say it’s a part of the current Tudor craze. As usual with such historical novels, though it says it is a part of a series, you can most certainly read them in any order you like.

Murder Most Royal takes place during the reign of Henry VIII and it focuses on two of his wives: Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, who were cousins of one another. As per usual, if you have an understanding of history, than the p
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9780099588276

Genre? - Historical / Romance / Drama

Characters? - Anne Boleyn / Katherine Howard / Henry VIII / Jane Seymour / Anne of Cleves / George Boleyn / Thomas Boleyn / Henry Norris / Mark Smeaton / Thomas Cromwell / Thomas Culpeper / Francis Dereham / Henry Mannox

Setting? - London (England)

Series? - Tudor #5

Title? - The main two characters in this book were both murdered by the king for political purpose, and so the title comes from their sticky ends.

Character Analysis? - I thought
No me atreví a darle más estrellas simplemente porque este es mi primer libro de Jean Plaidy. En realidad, es el primero de ficción histórica que leo, por lo tanto no tengo ninguna obra con la cual compararla. Sé que no es la mejor opción leer el quinto volumen de una saga sin haber leído ninguno de los anteriores, pero el interés por este episodio de la historia inglesa pudo más. Es increíble que una mujer que fue tan interesante y admirada en su tiempo, lo siga siendo hoy, ¿no es así? ¿No es a ...more
June Louise
"His great weakness had its roots in his conscience. He was what men called a religious man, which in his case meant he was a superstitious man. There was never a man less Christian; there was never one who made a greater show of piety. He was cruel; he was brutal; he was pitiless. This was his creed. He was an egoist, a megalomaniac; he saw himself not only as the centre of England but of the world. In his own opinion, everything he did was right; he only needed time to see it in its right pers ...more
Michelle Robinson
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.

I felt that it was well researched and seemed more accurate according to what researchers seem to have to say about this particular period in history.

I found that hearing the voice of Anne Boelynne helped me to connect with her, as a person, as I never have before. I felt that I had a much better understanding of who she might have been and of her motivations. I still cannot say that I really liked her but I had to admire her courage and the way she faced her deat
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I don't know if it's because I've almost practically exhausted the Tudor historical fiction genre, or if this book just was not written as well as it could have been, but it seemed very bland to me.
There was a LOT more intrigue and scandal in that time period, I'm sure, but she tends to skip over a lot. The majority of the book is spent on Anne Boleyn, which I understand since she was around longer. However, it takes a lot away from the character of Catherine Howard, leaving her a little empty.
Donna Mcaleavy Ⓥ
Reading this book straight after jean plaidys, Katherine of Aragon trilogy it was a nice continuation I liked the switch between anne boleyn and Katherine Howard although I felt at the end Katherine's reign as queen was quite rushed and the book could of done with being longer, some historical what ifs where definitely evident but I think sometimes that's a must in historical fiction to make a good story, I did however find the constant proclamation of Anne Boleyns beauty a bit annoying Jean pla ...more
Hannah Sloane
This book not my favorite Tudor book, but still worth reading. I found it interesting that the author chose to tell the stories of Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard together. I learned a lot about their family connections. Overall, I think it was a good read.
Fusty Luggs
Read it in two helpings over a weekend. I'm very greedy with books I enjoy. And enjoy it I did.
Debbie Cartwright
Had to force myself to put down to do other things
Going into this book, I had completely forgotten that the storyline would actually be about both Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard who, apart from being cousins, met the same tragic and horrifying death at the hands of their husbands, only six years apart.

I've confessed to my undying love for Anne Boleyn but I admit to never have cared much for poor Catherine Howard. Her chapters weren't the most interesting simply because most of her story accounted here was happening at Lambeth when she was jus
This is the second book by Jean Plaidy I read, and I enjoyed it just as much as I did with the first, "The Lady in the Tower".

The main characters are Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, who were possibly the most tragic of Henry VIII's wives. They had very different personalities, but also much in common: they were cousins, both captivating women with a great charm, and of course they were both married to Henry VIII - and were both executed by him. Plaidy interweaves their stories, showing their s
Jane Blake
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Murder Most Royal relata los primeros años de vida y juventud de Anna Bolena y Catalina Howard, escrita con narración omnipresente retrata la mayoría de las situaciones y pensamientos de los diversos personajes.

Hablando de la construcción de personajes es todo lo que me imaginaba de una figura de la talla de Jean Plaidy. El rey Enrique, un personaje real que es capaz de ser transmitido como el autentico monstruo que buscaba placer
Lisa Wilson
I absolutely adore Tudor historical fiction, but this book nearly killed me! The writing did not sustain my attention AT ALL! In fact, it seemed to drone on and on without lending any fresh perspective. The fact that it was written from the third person omniscient point of view was disturbing because it made for very abrupt shifts in the linear progression of the story and also left the reader on the outside looking in. I think that readers invest more in a novel when they connect with a specifi ...more
This is absolutly the worst book I've read about Anne Boleyn and the other wives of Henry VIII. I realy struggled with it.

First there's the language. The old English makes it hard to read and makes it boring.

Second there's the ever changing storyline. There's Anne, Catharine Howard, Henry, Jane, Old Duchess of Norfolk, Mary Boleyn... Especially the parts of Catharine Howard and the Old Duchess bored me. Sometimes I couldn't bothered to finish those parts. But I do have to tell, I've never had
In line with Plaidy's other novels, this one is a sweeping fictional history about Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. In my opinion, however, Henry VIII is truly the central character.. though he is hardly likeable so one cannot call him the protagonist. This novel is really about all of Henry's first 5 wives.

What kept me from loving this novel was merely my over-exposure to the Tudor era. I think I've oversaturated myself with Tudor-era novels, especially those centering around Anne Boleyn so I
It starts off slow, with a lot of politics. The stories of Anne's childhood are not rooted in fact, but make the leading up to her meeting with Henry have some flow and consistancey. The book flitters back and forth between the minds of every character mentioned, which was sometimes interesting, and other times very boring.
I like how the author portrayed Anne and the love between Henry and Anne. I especially loved how she deleved into the mind of Henry after Anne's death and showed how much he
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Methinks I will stick to Phillipa Gregory as I seem to enjoy her style of writing. Jean Plaidy, I found to be a tad heavy on prose and full of old fashioned writing. However this book does tell you quite a lot about both the cousins who wed the king - Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard.
This was a very weird perspective to the stories of Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard. It's told in such a way to connect both women, whether or not there was actually a connection (besides the familial connection). It just wasn't as interesting as some of the other works from Plaidy.
I love Jean Plaidy and I really enjoyed a number of books of the 'Tudor Saga'. My problem is (by the time I read this one) I have already read the complete account of both central characters here in two other books of the series.
This was an interesting approach to the story of the Tudors. By juxtaposing the lives of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, Plaidy puts their stories in a different perspective from what is usually presented. She also weaves in the stories of Wolsey, Cromwell, Smeaton, and others who were victims of Henry VIII's violent reign. The characters seemed more developed here than in some of Plaidy's other books, and the story moved quickly. The book helps the reader to see that the lives of these people ...more
This installment wasn't as interesting as the Katherine of Aragon novel that preceded it but I did prefer it over the first of the series. Most of the book took place during Anne Boleyn's reign as Queen with little snippets here and there of Catherine Howard's life. Howard's time as Queen, however, was highly glossed over to the point where I don't know why Plaidy included her in this book. Overall, this novel wasn't too terrible but I found myself really wanting to very quickly finish it and mo ...more
Jane Hodgkinson
Just as good as Philippa Gregory's books. Would probably give a 3 1/2 rating. Enjoyed this read.
Jun 04, 2007 Erika added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in European History
Anyone who knows me knows I love this time era. I have read half a dozen biographies, 3 histories, and countless historical novels based in this general time period. I find it facinating. This book is good, but very different from the author's other books. For one, this book is not in first person, and gives an idea of what many people at Henry VIII's court were thinking and doing during the time of Anne and Catherine. It gets a little bogged down at times, but it's pretty good most of the time.
This Plaidy book focuses on Anne Boleyn and her cousin, Catherine Howard, who had the same end as Anne. I feel it focuses more on Catherine, which is ok, since she is someone that doesn't get a lot of publicity outside of being Henry's 5th wife and was the other queen to be beheaded. It deals a lot with her growing up in her Aunt's home and how those effect some of her decisions later in life. Certainly an interesting novel...I always love reading stuff dealing with the Tudors.
I really enjoyed this one. When I bought it, I was in the mood for Anne Boleyn or Catherine Howard and this book delivered both.
It felt historically accurate and I liked the way Anne and Catherine's stories were told in parallel right from little girls, and the thought that they had a special connection to each other.
The only disappointment was that Catherine's story as Queen was a very short part, but I suppose that was true in life as well.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 12, 2015 10:39AM  
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  • Brief Gaudy Hour: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
  • The Concubine
  • The Queen's Mistake (In the Court of Henry VIII, #2)
  • Secrets of the Tudor Court
  • By Royal Decree (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #3)
  • Anne Boleyn: Henry VIII's Obsession
  • Young Bess (Elizabeth Trilogy, #1)
  • Jane Boleyn: The True Story of the Infamous Lady Rochford
  • Dear Heart, How Like You This?
  • The Fifth Queen
  • Anne Boleyn: A New Life of England's Tragic Queen
  • No Will But His: A Novel of Kathryn Howard
  • The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn
  • Vengeance Is Mine: A Novel Of Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard, And Lady Rochford  The Woman Who Helped Destroy Them Both
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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Other Books in the Series

Tudor Saga (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • To Hold the Crown (Tudor Saga #1)
  • Katharine, the Virgin Widow (Tudor Saga, #2)
  • The Shadow of the Pomegranate (Tudor Saga, #3)
  • The King's Secret Matter (Tudor Saga, #4)
  • The King's Confidante (Tudor Saga, #6)
  • The Sixth Wife (Tudor Saga, #7)
  • The Thistle and the Rose (Tudor Saga, #8)
  • Mary, Queen of France (Tudor Saga, #9)
  • The Spanish Bridegroom (Tudor Saga, #10)
  • Gay Lord Robert (Tudor Saga, #11)
The Lady in the Tower (Queens of England, #4) Katharine of Aragon: The Wives of Henry VIII (Tudor Saga, #2-4) The Rose Without a Thorn (Queens of England, #11) To Hold the Crown (Tudor Saga #1) The Sixth Wife (Tudor Saga, #7)

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