Secrets of the Tudor Court (Tudor Court #3)
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Narrated from the point of view of young Mary Howard, who ...more
Unfortunately I didn't find Mary all that appealing as a character. She was a bit too good to be true and she e ...more
Even though I'm a huge fan of Showtime's TV series The Tudors and have recently read Philippa Gregory's The Other Boleyn Girl (the e-book version but not in Kindle format, or I would have written a review), I really don't know anything about the main character in Secrets of the Tudor Court. She is Lady Mary Howard, daughter of Thomas Howard, the third Duke of Norfolk, and cousin to Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII's second of six wives. I'm familiar with Norfolk, the hard and ma ...more
History has not looked kindly on the Duke of Norfolk. He is thought of as the ruthless monster who ...more
I wasn’t expecting this one to be a literary masterpiece, but the subject, Mary Howard, got me interested in the book. Mary Howard was the daughter of the notorious Duke of Norfolk and wife of Henry VIII’s illegitimate son Henry Fitzroy. She outlived Henry VIII’s and all of his wives. Now I don’t know a lot about Mary Howard but there a lot of other historical inaccuracies I noticed in the book so I wouldn’t take most of Bonnette’s material on her as fa ...more
First, there is the theme of domestic violence - and the victim's acceptance of said violence - throughout out the story. Mary's father beats and threatens both her and her mother repeatedly (and brutally).
Which leads me to second --- Mary' ...more
Something new for this review is that I love reading about different smaller characters in Tudor history. In the genre, I would estimate half of the books are about Anne Boleyn. I love seeing the supporting characters and extras get leading roles. You don't hear too much about Mary Howard other than the fact she was ...more
No, seriously. The first part of it was nearly a rip-off of TOBG, complete with the heroine feeling sorry for the poor Catherine of Aragon and hating her own family for, let's see, essentially behaving like every family depending on the king's favor would behave. It got a little better afterwards, the main character (Mary Howard, the wife of Henry VIII's illegitimate son Henry Fitzroy, and the daughter of Thomas Howard the duke ...more
Secrets of the Tudor Court follows the story of Mary Howard, a Howard girl eclipsed by those more famous, such as Mary and Anne Bolyen, and Katherine Howard. The story travels through from her father summoning her to court at 11, right through to her death during the reign of Queen Mary I, including her ill fated marriage to the illegitimate son of Henry VIII, Henry Fitzroy and her friendship with Catherine Parr and reformist b ...more
The character of Mary is one where you remain sympathetic toward throughout. Norfolk is the type of person you never wish to meet; he's a proper villain. This book develops the mai ...more
Though, I'm not typically a fan of this narrative style of writing ...more
On the one hand, it does a pretty good job of telling the story of Mary Howard, a relatively minor figure in the Tudor court, but one who was connected to the powerful Howard family and a witness to many of the important events that happened there. Not (thankfully) having been in an abusive relationship myself, I don't know how accurate the dynamics of her rela ...more
The story follows the life of Mary Howard, who is sent to court to serve Anne Boleyn. I thought it would be an interesting, original read, telling the tale of the Tudors from a different angle. I was wrong. Mary Howard is the most annoying 'heroine' possible. You could barely get through two pages before 'her eyes welled with tears' AGAIN! And that's not an exaggeration. She bursts into tears at the smallest of things and t ...more
Any author who endeavors to bring individuals who once lived and breathed back to life in book form has a great deal to live up to, in my opinion. Historical fiction is a tribute of sorts, and those whose lives have inspired someone to compose a novel deserve to be portrayed in a way that as closely fits the historical actuality as possible. True, some characters just weren't included in the historical record to the extent that would allow authors to know exactly what they need to i ...more
This is another great read to add to your Tudor fiction library. It is full of the Tudor speculation and gossip that Tudor fans have come to enjoy and love, but this is not told in an over the top fashion. It is fast paced and intriguing, as the Tudor courts and the events of the demise of Henry VIII's wives are merely a backdrop for Mary Howard's story. Although an avid fan of Tudor history, this particular story is new to me, as I have never registered the fact that the shrewd and cu ...more
D.L Bogan is a history major, aiming for a master's so that she might lecture one day. She is also a musician with classical voice training who has been playing keyboards and singing in bands since she was 18. She also enjoys reading, traveling, summer activities, spending time with family and friends, and researching her next novel! She makes her home in central Wisconsin.