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All the Queen's Players

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  450 ratings  ·  80 reviews
At Queen Elizabeth’s palace, intrigue abounds. And when a naive girl with a gift for keen observation enters the court, she can hardly imagine the role she will play in bringing England—indeed, the whole of Europe—to the brink of war. Nor can she foresee her own journey to the brink of ecstasy and beyond. . . .

When she becomes a junior lady o...more
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Published January 18th 2011 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Stevie
I hate to be over dramatic when I review books because as much as I love them, I like to be honest about the book. Well...ummm...I feel actually betrayed by this one. Because it didn't deliver what it promised.

The back of the book promises a fun good time through Elizabeth I's court because Rosamund is supposed to draw whatever she sees there and reports back while having a forbidden love for theater and a romance with an unsuitable match. It also makes a note to mention that Christopher Marlow...more
Bookaholics
All the Queen's Players by Jane Feather
Historical Romance- April 13th, 2010
3 stars

All the Queen's Players is a mix between intrigue and romance. However, romance is not the primary focus of the novel. So if you are expecting a book in Jane Feather's usual style please be aware this book is a bit different.

The main character, Rosamund Walsingham is involved in many royal intrigue cases as a spy. There was a lot of plot twists, but unfortunately many of which I could not follow. And the did not...more
Amber
Jul 02, 2010 Amber rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tudor Era fans
This novel would be better titled All Sir Francis Walsingham’s Players but I suppose that would be a mouthful and rather less romantic. Sir Francis is by no means the main character of the book but he is the queen’s secretary of state slash spymaster and Elizabeth makes it clear that she would have little knowledge of those in Sir Francis’s employ and their doings; therefore, though technically in the queen’s service, most of the characters we meet are pawns of Sir Francis.

And I was so afraid I...more
Anne Neville
I am currently on page 164 of this book and I doubt I will be able to finish it. The heroine, Rosamund, seems to lack any sense and despite her asserted intelligence and keen observational skills, she quickly allows herself to fall into court dalliance and an affair/scandal (yet to be seen) that will cause her downfall and make her all the more useful to her patron and cousin, spymaster Francis Walsingham. The book has an uncomfortable mix of court life and theatre that so far does not make much...more
Kristy
I was very pleased with this book. I didn't have super high hopes, I purchased this one out of a bargain bin. So, for $2.99 I think I lucked out.

I'm sure this is atleast 85% fiction, there are tons of historical elaborations.... but that's exactly why I loved it. Sometimes I want an escape read.

Also, any sex scenes in this were tastfully done and not over the top. There is a lot left up to the imagination. However, nipples are mentioned atleast twice ;) Hey-O!


Anywho, good fun. Nothing super am...more
Rebecca Heisler
Had every intention of giving this three stars until I read the last ten pages which didn't flow with the rest of the story in any way. It was a dramatic ending just for the sake of having a dramatic ending but didn't make much sense to me.

The book is very well written but just never completely gets off the ground. It goes in too many directions and it's hard to feel too close to one of the many many story lines.
Candice
All the Queen's Players was actually better than I expected it to be. I'm not usually a fan of romances, so when this was given to me as a historical romance, I was skeptical. I guess the author usually writes romances, so this is automatically marketed as such, but there is little actual romance in it. Mostly it deals with the spy network of Francis Walsingham and the plots surrounding Mary of Scots. It wasn't an amazing read and the characters weren't as well developed as I prefer, but it was...more
Olga
I must confess, when I read the many lukewarm reviews of this book I prepared myself for the worst. Fortunately I shouldn't have worried, I actually enjoyed this novel even despite the romance-y parts (all the between-the-sheets adventures are not my cup of tea).
One of my favorite things about this novel is that little about it was straightforward. There is a lot of intrigue, both political and personal. Everyone has something they want and the means they employ are hardly ever savory. I've alw...more
Aemelia
Unfortunately ALL THE QUEEN'S PLAYERS fell totally flat for me. Jane Feather used to be an auto buy author for me, with a strong voice showcasing fast moving tales of action, suspense, romance and passion, but she seems to have lost that voice. With this book I wasn't expecting a romance, but I was expecting a good story. Instead I felt that it just seemed to drag on and on. The plot never really went anywhere, it just stagnated. The court intrigue lacked any spark of adventure, the petty jealou...more
Kate  Maxwell
It was nice returning to the court of Queen Elizabeth, as I had not visited in some time. Ms. Feather did a wonderful job keeping tone and language as well as did a fabulous job with description of scenes and characters. This story was very well-written.

I quite enjoyed All the Queen’s Players, a story about Rosamund Walsingham, cousin to Queen Elizabeth’s spy master. Rosamund is a young girl who is sent to Queen Elizabeth’s court to spy on the courtiers and the Queen’s ladies, and later sent int...more
Marie
I have never read anything by Jane Feather before. I had an inkling that her style was more "romance" over the historical genre. Although pure romance novels are not my favorite, if they are paired with a good historical fiction writing style, I can find it enjoyable when I am in the right frame of mind. This is a mix that met that even requirement of romance in an intriguing historical fiction setting, namely within the Elizabethan courts, but some of the lines were tediously annoying that I fe...more
Sophia Musgrave
I accidentally read this book last week, I was supposed to be reading a similar titled one, with a young girl protagonist set in the 1500s, just as this one was. Despite this not being the right book for my book discussion club, I really enjoyed this novel. It was fun, but at the same time, historically minded enough that I felt I was also learning something. I really liked that Rosamund was so drawn to the stage and the side story of Kit Marlowe who was a contemporary of Shakespeare. Although s...more
Megan
Dec 01, 2012 Megan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pink Carnation Series Lovers
Warning: Very harsh

Back-Story: I picked this up when Borders was going out of business. When that happened, I basically went to every Borders in my area and literally any book that looked interesting or the summary sounded good, I bought. This was one of them.

First off, I initally thought that the book was called "Jane Feather: All the Queen's Players" because the author's name is written so incredibly large on the cover. It's larger even than the title. But I figured out that she was actually...more
Lauren
All the Queen's Players tells the story of life in the court of an aging Queen Elizabeth I and the demise of Mary Queen of Scots, through the eyes of Rosamund Walsingham, neice of spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham. The first hundred pages or so of All the Queen's Players was rather dull. The novel begins with Rosamund witnessing Mary Stuart's execution. Then it flashes back to Rosamund's removal from the country into a life of intrigue and court life. Rosamund, who lived a quiet, fairly isolated...more
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Karen
I really enjoyed this book. Not since "The Other Boleyn Girl" have I been so drawn in by a piece of historical fiction.



The book starts out with a bang when Rosamund Walsingham spies her brother and his lover in the orchard of her country home. Her life changes rapidly from that point when she is called to court by her powerful cousin. Along the way, Rosamund gets to experience the London theater scene, she is tutored in courtly conduct, she becomes a spy for her cousin, experiences great love an...more
Athornton
Probably would have done a 4 1/2 if possible. A good book but I had a hard time finding the character of Rosamund believable at all times. I can understand being innocent and naïve but she definitely seemed to get herself into more than her fair share of trouble and didn't seem to have any regrets or concerns about doing so. I imagine it would have been hard not to get sucked into certain things, especially if you were related to Francis Walsingham, the Spymaster. Even so, I googled Rosamund to...more
♆ BookAddict ~ La Crimson Femme
I won this from a giveaway and was excited to read the book. I've been a fan of Ms. Feather for well over a decade. Her romance novels are generally light and fun to read. This one was more like a history book. I did not enjoy it as much as her other books. The characters didn't pull me in. I didn't like Sir Francis and I certainly didn't like his cousin Thomas, Rosamund's brother.

The plot to prove treason and execute Mary was not exactly dull, but it definitely wasn't riveting. This darker side...more
Harman Kaur
I won this book on Goodreads, so it was a win-win for me. I enjoyed this book, it was interesting. The beginning was a little bit slow. Without giving to much away, this novel was...strange. The novel picked up in the middle. The ending was sudden. And the ending, i was not satifised with it. It was heartbreaking. So pick this book up, the reason why i gave this 3 stars, because i did not like the time period it was written in...i just cant. Im sorry. This wasn't my cup of tea, but for those fol...more
Merredith
This is a historical fiction book about a 17 year old woman who comes to court in queen elizabeth's court. she, her brother, her brother's boyfriend (who happens to be kit marlowe!) & her own boyfriend are all spies who help create and then bring down, a plot to return queen mary to the throne. We got to learn a lot about theatre life back then, the first governmental intelligence agency, and even the curious, yet good fact that no one seemed to care about homosexuality. the gay characters d...more
Thalia
The story follows a made up heroine related to true life Elizabethan players. Rosamund starts off introduced at Elizabeth's court and then is moved to Mary Queen of Scots imprisioned group. There is romance (of some graphic description) and intrigue with espionage being the main theme. The story moves along well, it's not fantastic. Although the book does not claim to be a Historical Romance, and indeed it does fall a bit short of that designation, I think that it qualifies and therefore is a li...more
Elizabeth Whitehead
All the Queen’s Players by Jane Feather
June 30, 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed “All the Queen’s Players” by Jane Feather. This book provides a new look at Queen Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots and their relationship. The history shown in the story is correct so many people can learn history of that time period by reading this book. Most of the characters were real people – their stories may be contrived for this book but the romance and the insight into the happenings of Court are essential to how M...more
Natalie
Feb 09, 2013 Natalie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
This was a good book, albeit slow at times, but the ending made me so mad that I almost threw the book against the wall! (And for those who do not know me, I treat my books like my babies. I have yelled at my mother for accidentally bending a page in my book when she borrows it.) I love historical fiction, so I was really excited when I saw this book on sale at Barnes And Noble, and quickly started devouring it. I enjoyed the different characters, and I was hooked on the quickly budding romance....more
Naomi
Historical romance full of trickery, spies and cruelty. Written in the 16th century young Rosamund Walsingham is sent to London to spy on Queen Elizabeth's court. Sir Francis asks her to gather information and draw what she sees happening in the court. Her work leads her to the chance meeting of Will Creighton a young playwright and courtier they fall in love.
Roamund is expeeled from court when one of the other ladies gets zealous. Roamund is then sent to Scotland to spy on Mary Queen of Scots t...more
Vanessa
While this book is not exactly awful, it runs fair to middling in comparison to other works of the Tudor genre. What could have been a potentially thrilling plot line came off as almost too safe and predictable, and a potentially great female character is left flat and unimpressive with too happy of an ending, all things considered. The book's saving grace is the early ties to the English theater in the time of Queen Elizabeth I. But again, here lies another pitfall to this book, too many potent...more
W.E.
Well written enough, this is the story of the fall of Mary, Queen of Scots from the perspective of a young female cousin of Walsingham. Kit Marlowe also plays a large role in the book, which was nice to see. I think if I hadn't read The_Other_Queen by Phillipa Gregory, I might have given this five stars. As it is, Gregory's book was a tough act to follow. (Really, the movie "Elizabeth" was a tough act to follow.) The romantic scenes serve well. Worth checking out at your local library.
Santy
Difficult, very difficult to rating this book...
There many intrigue in the story, which is Jane's brilliant idea to blend it with romance
and make me felt like I was there too.
The story is rich in knowledge and based on stunning research results.
But for those whom love romance might not be too enjoy.
Meaghan
very unlike jan efeather's usual books. it was full of court intrigue and politics and not as much romance
Jennifer Gallagher
I had high hopes for this book. I really did. Sadly it disappointed me. 455 pages was way too long. I think the story could have been written in 300 pages. There was too much drama - and frankly the part about Rosamunds' brother and Christopher Marlowe was unnecessary. The story was true and the details historically accurate - but it was just too long and moved a bit slowly at times. Perhaps I'll try another of her books again...
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Jane Feather was born in Cairo, Egypt, and grew up in New Forest, in the south of England. She began her highly successful career after she and her family moved to Washington D.C. in 1981. She now has over ten million books in print.

Has also written under pseudonym of Claudia Bishop (books written in 1984)
More about Jane Feather...
Snowy Night with a Stranger (School for Heiresses, Anthology 2) The Accidental Bride (Bride, #2) The Least Likely Bride (Bride, #3) Rushed to the Altar (Blackwater Brides #1) A Wicked Gentleman (Cavendish Square, #1)

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