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The King's Damsel by Kate Emerson
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Sep 03, 12

Read from September 01 to 03, 2012

Fans of Phillipa Gregory will no doubt enjoy this entertaining series by Kate Emerson. This is #5 in her Secrets of the Tudor Court series. Orphaned heiress Thomasine(Tamsin) Lodge finds herself under the guardianship of the odious Sir Lionel Daggett. Tamsin becomes a maid of honor to Princess Mary, Henry VIII daughter. Tamsin grows fond of her mistress who treats her kindly and fairly. However, there is dissent as Anne Boleyn arrives and supplants Catherine of Aragon in Henry VIII affections. Under the pretext of wanting to ally herself with the more powerful woman, Tamsin becomes a spy in Anne's household and watches Anne's growing importance to the king. Of course Tamsin has a romance of her own, the son of silk merchant who acts as the go between Tamsin and Princess Mary's household (their codes is composed of ribbons). Like the other books in the series the story moves along nicely and the balance of characters and historical detail is nicely balanced. A good fun read for Tudor fans!
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