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Murder Most Royal (Tudor Saga #5)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  3,549 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
At the decadent French court of King Francois, the young Anne Boleyn grows into an enigmatic and striking woman, a temptation to many courtiers. But whilst Anne's ambitions are high, she has learned from her sister's unfortunate reputation. Unlike Mary, Anne refuses to become even a King's mistress.

So when Anne returns to the English court of Henry VIII, it is the King who
Paperback, 646 pages
Published October 5th 2006 by Arrow Books (first published 1949)
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Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nobody writes British historical fiction better than Jean Plaidy and this is one of her classics.
First published in 1949, it is NOT AT ALL dated. The style is engaging, witty, moving, and brings the period and characters to life in such a brilliant way. A page turner which kept me reading late into toe night.
Plaidy creates much more multifaceted character, much more so than the books about Henry's wives by Phillipa Gregory and Susanna Dunn. This is a far superior work to The Other Boleyn Girl in
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
Oct 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
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
Nov 12, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 22, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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 sim
Helene Harrison
Review - I didn't like this one as much as The King's Great Matter because I felt that the story was far too abbreviated and there wasn't enough detail in either story. It would have been better to look at Anne Boleyn's story in one book and Katherine Howard's in another, so that their stories could be fully explored and explained. I felt this was a major flaw, but that what was written was well written and interesting, if abbreviated. I thought that neither character came across as entirely 3D ...more
Portia Costa
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tudor
I read this book years and years ago, probably when I was in my teens, so I'd forgotten almost everything about it... and forgotten how good it is.

The style is a bit oldfashioned, but nevertheless it's a real page turner. Although we can't know for certain how the characters really thought and felt, Jean Plaidy does a fantastic job of making Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard believable. She creates sympathy for the women, without making them saints, and paints a particularly vivid por
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
Jul 01, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
May 13, 2008 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I love a good elizabethan novel!
Debbie Cartwright
Had to force myself to put down to do other things
F. Glenn
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me by a fellow Goodreads member and a fan of Medieval Historical fiction. I had already read other accounts of Ann Boleyn and her life with King Henry VIII but in this novel the author takes time to delve into the character of the King. It was well know that King Henry VIII had beheaded more than one wife and that knowledge would undoubtedly cause one to wonder why and/or how a man, even a king, could do such a thing. This novel gives insight into the man’s mental in ...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
I usually love historical fiction stories about monarchs and their wives, especially ones surrounding King Henry VIII, but this was such a heavy book. It was slow and overly wordy and just a slog to get through.

There were a few entertaining moments, but it was overall just very plodding and heavy. There are such many better stories about Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard that I won't really recommend this book to anyone.
Amy Clayton
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as Royal Road to Fotheringhay. This one felt a bit too long as it goes from Anne Boleyn's childhood until the death of Catherine Howard. It's mostly focused around Anne with Catherine being slotted in now and then. There's multiple povs in this, some were more interesting than others. It was interesting to watch catherine and Anne's lives run side by side.
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book had me gripped from start to finish and had a real insight on events I didn't even know occurred 5 stars ✨
Jane Blake
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
**First 3/4 of the book is 4 stars**
**Last 1/4 of the book is 2.5 stars**

For the most part, this was by far my favourite book of the Tudor series so far. It was so engaging and went into so much depth with the character of Anne Boleyn. In that way, also, I feel it was the most thorough book in terms of its characterisation.

The novel went into so much detail about the rise, brief reign, and decline of both Anne Boleyn and those in her closest circle. I have always thought Anne Boleyn to be a co
Dec 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Mar 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
Dec 03, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 12, 2015 10:39AM  
  • Plain Jane
  • King's Fool
  • The Concubine
  • Young Bess (Elizabeth Trilogy, #1)
  • At the King's Pleasure  (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #4 )
  • The Queen's Rival (In the Court of Henry VIII, #3)
  • Dear Heart, How Like You This?
  • Secrets of the Tudor Court (Tudor Court #1)
  • The Fifth Queen
  • Jane Boleyn: The True Story of the Infamous Lady Rochford
  • Anne Boleyn: Henry VIII's Obsession
  • Vengeance Is Mine: A Novel Of Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard, And Lady Rochford  The Woman Who Helped Destroy Them Both
  • Virgin: Prelude to the Throne
  • Mistress Anne
  • No Will But His: A Novel of Kathryn Howard
  • Anne Boleyn: A New Life of England's Tragic Queen
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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