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3.62  ·  Rating details ·  3,441 ratings  ·  550 reviews
In the court of King Henry VIII, nothing is free--
and love comes at the highest price of all.

When Kitty Tylney's best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII's heart and brings Kitty to court, she's thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat's shadow, Kitty's now caught between two
Hardcover, 398 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Viking Juvenile
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Not gonna lie, I will read the shit out of most young adult historical fiction books about the Tudors. Seriously, that noise with King Henry VIII is like a reality show with how many wives he goes through. YOU GUYS Gilt by Katherine Longshore fulfilled all my wildest historical fiction dreams AND MORE. I love historical fiction but have been burned with some bad ones lately, and y’all I am here to let you know Gilt is one of the GOOD ones.
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Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Gilt is so perfectly named. It was my guilty pleasure. I know this is weird (and when have I not been weird) but it reminded me of my favorite pizza. Whenever I want to be lazy (which is often), and not take the time to get out the ingredients, slice and dice, and cook dinner, I get this wonderful pizza from down the street. And I love it. It is so much easier than making dinner. And really, it probably tastes better.

Gilt was my favorite pizza. It is the lazy person’s historical fiction but in
A.C. Gaughen
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I knew what would happen in this story. I knew how the story would end; I knew all about the story Catherine Howard. Silly and young, desperate and immature, the cousin of Anne Boleyn, the queen that changed every rule--including those that put a queen beyond suspicion, beyond treason, beyond guilt.

But I didn't know about Kitty Tylney, the queen's best friend--the Kitty to her Cat. Kitty--along with the rest of the girls in the dowager Duchess of Norfolk's household--have been virtually abandon
Alice (Married To Books)
T/W- Rape, Death

I have really mixed feelings about Gilt, as the novel was set in my favourite historical time period (Tudor England) but the behaviour from all of the characters was immature and also, refer back to the trigger warning at the top of my review. That scene towards the first 1/3 of the novel was quite uncomfortable to read. The main character Kitty has been close friends with Catherine Howard, a young girl who goes on to marry King Henry the Eighth and brings a group of women includ
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Unsure what to rate this yet but holy damn sweet baby jesus!
Sarah Mac
I had low expectations for this book & almost didn't buy it. (Impulse shopping in the grocery store book aisle...yeah, that's a crap shoot. :P) But now I'm glad I did.

The premise is simple enough -- i.e., the rise & fall of Catherine Howard as witnessed by her servant & friend Kitty Tilney. Rather than invent a new character for narrative purposes, the author chose a documented companion (Katherine Tylney) who boarded with young Catherine before her marriage & then traveled with her to the roya
Kimberly Sabatini
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-ya
I'm going to be perfectly honest when I tell you that often historical fiction is not my thing. Sometimes I find the factual details to be mind numbing--but when it's done right--it gives me shivers. The truth can be scarier than the imagination.

GILT gave me shivers.

Longshore was a master of the skill, show--don't tell, particularly when it came to sharing her historical information. She painted a rich, vivid picture of the times and I never felt like I was pulled from the story in order to get
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
"You still remember that?" she said. "How we used to play that we were at court?"
"Used to?" I said. "We never stopped."
The game had just changed - from little girls playing princesses to a more grown-up and complicated hierarchy of status and favor.

I am far from a professional when it comes to history but I would consider myself a huge fan of the Tudor era. I've read up on the era enough to know the majority of what occurred but possibly not enough to point out historical inaccuracies when I rea
Mimi Valentine
Mar 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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I loooooooooooooooooove that the two girls' names are Cat and Kitty! I wish my name was as awesome as theirs :') But even though mine isn't as cute, I'm really enjoying this book so far! ♥

EDIT: And DONE. I actually really enjoyed this book! There are a few things I had problems with -- like a lot of Cat and Kitty's decisions -- but there are a lot of things I liked too. One being the writing, which was so beautiful! Gilt may be more of a 3.5 read for me, but I will definitely be reading all of K
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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Sometimes, with entertainment like books and television shows, it's good to take in the pure fun side of things, the guilty pleasures one doesn't necessarily advertise as favorites. I for one, am a biiig fan of hilariously bad television, like Glee, and GCB. Much like GCB, new young-adult offering Gilt isn't the most sophisticated adaption of its source material but it is hard to stop reading from the get-go. Also like the ill-fated GCB, this historical
Gilt, the debut novel by author Katherine Longshore, tells the story the rise and fall of Catherine "Cat" Howard, the fifth wife of King Henry VIII, from the point of view of her friend, Kitty Tylney. Kitty was a real person who grew up with Cat and accompanied her to court when she became queen, but not much is known about her, so the author imagines what her life might have been like. The two girls were raised together from the age of six in the household of the Duchess of Norfolk. Cat was alw ...more
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's no secret that I'm not a historical fiction fan. I don't know why, but it's never been my first choice of genre. I still have a soft spot for the Tudors. It might be due to Carolyn Meyer and her Young Royals series. Or it could be because Hampton Court is ridiculously beautiful. If you're ever in London and have a spare day, be sure to make a trip to Hampton Court. It's not too far (you can take the tube) and it's an incredible experience.

GILT begins far away from court, where Kitty Tylney
May 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book really dragged, and when it didn't bore me, it made me angry. I'm sorry, but I just don't think this book was for me.

One of the reasons I was so intrigued with the book summary was because I thought I would be reading some sort of fictionalized romance with King Henry. But he only appears a few times in the book, and the main story concerning Cat was about her selfish ambition and scandals.

And Kitty. I know she's supposed to be the innocent wallflower, but I can't get over how mad she
May 17, 2012 added it
This YA novel is narrated in a very modern voice by Katherine ("Kitty") Tylney, best friend of Katherine Howard (at least so far as the self-centered and selfish Katherine Howard can be said to have a best friend).

I found that this novel worked better at the beginning and the end. There's a rather tedious stretch during the middle where Kitty is torn between two fictional male characters, one of whom is so unappealing that we simply can't believe that he would have any attraction for Kitty. I co

Do not read Gilt expecting some great, literary historical fiction. (Say, Wolf Hall.) Don't expect it to be Gossip Girl either. The book sits somewhere in between, the foam atop a latte.

I should also add that I know a good deal about the Tudor era, though Catherine Howard isn't my favorite of the wives. Though I'm not a stickler for accuracy, I do like a certain amount of respect for the figures and their times, though each circumstance is different. I did not mind the inaccuracies in
Reading Teen
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it



In the court of King Henry VIII,

nothing is free-

and LOVE comes at the highest price of all.

I was told that this book was sad, as soon as I started it! Dang. I do not like sad books. I read to escape out of the norm, and sad is not a place I want to visit voluntarily. Gilt was very interesting. I had a lot of emotion while reading this book, and sad was just the tip of the iceberg. I feel like there were two main characters in Gilt; Kitty & Cat. To really understand this boo
Laurel Bradshaw
Setting: England, London, Greenwich Palace
Time: 1539-1542

Main characters: Henry VIII, Catherine Howard, Katherine (Kitty) Tylney, Jane Boleyn - Dowager Duchess of Norfolk.

First paragraph: "You're not going to steal anything." I left the question--Are you?--off the end of the sentence. But Cat heard it anyway.

Favorite lines: "We spent yet another rainy day endlessly sewing. I wondered at all the shirts we sewed. For the poor. For Cat's husband. How many shirts did he need? Or was it like the fair
Emily Blake
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

It's really hard to write a historical fiction book and make it thrilling, interesting, and un-put-down-able, because, well, it's history. No one wants to read about it. But this book managed to incorporate all those things, and much more.

I've always been interested in this era, Queen Elizabeth, Bloody Mary, and King Henry VIII's many wives, and, of all his six wives, Catherine Howard is the one I knew least about. I didn't even know this book was about Catherine Howard until
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Debut author Katherine Longshore chronicles the often-discussed rise and fall of Catherine Howard, the doomed fifth wife of King Henry VIII, in her new YA historical novel, Gilt. Cat Howard's story is told through the eyes of close friend Kitty Tylney, a fellow ward of the dowager duchess. As the pair grow up together at Lambeth, Kitty is privy to all of Cat's darkest secrets -secrets that could undo her at court. When Cat is sent to court as a lady-in-waiting to Henry's fourth wife, Anne of Cle ...more
Hayley G
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Henry VIII meets Pretty Little Liars!

I loved this book, and I really didn't expect to. I'm not one for Court intrigue, but I couldn't stop reading GILT.

This book will definitely appeal to fans of Gossip Girl and Gobersen's Luxe series. Longshire deals well with creating an environment in which the reader truly feels like they're part of Henry VIII's court, while using modern-day-dialogue- I really appreciated this.

Kitty is an underdog you'll be rooting for through the entire book. She's loyal a
Sarvenaz Tash
Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I think it's the mark of a truly amazing author who can make her passion for the subject matter come alive for a reader -- any reader -- whether they happen to share that passion or not.

Let me explain: I have to admit that, although I'm a huge anglophile, I haven't taken much more than a passing interest in British history, especially before the Regency era. I know a bit about Henry VIII and his wives, and I find it intriguing, but I wouldn't say I've gone out of my way to learn more.

Katherine L
Kathy Coe
Jul 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
**Full review to come closer to the date of publication**

The relationship between Catherine Howard and Kitty Tylney will resonate with many girls/women. I loved the duality between the grandeur and danger of King Henry's Tudor court.

Katherine Longshore's Catherine Howard is calculating, manipulative, and paints a much more realistic portrait of the young woman who managed to become Queen.

I am looking forward to writing, and post my full review.
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the beginning I wasn't sure if I was going to like this, but in the end I loved it. It gave a totaly different view on Katherine Howard. Not a naive, little girl, but a manipulative woman and that was great! Highly recommend this. ...more
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars ^.^

An Impressive Historical Debut Novel!

Since I turned to the first page of Gilt, I found myself immediately immersed with a story that provides so much more than just enjoyment. In fact, this story is full of complex moral choices, and best of all, History. Now, how could I not be absolutely fascinated by British history after reading Gilt? Longshore perfectly illustrates the 16th century with jewels, gowns, gossips, castles, liais
Gilt is unlike any Tudor book I've ever read and as far as YA's concerned, I've read a lot.

First off, it's told from a different perspective. A lot of Tudor books I've read were told by one of the queen's or a relative of one. Gilt is told from the perspective of one of Catherine Howard's closest friends. I loved having this different perspective. When it comes to Catherine Howard, I've only read a couple books and in both, she was telling her own story and she came off as horribly misunderstood
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Gilt by Katherine Longshore completely and utterly overwhelmed me. In a great way, but a heavy way. If you know the history of Henry VIII, Catherine Howard, and his many other wives, you can probably guess that Gilt is anything but a light book.

But my goodness, Gilt is a beautiful book. Katherine Longshore’s writing style is perfect for historical fiction. Even though Gilt is set in the 1800s, Katherine Longshore’s writing didn’t f
Jennifer Wolf
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I loved this book. I read it in two days and couldn't put it down. Kitty and Cat (Catherine Howard, fifth wife to Henry the VIII) are almost common girls who play out their wildest dreams when Catherine marries the king. Unfortunately, life at court isn't (and is) all they dreamed it would be. It is just as opulent and extravagant as they expected (at least for Cat), but they are no more free than they were living as wards to a distantly related duchess. I loved the descriptions of the cour ...more
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic debut novel by Katherine Longshore.
I have always had a fondness for Tudor history. Especially the lives of those unfortunate enough to be part of the king's household.
Of all Henry's wives, Catherine Howard is the one I understand the least. Several books portray her as the used and abused young child of the Howard's. Used to further their place at court, and abused, ignored when the young woman fails to produce an heir. She is also portrayed as a conniving, selfish fiend who only liv
Caryn Caldwell
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Beginning in the year 1539, Gilt gives voice to Kitty, best friend and confidante of Queen Catherine Howard, the fifth of King Henry the VIII's ill-fated wives. Impetuous, self-centered, and charismatic, Catherine holds sway over all she comes across. But even Kitty, her best friend and greatest believer, couldn't have anticipated that Catherine would rise from a position of nothingness to become queen, taking Kitty right along with her. However, when Catherine carries her manipulation and impul ...more
Talia Vance
Mar 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book sucked me in from page one and wouldn't let me go. Even though I *knew* how the story had to end, I was on the edge of my seat, hoping for a different ending.

Kitty and Cat have a complex relationship that is easy to relate to. Cat wields her power over her friends and the court without regard for consequences, and Kitty is powerless to help her. In the Tudor court, the girls stand to lose much more than just their reputations, and the tension is absolutely palpable.

This is Kitty's sto
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