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My Lady Viper

(Tales From the Tudor Court #1)

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When Anne Boleyn falls to the executioner’s ax on a cold spring morning in 1536, Anne Seymour knows her family faces peril. As alliances shift and conspiracies multiply, the Seymours plot to establish their place in the treacherous court of King Henry VIII, where a courtier’s fate is decided by the whims of a hot-tempered and fickle monarch.

Lady Anne’s own sister-in-law, J
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Paperback, 476 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by Lake Union Publishing (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jenny Q
I've been wanting to try one of this author's historical romances for a long time, so I jumped at the chance to check out her first historical fiction offering, but I'm sorry to say that it didn't send me. I gave up after about 150 pages. There were some mechanical issues like too much telling of historical, political, and character info and "as you know, Bob" dialogue, but mainly I could not swallow the heroine's inconsistency; she continually pined over her love and devotion to her husband and ...more
Erin
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tudor fiction. The phrase alone makes me cringe. Wolf Hall, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Autobiography of Henry VIII, The Sixth Wife, Secrets of the Tudor Court, Queen's Gambit… there are enough titles on the market that I could go on all day.

With so many options, it’s hard to imagine an author bringing something new to the table. Are there really angles that haven’t been tried, schemes that haven’t been woven, or characters
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Bookish Ally
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Probably just a little better than 3.5 stars but I like to round up to give credit to the artists who work so hard on the stories that we devour.

In the author’s note (always appreciated in a historical fiction - leastwise by myself) she does outline her reasoning behind certain manipulations of history and she takes on a character who was very prominent in the Tudor court and yet, as she was a woman, we have very little information about.

I thought, overall, the story was good, the main charact
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WTF Are You Reading?
Though much has been made of lives, wives, deaths, and courts held by the various Tudor Queens; the life and times of young Queen Jane (Seymour) has gone largely unsung.
Until now...
My Lady Viper gives readers that much yearned for glimpse inside the Seymour reign.
Told in the voice of Lady Anne Seymour, the story we find here is far from that of staid civility, and forthright purity, as reported by history.
While that might have been true for the tragic Queen Jane, it was far from the case with th
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Caroline
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited to pick up a book about Anne Stanhope Seymour, the notoriously manipulative wife of Edward Seymour. The Seymour family often gets lost in the shuffle of Tudor history, especially compared to the Howards. I tend to think that this is because the queen they produced, Jane Seymour, isn't as flashy or tragic as the Howard queens, Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard. Hardcore Boleyn fans just hate the Seymours (which is a shame, because Henry VIII is the one truly at fault) and cast ...more
Vanessa
Jun 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
I started this book with the hope I would be able to give it at least three stars, but after only a few pages I knew it would probably be two. Now it's just one.

There might be mild spoilers in this review, but most of it is historical stuff that sort of happened.

Sadly the books starts out mediocre and gets worse with time.
The main character is all over the place. She's the prime example of telling and not showing. According to the other characters she's beautiful (even when she grows older - o
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
"My Lady Viper" is the story of Anne Seymour, who becomes a lady in waiting to Jane Seymour, who is, of course, one of Henry VIII's queens. This is the first traditional historical fiction offering from E. Knight, who also writes romances under the name Eliza Knight. It was neat to see the author make a jump to traditional historical fiction and after reading this book, I can say that the jump was worth it.

Now Tudor fiction can be tricky and it's a tricky subject for me. I was going guns a'blaz
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Alexandra
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, giveaways
If a book has anything to do with Tudor history, I will read it. I generally like to read books centering around Anne Boleyn, and as a result I have become part of "Team Howard" rather than "Team Seymour" (forgive me for the phrasing there). That being said, it was very different for me to read a book that focused on the Seymour family, and did so in a positive way. I thought I would hate the book because of this, but I ended up thoroughly enjoying it. It was fun to see some characters in a new ...more
A Holland Reads
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by this author and I enjoyed it as I can never get enough of Tudor books. I enjoyed reading about the Seymour family and another Anne in Tudor history. The author did a very good job in my opinion with the development of the characters and they just see to jump off the page at you. I think she also did very good with the setting so she made feel as if you were right there in Henry's court. Another thing I enjoyed was the telling of yet another love triangle from the Tudor ...more
Amy Bruno
A fabulously scandalous new series set in the Tudor Court, highly recommended!
Anna
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very interesting rendition of King Henry’s court. Like reading history - but it’s more ‘alive’ as Eliza Knight puts us there! Highly recommend. Looking forward to the next book in series.
Melisende d'Outremer
Political machinations, intrigue, treachery - all make for good historical fiction set in the court of Henry VIII just after the execution of Anne Boleyn.

This story is told from the perspective of Anne Seymour - sister-in-law of Jane, who would become Henry's third wife. We follow Anne as she navigates the corridors of power that will first see Jane on the throne and then the Seymour clan cling to power as the relatives of Henry's only son and heir.

Anne was - at one point - the most powerful wom
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Anne Monteith
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: av-arc-reviews
While still in school I developed a deep, life-long interest in Tudor history, which later led me to delve deeper into other ages in ancient English history, but the Tudors have remained one of my favorites. There’s been so much written about them and their court, some good, some bad and so bad that should never have been put to paper but yet authors continue to turn out novels that readers devour. While I’ve not read everything I can say that I am familiar with most of the history of those cons ...more
Lauralee
My Lady Viper is a biographical novel of Queen Jane Seymour's, the third wife of Henry VIII, sister-in-law, Anne Seymour. Anne Seymour was known to be disliked around court, and was described as a viper. This novel gives us an in-depth psyche of Anne’s actions as she rises to become the Duchess of Somerset, and also, for a brief time, the most powerful woman in the world. She is not mostly seen as a viper, but as a strong-willed woman, who helps her family.

The story is set during King Henry’s r
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Michelle Miller (True Book Addict)
I've said this before and I'm not the only one. The Tudors are becoming a bit over saturated in books and other mediums. In order for this illustrious historical dynasty to stay fresh, and don't get me wrong here...I love the Tudors, I really do, but as I was saying, in order for them to appeal to us in a fresh way, the stories need to be told in a fresh way. And one way of doing this is to bring to the forefront the background characters. That is exactly what this author has done. By telling th ...more
Darlene
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Lady Viper is E. Knight’s latest novel and it is fantastic! I’ve read a couple of the author’s historical/erotic romances earlier this year but this is her first historical novel and it is impressive. My Lady Viper takes place during the Tudor era and instead of being about the same old characters (which I still love) it brings to the forefront a lesser talked about character and that is Anne Seymour. This novel is enthralling from beginning to end and brings alive a Tudor court full of intri ...more
Amy
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from Lake Union Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Oh my word. I think this is one of the best historical fiction books I've ever read. I was hooked all the way through the book, and I can't help but compare her writing style to Philippa Gregory (my favourite historical fiction author).

I adore the Tudor period. I've researched it, and even had a mini-obsession with it in the past
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Kathleen Kelly
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Anne Seymour, nee Stanhope, was the second wife to Edward Seymour. Edward was the eldest brother to Jane Seymour, who was wife to King Henry VIII after Anne Boleyn. This is another Tudor historical fiction novel and starts off with the beheading of Anne Boleyn and takes the reader through the later part of King Henry VIII's reign and his subsequent marriages. Jane Seymour dies of childbed fever after the birth of Prince Edward, later King Edward. Edward and Anne have very powerful positions in t ...more
Stephanie Tracy
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful look at the Henrican court, seen through the eyes of one of its most maligned (and perhaps misunderstood) women, Lady Anne Seymour (Stanhope). The wife of Edward Seymour, she is a conniving, clever woman when it comes to maneuvering through the scandals and conflicts at court. Known by many as a "viper" or a "vicious" woman, she certainly isn't revered for her charms or compassion, but maybe that's what makes her such an interesting figure. Knight does a great job of portrayi ...more
Denise
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book. For all Tudor lovers who think they've read everything possible about every court personality...here's one for you. Anne Stanhope Seymour, Duchess of Somerset, interacted with all Henry VIII's queens, as well as the King himself, and anyone who was anyone during his heyday. She was a power to be reckoned, almost universally hated, yet this book gives her a human side and a backstory. Sooo glad this book ended on a high note, right after her ascension from Countess to ...more
Janina Barlow
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable romp through the Tudor court seen through the eyes of Anne Seymour (Stanhope) , Lady Hertford, at times it felt like Fifty Shades of Grey meets The Tudors. It raced along at a good pace, however I felt it was rushed towards the end to get key historical events . That said I did enjoy this novel for what it was. Well written despite a couple of small errors, the mention of Potatoes and cups of tea in porcelain cups had me eye rolling at one point, either poorly researched or and over ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Historical fiction is my favorite, especially when it involves the Tudors! This book was definitely historical fiction with a romance twist, and the author did her research of the time period. I enjoyed having the story told from someone in the court of Henry VIII. It was well-written and easy to read. I am looking forward to reading Prisoner of the Queen next!

I won this book from GoodReads First Reads. All the opinions expressed herein are my own.
Denice Darland
Should have been 5 star

I enjoyed most parts of this tale except for the needless foul language and descriptive sexual scenes. These do not make a better storyline in my opinion. I liked the different slant given to the characters, very thought provoking.
Shannon Dyer
Review published at AudioGals.
Sheryle
Jul 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Anne Stanhope Seymour has a reputation as a cold, calculating woman in the Tudor world, so a fictional account of her life should be a good, juicy read. That was my hope, anyway, as I started this book. Turns out the story was nothing more than the Tudor court turned into one big high school. The characters were one dimensional and gave us no reason to care about them. Anne, herself, spent much of the time whining about the men in her life: the one who wronged her, the one who loved her, and her ...more
Carol Beckman
Good read marred by mistakes

This was a good read that kept me interested. It seems very well researched and it was the first book where I have been able to keep track of all the Marys, Elizabeths and Annes as well as Edwards , Thomases and Henrys with all their titles. I can forgive the Americanisms in among the courtly prose... 'Ornery', 'passed' for passed away, 'ass' for arse etc. What did annoy me were the things mentioned that weren't yet invented or introduced in the England of the 1530s..
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Debbi
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting imaging of the life of Lady Anne Seymour, married to Edward Seymour who is brother to Queen Jane, the 3rd of Henry VIII's wives. While interesting, it's less historically accurate, and I sometimes found myself get annoyed with the overabundance of heaving bosoms and Anne's lust for Sir Anthony Browne, which made it more of a historical romance novel. If that's your cup of tea, you will really like this book. If you like more historical reality in your historical fiction, this does ...more
Tami Williamson
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Read. Strong & Brave Female Lead Character.

Although not entirely historically accurate, the characters did indeed exist & some events did as well. Anne is an excellent heroine. She & Edward Seymour are portrayed as not only a powerful force at court, but a genuinely equal & loving partnership. It is a good read; however, the historical inaccuracies can be mildly frustrating for readers who know their Tudor history well.
Angela Sanford
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Exciting Look Into The Tudor Court!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the scandals that took place during the reign of King Henry VIII. Through the eyes of Lady Anne Seymour, lies were told, adultery was committed and many of those involved, lost their lives. I am excited to read the second book in this series.
Kathryn Porter
Aug 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Slow start that never picked up the pace

I always find it frustrating when writers go into detail about what someone is thinking. Sometimes they do it well. Other times, like in this book, the author spends a lot of time in Anne's thoughts and feeling making her sound like a silly girl.
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E. KNIGHT is a USA Today bestselling author of historical women’s fiction. Her love of history began as a young girl when she traipsed the halls of Versailles and ran through the fields in Southern France. She can still remember standing before the great golden palace, and imagining what life must have been like—themes she got to thoroughly explore with a group of bestselling authors in the forthc ...more

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