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Prisoner of the Queen

(Tales From the Tudor Court #2)

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Kindhearted Katherine Grey knows well the peril of being born with royal blood. As Henry VIII’s grandniece and one of the heirs to the English throne, her noble birth has doomed her to live among the schemers and seducers of the king’s court—barring her from the peaceful life that she truly desires.

After her sister fails to keep the throne, and a new queen rises to power,
Paperback, 386 pages
Published August 11th 2015 by Lake Union Publishing (first published July 19th 2014)
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Sarah (Presto agitato)
The inherently tragic and romantic story of Katherine Grey lends itself to novelization. Her elder sister, Lady Jane Grey, the "Nine Days Queen," was executed as a teenager for usurping the throne. Katherine was kept from her great love by Queen Elizabeth I, who was afraid that she could be overthrown by those who thought Katherine had a better claim to the throne than she did. Add into all of that secret weddings and childbirths and imprisonment in the Tower of London and the history is as dram ...more
DNF @ 35%.

Boring. Repetitious writing. Dull heroine. Twee shit with pets. A romance as scintillating as a bowl of cold oatmeal.

*grabs parachute and bails*

(Had a real "Young Adult" feel to the tone and writing, though I guess it's for the adult market. It was blah, no matter how it was labeled.)
Andrea Guy
I love the Tudor period. It is hard to believe that anyone could write another book dealing with this royal dynasty that would still leave me feeling like I haven't read a half a million books on the subject, (ok, maybe not so many, but it feels that way sometimes) but E. Knight does.

So yes, the Tudor period is very overdone, in both historical fiction and romantic fiction, but, there's always something more, or someone more to learn about. In this case, Katherine Grey, who was the sister to La
♔ Dark Lordette Jennymort ♔
I'm still not entirely sure about this book. I know I've only read about 50 pages, but it's just not vibing with me. And that in itself is bothering me. I've never had this issue with a book... Ever. But there is a first time for everything I guess. Hopeful I'll finish it this year...


I'm actually kind of depressed about this...
Erin Al-Mehairi
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad that I decided to try out Eliza Knight's Tudor Series, written under E. Knight to differentiate from her romance novels she's been so successful at writing (though I've not read those yet). Speaking strictly on her Tudor Series novels, of which I've read both now, E. Knight is a superb writer with detailed prose, excellent dialogue, and emotional characters. Fully researched, these historical novels on the Tudor Era bring a fresh take to the shelves of what is fast becoming, if it ha ...more
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One would think with all of the Tudor books out there that one would have read it all but no - Ms. Knight has found a heroine about whom I knew very little. Lady Katherine Grey was a sister to Lady Jane Grey - the young woman who was queen for 9 days between Edward VI and Mary I. Katherine had royal blood so her life was really lived at the Queen's behest. She couldn't marry without her permission, she really couldn't be free at all. So much for the "fun" of being royal.

Once I started reading ab
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Prisoner of the Queen” by E. Knight was a fantastic read. One of those books you curl up with, and find you can’t put it down until you finish. I liked how the novel was written in first person. It really gives the reader a great idea of what Katherine really might have been going through—you can picture her having these exact thoughts during this time. I felt like I really was able to get to know Katherine. She’s definitely a relatable character, and as a reader you just want to protect her an ...more
WTF Are You Reading?
Prisoner Of The Queen, marks authoress Eliza Knight's latest tarriance among the royal and not so royal blooms of the fabled Tudor Rose.
Chronicling the life and times of Lady Katherine Grey, "princess of the blood" and sister to the tragic "nine days Queen," Jane Grey; this is a story of life, love, and treachery, that has to be read to be believed.

As cousin to both Mary and Elizabeth Tudor, Katherine's story offers a much more intimate look at life among the royals. As such, the rivalries, jeal
Stephanie Tracy
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great retelling of the tragic life of Lady Katherine Grey, sister to the ill-fated Lady Jane Grey. Hers is a story of true love and heartbreaking separation. Mistrusted by her cousin Queen Elizabeth, her adult years are hard and riddled with imprisonment and pain. But through it all she retains the love of her one and only, Ned Seymour. Secretly wedded and bedded, Katherine gives birth to two boys and remains utterly in love with the husband who is kept away from her. Unfortunately, h ...more
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness! Anyone that knows me knows this is exactly my kind of book. I have been an Anglophile for over 10 years and whenever I can find a book, fiction or nonfiction, on this area of the world I sink right into it.
Unfortunately this also means that I take my time in reading it as I want to absorb all the details. Prisoner of the Queen took me in from the first page. Eliza Knight has accurately told the story of Katherine Grey, the sister to Jane Grey who is known as the Nine-Days Queen.
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Prisoner of the Queen had me gripped from the prologue. Eliza Knight has artfully told the story of ill-fated Katherine Grey, sister to the Nine-Days Queen, Jane Grey.

As a lover of all things Tudor, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There is a fresh perspective on court life and several Queens through the eyes of Katherine Grey. Katherine, who had been inundated with Court Life since she was a child, is cousin to Queen Mary and Elizabeth. Katherine Grey is seen as a threat to the Crown, but all
Colleen Turner
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are few things I like better than a well told Tudor historical! There are so many angles to take and interpretations to present that show the many players and many sides in this political viper’s nest. While Jane Grey, the 9 days queen, is a key player in many novels surrounding the Tudor court her younger sisters, Katherine and Mary Grey, are usually relegated to the sidelines. Ms. Knight’s Prisoner of the Queen places Katherine front and center, letting her tell her heavy story of great ...more
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review originally appeared on my blog,


Most people know the tale of Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Days Queen. I’ve read several books about her, fiction and nonfiction, but PRISONER OF THE QUEEN is the first book I’ve read that tells the story of her sister, Katherine. That’s what attracted me to the book in the first place, and I think E. Knight does a fantastic effort reimagining Katherine’s story.

Katherine’s story is not a happy one: for daring to marry the man she loved behind Q
Michelle Miller (True Book Addict)
I think what I enjoy most about the Tales from the Tudor Court series is the author's ability in taking the fringe players and showing us how essential they were to what was going on in the Tudor world. She accomplished this in My Lady Viper, with Anne Seymour, and she does it brilliantly once again with this book surrounding Katherine Grey's life.

Katherine was the younger sister to Lady Jane Grey, Queen Jane for those illustrious nine days. She was the middle daughter of Frances Grey, nee Bran
Kathleen Kelly
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Katherine Grey was the younger sister of Lady Jane Grey, often known as the nine day queen. Through their grandmother Mary Tudor, they were in line to the English throne. Lady Jane Grey and her husband, Lord Guildford Dudley, are executed with the charge of treason. This leaves Katherine next after Henry VIII's children Edward,Mary and Elizabeth. Elizabeth felt that Katherine was a threat to her succession to the throne so there was a bit of animosity between the two that carried forward th ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
In "Prisoner of the Queen," E. Knight is back with another tale from the Tudor Court. Think you've read everything about the Tudors? Ms. Knight shows that there is much more to love. I know that I have thought that maybe I was over reading about the Tudors before but when I read books like this one, my mind is changed very quickly. Filled with court intrigue and passion, this book will have you wanting to read more about her heroine, Katherine Grey, sister of Queen Jane Grey!

Queen Jane, also rem
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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First, I have to say that the gorgeous cover grabbed my attention from the beginning but the fantastic writing, engaging story line and search for love kept me hooked. The Tutors are just so delicious! They were very interesting and never had a dull moment. I heard E. Knight's "Behind the Plaid" and I was hooked by her story telling. So when "Prisoner of the Queen" became ava
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

This was such a great read and I finished it in two days. If you LOVE Philippa Gregory like I do then this will be the book for you! Ms. Knight is a great storyteller and draws you back to the past!

This follows Lady Katherine Grey, the middle sister of the Nine-Days Queen Jane Grey. Katherine sees her family rise to power only to fall down. She is left to pick up the pieces and to make peace with
Prisoner of the Queen is a refreshing look at the life of Katherine Grey. For the first time, she is portrayed as a strong, intelligent woman instead of as a foolish and naive girl. I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Knight's unique portrayal of this fascinating historical figure.

Likes: In addition to Knight's portrayal of Katherine, I also thoroughly enjoyed the cast of characters. There were plenty of familiar faces but there were some less familiar characters who played big roles in the story. Both th
Caroline Wilson
"Prisoner of the Queen" takes on the true story of Lady Katherine Grey. Often overlooked due to her older sister Jane, "the Queen of Nine Days", Katherine saw first hand what unbridled ambition could result in. Raised as a "Princess of the Blood" (her grand uncle was Henry VIII), Katherine knew she would be a pawn in the political machinations of her era. Instead, she chose to take her own destiny in hand and marry for love, which unfortunately had disastrous consequences.

E. Knight has a great w
I vividly remember the first time I read about Lady Jane Grey and being stunned, thinking this has got to be fiction. Surely this didn't actually take place, how could parents deliberately treat their daughters like this. Resigned into acceptance remembering that this was Tudor England.

Eliza Knight has written a captivating story that brings to life a stormy period in history. Lady Katherine Grey, not just sister to the nine day queen but also an heir to the throne of England herself. The author
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The circumstance of Katherine Grey’s existence is heartbreaking. Witnessing the demise of her sister, 9-day queen Jane, and the downfall of her family, Katherine struggles to find her place in court. Unfortunately her royal blood makes her both a value and a rival. Unable to marry her true love because of her lineage, Katherine is a tragic figure at the mercy of a vengeful monarch. Knight deftly conveys the joy and anguish of a doomed love story resulting from the misfortune of being born a Tudo ...more
Jeannie E. Hennig
Heartbreaking story

The story of Lady Katherine Grey was one of the saddest I have ever read. I will never view Elizabeth the 1st in the same way again. I knew there were things she thought she had to do to preserve her reign. Don't think this was good move on her part. All she did was immortalize Ned and Kat, making herself look petty and cruel. All in all, this was a very good book. I would recommend it highly.
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another good book in this two book series Tales from the Tudor Court. This one, however, was not as good as the first book. The main character spends little time in Court and more time at one of the various other estates. This is still a good book, but also missing King Henry VIII since Queen Elizabeth is now on the throne. The book will make you realize the cruelty and unfairness that ruled back then, and make you glad you did not live in those times.
Barbara Bingham
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful writing!

Ms. Knight's "Tales from the Tudor Court 1 and 2 " are reader's dream. Wonderful writing indeed! I am looking forward to your next book. Thank you for writing them!
Alaina Maxam
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Melissa Fecak
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

The story of Katherine Grey is very tragic. Well written of the struggles she faced to wed the man she loved.
Prisoner of the Queen by E. Knight
Book #2: Tales from the Tudor Court
Source: Netgalley
My Rating: 4/5 stars
My Review:

As Prisoner of the Queen opens, England is in turmoil as Henry VIII’s only surviving yet sickly son is on the throne and his daughters, Mary and Elizabeth struggle with their place in the world and their claim to the throne of England. As the young King’s days come to a close, the Grey family makes their play and places their eldest daughter, Jane on the throne. Known as the nine-
Lisa Fallon
I am a massive fan of the Tudors but we don't really get much on the two grey sisters, Mary and Katherine.
I have read a few fiction history books on lady Jane grey and but haven't found a good story on Katherine until now.

I've always know that Katherine went against the queens wishes and married Ned Seymour in private and then became pregnant, I knew that they were both imprisoned in the two and had two sons but I must admit that's mainly all I've learnt about Katherine so this book was a big ey
First, one of my main complaints with this book (and a lot of others being published today) is the blurb. The blurb is completely misleading as to what the contents of this novel are. The blurb says:

"Kindhearted Katherine Grey knows well the peril of being born with royal blood. As Henry VIII’s grandniece and one of the heirs to the English throne, her noble birth has doomed her to live among the schemers and seducers of the king’s court—barring her from the peaceful life that she truly desires
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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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