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Jane the Quene

(The Seymour Saga #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  381 ratings  ·  69 reviews
All Jane Seymour wants is a husband; but when she catches the eye of a volatile king, she is pulled deep into the Tudor court's realm of plot and intrigue....

England. 1535. Jane Seymour is 27 years old and increasingly desperate for the marriage that will provide her a real place in the world. She gets the perfect opportunity to shine when the court visits Wolf Hall, the S
Kindle Edition, 283 pages
Published April 14th 2016 by Janet Wertman
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Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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When presented the opportunity to read Janet Wertman’s Jane the Quene, I found myself asking two very distinct questions: “Could this author bring fresh perspective where the Tudors are concerned?” and “What caused the ‘n’ to cut the line in the novel’s title?” The story satisfied my curiosity on both counts and while I’m sorely tempted to spout the sort of vague praise that inspires quick purchase, I feel doing so would be
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoy the story of an unsung hero (or heroine), and few people fit that bill better than Jane Seymour. Known chiefly for being the wife that managed to bear Henry VIII a son, I was intrigued to discover how an author would give us a more expansive picture of this quiet queen.

In addition to her short reign, Jane was and continues to be overshadowed by her scandalous predecessor. How exactly Jane felt about Anne Boleyn is not really known, but this novel dealt with their relationship in a believ
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
The third of Henry VIII's wives, very little is actually known about Jane Seymour. Even Elizabeth Norton's biography about Jane left so many gaps that it is impossible to get to know this woman well. She has been portrayed colourless and boring in pretty much every historical fiction or film or TV show. So it is refreshing to see events through the eyes of Jane for pretty much her entire adult life.

The book is told from two perspectives: Jane Seymour and Thomas Cromwell. I think this was a pret
An interesting look at Jane Seymour. Thought the author did an excellent job of sticking close to known history while inserting her take on what might have been. I did not come away liking any of the main characters, but a good read all the same.
Mercedes Rochelle
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
In this new book and part one of a Seymour trilogy, Janet Wergman has taken on the unenviable task of turning a “boring” woman into an interesting study. Did the name Plain Jane originally come from her? Any basic study of Henry VIIIs wives tend to give Jane short shrift as the antidote to the exciting and tempestuous Anny Boleyn. And of course, Henry loved her the rest of his life because he didn’t have the opportunity to get tired of her. Oh, and she gave birth to his heir.

But there were a lo
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This was a more personal look into Jane Seymour's rise to Queen of England.

Janet Wertman showed Jane Seymour's strengths, besides birthing a son! Janes expertise in household activities such as organizing her families estate Wulfhall brought her to the attention of the King. She was also sweet, and put the needs of others before herself. She reconciled the King and his daughter Mary after so many years of anger on both sides. These attributes showed just how different she was from Anne Boleyn.
Veronica Mcniff
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book. As a writer of historical faction myself, I couldn't but admire this writer's fascinating take on that old chestnut, the wives of King Henry VIII.

Jane the Quene is narrated largely from the point of view of Jane Seymour, though there are great characterizations of Cromwell, Anne Boleyn (The Great Whore) and the other Seymour siblings.

The depth of research Jane Wertman undertook boggles the mind, and the writing is excellent (though honestly, the book could be tightened up just
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Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Jane the Quene is, hands down, one of the best historical fiction books I have ever read! It is simply fantastic. I have always been interested in Jane Seymour, who is too often seen as post-Anne Boleyn and a footnote in history who gave birth to Henry VIII's much-desired but short-lived son. In most adaptions, she is merely an accessory character to Anne, and her personality is bland and naive. In this adaptation, Jane is one of my favorite characters I've met in fiction. She is dutiful, sober, ...more
Danielle Marchant
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I recently carried out a survey on my website to find out who was the “Most Interesting Tudor Woman”. Anne Boleyn won the crown by a huge margin, proving that even in 2016, she was very much Queen of the Tudor women, definitely “The Most Happy”. This was a great contrast to her successor, Jane Seymour, who did not even get one vote. This result didn’t completely surprise me, especially in a survey where Anne Boleyn, often perceived as a direct rival to Jane, gained the most votes. From many obs ...more
Terelyn Marks
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
First a new trilogy about the Seymour family. Very different view of Jane and I really liked it. She was not presented as a meek, passive, not-very-bright tool of her ambitious brothers, but as an intelligent, somewhat shy, determined young woman. She was trained to run a household, and did so.

The problem with historical novels is that you know how they're going to end. It's still heartbreaking when Jane dies, 12 days after her son is born.
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing


This is my kind of historical novel and I loved every minute of it!

Firstly, I loved Jane from the get go. She grows up a lot in the story. I loved her journey as she goes from the timid shy girl to a strong woman who faces challenges from the people around her. I loved how she sets her goal to move ahead. Moreover, she has an amazing relationship with the King. This was the highlight of the tale for me. Both of them felt like sta
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is all about Jane Seymour.
JANE THE QUENE, Janet Wertman, 2016.
Divorced, Beheaded, She Died, Divorced, Beheaded, He Died.
Jane Seymour was the third of Henry VIII’s six wives. Ms. Wertman gives us an idea of Jane’s life in Henry’s court from June 9, 1525, until her death, October 24, 1537, after giving birth to her son. Thanks to Jane, the Seymour family received high recognition from Henry.
Jane brought about the reconciliation between Henry VIII and his daughter, Mary, by his first wife, Ca
Angela Ghiozzi
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved, loved "Jane the Quene"! Janet Wertman's wonderful writing style brings the Tudor era to life in a captivating and enthralling way. I literally found myself scheduling more and more time during my very busy days and nights to immerse myself in this fascinating world. Cannot wait to read her next installment! ...more
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jane the Quene drew me in immediately with its vivid writing and fascinating multidimensional characters. Wertman clearly has a high level of expertise on the time period and provides remarkable insight into Jane Seymour's story. Highly recommended! Five enthusiastic stars! ...more
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Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that JANE THE QUENE (THE SEYMOUR SAGA BOOK 1) by Janet Wertman is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Terry Tyler
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this book via an ARC from the author, for Rosie's Book Review Team. The fact that it was free has not affected this honest review.

A light piece of historical fiction that, on the whole, I liked. I was tentative at first, being very much 'Team Boleyn' as far as the six wives are concerned, but I was pleased to note that Jane Seymour was not portrayed as the meek angel of many a historical novel or TV drama, but every bit as calculating as her predecessor in her mission to capture the heart
Bookish Darling
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Tudors is the family in the historical fiction genre, and with good reason—Henry VIII and his many loves, Elizabeth I and her glorious victory against Spain as well as her many loves, Mary I and her fanatic obsession with religion and her husband, and the lengthy list only continues. Horrible Histories’ Tudor song sums it up best: “[The Tudors] may not have been fair, but [they] were never dull”. With so much gossip and speculation surrounding this family, it is no surprise that there is a p ...more
Olivia Longueville
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This thoughtful and beautiful depiction of Jane Seymour gives readers a detailed, interesting, and captivating story about Jane Seymour, who is often the least liked queen among all of King Henry VIII’s wife due to her role (unintentional, as the author shows masterfully) in sending her predecessor to the scaffold. Many imagine Jane as a dull, plain, and undereducated woman, and it is true that compared to Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, Jane’s education was not stellar. However, Jane was d ...more
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed this book. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. A lot of history on the British royals - it kept my interest throughout. ...more
Heidi Malagisi
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Henry VIII may have had six wives, but only one could give him the desired son that he wanted. She was kind, demure and everything that Henry VIII’s second wife Anne Boleyn was not. Her name was Jane Seymour, Henry’s third wife. Sadly, she is often remembered for the birth of her son and her death. However, there was a lot more to Jane’s story than the ending. What was her relationship with her family like? How did she fall in love with the King? And how was her relationship with her romantic ri ...more
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Author Janet Wertman gives readers an inside look at Henry VIII's court from the perspective of young and innocent Jane Seymour as she falls in love with the handsome and flirtatious King Henry while he is still married to the queen who will soon be dubbed a witch, Anne Boleyn. Wertman brings what I have always thought of as the 'dull and simple' queen to beautiful light, breathing personality, honour and duty to Jane's background and time in court.

Wertman is an ace with her descriptions of the
Shereece  W.
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great escape to Tudor England

I gave this book 5 stars because from start to finish it kept me interested. I love the Tudor period but you can easily find yourself reading about the exact same events over and over. Jane the Quene stood out for me for several reasons. One was the fact Jane Seymour is our main subject. I have only read about Jane in the inclusion of another main character's story, usually Anne Boleyn. It was wonderful to see a possible story of where Jane was before she comes into
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5+ stars and a fine and enjoyable book. Moving between Jane and Thomas Cromwell was a bit distracting for me, as well as a tiny bit of a struggle making Jane vivid as a character. Her sharing a love of herbs with Henry was a tiny bit of a stretch, but the author made it work.

Jane the Quene was much more enjoyable than I thought it would be since I am, and always have been a Boleyn fan. Janet Wertman came very close, indeed, to making Jane likable if not
Jeralyn Barron
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well done.

I enjoyed the story. I never thought of Jane as a little calculating but I imagine it would be hard not to be under the circumstances.
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jane the Quene

This was a really intriguing read. I really enjoyed finally hearing Jane Seymour's point of view. Yes the story is predictable because we all know what happened to Queen Anne Boleyn, but no one really knows why Jane Seymour was intrigued to be the next wife. I thought the author did an interesting view point on Jane being head over heels in love with the King and hopelessly attracted to him. I was under the impression that King Henry Viii was around 45yrs old or so when they marrie
Amy Biddle
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was impressed by the author's ability to immerse the reader in the historic experience of the book. Though romance isn’t something that draws me, this book managed to keep me turning pages. I did not expect the ending, and the more I think about it, the more fitting it becomes. I did find myself frustrated at Jane from time to time, for her “innocent” self-righteous narrative. However, her character was consistent, and she did show some redemptive qualities in the end. I would definitely read ...more
Phyllis Jackson
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I love all things Tudor and I found this novel about Jane very interesting. This Jane was not all sweetness and innocent, she was very much human and I enjoyed reading about her. I didn't always like her, at times I felt she was not that naive about Henry and she seemed so callous in regard to Anne Boylen being put to death in order to pave the way for her marriage to Henry. Jane may have started out being infatuated with Henry but along the way she decided she wanted to be his wife. She didn't ...more
Rosie Lee
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful read and completed in two sittings ........just started book 2 in the series and it’s just as good
Donna Davis
Sep 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Not one of the best historical fictions I've read, but it is good enough to read to the end. I do think I will be reading the rest of the saga. An easy read (good for a break from a more dense book I'm currently trying to read), mostly historically accurate (I looked up potatoes. Yes, they were in the New World--just barely--in the timeline of the book. However, mashed? Not thinking that was so), a book about one of the less flamboyant wives of Henry VIII, and I liked it being written from Jane' ...more
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Janet Ambrosi Wertman grew up within walking distance of three bookstores and a library on Manhattan’s Upper West Side – and she visited all of them regularly. Her grandfather was an antiquarian bookdealer who taught her that there would always be a market for quirky, interesting books. He was the one who persuaded Janet’s parents to send her to the French school where she was taught to aspire to ...more

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