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Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen: A Novel

(Six Tudor Queens #3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  4,484 ratings  ·  655 reviews
A novel of the devout young woman who became the unwilling object of King Henry VIII's ardor--and the mother of his only son. In this third book in the epic Six Tudor Queens series, the acclaimed historian and bestselling author brings new insight to this dramatic story, showing how pure fear for her life determined Jane Seymour's actions.

25-year-old Jane Seymour wants
Kindle Edition, 557 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Ballantine Books (first published May 3rd 2018)
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Gaja It starts when Jane is 9 (it doesn't linger too long on her childhood) and includes her time in the service of Katherine and Anne. Mary and Chapuys ar…moreIt starts when Jane is 9 (it doesn't linger too long on her childhood) and includes her time in the service of Katherine and Anne. Mary and Chapuys are also in it as well. :)(less)
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Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Isn’t it wonderful when an author has the ability to transport the reader to another place and time in history - to make one feel, hear and see what it felt like to be an integral part of King Henry VIII’s court. I knew little about Jane Seymour, so it was a joy to see her come to life. History paints her as a mainly meek, mouse like woman, but others saw her in a different light. Alison Weir portrays her as a modest, kind hearted woman, but also an educated, principled woman, and one not afraid ...more
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
3 stars because I love reading about Henry VIII and his wives, but tbh Jane was a boring queen and this was a boring book. I don't really get the reviews raving about Jane. She was bland as fuck in the book, and pretty self-righteous.

Which, of course, her goodness and blandness was what attracted Henry to her...

But it doesn't change the fact that she's still a boring queen.
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
5 intriguing stars to Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen! 👑 👑 👑 👑 👑

I can’t get enough of the Tudors. Fiction? Nonfiction? I’m all in. That said, I knew less about Jane Seymour, the quiet, pious queen. Alison Weir did an incredible job fleshing her out and endearing her to me.

Jane Seymour was Henry VIII’s “favorite” queen because she provided him with his only male heir; however, Jane did not want to be a queen. She wanted to be a nun. Her noble family pushed her into court where she became a lady
Diane S ☔
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henry's world, definitely not a comfortable place to be, if one lived during his reign, but it sure makes for addictive reading. Although I am familiar about much to do with Henry and his many wives, Jane Seymour is the one of which I know the least. I always thought of her as rather homely, meek and mild, a sharp contrast to Anne Boleyn, the wife whom she succeeded. Reading this, I think there is much more to this lady than was thought.

Alison Weir has studied, written books about Henry and his
Hannah Greendale
The third installment of Weir's Six Tudor Queens series dedicates so many pages to recounting the reign of Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, it hardly reads like Jane Seymour's story. Nearly four hundred pages into the book, Weir finally focuses on Jane - devout and demure, haunted by the ghost of Anne Boleyn - whose tumultuous pregnancies and tearful death are the highlight of this book.
Jane was more than four months pregnant when the child first stirred within her, a little fluttering li
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alison Weir barely has time to breathe as she churns out yet another masterful novel in the Six Tudor Queens series, this time with a strong focus on Jane Seymour, wife number three. Young Jane had always wanted to join the cloister and become a nun, which seemed to be her destiny right up until her eighteenth birthday. Shipped off to the convent, Jane found herself not quite sure of her choice and decided that, perhaps, God had other plans for her. Returning to her jubilant family, Jane enjoys ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Random House who provided an advance reader copy via NetGalley.

I've been looking forward to reading this since Jane Seymour is sort of an "unknown" figure among Henry VIII's six queens. She's the quiet one. I don't believe I have ever read a book solely covering her, and I own quite a lot of books on the Tudors. But, this is not a biography; it's a historical novel, and much poetic license was taken here. Some of my preconceived notions were blown to bits about Jane Seymour, after a
Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well worn material, this time told from the perspective of Jane Seymour. Frankly, I found the author's note at the end of the book to be more interesting than the book itself. In the note, Weir lays out the historical reasoning for the choices she made depicting these tumultuous three years. Fascinating.
An excellent, well researched and well-written book, Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen is the story of the beloved third wife of Henry VIII from her childhood to the end of her short life.
This is an intricate tale about a young Queen who succeeds Anne Boleyn following Anne’s beheading and finds herself enmeshed in court intrigues and machinations.
Her beliefs and principles are challenged as she strives to bring peace to her inner struggles and determine what is right and what is wrong.
BAM Endlessly Booked
Netgalley # 19 (and the most exciting one to date!)

Many thanks go to Ballantine, Alison Weir (one of my all-time favorite authors), and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

I'm a HUGE Weir fan. Have been for years. I read everything by her. Seymour, of this series, has been my least favorite of the three. That may be because she is my least favorite queen. She's always seemed so meek and humble and abused by her family. This book does give more insight into
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jane Seymour (1508-1537) was the wife of Henry VIII and Queen of England for a very short time, 1536-1537. She succeeded Anne Boleyn as Henry's wife and bore him a son...and died a few days later from birth-related complications.

In The Haunted Queen, Allison Weir continues her Six Tudor Queens saga with Jane's story. The book is a mix of historical fact and fictional story, recounting what might have happened from the time Jane was about 10 years old until her death.

I am a sucker for all thing
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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It is always fascinating to this reader to read of the Tudor Queens and the events that led up to their taking their place next to Henry VIII. Alison Weir's books have always been a wonderful way in which to learn and enhance one's understanding of the events that put these women on the throne. This novel was no exception

Jane Seymour never would have foreseen herself as the wife to a king. She was shy, devout to her Catholic faith
This is slow and boring. Weir's fiction is generally considerably worse than her non-fiction. I didn't much care for the first volume in this series about Katherine of Aragon but somewhat liked the book about Anne Boleyn. This is just a miss.
I did appreciate the portrayl of Jane as the hypocrite she was. Her treatment of Anne is callous and her attachment to Lady Mary doesn't clean that up.
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For someone who lived a relatively short life, this is quite a long book. The author takes us in detail through events of the three years that the author describes as ‘the most tumultuous…in England’s history’. Since the lives of Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour overlapped, readers of the previous two books in the ser
Jane Seymour may not have been as bold as Anne Boleyn, but her story still fascinates. This particular version of Jane is much how I see Jane in my own imagination. Beautifully written so that you're getting the historical aspect as well as a personal story of a young woman. The Haunted Queen is a great tribute to one of Henry VIII’s most elusive queens, and I cannot wait to read Alison Weir’s next novel. Full review coming soon on my blog: ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 and a half stars for this.I have to admit I liked this much better than the Anne Boleyn book I had also read in this series.I'm not really sure why exactly but I think I was much amused by the idea of Anne coming back to haunt Jane and also Jane is one of the lesser known wives so I was completely fascinated how the author tried to fill the gaps in her story.I wasnt too thrilled with the perpetuating of more of the better known myths such as Anne was throughly evil,Lady Rochford hated her husb ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The problem is, with Jane, that she is just not the most compelling character. For one, there is very little known of her personality, she had practically no known correspondence, and she was in the public eye for a very short time.

This shows forth in this novelization in that she takes most of her cues from those around her. The only interest to originate from Jane herself is that she felt a calling to join the religious life. However, once within an abbey, she quickly realizes that it is not
Kirsty ❤️
I don't know as much about Jane Seymour as I do some of the other wives of Henry VIII so I found this really fascinating. A well written book about a time that is often done to death but I found plenty of new information to keep my interest
Alison Weir can be a bit hit or miss. Some books are fantastic reads, while others plod along.

This one is one of the hits.

The reality is we know little about Jane Seymour, so this gives Ms Weir a lot of wiggle room, and wiggle she does!

She makes sense of a few snippets that standing by themselves in the tapestry of history made no sense, but woven in with others are perfectly intelligible.

Possibly the best of Ms Weir's books.

Highly recommended.
Judy Lesley
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing - Ballantine for a digital galley of this novel.

I am reading this series of novels covering the lives of the wives of King Henry VIII of England in the Six Tudor Queens series by Alison Weir. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books but found this one much harder to become and then stay interested in. I kept trying to work out what was keeping me from feeling as enthusiastic about this book and I believe the answer is revealed in the Author's No
Jackie Law
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Six Tudor Queens: Jane Seymour – The Haunted Queen, by Alison Weir, is the third in a series of specially commissioned books which together tell the story of Henry VIII’s wives, from their point of view. Each instalment is a highly detailed, fictionalised account based on known and researched facts, with literary licence taken to aid storytelling. The author is a well regarded historian and explains at the end of each book why she presented key moments in her subjects’ lives the way she did. Jan ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the Six Tudor Queens series obviously features Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour. I must admit I knew very little about her going in. Apart from the facts, of course. Third wife, the only one to give Henry a male heir and the fact that she was apparently so beloved by Henry that he decided to be buried alongside her.

I’m not entirely sure I now know much more about her as far as historical facts are concerned, to be honest, but I do thoroughly enjoy the way she’s portrayed i
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Alison Weir’s books; whether they be fictional or non-fiction, AW’s research shines through and transports you back in time.
This book focuses on Jane Seymour, the famed favourite wife of Henry VII and mother of Edward.
This book offers up a fascinating insight into Jane’s family life, and the political machinations that caused her to go from would be nun to wife of the King.
I’ve read loads of books about the Tudors, but not actually a great deal about Jane Seymour (mostly Anne Boleyn or E
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This next book in the Six Tudor Queens series tells the story of Jane Seymour, third wife of King Henry VIII. This fictionalized tale of Jane's life begins at her childhood home of Wulfhall and, in time, we see how Jane came to serve as a maid-of-honor for the Queen—Katherine of Aragon, Henry's first wife. When she arrives, the King's pursuit of Anne Boleyn, another of Katherine's maid's-of-honor, is already well underway. Jane remains fiercely loyal to her beloved Queen Katherine, even after sh ...more
Caidyn (he/him/his)
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1/5 – DNF at 52%

Let this review be a not so fond farewell to Alison Weir’s fiction. Au revoir! I won’t miss you one bit.

The last two books (not including this one) I’ve read by Weir have been huge misses for me. I hated Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession because Weir just used it as a place to fudge details and, generally, air her dislike for the Boleyn family. I mean, she titled her book about Katherine of Aragon The True Queen if that tells you anything about he
I am very sure that this book is enjoyable for the right reader. I'm not a lover of any historical work of fiction or non fiction. I think that Alison Weir is a very intelligent author she builds a colourful backdrop of the 16th century and everything surrounding historical events. I was sent this book for an honest review by the publisher but not by my request to review it.
How I love this series and I think that this one (as well as the one on Anne of Cleves) is the one I've been anticipating the most. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Bookish Ally
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Eleanor (bookishcourtier)
4.5 stars.

Considering that this was one of most anticipated releases of this year, I’m maybe a tiny tiny tiny bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I still really loved it, but not quite as much as I maybe hoped I would. I don’t know this is whether I actually dislike it more than the other two, or whether I’m more attuned to the flaws within it, but I can say that this was more between the four and the five star ratings, rather than the straight out five star I gave the previous books. I d
Kim Kaso
4.5 stars So little to work from for this queen, her major claim to fame is providing Henry VIII with an heir and dying very soon thereafter, never prone to disappointing the king or seeing him go after another woman or risking death at his hands. Alison Weir did an outstanding job with what she had in the way of historical research, but the drama still seems driven more by Anne Boleyn and Henry’s relationship than it does by her own story. She is another in a series of women that the men of the ...more
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Alison Weir is a British writer of history books for the general public, mostly in the form of biographies about British kings and queens, and of historical fiction. Before becoming an author, Weir worked as a teacher of children with special needs. She received her formal training in history at teacher training

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