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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312596901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312596903
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,169,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for THE FAVORED QUEEN

“A delectable serving of Tudor dish.”—Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Carolly Erickson’s Historical Fiction

“Suspenseful and detailed, the novel captures a dramatic moment in history and will sear you with sorrow for this doomed daughter of the last tsar.” —People magazine on The Tsarina’s Daughter

“I read The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette in two days, and when I finished it, I re-read the final pages, as hungry for more as a child scraping the last crumbs of chocolate cake off her plate with her fingers.” —New York Times Book Review on The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette

“Entertaining.” —USA Today on The Last Wife of Henry VIII

 “Steer Alison Weir and Philippa Gregory fans immediately to this satisfying read-alike . . . [an] historical tour de force.” —Booklist on The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots

“An exquisitely realistic portrait of Tudor England. . . . compelling reading. . . . Historical fiction fans can’t get enough of the Tudors; this engaging story is a worthy addition to the genre.” —Library Journal on Rival to the Queen

“A top-notch narrative . . . romantic and gripping.” —Publishers Weekly on The Tsarina’s Daughter

“A fast-paced, lavishly detailed narrative.” —Kirkus Reviews on The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots

“Fascinating . . . highly recommended.” —Library Journal (starred review) on The Hidden Diary of Marie Antionette

About the Author

Distinguished historian Carolly Erickson is the author of Rival to the Queen, The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots, The First Elizabeth, The Hidden Life of Josephine, The Last Wife of Henry VIII, and many other prize-winning works of fiction and nonfiction. Her novel The Tsarina’s Daughter won the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. She lives in Hawaii.

More About the Author

Carolly Erickson is the bestselling author of many distinguished works of nonfiction and a series of historical entertainments, blending fact and invention. She lives in Hawaii.

Customer Reviews

As it was, I wish I had spent my money on something else.
Kimberley
This book is as bad as any of Phillipa Gregory's 'historical' fiction.
Kristen Ahrens
This book is a fictional romance, based very little on true history.
Lana Larue

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Becca Remmey on September 28, 2011
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EXTREMELY HISTORICALLY INACCURATE. portrays events as they absolutely did not happen. anyone who has read a book about about the tudors will notice and be distracted by these many glaring inaccuracies. it prevented me from enjoying the book, and ruined what promised to be a very good concept. i also did not like the many improbable additions to the plot such as meek and shy jane seymour having a sexual liaison with a married glass maker. REALLY?!! it just made me wonder if the author really did her research on the characters, or if she did her research and just blatantly ignored her findings? an insult to anyone with true historical knowledge.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Erin on October 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was SO excited for this book to come out and unfortunately bought it in hardback. My excitement did not last long. I have been a reader of Tudor fiction and nonfiction for a long time. I can deal with historical inaccuracies and made-up events for historical fiction, but to this extent? It was way too much and made the entire thing a bit disappointing.
I was looking forward to a good fictional story about Jane Seymour, Henry VIII's third queen. Not about someone with the same name who seems to lead an entirely different life, with a different family, and have a very odd relationship with the King (if you could call it that; I wouldn't).
This is, as she puts at the end of the book, "an historical entertainment, in which the authentic past and imaginative invention intertwine". Alas, it is more imaginative invention than anything. BUT when you consider that to be what it is, it can be a good read (which is why I gave it 3 stars instead of 2). Good historical fiction? No. Decent book based extremely loosely on an alternate world version of events? Yes.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lana Larue on October 3, 2011
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This book is a fictional romance, based very little on true history. I was excited when I saw this book since so little has been written about Jane Seymour. There must not be much about her in historical documents either, so Erickson just made it up. It is a really bad romance novel; not at all like the Tudor novels I love. It is my fault: this is the one time I didn't download the sample first. I doubt I would have bought it. I certainly wish I hadn't.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. McGee TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Well, at least I can say that I knew what I was in for when, on a whim, I picked up the latest "historical entertainment" by Carolly Erickson from the library shelf on my way to the check-out counter. I still feel that both the author and her publishers should blush in shame for offering readers a book that is so badly written and so tenuously connected to reality. (Or perhaps there should be a new category -- unhistorical or ahistorical fiction??) On the other hand, this served as great therapy because so much of it proved so bizarre that I found myself laughing out loud in places where I was probably intended to be caught up in the drama. Tudor history fans may recall that Anne Boleyn suffered from the dreaded sweating sickness: in Erickson's rendering, that wasn't enough -- Boleyn had to be stricken while shut up in quarantine with Catherine of Aragon, Jane and other ladies at court, at which point Catherine's chamberlain begins to stuff her body out the window and into the moat in order to protect the rest of them from contagion, and only Queen Catherine saves her from a nasty death. (This is just one incident in this bizarre rendering that I don't really think it's a spoiler; if you want to read it, you'll find a lot more.) Oh, and Henry likes to call Anne "puffball". Okaaaay.

I've read historical fiction in which the outwardly demure Jane is really scheming and Machiavellian, and that reinterpretation was convincing because the author kept to more or less what is known about her, and simply dramatically re-imagined her motivations. This dramatic invention of a life tries to redefine historical fiction in such a way that the facts are viewed as irrelevant. It would be dreadful even if the writing weren't as stilted and turgid as it is.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kimberley on November 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a long time reader of Tudor fiction and non-fiction, I was excited when I saw this book was available. That lasted about as long as it took me to read the first chapter. To be fair, I'm still only about one third of the way through. I'm not sure I'll be able to force myself much farther into the book. Serious historical inaccuracies are just too distracting. I didn't recognize any of the characters as being the historical figures I've read so much about for so many years. I wasn't even sure it was set in England. Nothing rang true, especially the characters. I might have liked it much better if I had purchased it merely as a "historical romance" but probably not. As it was, I wish I had spent my money on something else. ANYTHING else.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Carmen S. Kallberg on October 18, 2011
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This book is horrible. The author should have done her homework. Her historical facts are so inaccurate that they spoil the book for Tudor lovers.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pat on September 30, 2011
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I have read two thirds of this book and have found it to be all about Anne rather than Jane. In addition, it is not historically accurate and portrays all of the characters in ways I have never before read. This portrayal sound more like reality show dialog than accurate reporting of actual events. I will finish the book, but will probably not buy from this author again.
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