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The King's Rose Hardcover – March 19, 2009
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From the start, Catherine feels like she is living a lie, and playing a part to be the wife Henry desires. He wanted a pure, innocent maiden, and Catherine had a foolish and youthful love affair before coming to court, an event the king must never learn about. Woefully unprepared for the life she must live, Catherine struggles with her own immaturity and the conflicting desires of the king and her family, and is forced to make terrible choices that will lead to her doom.
The King's Rose is a wonderful historical novel for young adults - and adults as well - about the life of King Henry VIII's fifth and youngest wife, Catherine Howard. The author did a good job of bringing Catherine to life and making it understandable why she made the choices she did. Catherine is tragic figure - a young girl, unprepared for the life of a queen, forced into a terrible situation by her family in a time when a young woman had few choices and little right to control her own destiny. I highly recommend this book to readers who are fascinated by the Tudors as well as those who enjoy historical fiction in general.
In The King's Rose, Alisa Libby does more than bring the glamorous but sordid Tudor court to life.Read more ›
As the story begins, Catherine is decided upon to be the next pawn for the Howard family to groom in hope of achieving a spot on the throne. Nothing is required of her except her youth, beauty and noble birth. No one asks her if it is what she wants. She is expected to sacrifice everything for the entire family. While Catherine is busy attaining this goal we are entertained by the jewels and gowns showered upon her. Yet the entire time it is constantly stressed what she must say, how she must look, how she must act in front of her king and of how important a goal it is for her to be queen.
The intense pressure to be something she is not and helplessness to go against her family's wishes along with her decent into madness were especially compelling elements of her story for me. The screaming of her handmaidens and the visual of a gaping black hole in the floor which she was being sucked into were quite compelling and stayed with me even though the last page was read. There was also a scene where she thought she saw a ghost but it was her own reflection in a mirror that I found well written.
The King's Rose was a terrific fast read. I can definitely give it my thumbs up. I recommend it for women mainly or anyone who wants to learn more about Catherine Howard.
Certainly this is a fictional account of Howard's story, but it is vividly told and beautifully written. And there are certain factual events and people that are included, showing that Libby obviously did her research. After the story, she has also included a helpful note about some of the true events depicted in her novel. It truly was a fascinating look into life in the royal court during Henry VIII's reign. It was a life I certainly would not have wanted to live. I appreciated the fact that Libby's account was more sympathetic with Catherine, though I don't imagine we will ever truly know what happened to cause her downfall. All I know is that it seems you could not trust anyone if you were Catherine, and that likely applied to all royalty. Throughout the story I found myself questioning various characters--lords, ladies, members of Catherine's court--and whether or not they could be trusted. Small actions and words frequently seemed suspicious and I felt sorry for the life poor Catherine Howard had to lead.
I would imagine fans of historical fiction and Tudor England would enjoy this book. Not surprisingly, there are many allusions to sex, but there is nothing very graphic.Read more ›
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Good introduction to the history of the period for young readers, and a very good explanation of the isolation and manipulation of people in power by various factions.Published 15 months ago by Wanda Spitzer
Very good book, I liked reading a book from the POV of Catherine Howard since she was sort of frowned upon in history. I would definitely recommend this book to buyers! Read morePublished on January 31, 2014 by Kate
I couldn't put this book down!!! So sad..She was basically thrust into the kings arms so that her family could be looked on with favor. She was so young and him very old. Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by callie
This book kept me reading to find out what would happen next. I was surprised to find myself crying at the end.Published on August 28, 2013 by L. Fisette
If you are familiar with Tudor History, you know who Katherine Howard is. Not many books seem to cover her life before she met Henry, but this one does, and for that I am thankful. Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by Mena P.
Catherine never asked to be Queen, but greatness was thrust upon her by the Howard family. At first Catherine thought it might not be so bad and it wouldn't have been if she could... Read morePublished on July 2, 2012 by Brittany Moore
Perhaps my three stars are a bit unjust, but I couldn't really get into the book. The reason for that is that I already knew Cathrine Howard's story very well from reading Phillipa... Read morePublished on March 5, 2011 by BP
Recently I've been reading a lot of historical fiction, and it's hard to tell which are going to be good, and which are the duds.
Happily, this one turned out well. Read more