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The Tudor Bride Paperback – January 2, 2014

4.4 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Catherine de Valois Series

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Praise for Joanna Hickson

‘Thoroughly engrossing’ The Lady

A gripping and emotional story’ Woman

‘Joanna Hickson’s writing is superb’ Shropshire Post

‘An enthralling blend of fact and fiction, drama and danger, passion and politics’ Lancashire Evening Post

About the Author

Joanna Hickson spent twenty five years presenting and producing News and Arts programmes for the BBC. Her first published book was a children’s historical novel Rebellion at Orford Castle but more recently she has turned to adult fiction, concentrating on bringing fifteenth century English history and some of its fascinating principal characters to life.

She is married with a large family and gets inspiration from her Wiltshire farmhouse home, which dates back to her chosen period.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (January 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007446993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007446995
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jennifer Rothwell VINE VOICE on December 12, 2014
Format: Paperback
Unfortunately I didn't find this sequel to be as good as "The Agincourt Bride". The first novel really allowed us to get to know Katherine of Valois on a very human level, whereas within these pages she was somewhat lost. By distancing herself from her companion and former wet nurse, Mette, she became distant from the reader also, which was a shame as in the first novel her personality really shone through the pages. In this novel however it was Mette who glowed, which did a lot to improve the story in my opinion.
Mette is incredibly loyal to Katherine, often to the detriment of her own personal life. Her family takes second place to Katherine and it has always been something that has played on Mette's conscience. In this novel this issue is explored deeply and I was very happy for the way that the author chose to end Mette's story. Although a tragic end for Katherine, Mette and her family found happiness, which gave the novel a very bittersweet ending.
The thing I enjoyed most about this novel were the little bits of fact that I learnt throughout. Things I had previously not known about the beginnings of the Tudor family. For example, that Owen and Katherine had a daughter as well, although she is lost to history. I love how the author chose to include Margaret in her story. Furthermore, I learnt that any record of Owen and Katherine's marriage is also lost to history. It is generally accepted that it did take place, but it's interesting to me that there is technically no proof, especially considering who Katherine's grandson ended up becoming. Food for thought.
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This is the second of two books about Catherine, bride to Henry V. As Catherine comes into her own as a wife and mother, she faces ongoing political intrigue from those around her. With her faithful friend Mette at her side, she tries to manage the sycophants around her. Some are on her side, others have very a different agendas! Life seems very good for Catherine as she gives birth to a son, but then Henry suddenly dies. Now new forces would like to become the ruling family in England, and they take Catherine's son from her, so they have the power of king while he is a baby. Unfortunately, they also lose much of the territory that Henry had won in France.

Catherine finds that she is safer away from court and the public eye, even though she cannot have her son with her. As she lives quietly, she falls in love with Owen Tudor. But the political factions don't want her to have any influence or happiness, so their liaison must remain a secret.

Catherine was lucky in love, first with Henry V and second with Owen, but not so much in politics.

The Tudor Bride is a nice sequel to the Agincourt Bride. There is some interesting history to be learned, and the side story about Mette and Catherine's relationship, while fictional, adds depth to the book. Definitely a worthwhile read.
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MEANT TO GIVE 5 STARS but have arthritic hands. This is a well-conceived and narrated novel. The language/dialogue is at times entirely to formal and stilted to be believable to me. Written documents are not always good reflections, in my estimation, of what the spoken words might have been. The liberties taken with secondary characters were a draw on the historical accuracy---which was otherwise pretty effectively and satisfyingly well handled. The nitty gritty of Medieval life is at times well detailed, at times glossed over. For the most part, however, it is excellently well conceived historical fiction compared to many from the genre.
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This book kept my interest as it told the continuing story of Catherine Valois who grew up and married a King of England in The Agincourt Bride. I have heard glimpses of her life, but never read the whole story, so was happy to discover these two books!
Told by Catherine's nurse who stays with her through out her life, the story unfolds in an interesting and captivating manner as we follow the histories of Mette and her dear Catherine. Take a journey into the past and read about the earliest beginnings of the Tuder Dynasty. I particularly enjoyed the glimpses into dress, and the difficulties of travel in these times.
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"The Tudor Bride" picks up where "The Agincourt Bride" left off. Recommend reading the latter first. Hickson delivers another great novel & this one moves at a faster pace.

The novel follows Katherine of Valois's brief marriage to Henry V, the birth of Henry VI, Katherine's life as dowager queen & her marriage to Owen Tudor. All told by Mette.

Highly recommend this novel whether or not you've read "The Agincourt Bride." For Plantagenent or Tudor historians. Or lovers of historical fiction.
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After waiting months for Tudor Bride to be published , I had higher expectations, but don't mistake me, I liked it well enough. It's very light and easy reading, I finished it too fast for my taste. The real story is hard to believe in itself, how a former queen managed to have six children, without the court knowing? I gave 4 stars because Owen Tudor seems too soft, kind of lacking character, not to well developed. The Tudor dinasty is known for the fierce character of its (too few) kings and queens, and after reading penman's trilogy of the Welsh Princes, I kind of wonder if Owen Tudor had the same guts that his descendants had. I'm expeculating, the book is good!
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