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The Tudor Bride Paperback – January 2, 2014
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hideously boring, with one-dimensional characters you can't help but not care about.Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Widder
A follow up to The Agincourt Bride, it follows the life of Catherine of Valois as she navigates the life of a royal in medieval England.Published 2 months ago by dncerela
Would have liked more character development. Rather slow read, but what was there I found interesting. I don't remember reading much about King Henry V.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love historical novels and this one is about a queen that I hadn't heard much about before the book. Loved it!Published 3 months ago by Halfpint
A little slow for my taste however is a very interesting story Good read with historical information.Published 3 months ago by Eugenio Figarella
The tale of a queen through the eyes of her wet nurse who became her close friend and confidant. From birth to death Mette followed Queen Catherine through 2 marriages, 4 births,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cindy Maske
I got about a 1/3 of the way through and didn't finish it. I didn't care about the characters or the story. I generally like this time period, but this book did nothing for me.Published 3 months ago by Just Nutz
The product is wonderful -- top quality. The delivery was surprisingly fast.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer