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The Queen's Lady
by Barbara Kyle | Literature & Fiction
Registered by winggoldenwattlewing of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Thursday, December 22, 2011
Average 6 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by FreePages): available


2 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by winggoldenwattlewing from Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Thursday, December 22, 2011

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ABOUT THE BOOK:
London, 1527. Marry or serve: for Honor Larke, the choice is clear. Unwilling to perish of boredom as an obedient wife, she leaves the home of her guardian, the brilliant Sir Thomas More, to attend Her Majesty, Queen Catherine of Aragon. But life at Henry VIII's court holds more than artifice for an intelligent observer, and Honor knows how to watch--and when to act...
Angered by the humiliation heaped upon her mistress as Henry cavorts with Anne Boleyn and presses Rome for a divorce, Honor volunteers to carry letters to the Queen's allies. It's a risky game, but Honor is sure she's playing it well--until she's proven wrong. Richard Thornleigh may cut a dashing figure at court, but Honor isn't taken in by his reckless charm. Only later does Honor realize that Richard has awakened something within her--and that he, too, has something to hide...

For the King's actions are merely one knot in a twisted web that stretches across Europe, ensnaring everyone from the lowliest of peasants to the most powerful of nobles. Swept away in a tide of intrigue and danger, the Queen's lady is about to learn everything: about pride, passion, greed--and the conscience of the king...

I found this book in the back room of King O'Malley's Pub in Civic and took it to register and possibly read, although it is not my normally sort of book. 


Journal Entry 2 by winggoldenwattlewing at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Friday, February 03, 2012

6 out of 10

I have never empathised with Queen Catherine and I thought this book might expect me to; the Catherine who spent so much of her life in prayer, which she could only afford to do so because others waited on her. An ordinary person would not have had the hours available in the day to do so. And how can I empathise with her when she won’t face reality and get a divorce. She was delusional. But enough of her, the story was not really about her.
The story was about Honor Larke, and it was a reasonable story, although I am not sure that she would, as a female, have had the freedom to travel by herself in her century. But that aside it mostly was not predictable, and that is a good thing. However, towards the end she trusts someone because he says she can. Within the first few words I rolled eyes, groaned, thought, oh come on, surely the author is not going to make the character that gullible and stupid, but she did. And that is why I have scored the story six stars instead of seven.
Honor also spends ten minutes with Thomas More, but they were a VERY long ten minutes. I couldn’t read the encounter in close to ten minutes, and I was not being slack.  


Journal Entry 3 by winggoldenwattlewing at Acton, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Friday, February 03, 2012

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Released 2 yrs ago (2/4/2012 UTC) at Acton, Australian Capital Territory Australia

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

Released at the monthly Canberra Bookcrossing meet, held this time at the Australian Botanic Gardens, Canberra. Enjoy.





FreePages took the book. 


Journal Entry 4 by FreePages at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Monday, March 05, 2012

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Just catching up today on books "caught" at the meet-up.
I'm a bit of a fan of historical fiction, and the Tudor period is a bit of a favourite, after reading some of Phillipa Gregory's empathetic novels, mainly based on the women, of the period. Also, the smouldering Tudors TV series has inspired a bit of Wikipedia clicking.
I am also a bit of a fan of Catherine of Aragon, I know she was overly devout, even for the period, but she was an amazingly strong woman, of the royal family of Spain, who was not going to give up, without a fight, her position as Queen of England, her daughter's (the later Queen Mary I) inheritance nor her religious freedom. Through all her trials she usually maintained her dignity and spoke as an impressive states-person. She managed to, literally, keep her head and through her good sense, she was never thought of as treasonous. Although, I suspect having the backing of her nephew's Spanish Armada ready to invade probably didn't hurt her chances either. It was a very interesting time where the power players of the day had to tread very carefully.
Looking forward to the read, thanks for the opportunity goldenwattle :) 


Journal Entry 5 by FreePages at Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Thursday, July 12, 2012

7 out of 10

This was an entertaining read. A bit swashbuckling at times and the heroine was quite a smart cookie overall, even if there were some moments that were there just to keep the plot flowing. There was also a bit of a smoldering time between the heroine and her hero. Took me quite some time to get into it but that was more my state of mind and not the books fault.
If you enjoy getting carried away with your historical fiction I'd recommend it.
Mum might be interested, I'll pass it onto her for a while and then see who else might like a bit of a read.
Thanks goldenwattle for the chance to read it :)
 




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