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Existence within the court docket of King Henry VIII is a posh online game. whilst fifteen-year-old Catherine Howard catches the king?s eye, she quick transforms from pawn to queen. yet even luxurious past mind's eye loses its luster as younger Catherine reveals her life?and her heart?threatened via the desires of an getting older king and a relatives hungry for strength. Will their agendas bring Catherine to an analogous destiny as her notorious cousin, Anne Boleyn?sacrificed on the altar of kin ambition?

attractive historic fiction with a throbbing YA heartbeat, this exciting novel will draw readers into the intrigues and risks of the Tudor court.

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I stand the following now, gazing her closed door, as though looking at the scene back. It was once prior to Anne Boleyn’s trial, I have in mind. I couldn’t support brooding about then, as I do now, if it had anything to do with Anne. in fact it did; the duchess has a hand in every thing regarding the Howards. yet i didn't see the face of the cloaked determine: just a profile, in shadow, a light white hand pulling the cloak closed. A woman’s hand. within the days that undefined, I waited to listen to what could take place to my cousin—the cousin I had renowned and envied and feared especially else. someway i presumed the magic she used to develop into queen may shop her; she will be correctly exiled, or sign up for a nunnery, and we'd by no means pay attention from her back. yet then the French swordsman got here to sever her narrow neck in , and there has been no reprieve. i ponder if Anne’s violent finish stunned the duchess. yet by some means I can’t think the duchess being stunned via something. I hurry to my very own chambers, desirous to gentle a brilliant, joyful fireplace to maintain those shadows at bay. V while Jane returns, I dare no longer ask approximately her testimony. I like to concentrate on the presents the king has sent—a blue velvet using behavior, jeweled slippers, and pearl trim for my hoods—than to reside upon the destiny of his present spouse. My days are spent being outfitted for brand spanking new robes and enhancing a brand new hood with gold lace. I distract myself with this, and with dreamy hypothesis on my coming near near royal marriage ceremony and coronation. it's a favourite video game I play with the women the following in my company—we may spend hours detailing the aptitude variations of my hair and costume, the nutrition to be eaten, the track to be performed. “Mistress Catherine. ” A servant’s voice permeates our chatter. “The duchess requests your presence within the parlor. ” For extra schooling, without doubt. the newness of the duchess’s corporation has decreased a little, after hours spent in her parlor receiving exhaustive guideline on my destiny function as queen: the management of my family and estates, hearing petitions to offer to the king, and all of the finer issues of court docket etiquette which she feels yes i'm nonetheless missing. It’s a wierd irony compared to the existence I as soon as lived in those very halls. Making my means down this quiet hallway, I think colliding with Joan or Dorothy, flushed and red from a lively experience, or a stroll alongside the sunny backyard paths. there has been little constitution to my days then, other than morning Mass and foodstuff taken jointly within the nice corridor. The evenings have been spent on embroidery, or practising the lute or new dances. It used to be a standard lifestyles for a woman of my start, yet very varied from the propriety I needed to examine at courtroom, or even extra so the lifestyles prior to me as queen. yet I can’t think being queen is as mundane because the duchess may make it out to be. I open the door to the duchess’s chamber and I’m stunned by means of the brilliant smile she flashes at me upon my arrival. She has positive aspects no longer conversant in such smiling; it sort of feels to damage her face in . “Good morning, Catherine,” she exclaims, and strikes ahead, enfolding me in a stiff embody.

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