The Rose Without a Thorn: A Novel

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Random House LLC, Feb 17, 2010 - Fiction - 288 pages
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From the pen of legendary historical novelist Jean Plaidy comes an unforgettable true story of
royalty, passion, and innocence lost.

Born into an impoverished branch of the noble Howard family, young Katherine is plucked from her home to live with her grandmother, the Duchess of Norfolk. The innocent girl quickly learns that her grandmother’s puritanism is not shared by Katherine’s free-spirited cousins, with whom she lives. Beautiful and impressionable, Katherine becomes involved in two ill-fated love affairs before her sixteenth birthday. Like her cousin Anne Boleyn, she leaves her grandmother’s home to become a lady-in-waiting at the court of Henry VIII. The royal palaces are exciting to a young girl from the country, and Katherine ?nds that her duties there allow her to be near her handsome cousin, Thomas Culpepper, whom she has loved since childhood.

But when Katherine catches the eye of the aging and unhappily married king, she is forced to abandon her plans for a life with Thomas and marry King Henry. Overwhelmed by the change in her fortunes, bewildered and flattered by the adoration of her husband, Katherine is dazzled by the royal life. But her bliss is short-lived as rumors of her wayward past come back to haunt her, and Katherine’s destiny takes another, deadly, turn.


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Katherine now has regular meals and adequate clothing. - Goodreads
I think the premise has been overdone. - Goodreads
I found the writing very repetitive. - Goodreads
The sex scenes are fairly mild. - Goodreads

Review: The Rose Without a Thorn: The Wives of Henry VIII (Queens of England #11)

User Review  - Sharon - Goodreads

Katherine Howard grew up in an impoverished family. Her father was often away at Calis. Her overwhelmed mother died young. Katherine, one of eight children, had little education or direction. The ... Read full review

Review: The Rose Without a Thorn: The Wives of Henry VIII (Queens of England #11)

User Review  - Anjanet - Goodreads

This is a short book, which inherently means the story progresses rather quickly. Of the wives of Henry VIII, this is not my favorite one. She is always portrayed to have very little intelligence, and ... Read full review

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Contents

The Scribe
The Duchess Calls
Nights in the Long Room
A Silk Flower
Dangerous Games
The Fourth Queen
Betrothal
A Meeting with the King
Secret Lovers
Despair
The Journey to the Tower
The Last Day
The Scribe
BIBLIOGRAPHY
About the Author
About the Book

A Royal Wooing
The Queen
Warning Signals
The French Proposal
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

One of the pre-eminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, Jean Plaidy is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert; she also wrote under the name Victoria Holt. By the time of her death in 1993, the novels of Jean Plaidy had sold more than fourteen million copies worldwide.

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