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review: At the King’s Pleasure

At the King’s Pleasure by Kate Emerson Anne Stafford, Lady Hastings, is one of the many familiar names to readers of Tudor fiction. Most know her as one of Henry VIII’s early conquests, though the details of their liaison have been sketchy—until now. We follow Anne from the time between her marriages, when she was under the control of her brother, the Duke of Buckingham, until just after the Field of Cloth of Gold. Her second marriage starts out badly when the king sets his eyes on her, sending one of his gentlemen to woo her. William Compton himself has fallen for Anne, though she only has eyes for her husband—at first. Regardless, she is whisked away from court by her brother who will not…

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review: The King’s Damsel

The King’s Damsel by Kate Emerson Thomasine Lodge, an heiress of considerable fortune, is sent to wait upon the young Princess Mary by the odious Sir Lionel, who purchased her wardship. Expected to ingratiate herself to gain favors, Thomasine instead forms a close bond with the princess, giving her complete loyalty even though the majority of the court is flocking to the king’s favorite, Anne Boleyn. When Thomasine finds herself shuffled unwillingly from the princess’s household to that of the ‘concubine’, she swears to uphold her oath by spying for Mary and putting her interests before the king. When her last hope means forfeiting her honor and becoming the king’s mistress, Thomasine is torn between personal qualms and loyalty. As usual with Kate Emerson’s Tudor…

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