Saturday, May 5, 2012

Upcoming 2012 Historical Fiction Release: The King's Damsel by Kate Emerson

The King's Damsel by Kate Emerson
Publication Date: August 8th 2012
Format: Paperback 368pp

Synopsis (From the Publisher): 
"In the fifth novel in Kate Emerson’s highly acclaimed Secrets of the Tudor Court series, a young gentlewoman catches King Henry the Eighth’s roving eye. 
In 1533 and again in 1534, Henry the Eighth reportedly kept a mistress while he was married to Anne Boleyn. Now, that mistress comes to vivid life in Kate Emerson’s The King’s Damsel.
A real-life letter from Spanish Ambassador Eustace Chapuys, written on September 27, 1534, reported that the king had “renewed and increased the love he formerly bore to another very handsome young lady of the Court” and that the queen had tried “to dismiss the damsel from her service.” Other letters reveal that the mystery woman was a “true friend” of the Princess (later Queen) Mary, Henry’s daughter by Catherine of Aragon. Though no one knows who “the king’s damsel” really was, here Kate Emerson presents her as young gentlewoman Thomasine Lodge, a lady-in-waiting to King Henry’s daughter, Princess Mary. Thomasine becomes the Princess’s confidante, especially as Henry’s marriage to Catherine dissolves and tensions run high. When the king procures a divorce in order to marry Anne Boleyn, who is suspicious and distrustful of Mary, Mary has Thomasine placed in Anne’s service to be her eyes and ears. And that’s when she gets the attention of the king... 
Rich in historical detail and featuring a wealth of bonus material, The King’s Damsel is sure to keep readers coming back for more."


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Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

sounds like a different spin on the tudor tales!

Mystica said...

This king had nothing else to do I think, other than court women! Another story of Henry VIII always interesting reading for readers of historical fiction (me included).