The King's Pleasure Author:Norah Lofts "Who put this to you, Henry? It is not true. We have not — lived in sin; we have lived in the holy state of matrimony. — My marriage to Arthur-as you know very well-was in — name only. Pope Julius knew that and gave permission — for our marriage. Who troubled your conscience with — this nonsense?" — Her apparent calm angered him; he said sharply, . — .... more » "It is not nonsense. Cast your mind back to Charles'
last visit. You were there; when he said that some of his
advisors had questioned Mary's legitimacy?"
"I was not," Katharine said. "He would never have
dared to say such a thing in my presence. If Mary is
illegitimate, what am I? A strumpet?
"I can never consent to any thing, never say a word
or make a move that would make Mary, my daughter and
yours, a bastard in the eyes of the world."
"She is that already," he said. She heard the change in
his voice; the explanatory, persuasive, almost apologetic
note had gone, replaced by something hard and ruthless.« less