The Pleasure Palace (Secrets of the Tudor Court, Bk 1)
The Pleasure Palace - Secrets of the Tudor Court, Bk 1 Author:Kate Emerson SHE KNEW THE MOST INTIMATE SECRETS OF HENRY VII'S COURT, EVEN AS SHE CAREFULLY GUARDED HER OWN... — Beautiful. Seductive. Innocent. Jane Popyncourt was brought to the court as a child to be ward of the king and a companion to his daughters -- the princesses Margaret and Mary. With no money of her own, Jane could not ho... more »pe for a powerful marriage, or perhaps even marriage at all. But as she grows into a lovely young woman, she still receives flattering attention from the virile young men flocking to serve the handsome new king, Henry VIII, who has recently married Catherine of Aragon. Then a dashing French prisoner of war, cousin to the king of France, is brought to London, and Jane finds she cannot help giving some of her heart -- and more -- to a man she can never marry. But the Tudor court is filled with dangers as well as seductions, and there are mysteries surrounding Jane's birth that have made her deadly enemies. Can she cultivate her beauty and her amorous wiles to guide her along a perilous path and bring her at last to happiness?« less
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I read this book in little over a night...not because it is a short story but because her story drew me in. Her mother's secret was a good twist by the author but she wasn't done there yet and kept the book fresh with devolpements along the way. I like descriptive books and this had just the right amount...not to the point were you start glossing over the descriptions trying to get to the meat of the story. I did however get somewhat tired of reading about the entertainment but again, what else did they really do?
Absoutely LOVED this book! One of my favorites for this year that i've read. The cover is beautiful and the story line kept me interested to where I couldn't put it down each night unless I forced myself. I'm looking forward to the next in the series!
Jayne Popyncourt flees the French Court as a young girl with her mother and is taken in by the court of King Henry VII of England. She is given the job of teaching French to the two young princesses, Lady Mary and Lady Margaret. Jaynes mother dies soon after their move to England and she is left alone with no money and only an uninterested uncle as her surviving family. Fortunately for Jayne, she is kept in the court of King Henry VII and Henry the VIII and befriends Princess Mary. Jaynes life revolves around the intrigue, politics and scandal of the Tudor courts.
With no money of her own, she cannot expect a marriage or a life of her own apart from the royal court. Not even her charges, princess Mary and Margaret in charge of their own destiny.
A princess was a matrimonial prize and little more. I suppose all women were. Someones daughter. Someones wife. Someones mistress. Our connection to men defined all of us.
When the handsome young French duke comes to the Tower of London as a prisoner of war, Jayne loses her heart and head to the young man who has a wife and family back in France. Can Jayne find happiness and her own way in a life that is lived at the whims of the King? How will she navigate the politics and temptations of the extravagant and decadent life at court?
This was an enjoyable, easy read with great details of the English and French courts and how the royals dressed, traveled and entertained themselves.
I found this book to be a little dissapointing. It may just be that I have read too much about the Tudor court and the books are starting to repeat what I have already read. However, this story just seemed to lack somthing. There wasn't much detail and I did't find my self to be "emotionaly involved" in the charicters.