Rivals in the Tudor Court (Tudor Court, Bk 2)
Rivals in the Tudor Court - Tudor Court, Bk 2 Author:D. L. Bogdan The death toll in Henry VIII's England can be counted in the thousands. No one was more aware of this than Thomas Howard, third duke of Norfolk. Relying on his indomitable force of will, cleverness, and sheer good fortune, Thomas Howard manages to be one of the king's only intimates to survive an unforgettable reign of terror. — This impe... more »ccably researched companion piece to "Secrets of the Tudor Court" chronicles the ambitious duke's life, loves, and remarkable capacity to endure. Before he was the king's uncle, before he was his nieces' ultimate betrayer, Thomas Howard was a hostage at the court of Henry VII while his father was imprisoned in the dreaded Tower of London. There he would marry the queen's sister, his forever princess Anne Plantagenet. While he founded a dynasty, his career as soldier and sailor brought him acclaim and the trust of the Tudors. But when unspeakable tragedy robs him of family and fortune, Thomas must begin again.
Abandoning notions of love, Thomas seeks out an advantageous match with the fiery Elizabeth Stafford, daughter of the duke of Buckingham. Clever, willful, and uncompromising in principle, the young duchess falls victim to a love she cannot deny. When Thomas takes on a mistress, the vulnerable Bess Holland, Duchess Elizabeth prepares to fight for all she holds dear. Only then does she learn she faces a force darker than anything she could ever have imagined, an obsessive love that neither she nor Bess can rival.« less
This is a very good, historical fiction book concerning Thomas Howard, Anne Boylen, etc. The striking thing to me was the old cliche "You can't judge a book by its cover" because when I got this book I thought oh no this is a trashy romance book just because of the picture on the cover, I could not have been more wrong, written in the fashion of other historical fiction court writers: Christine Trent, Phippa Gregory etc this book is filled with interesting facts and good spun fiction about the courts. Certainly worth a read.