Cor Rotto by Adrienne Dillard

Cor Rotto

The dream was always the same … the scaffold before me. I stared on in horror as the sword sliced my aunt's head from her swan-like neck. The executioner raised her severed head into the air by its long chestnut locks. The last thing I remembered before my world turned black was my own scream.Fifteen year-old Catherine Carey has been dreaming the same dream for three years, since the bloody execution of her aunt Queen Anne Boleyn. Her only comf...

Details Cor Rotto

TitleCor Rotto
Release DateNov 4th, 2014
PublisherMadeGlobal Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, English History, Tudor Period

Reviews Cor Rotto

  • Samantha
    This book appealed to me because the author seemed to have the same philosophy toward writing historical fiction as my own. Catherine Carey is a relatively minor character in Tudor era drama though she is closely related to larger players, just how closely is a subject for debate. The story is a intimately told personal story of love, family, and loyalty that focuses on Catherine and her children rather than the historical events of the day. Sinc...
  • Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    DNF at 14%Someone I'm friends with on here, mainly because she only reads Tudor history and I think she's great for recommendations of that stuff, rated this book five stars. So, I got hella excited. I read the author's contribution to the In a Nutshell series, which was all about Catherine Carey's life. Thought it was interesting and good, so I decided I'd give this a go. Sometimes it's easier jumping into fiction before nonfiction.Now I'm sitti...
  • Gretchen
    I can't remember the last time I read a book worthy of devouring in a day. While I found this to be a wonderful book, I found Catherine's constant pregnancies exhausting. Not because I felt it took away from the book but because I remember being pregnant. Exhausting.
  • Juliew.
    This was a lovely,believable tale of Catherine Carey,possible sister to three English monarchs,Mary I,Edward VI and Elizabeth I.Although,we can never be certain Catherine Carey was the daughter of Henry VIII this intelligent novel gives free rein to the theory.I thought the events and the people that were portrayed were mostly on the accurate side and loved the atmosphere of the Tudor world the author created.I also enjoyed the mystery element an...
  • Suzanne Reed
    Broken Hearted loveI enjoyed this story of Catherine Carey and he life. The love between Catherine and Francis Knollys is one of true love. I found the story to be written historically correct concerning the main characters. Elizabeth I has always been an enigmatic and powerful queen; most books focucing on her decision-making as a queen. However, the author shows a more intimate side of the queen in her youth. This book does focus on all the Tud...
  • Kathleen
    A thoroughly enjoyable book on a very fascinating family line who have always been a bit mysterious in their paternal origins. Were Catherine and Henry Carey offspring of Henry VIII or was that even known at the time has been conjectured for centuries? This author and historian has a very good premise and follows that forward in a very engrossing and extremely readable fashion. Perhaps a bit more depth to their characters could have worked but Ca...
  • May
    I thoroughly enjoyed Philippa Gregory's "THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL" and have often wondered what happened to Mary's child. Adrienne Dillard answers that question brilliantly. She fleshes out a very believable story about an incredible woman on the edges of the Tudor stage. The period details of both Court and country life enhances the story, especially as she highlights the role of a wife, mother and royal relative. I really enjoyed her relationship ...
  • Kathleen
    A quick look at an often over-looked Tudor character. Whether Catherine Carey was Elizabeth's cousin or half-sister, her life made for an interesting historical novel. So little is actually known about most of these Tudor women, that I am always amazed when someone actually succeeds at fleshing one out.
  • Sarah -
    My book blog ---> Disclosure: I have this book shelved as being a gift from and author or publisher because this is technically true. Adrienne Dillard is the author but she has, more importantly, become my friend. It will probably not surprise anyone that we 'met' on a post from Dan Jones' Facebook page. We share a love of history, specifically the Tudor era,...
  • Sarah Bryson
    Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey is one of the most realistic, emotive fictional novels that I have ever read. I have read a number of fictional historical books over the years and from the moment that I picked up this book I was absolutely hooked. Initially I became interested in this book as I am fascinated with the life of Mary Boleyn, mother of Catherine Carey and I thought this would be an interesting book to learn a little more about t...
  • kathleen r.
    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Historical fiction is a genre I find fascinating, and in this novel, I wasn't disappointed. Well researched, settings were rich with description and a sense of life. There wasn't any over-blown and empty dialogue, each and every scene was life-like and entertaining. The author provided some interesting and educational afterwords, explaining some of the lesser characters who were none-the-less vital to the story. O...
  • Lynne
    I really enjoyed this book. Katherine Carey, daughter of Mary Boleyn and possibly illegitimate daughter of King Henry VIII, tells the story of her life.
  • sue khavari
    An Enjoyable Novel of the Tudor EraCatherine Carey was an eye witness to the birth of the modern world as it affected England; anyone interested in this time period can immerse themselves in all aspects of life at the Tudor Court. The author transmits an enormous amount of historical information through an engaging narrative style and an authentically documented protagonist that the reader can not only trust but truly admire. As women's history a...
  • TAS
    An Interesting Look Inside the Tudor Court from the Perspective of A Minor PlayerWith my lifelong fascination for all things Tudor, I am always looking for stories about peripheral historical figures of that time, that can offer a new perspective on events and people. And Cor Rotto does this well. This story of Catherine Carey, the daughter of Queen Anne Boleyn's sister Mary, who may also be the illegitimate child of King Henry VIII, is someone s...
  • Kenzie Erickson
    This is such a great book. Adrienne Dillard is a truly gifted author and I'm honored to call her a friend. The details are exquisite and learning more about Catherine is always a good time
  • MJ LaBeff
    Cor Rotto: A novel of Catherine Carey by Adrienne Dillard is a well researched and beautifully written historical fiction novel about the life and times of Catherine Carey. Fans of the Tudor period will truly enjoy Catherine’s story, a woman who was smart, tenacious and feisty for the time. I was immediately drawn into Catherine's story and her interesting life that took her from her beloved home at Oxfordshire, Rotherfield Greys to London serv...
  • Olivia Longueville
    I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes the Tudor history and the Tudor dynasty. The Carey family has always been quite mysterious to me, mainly because we don’t know for sure whether Catherine Carey, after her marriage Catherine Knollys and later Lady Knollys, and her brother, Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon, are King Henry VIII’s illegitimate children or not. I exorbitantly enjoyed this book, and it was a great and entertaining re...
  • Carol Stone
    Cor Rotto:A novel of Catherine Careyonce you start reading this book you will not be able to put it down. I have read several of Allison Weir's books. this book caught my interest as I have been reading Elizabeth of York. Elizabeth of York might be Catherine's grandmother. this caught my interest. even though this book is fiction Catherine Carey is a real person. she married Frances who became a knight. they had 13or 16 children. They were very m...
  • Debbi
    Adrienne Dillard has also written a non fiction book on the life of Catherine Carey. That and her notes at the end of this book convinced me that she really knows her history of the Tudor period. The story starts with Catherine living in exile with her mother, Mary Boleyn, and her stepfather, William Stafford. She overhears a conversation and so learns that the king, Henry the VIII is her father and she is being summoned to wait on his new queen....
  • Alioftheroses
    I enjoyed the insights (though fictional, they seemed quite possible) into the potential conversations between Catherine Carey and her cousin/half-sister, Elizabeth I. Their relationship seemed reasonable considering Catherine's high standing among Elizabeth's ladies, Elizabeth's strong attachment to Catherine, and the queen's natural curiosity concerning her mother (Catherine's aunt), Anne Boleyn. Furthermore, such discussions combined seemed on...
  • Bethlattin
    I'll start out by saying I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting and an easy read. My biggest complaint was that Catherine kept saying how hard her life had been, and how "heart-broken" she has been. But, in reality, her life was pretty good. She had a loving husband, and plenty and wealth and privilege. Her aunt's beheading only meant that she lived in Calais, where it was arguably safer than in England. Her parents were there for her, he...
  • Julie
    I usually like historical fiction and recall loving The Other Bolyn Girl, Wolf Hall, and others. But this book was hard to keep reading. It is set in the background of Henry VIII wives' and successors but offers little of the intrigue and appeal usually found in novels set in the Tudor court. The writing style seemed simplistic, and the straight chronological narrative never varied from "went to Court, back home to have a baby" and so on, seeming...
  • Denise
    Here is a perfect review of this first book by Adrienne Dillard: especially enjoy novels about lesser-known individuals from history. Historical fiction is my favorite reading category. A good book (like this one) is to be savored and enjoyed every bit as much as a fine meal. And titles about strong women are absolutely the best! We tend to believe that most women in history were simply broodmares of the m...
  • susan blohm
    Informative and a lovely readThough l have read cegirimate ountless books about Anne and Mary Boleyn, as well as Elizabeth 1 st, Henry V111, and so many Tudors, this was my first novel about Catherine Carey. I had no idea she was so close to Queen Elizabeth,, or the mother of Lettice. I have always wondered why King Henry chose to acknowledge only Fitzroy as his illegitimate son. I enjoyed learning more about Catherine. This author paints a lovel...
  • Janet Carroll
    I enjoyed this book very much. Does it have overwhelming literary impact?No, probably not. In fact,the message of this book would be"Be careful about taking sides. Pick the wrong person and you may lose your head.Similar to today's political atmosphere, the winner (Queen Elizabeth) can reward you for your loyalty. but you may lose all of your friends if your choice loses. If you like historical fiction, this is a great example.
  • Theresa
    This was a pretty interesting read of the life of the daughter of Henry VIII and Mary Boleyn, and cousin to Elizabeth I. It kept my attention well enough, but it didn't feel like there was a lot of conflict. Catherine was around a lot of it being in the Court of Henry, Edward, Mary and Elizabeth, but none of it was really about her. It was rather tame, but still enjoyable. This is also a Tudor I didn't know much about, so it was nice reading abou...
  • Shauna Johnston
    Very well researchedVery well researched. History comes to life on the page. If you are a student of Tudor history, put this on your list. It is an interesting look at the tangled social network of court. Imagine my surprise when I was reading about the terror that the reformists felt under the reign of Mary Tudor, and low and behold on the page I see the name of my ancestor, John Rogers who was burned at the stake in 1555.
  • Edna Rankine
    Well toldStories, about individuals who spend most of their lives serving in the periphery of the lives of the famous, are seldom told. Their contributions are seldom acknowledged unless they are perceived strong and powerful. I am grateful that the author had the courage to write this book. A reminder that leaders never stand alone...there is merit to soft power and human connectivity.
  • Cathy
    I loved this book! Adrienne's careful research and sensitive writing truly brings Catherine and other characters to life. She beautifully highlights the "ordinary" in their extraordinary lives and doesn't shy away from the brutal reality of those lives. At the end of Cor Rotto, I felt I had lost a friend...a dear friend with whom I'd shared joys and happiness, heartbreak and disappointment and all this is in between in such a life.
  • Mae
    This is a great book for historians, not so much for the literary. There was no central theme to the novel, rather, it was a recitation of the events of Catherine Carey's life. She was politically savvy and extremely loyal and a mostly overlooked, but important, member of Elizabeth's household. However, if you're looking for drama, scandal, and danger - this novel is not it. If you are interested in the Tudor court and family life in renaissance ...