Secrets of the Tudor Court (Tudor Court #1) by D.L. Bogdan

Secrets of the Tudor Court (Tudor Court #1)

When young Mary Howard receives the news that she will be leaving her home for the grand court of King Henry VIII, to attend his mistress Anne Boleyn, she is ecstatic. Everything Anne touches seems to turn to gold, and Mary is certain Anne will one day become Queen. But Mary has also seen the King's fickle nature and how easily he discards those who were once close to him. . . Discovering that she is a pawn in a carefully orchestrated plot devise...


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TitleSecrets of the Tudor Court (Tudor Court #1)
ISBN9780758241993
Author
Release DateMay 1st, 2010
PublisherKensington
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, English History, Tudor Period, European Literature, British Literature
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Reviews Secrets of the Tudor Court (Tudor Court #1)

  • Misfit
    2010-05-07
    I'm beginning to see a pattern developing in the latest offerings in historical fiction similar to what I'm accustomed to in romances - you have the solid gritty novels with real historical detail and then there are the wall-paper variety with a prettified historical setting - and in my IMHO this book falls into the latter category. Secrets is the story of Mary Howard, daughter of Thomas Howard the powerful Duke of Norfolk and wife to Henry VIII'...
  • Selma
    2017-03-25
    Divna knjiga, nezaboravna priča o izdaji i izgubljenoj nevinosti. Sudbina šest supruga engleskog kralja Henrija VIII. od kojih su neke završile pod oštricom mača. Uzbudljiva povijesna priča koja počinje dolaskom mlade Mary Howard na veličanstveni dvor kralja Henrija VIII. kako bi bila dvorska dama njegove ljubavnice, Anne Boleyn.Mary je sigurna da će Anne jednoga dana postati kraljica. Ali kralj je prevrtljive naravi i često se surovo o...
  • Victoria
    2012-05-22
    I think my main problem with this book is that Mary, as imagined by Darcey Bonnette, is such a whiner. Barely a page passes without her feeling nauseous with fear. Her guts churn, her stomach aches, she vomits – it’s all about her and her belly-aching (literally and metaphorically). So I have a recommendation for anyone about to head out on reading this book. Rather than reading it for pleasure, use it as a drinking game. Every time Mary ment...
  • April
    2010-08-28
    Free Kindle download.Even though I'm a huge fan of Showtime's TV series The Tudors and have recently read Philippa Gregory's The Other Boleyn Girl (the e-book version but not in Kindle format, or I would have written a review), I really don't know anything about the main character in Secrets of the Tudor Court. She is Lady Mary Howard, daughter of Thomas Howard, the third Duke of Norfolk, and cousin to Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII's second of six...
  • Ana T.
    2011-01-15
    I just can't resist books where the author grabs a little known historical character and writes a story, within history, for her. That's why I decided to pick this one up. The main character here is Mary Howard, the daughter of the Duke of Norfolk. As his nieces Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard she will also be a pawn in her fathers plans to maintain his powerful position with the King.Unfortunately I didn't find Mary all that appealing as a char...
  • Elaine
    2011-09-24
    An interesting insight into the court of Henry V111 and his six wives. As such there isn't too much detail given to each of the wives, unlike other novelists who concentrate on one of the queens at any given time-such as Gergory, for example. Also, unlike Gregory et al, Bonnette examines the court in a much darker way, giving much detail about double dealings and the underhand way the courtiers behave in order to safeguard their survival.Narrated...
  • Rio (Lynne)
    2011-11-02
    3.75 If you are in the mood for some lite historical fiction and looking for a new character to read about, during the Tudor times, this will fit the bill. Mary Howard, the daughter of King Henry VIII's Lord Treasurer, the evil Thomas Howard The Duke Of Norfolk is sent to court during the rise of Ann Boleyn. We follow her years through 5 Queens and her marriage to Henry's illegitimate son Henry Fitzroy. The author portrays the Duke of Norfolk as ...
  • Erin
    2010-05-08
    Wow. Far and away the most depressing book I've read in awhile. The plot is very simple: the duke of Norfolk is cruel to the heroine, the heroine cries. Over and over and over again. If you like books about abuse and weepy characters, then this is the book for you. Otherwise, avoid at all costs!
  • Laura Greenwood
    2013-07-18
    Review posted 6th August on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live... Secrets of the Tudor Court follows the story of Mary Howard, a Howard girl eclipsed by those more famous, such as Mary and Anne Bolyen, and Katherine Howard. The story travels through from her father summoning her to court at 11, right through to her death during the reign of Queen Mary I, including her ill fated marriage to the illegitimate son of Henry VIII, Henry Fitzroy and ...
  • Olga Hughes
    2012-06-30
    Originally published at Crickhollow Books I wasn’t expecting this one to be a literary masterpiece, but the subject, Mary Howard, got me interested in the book. Mary Howard was the daughter of the notorious Duke of Norfolk and wife of Henry VIII’s illegitimate son Henry Fitzroy. She outlived Henry VIII’s and all of his wives. Now I don’t know a lot about Mary Howard but there a lot of other historical inaccuracies I noticed in the book s...
  • chucklesthescot
    2011-03-17
    I was interested in reading this book because Mary Howard's name is well known to Tudor fans but this was the first book that I've found that tells her story. As with all Tudor books, you have to consider that this is fact based fiction, meaning the author has added their own spin on events and things may not be totally accurate. I can usually take these books at face value and just enjoy the story.History has not looked kindly on the Duke of Nor...
  • Vanessa
    2010-12-21
    This is a tricky one to rate! On one hand, the writing was really good and very vidid (definitely made me feel like I was right there). On the other, there was something that really bothered me ... and bothered me enough that I can only give this book 3 stars.First, there is the theme of domestic violence - and the victim's acceptance of said violence - throughout out the story. Mary's father beats and threatens both her and her mother repeatedly...
  • Lady Jane Grey
    2012-12-29
    I wrote a review for "Rivals in the Tudor Court" and a lot of it ties in with this book. I really think it should be read before this one even if they weren't published in that order.Something new for this review is that I love reading about different smaller characters in Tudor history. In the genre, I would estimate half of the books are about Anne Boleyn. I love seeing the supporting characters and extras get leading roles. You don't hear too ...
  • Tocotin
    2012-06-24
    I liked this book better when it was called "The Other Boleyn Girl".No, seriously. The first part of it was nearly a rip-off of TOBG, complete with the heroine feeling sorry for the poor Catherine of Aragon and hating her own family for, let's see, essentially behaving like every family depending on the king's favor would behave. It got a little better afterwards, the main character (Mary Howard, the wife of Henry VIII's illegitimate son Henry Fi...
  • Laura
    2011-03-08
    The Tudor/Elizabethan eras are two of my favourite eras to study so therefore this book immediately appealed. I couldn't stop reading (even though it suffers from long chapters; my personal pet hate with books.) I felt it was a good balance of drama and historical fiction and offers a different perspective on that era.The character of Mary is one where you remain sympathetic toward throughout. Norfolk is the type of person you never wish to meet;...
  • Erica Hunt
    2011-06-21
    have recently finished reading Secrets of the Tudor Court by D.L. Bogdan and I have to say that it fits my Tubor England mood well. I have been really into this time period lately and I am fascinated by how the English lived and dealt with King Henry. I also love reading about what life was like for women and the roles that they played. The parts of this book that I found extremely interesting was the in depth look into the life long feud between...
  • Melissa
    2011-07-27
    I really enjoyed this book! When I wasn't reading it I found myself wanting to sneak a few more pages in, which is always a good sign. I don't know a whole lot about the Tudor dynasty past the movies and shows I've seen, so I don't know how historically correct this story was, but I definitely would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the topic.
  • Amanda Villani
    2010-05-11
    Meh...written from Mary Howard's perspective (daughter of the Duke of Norfolk, widow of Henry Fitzpatrick). Supposedly she was next in line to woo the king, too bad he died first. Another story of how women in the Tudor court were property to be bartered with. Kinda sad. Duke of Norfolk sounds like one bad mamma jamma.
  • NayNay
    2011-11-07
    Secrets of the Tudor Court(Tudor Court series) had me breathless - clever dialogue, captivating characters, fast paced pulling the reader along, rich and exciting. This one is a winner, I can't wait to read the second book, Rivals in the Tudor Court.
  • Amanda
    2010-05-11
    I've read enough Tudor era historical fiction that it's all blended together. While the read was enjoyable enough, I found absolutely nothing in this one to set it apart. Totally unobjectionable. Which is...well...unobjectionable I guess. Damning with faint praise, huh?
  • Delicieux
    2011-06-26
    I really enjoyed this book. I really felt Bess's heartache at being separated from Will. It's hard to imagine in this day and age the Crown telling you your marriage was illegal and then suddenly becoming legal again with a change of monarch.
  • Amy
    2017-10-02
    A truly amazing read!Where to start? This book was beautifully written, I found myself living the world of the Tudor court alongside Mary. My heart breaking with hers and preying she finds the happiness she deserved! Living her fear and heartbreaks alongside her in this greatly written book. The way Darcey Bonnette brought the characters to life was amazing. The historical beauty of Royal Court, The terrifying reign of King Henry VIII, the demise...
  • Cathy
    2017-06-28
    Another book that came to me via someone else that I might not have picked up otherwise, the cover suggesting, to me, a more romance led book. I love the Tudors, and I thought this account of a highborn woman on the fringes of the inner court was an interesting take, and certainly showed well just how the court functioned, was manipulated and controlled by various competing characters, and how the axe, noose, or much worse, was never far away, fo...
  • Heaven Claussen
    2018-03-23
    Amazing book a true must read
  • Marie
    2010-02-05
    4.5 STARS!This is another great read to add to your Tudor fiction library. It is full of the Tudor speculation and gossip that Tudor fans have come to enjoy and love, but this is not told in an over the top fashion. It is fast paced and intriguing, as the Tudor courts and the events of the demise of Henry VIII's wives are merely a backdrop for Mary Howard's story. Although an avid fan of Tudor history, this particular story is new to me, as I hav...
  • Shannon
    2013-04-05
    Secrets of the Tudor Court is told from the perspective of Mary Howard, a marginal but well-connected woman in Tudor England. Mary was not only the daughter of Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk, married to Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond, was in service as a lady in waiting to five of Henry VIII’s queens (Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard, Catherine Parr), but was cousin to Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard and daughter-in...
  • Leslie
    2011-11-18
    I really wish they let us give half-star ratings, because I would give this three and a half if I could. I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, it does a pretty good job of telling the story of Mary Howard, a relatively minor figure in the Tudor court, but one who was connected to the powerful Howard family and a witness to many of the important events that happened there. Not (thankfully) having been in an abusive relationship myself, ...
  • Lauren Christian
    2016-02-24
    *squeals like a little girl*I LOVED this book. Period. I have a rooted place in my heart for historical fictions and anything to do with the Tudor Court or the Boleyn's. They have always been my favorite, so as you can assume, I am very picky in regards to historical accuracy. This books was so amazing that I overlooked the historical discrepancies in this book whole-heartedly. The only negative thing I have to say is that The Duke of Suffolk sho...