Oct 2, 2012

By Royal Decree by Kate Emerson: Book Teaser

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB; choose sentences at random from your current read. Identify the author and title for readers.

Title: Secrets of the Tudor Court: By Royal Decree
Author: Kate Emerson
Published December 4, 2010; Gallery paperback

"Stubborn fools, you and Will both, to live in hope of a royal decree." (ch. 18)

The last wife of Henry VIII of England, Katherine Parr, gives harsh advice to one of her ladies of the court, Elizabeth Brooks, who is in love with Queen Katherine's brother, Will Parr, the new Earl of Essex. Will is divorced by Parliamentary decree from his unfaithful wife but has to remain single as long as his former wife lives, unless otherwise decided by the king, that is, overruled by royal decree.

I'm on chapter 20 of this third book in the Secrets of the Tudor Court historical series, having finished the The Pleasure Palace, and Between Two Queens. There are two more books in the series, At the King's Pleasure and the most recent, The King's Damsel. Based on life at the Tudor court of Henry VIII, the novels feature the lives of several noblewomen who are called to court at different times to serve the queen of the moment - there are six queens in all during Henry's tumultuous reign. Descriptions of the life of the 16th century court, its manners, dress, customs, and intrigue are deftly folded into the plots.

Thanks to the publisher for sending all five books for possible review.

About the author: 
Kate Emerson was born in Liberty, New York and received an A.B. from Bates College and an MA from Old Dominion University. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. She lives in Maine.


Mystica said...

Another Tudor based book. I doubt that we will ever be satisfied however many books of the era are published. There is always something fascinating coming from this period.

Trish said...

oh i love books/stories like this!
i hope you enjoy it!

Trish - My Tease

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Awesome! Thanks for sharing...and enjoy.


Zibilee said...

I love the Tudor period with ferocity, so I am eagerly reading these reviews, and seeing if they might be right for my collection. I am reading Bring Up the Bodies right now, and getting the take from Cromwell's POV. This does indeed sound like an excellent series!

Suko said...

Terrific teaser, Harvee!

I've announced my book winner today....

The Bookworm said...

Sounds great, happy reading. I'm a fan of Tudor fiction like this.

Staci said...

All 5?? How cool is that. Now you can read them one right after the other!!!! Loving the cover so I would pick it up immediately!!

kayerj said...

Sounds like you're really enjoying this series. kaye—the road goes ever ever on

The Relentless Reader said...

I can't wait to hear your final thoughts on this series. I'm always in the market for a good Tudor book!

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