The Favored Queen by Carolly Erickson
A Novel of Henry VIII's Third Wife

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From The New York Times bestselling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII comes a powerful and moving novel about Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII, who married him only days after the execution of Anne Boleyn and ultimately lost her own life in giving him the son he badly needed to guarantee the Tudor succession

Born into an ambitious noble family, young Jane Seymour is sent to Court as a Maid of Honor to Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's aging queen. She is devoted to her mistress and watches with empathy as the calculating Anne Boleyn contrives to supplant her as queen. Anne's single-minded intriguing threatens all who stand in her way; she does not hesitate to arrange the murder of a woman who knows a secret so dark that, if revealed, would make it impossible for the king to marry Anne.

Once Anne becomes queen, no one at court is safe, and Jane herself becomes the victim of Anne's venomous rage when she suspects Jane has become the object of the king's lust. Henry, fearing that Anne's inability to give him a son is a sign of divine wrath, asks Jane to become his next queen. Deeply reluctant to embark on such a dangerous course, Jane must choose between her heart and her loyalty to the king.

Acclaimed biographer and bestselling novelist Carolly Erickson weaves another of her irresistible historical entertainments about the queen who finally gave Henry VIII his longed for heir, set against the excitement and danger of the Tudor Court.


About Carolly Erickson

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New York Times bestselling author CAROLLY ERICKSON has written twenty-eight critically acclaimed, prize-winning biographies, histories, and a recent series of fictional historical entertainments. Her range is wide, her audience worldwide. She lives in Washington and Hawaii.
Published September 27, 2011 by St. Martin's Press. 304 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Queen Jane Seymour has been the focus of few Tudor historical novels, compared with her more flamboyant predecessor Anne Boleyn.

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Known throughout history as the third wife of Henry VIII and the only one to give birth to his son, Edward, Jane Seymour begins as a servant to Queen Catherine, and later serves Queen Anne Boleyn.

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Despite giving King Henry VIII his desired male heir and being known throughout history as "his most beloved wife and queen", Jane Seymour is the one of the six wives of Henry VIII that we know the least about.

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Open Letters Monthly

At the very beginning of historian Carolly Erickson’s latest foray into Tudor fiction, The Favored Wife (about Jane Seymour, obviously, the mother of Henry’s long-sought male heir), a haughty, imperious Anne Boleyn refers to the shy, quiet Lady Jane as “a stunted little nobody,” and some 200 page...

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Historical Novel Society

In this novel, the latest of her self-described “historical entertainments,” Erickson tells the story of Jane Seymour, the third wife of Henry VIII.

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Once it has been determined, that she cannot give the king an heir either, the kings rids himself of her, too.

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