The Queen's Rival by Diane Haeger
In the Court of Henry VIII (Henry VIII's Court)

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From the author of The Queen's Mistake comes the untold story of King Henry VIII's first well-known mistress.

As the beautiful daughter of courtiers, Elizabeth "Bessie" Blount is overjoyed when she secures a position as maid of honor to Katherine of Aragon. But when she captures the attention of the king himself, there are whispers that the queen ought to be worried for her throne.

When Bess gives birth to a healthy son the whispers become a roar. But soon the infamous Boleyn girls come to court and Henry's love for her begins to fade. Now, Bess must turn to her trusted friend, the illegitimate son of Cardinal Wolsey, to help her move beyond life as the queen's rival...


About Diane Haeger

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DIANE HAEGER is also the author of The Ruby Ring, Courtesan, and The Secret Wife of George IV. She lives in California.
Published March 1, 2011 by NAL. 419 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Beautiful, kind, and loving, Elizabeth "Bess" Blount had the heart of King Henry VIII long before Anne Boleyn entered the picture.

Mar 24 2011 | Read Full Review of The Queen's Rival: In the Cou...

Open Letters Monthly

the long second act of Haeger’s compassionate and well-researched book is taken up with intertwined revelations – Bess learns all the ways in which a flesh-and-blood king may be both less than the mythical Lancelot and more, and Henry learns all the welcome ways in which Bess is different from hi...

Apr 17 2011 | Read Full Review of The Queen's Rival: In the Cou...

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