The Rose Without a Thorn by Jean Plaidy
A Novel (A Queens of England Novel)

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From the pen of legendary historical novelist Jean Plaidy comes an unforgettable true story of
royalty, passion, and innocence lost.

Born into an impoverished branch of the noble Howard family, young Katherine is plucked from her home to live with her grandmother, the Duchess of Norfolk. The innocent girl quickly learns that her grandmother’s puritanism is not shared by Katherine’s free-spirited cousins, with whom she lives. Beautiful and impressionable, Katherine becomes involved in two ill-fated love affairs before her sixteenth birthday. Like her cousin Anne Boleyn, she leaves her grandmother’s home to become a lady-in-waiting at the court of Henry VIII. The royal palaces are exciting to a young girl from the country, and Katherine ?nds that her duties there allow her to be near her handsome cousin, Thomas Culpepper, whom she has loved since childhood.

But when Katherine catches the eye of the aging and unhappily married king, she is forced to abandon her plans for a life with Thomas and marry King Henry. Overwhelmed by the change in her fortunes, bewildered and flattered by the adoration of her husband, Katherine is dazzled by the royal life. But her bliss is short-lived as rumors of her wayward past come back to haunt her, and Katherine’s destiny takes another, deadly, turn.

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About Jean Plaidy

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Jean Plaidy one of the preeminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also known as Victoria Holt and Philippa Carr. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages and have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.
Published February 14, 2010 by Broadway Books. 290 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Non-fiction

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The story of Catherine Howard is more than a story about a queen who made King Henry VIII a cuckhold and encountered the same fate as her cousin, Anne Boleyn, but a story about a lonely and easily manipulated young girl who just wanted to be loved.

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And, just like Anne, Katherine catches the eye of an unhappily married King who wants to set aside his ugly wife for someone more beautiful.

Apr 19 2011 | Read Full Review of The Rose Without a Thorn: A N...

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