My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As a fan of Alison Weir, I just had to get my hands on this book. I’ve always had an interest in Tudor’s dynasty, and I feel that most of the books are being focused on Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. And somehow everyone skips one of the greatest wife’s of Henry VIII – Jane Seymour.
Jane Seymour was the third wife of Henry VIII, and she is mostly known for the fact that she has given the king his long wanted son. However, her life as a Queen was short lived.
As a young girl, Jane wanted to dedicate her life to the church. After one year probation period as a nun, oldest Seymour girl decided to come back home. To her luck, a family friend found a place for her in court, and shortly after young Jane became a maid of honor to Queen Catherine, and after (not by her choice) to Queen Anne. Jane and Anne disliked each other from the beginning, and their rivalry continued to escalate once Jane became Henry’s mistress.
Days after Anne’s execution, Jane was wedded to Henry. Something else has changed at that time… Jane became haunted by Anne Boleyn.
The book is a historical fiction, not all parts of the book are true. Nevertheless, Alison Weir stays very close to the actual facts. That’s the reason I like her books. She does write fiction, however, her facts are always double and triple checked. I admire the way she is able to turn a piece of history into a fascinating story. This book is easy to read and has many interesting facts about Henry VIII’s most loved wife. Bravo Ms. Weir, you’ve created another masterpiece!