Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen (Six Tudor Queens #3)

Acclaimed author and historian Alison Weir continues her epic Six Tudor Queens series with this third captivating novel, which brings to life Jane Seymour, King Henry VIIIs most cherished bride and mother of his only male heir. Ever since she was a child, Jane has longed for a cloistered life as a nun. But her large noble family has other plans, and, as an adult, Jane is invited to the Kings court to serve as lady-in-waiting for Queen Katherine of Aragon. The devout Katherine shows kindness to all her ladies, almost like a second mother, which makes rumors of Henrys lustful pursuit of Anne Boleynwho is also lady-in-waiting to the queenall the more shocking. For Jane, the betrayal triggers memories of a painful incident that shaped her beliefs about marriage. But once Henry disavows Katherine and secures his new queenaltering the religious landscape of Englandhe turns his eye to another: Jane herself. Urged to return the Kings affection and earn favor for her family, Jane is drawn into ..

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Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen (Six Tudor Queens #3)

I love Alison Weir’s books; whether they be fictional or non-fiction, AW’s research shines through and transports you back in time.

This book focuses on Jane Seymour, the famed favourite wife of Henry VII and mother of Edward.

This book offers up a fascinating insight into Jane’s family life, and the political machinations that caused her to go from would be nun to wife of the King.

I’ve read loads of books about the Tudors, but not actually a great deal about Jane Seymour (mostly Anne Boleyn or E

Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen (Six Tudor Queens #3)

This next book in the Six Tudor Queens series tells the story of Jane Seymour, third wife of King Henry VIII. This fictionalized tale of Jane's life begins at her childhood home of Wulfhall and, in time, we see how Jane came to serve as a maid-of-honor for the Queen—Katherine of Aragon, Henry's first wife. When she arrives, the King's pursuit of Anne Boleyn, another of Katherine's maid's-of-honor, is already well underway. Jane remains fiercely loyal to her beloved Queen Katherine, even after sh ...more

Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen (Six Tudor Queens #3)

This is slow and boring. Weir's fiction is generally considerably worse than her non-fiction. I didn't much care for the first volume in this series about Katherine of Aragon but somewhat liked the book about Anne Boleyn. This is just a miss.

I did appreciate the portrayl of Jane as the hypocrite she was. Her treatment of Anne is callous and her attachment to Lady Mary doesn't clean that up.

Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen (Six Tudor Queens #3)

Well worn material, this time told from the perspective of Jane Seymour. Frankly, I found the author's note at the end of the book to be more interesting than the book itself. In the note, Weir lays out the historical reasoning for the choices she made depicting these tumultuous three years. Fascinating.

Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen (Six Tudor Queens #3)

Thanks to NetGalley and Random House for an Advance Reader Copy!

I definitely liked this book the most of Alison Weir's Six Tudor Queens series so far. I had one or two small disagreements with her opinions on Katherine of Aragon, and then had A LOT of disagreements about her portrayal of Anne Boleyn, but it seems we finally found some common ground with Jane Seymour.

There is very little known about Jane, and she left very few letters or records of her life behind. Because so much speculation is

Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen (Six Tudor Queens #3)

The problem is, with Jane, that she is just not the most compelling character. For one, there is very little known of her personality, she had practically no known correspondence, and she was in the public eye for a very short time.

This shows forth in this novelization in that she takes most of her cues from those around her. The only interest to originate from Jane herself is that she felt a calling to join the religious life. However, once within an abbey, she quickly realizes that it is not

Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen (Six Tudor Queens #3)

Alison Weir can be a bit hit or miss. Some books are fantastic reads, while others plod along.

This one is one of the hits.

The reality is we know little about Jane Seymour, so this gives Ms Weir a lot of wiggle room, and wiggle she does!

She makes sense of a few snippets that standing by themselves in the tapestry of history made no sense, but woven in with others are perfectly intelligible.

Possibly the best of Ms Weir's books.

Highly recommended.

Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen (Six Tudor Queens #3)
Hannah Greendale

The third installment of Weir's Six Tudor Queens series dedicates so many pages to recounting the reign of Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, it hardly reads like Jane Seymour's story. Nearly four hundred pages into the book, Weir finally focuses on Jane - devout and demure, haunted by the ghost of Anne Boleyn - whose tumultuous pregnancies and tearful death are the highlight of this book.

Jane was more than four months pregnant when the child first stirred within her, a little fluttering like