Murder Most Royal: The Story of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard

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Crown/Archetype, Jan 24, 2006 - Fiction - 480 pages
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One powerful king. Two tragic queens.

In the court of Henry VIII, it was dangerous for a woman to catch the king’s eye. Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard were cousins. Both were beautiful women, though very different in temperament. They each learned that Henry’s passion was all-consuming–and fickle.

Sophisticated Anne Boleyn, raised in the decadent court of France, was in love with another man when King Henry claimed her as his own. Being his mistress gave her a position of power; being his queen put her life in jeopardy. Her younger cousin, Catherine Howard, was only fifteen when she was swept into the circle of King Henry. Her innocence attracted him, but a past mistake was destined to haunt her.

Painted in the rich colors of Tudor England, Murder Most Royal is a page-turning journey into the lives of two of the wives of the tempestuous Henry VIII.

Look for the Reading Group Guide at the back of this book.

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User Review  - Whisper1 - LibraryThing

A good read, but about 200 pages too long. While the descriptive writing is good, it bogs down along the way. I found that I muddled through and then simply scanned to the end. Read full review

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User Review  - jkdavies - LibraryThing

way before "the other Boleyn girl", I learnt about Anne's older ssuter here Read full review

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Jean Plaidy is the pen name of Eleanor Hibbert; she was also known as Victoria Holt. More than fourteen million copies of her books have been sold worldwide. Visit for a list of other historical novels available from this prolific author.

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