The Rose Without a Thorn: A Novel

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Crown/Archetype, Feb 17, 2010 - Fiction - 288 pages
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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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User Review  - LisaMaria_C - LibraryThing

"Rose without a thorn" is what Henry VIII called his fifth wife, Katherine Howard, a callow teen when he married her. The prologue already begins with her in the Tower and sure she's about to suffer ... Read full review

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User Review  - witchyrichy - LibraryThing

The story of Katherine Howard is somewhat thin as the wives go and this book really played on her innocence. It was a brutal, political time when old women were executed. Read full review

Selected pages


The Scribe
The Duchess Calls
Nights in the Long Room
A Silk Flower
Dangerous Games
The Fourth Queen
A Meeting with the King
Secret Lovers
The Journey to the Tower
The Last Day
The Scribe
About the Author
About the Book

A Royal Wooing
The Queen
Warning Signals
The French Proposal

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About the author (2010)

Jean Plaidy is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also known as Victoria Holt. More than 14 million copies of her books have been sold worldwide. Plaidy passed away in 1993.

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