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The Confession of Katherine Howard (edition 2010)

by Suzannah Dunn

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Title:The Confession of Katherine Howard
Authors:Suzannah Dunn
Info:HarperPress (2010), Hardcover, 320 pages
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I enjoyed this book but at the same time was frustrated by the use of modern language which jarred dreadfully throughout. It's clearly incredibly well researched, the descriptive use of language was brilliant but the dialogue really let it down in my opinion.
If Suzannah Dunn had taken as much care with her character's voices as she did with all the other historical nuances then this would have been a five star book but alas it wasn't to be. And I don't mean I wanted to read them hey nonny nonning, just less modern jargon would have been enough. ( )
  Cadiva | Apr 1, 2015 |
I enjoyed this book but at the same time was frustrated by the use of modern language which jarred dreadfully throughout. It's clearly incredibly well researched, the descriptive use of language was brilliant but the dialogue really let it down in my opinion.
If Suzannah Dunn had taken as much care with her character's voices as she did with all the other historical nuances then this would have been a five star book but alas it wasn't to be. And I don't mean I wanted to read them hey nonny nonning, just less modern jargon would have been enough. ( )
  Cadiva | Apr 1, 2015 |
I enjoyed this book but at the same time was frustrated by the use of modern language which jarred dreadfully throughout. It's clearly incredibly well researched, the descriptive use of language was brilliant but the dialogue really let it down in my opinion.
If Suzannah Dunn had taken as much care with her character's voices as she did with all the other historical nuances then this would have been a five star book but alas it wasn't to be. And I don't mean I wanted to read them hey nonny nonning, just less modern jargon would have been enough. ( )
  Cadiva | Apr 1, 2015 |
The fifth wife of Henry VIII was a mere 19 year old girl. Empty headed, she was very unlike the four wives that preceded her. A child of many siblings with a mother who died early and a father who did not pretend to care, she was shipped to live in the Duchess of Norfolk's household.

It was there, with no care of anything but immediate gratification, she exhibited very loose morals. Taking an assistant of the Duke, Francis Dereham, as a lover, brazenly she slept with him in a room with many other girls to witness her deeds.

She was a Howard, a minor one, but still a part of an up and coming family. Despite the fact that her cousin Anne Boleyn was beheaded, she wantonly behaved with no thought of what could happen to women who paid no heed to the future.

When she was called away from the house of the Duchess and to the inner circle of the King's court, she had little to offer, save for a small figure and a flirtatious demeanor. When she caught the eye of Henry, he called her his rose without a thorn.

Older, wrinkled, corpulent, he longed for excitement and youth. Uneducated, simple and lacking any knowledge of necessary courtly behavior, while wearing the finest gowns and jewels, Katherine took one of the King's favorites, Thomas Culpepper, for a lover.

With no thought of consequences, repeatedly she bedded him thinking no one would tell her secrets.

Alas, when knowledge was gained of her youthful affair with Francis Dereham, Henry's pride was greatly wounded. Adding insult to injury, when the assignations with Culpepper were discovered, there was no option for Henry but to discard her.

The head of this silly little play thing was chopped from her body. And, both Dereham and Culpepper came to a violent end.

Told from the perspective of one of Kathryn's ladies in waiting, the story line skips around quite a bit from past to present and back again. I don't like this type of confusing writing. But, while I cannot highly recommend the book, if you can suspend the need for historical accuracy, then you might want to spend a few hours turning the pages. ( )
2 vote Whisper1 | Nov 6, 2014 |
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found this novel very similar to a Philippa Gregory book in the historical fiction genre. Here, the story centers on the coming of age of Katherine Howard and fellow protégés of Agnes Howard, Dowager Duchess of Norfolk. The story flips back and forth from the present day of November 2nd, 1541 and the, roughly, 5 or 6 years prior to. The roommates, specifically, Katherine and her close friend "Cat" learn about life and love under the protective and shielded care of the Duchess yet find plenty of time to be naughty with the available men on the estate.
Fun and games should have probably come to a conclusion when King Henry VIII makes Katherine his fifth wife but she feels she's earned the right to continue to have her other amusements, afterall, her new husband is huge and slobbering. Of course, Henry's been down this road before and knows there are ways to silence such a wife.
A fairly good book and I would recommend it to others if you want a quick and entertaining read. Those well versed in history may find some inconsistencies however this is fiction and liberty's may have been taken. ( )
1 vote Carmenere | Aug 13, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062011472, Paperback)

The tragic, moving, and gripping story of the ascendance and fall of Katherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, and the best friend she nearly dragged down with her

When twelve-year-old Katherine Howard comes to live in the Duchess of Norfolk’s household she could not be more different than her poor relation, Cat Tilney. Yet, of all their companions, it is Cat, watchful and ambitious, to whom the seemingly frivolous young girl confides. When Katherine is summoned to the royal court at seventeen—to become, months later, the wife of Henry VIII after he casts off his previous queen—she leaves behind an ex-lover, Francis, with whom Cat is soon passionately involved.

But a future that seems assured for the pampered new queen and her maid-in-waiting lasts a brief year and a half, only to be imperiled by improper acts and scandalous allegations of girlhood love affairs. Imprisoned in the Tower and hoping to escape a most terrible fate, a frightened, desperate Katherine relates a version of events that only Cat recognizes as a lie—as more than one life is threatened by what she alone knows to be the truth about Katherine Howard’s past.

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The tragic, moving, and gripping story of the ascendance and fall of Katherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII-- and the best friend she nearly dragged down with her.

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