The Unfaithful Queen

A Novel of Henry VIII's Fifth Wife

Carolly Erickson

St. Martin's Press

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From New York Times bestselling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII, a novel about Catherine Howard, wife of Henry's later years
 
Amid the turbulent, faction-ridden late reign of the fearsome Henry, eager high-spirited Catherine Howard caught the king's eye—but not before she had been the sensual plaything of at least three other men.  Ignorant of her past, seeing only her youthful exuberance and believing that she could make him happy, he married her—only to discover, too late, that her heart belonged to his gentleman usher Tom Culpeper.        
 
As the net of court intrigue tightens around her, and with the Tudor succession yet again in peril because of Prince Edward's severe illness, Queen Catherine struggles to give the angry, bloated and impotent king a son. But when her relations turn against her, she finds herself doomed, just as her cousin Anne Boleyn was, to face the executioner.
 
The Unfaithful Queen lays bare the dark underbelly of the Tudor court, with its sugared rivalries and bitter struggles for power, where a girl of noble family could find herself sent to labor among the turnspits in the kitchens or—should fortune favor her—be exalted to the throne.  

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Tower GreenMay 1536
 

THE new-mown grass smelled sweet as we took our places along the verge on that grey dawn, all of us together, waiting for my cousin Anne to be brought out to die.
Though the spring was well advanced there was a chill in the air, and I shivered under my thin Spanish cloak. I drew nearer to my aunts and my grandmother Agnes, sidling up against her long bony body swathed in a gown of watchet blue under her warm woolen ermine-trimmed mantle. She did not look at me, but stood very still, her back very straight, her crimsoned cheeks wrinkled, her lips

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Carolly Erickson

New York Times bestselling author CAROLLY ERICKSON has written twenty-eight critically acclaimed, prize-winning biographies, histories, and a recent series of fictional historical entertainments. Her range is wide, her audience worldwide. She lives in Washington and Hawaii.

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The Unfaithful Queen
A Novel of Henry VIII's Fifth Wife
Carolly Erickson

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Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
September 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312596910
ISBN10: 031259691X
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$25.99

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Macmillan Audio
December 2012
Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427227140
ISBN10: 1427227144
$54.99

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St. Martin's Griffin
July 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250031532
ISBN10: 1250031532
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$14.99

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September 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250011022
ISBN10: 1250011027
304 pages
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