The Favored Queen

A Novel of Henry VIII's Third Wife

Carolly Erickson

St. Martin's Griffin

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From The New York Times bestselling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII comes a powerful and moving novel about Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII, who married him only days after the execution of Anne Boleyn and ultimately lost her own life in giving him the son he badly needed to guarantee the Tudor succession

Born into an ambitious noble family, young Jane Seymour is sent to Court as a Maid of Honor to Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s aging queen. She is devoted to her mistress and watches with empathy as the calculating Anne Boleyn contrives to supplant her as queen. Anne’s single-minded intriguing threatens all who stand in her way; she does not hesitate to arrange the murder of a woman who knows a secret so dark that, if revealed, would make it impossible for the king to marry Anne. 
Once Anne becomes queen, no one at court is safe, and Jane herself becomes the object of Anne’s venomous rage when she suspects Jane has become the object of the king’s lust. Henry, fearing that Anne’s inability to give him a son is a sign of divine wrath, asks Jane to become his next queen. Deeply reluctant to embark on such a dangerous course, Jane must choose between her heart and her loyalty to the king.

Acclaimed biographer and bestselling novelist Carolly Erickson weaves another of her irresistible historical entertainments about the queen who finally gave Henry VIII his longed for heir, set against the excitement and danger of the Tudor Court.

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THE FAVORED QUEEN (Chapter One)

“Has she lost her baby?”

My question hung in the air, unanswered.

The three Spanish midwives, brought from Legrogno especially to attend Queen Catherine at this, her tenth delivery, did not meet my steady gaze but looked down at the thick carpet at their feet. The queen’s closest friend and principal lady in waiting, Maria de Salinas, her expression somber and her shoulders rounded in defeat, stood loyally beside her mistress’s bed but said nothing. The surgeons who had been summoned by King Henry to attend the queen were nowhere

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Read the Kirkus Review of THE FAVORED QUEEN . Another "historical entertainment" from Erickson, in which the third wife of Henry VIII has her say.
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Carolly Erickson

Among CAROLLY ERICKSON's twenty-eight critically acclaimed, prize-winning, bestselling books are biographies, histories and the recent series of fictional historical entertainments. Her range is wide, her audience worldwide. She lives in Hawaii.

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The Favored Queen
A Novel of Henry VIII's Third Wife
Carolly Erickson

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
August 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250007193
ISBN10: 1250007194
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$14.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

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Macmillan Audio
September 2011
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427213815
ISBN10: 142721381X
Audio Run Time: 9:26
$19.99

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Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
September 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312596903
ISBN10: 0312596901
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$25.99

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St. Martin's Press
September 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429988957
ISBN10: 1429988959
304 pages
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