She quickly makes friends with Jane, an action that leads the shy Jane into various confidences and adventures. The beginning was interesting as seeing through the young Seymours' eyes, after reading so much of their latter years- that held personality with intrigue. Really pleasant portrait of Catherine Seymour through the eyes of Jane. Normally shadowy characters like Jane's parents, John and Margery, come alive as interesting people in their own right as does Jane herself but somehow she never quite escapes the shadow of others such as fey sister in law Katherine and her two brothers. Wikipedia notes that Edward married Anne Stanhope the year before this, which likely indicates that Katharine died before that, and Jane would have known, of course. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review.
The best written part of the novel, in my opinion, was Katherine the sister-in-law revealing the truth about the alledged affair. Unfortunately, even in her own story, someone else steals the story. Once I realised this wasn't the Jane Seymour novel I was expecting it stops before Jane and big Hal get amorous I began to luxuriate in the period feel. Changed forever by what happened to Katherine Filliol, Jane comes to understand that, in a world where power is held entirely by men, there is a way in which she can still hold true to herself. This Katherine is a Queen, although her husband is attempting to put her aside for Anne Boleyn and, again, Jane sees how powerless women can be — whether in the country or in the highest seat in the land. In that time, Edward would have been considered to have been shamed by being cuckolded, and considered partially responsible for his inability to control his wife; her adultery was regarded as an affront to the community, not just her husband. When Jane is sent away, to serve Katharine of Aragon, she is forced to witness another wife being put aside, with terrible consequences.
Changed forever by what happened to Katherine Filliol, Jane comes to understand that, in a world where power is held entirely by men, there is a way in which she can still hold true to herself. Finally, this book is written in a style that feels very modern and there is no real attempt to use language appropriate to the period. Three years later everything changes for the Seymour family when Katherine is accused of infidelity by Edward and the family is thrown into scandal. I really did enjoy this book. What is more, Katherine chooses Jane as her confidante and the young girl happily embraces her new sister in law as the fount of all wisdom.
Especially since the entire promise of the book at least from its description - Jane's revenge - felt crammed in as an afterthought in the last five pages. Where Dunn's book really shines is in the portrayal of the friendship between Jane and Katherine. Which would have been all well and good because I don't judge a book by the ridiculous tagline on the cover, even if i From the tagline on the front cover Marrying the King was Jane Seymour's destiny. I'd give the author another chance to do better, but this book was disappointing in these kinds of flow and transition. Much of sewing, distilling, cooking, numerous detail of household chores which played out in large numbers of hours for those quite outside the servant level of estimation. There are those that hate her style, but I find her writing compelling. I found the characters interesting and well developed.
In previous books Suzannah has twisted her viewpoints in original ways and in The May Bride she does it again. Dunn does not attempt to beautify anything. It's an easy read and very engaging. Dunn, and high percent of fiction in this historical fiction novel may cause some readers to pause. She quickly makes friends with Jane, an action that leads the shy Jane into various confidences and adventures. It does a wonderful job with characterizations; John and Margery Seymour had quite a few children, and Dunn gives them all a few minutes on the stage. Admittidly when I picked it up, I probably didn't read the blurb very well, as I thought it would focus more on Jane Seymore's childhood, and accension to Queen, rather then on the brief relationship she had with her first sister-in-law.
I tend to snatch up any Tudor fiction I can find, so I was super excited to see a book about Jane Seymour. Here Jane Seymour is only our way in to the story and narrator. Toward the end it simplifies history a bit for effect, but perhaps Jane didn't want to think about the things, including the hazards of marrying a man whose treatment of his first two wives stunned Europe. If you don't know the actual story of Edward and Katherine, don't look it up before reading the novel. Will The May Bride bring Jane back into favour by creating a lively and interesting story told from her perspective? The majority of the book follows Jane as a young woman, interacting with her brother Edward Seymour's first wife Katherine.
Yet, into this world, with all its traditions and reassuring ways of doing things, Katherine is a breath of fresh air and Jane is dazzled. There are those that hate her style, but I find her writing compelling. The repercussions for all the Seymours are incalculable, not least for Katherine herself. Katherine Filliol is the perfect match for Edward, as well as being a breath of fresh air for the Seymour family, and Jane is captivated by the older girl. Dunn is a much better storyteller, and her depiction of life in Wolf Hall is vividly mundane and definitely more realistic. He is supposed to have become fatally suspicious because he found poems that his father wrote to Katharine, at her request. For all its faults, The May Bride is still an entertaining novel.
Instead, we got about 10-15 pages that felt hastily tagged on at the end. As the book progressed, I found myself more fascinated with Jane's actions and reactions than by finding out what Katherine's role was, perhaps partially because I could guess the gist of Katherine's deed from close to the beginning of the novel. Product Description I didn't stand a chance: looking back over thirteen years, that's what I see. Katherine Filliol is the perfect match for Edward, as well as being a breath of fresh air for the Seymour family, and Jane is captivated by the older girl. Katherine Filliol is the perfect match for Edward, as well as being a breath of fresh air for the Seymour family, and Jane is captivated by the older girl. A different take on the usual Tudor novel.
The repercussions for all the Seymours are incalculable, not least for Katherine herself. Her forthcoming novel — to be published in hardback in May 2010 — is The Confession of Katherine Howard. The impression readers will get is that the family scandal around Katherine and Edward provided the framework by which she judged Anne Boleyn and modeled her own royal marriage. I loved the idea of telling the story of Edward Seymour's first marriage to Katherine Filliol through the eyes of his younger sister, Jane. Prior to writing about the Tudors, she published five contemporary-set novels and two collections of stories. All the festivals, celebrations and only days required almost superhuman effort. Because this is a family drama, with the emphasis on exploring the relationships between Katherine, Jane and the other Seymours, the fresh and contemporary feel made it easy to identify with the characters.
A Different Look into the Jane Seymour I found this book a good read - hard to put down. Including some of which Jane is too young to understand fully. However, only two years later, the family is torn apart by a dreadful allegation made by Edward against his wife. She was not accused of adultery, bigamy, witchcraft, or anything else. Wolf Hall and Jane is fifteen when her older brother returns with his new wife.