By Royal Decree

Good By Royal Decree Creat Kate Emerson are Book Kate Emerson is a pseudonym used by Kathy Lynn Emerson author of the Face Down Mysteries featuring Susanna Appleton th centur

Good By Royal Decree Creat Kate Emerson are Book Kate Emerson is a pseudonym used by Kathy Lynn Emerson, author of the Face Down Mysteries featuring Susanna Appleton, 16th century gentlewoman, herbalist, and sleuth, the award winning How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries, and a wide assortment of other books She was born in Liberty, New York and recieved an A.B from Bates College and an MA from Old Dominion University She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and other professional organizations She currently lives in rural Western Maine with her husband and three cats Kate Emerson is her pseudonym to distinguish her historical novels set in the Tudor era England 1485 1603 that feature real but little known historical figures as the protagonists.Series Secrets of the Tudor Court. Charming Desirable Forbidden Brought to court with other eligible young noblewomen by the decree of King Henry VIII, lovely Elizabeth Bess Brooke realizes for the first time that beauty can be hazardous Although Bess has no desire to wed the aging king, she and her family would have little choice if Henry s eye were to fall on her And other dangers exist as well, foCharming Desirable Forbidden Brought to court with other eligible young noblewomen by the decree of King Henry VIII, lovely Elizabeth Bess Brooke realizes for the first time that beauty can be hazardous Although Bess has no desire to wed the aging king, she and her family would have little choice if Henry s eye were to fall on her And other dangers exist as well, for Bess has caught the interest of dashing courtier Will Parr Bess finds Will s kisses as sweet as honey, but marriage between them may be impossible Will is a divorced man, and remarriage is still prohibited Bess and Will must hope that the king can be persuaded to issue a royal decree allowing Will to marry again but to achieve their goal, the lovers will need royal favor Amid the swirling alliances of royalty and nobles, Bess and Will perform a dangerous dance of palace intrigue and pulse pounding passions.. Popular Book By Royal Decree 3.5 StarsThis is my 3rd Emerson read. Her first novel was overly fluffy. The second was better, but more speculation. In this one, I believe she tried to be more serious. More factual, but she almost tried too hard to prove her historical points. She found a way to write "royal decree" and "Henry might behead you" into every other page. I look at Emerson books as Historical Fiction for Beginners. That's not a bad thing, but for those of us who know the history, it can get repetitious and we can easily skim. If you are not familiar with this time period "Royal Decree" (couldn't help myself) is a great introduction to Henry VIII's final years and the Wyatt rebellion towards Mary. I will give Emerson her due. In this novel I felt she was more historically accurate. It's an easy read and a nice break when you simply want to read something light, but not far fetched story telling like many of the HF books available today. I like that Emerson writes about lessor known Ladies in Waiting, keeping the royalty in the background. This story covers Elizabeth Brooke's entry into Henry VIII's court via Lady Lisle (Jane Guildford). Her life intertwines with The Dudley's and eventually William Parr. She joins his sister's service and the ride begins between being on the wrong and right sides at court. I enjoyed this one.

  1. Kate Emerson is a pseudonym used by Kathy Lynn Emerson, author of the Face Down Mysteries featuring Susanna Appleton, 16th century gentlewoman, herbalist, and sleuth, the award winning How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries, and a wide assortment of other books She was born in Liberty, New York and recieved an A.B from Bates College and an MA from Old Dominion University She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and other professional organizations She currently lives in rural Western Maine with her husband and three cats Kate Emerson is her pseudonym to distinguish her historical novels set in the Tudor era England 1485 1603 that feature real but little known historical figures as the protagonists.Series Secrets of the Tudor Court

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  1. 3.5 StarsThis is my 3rd Emerson read Her first novel was overly fluffy The second was better, but speculation In this one, I believe she tried to be serious More factual, but she almost tried too hard to prove her historical points She found a way to write royal decree and Henry might behead you into every other page I look at Emerson books as Historical Fiction for Beginners That s not a bad thing, but for those of us who know the history, it can get repetitious and we can easily skim If you [...]


  2. In 1542 a young noblewoman named Elizabeth Brooke Bess arrives at the court of King Henry VIII Only 15 she is there along with a number of women, as possible choices to be the next Queen Not having any interest in the decaying King she tries to keep her head down Before heading back home she does catch the interest of William Parr, brother to Catherine Parr The moment they see each other it s love and so begins a dangerous and wonderful love story.By Royal Decree is a pretty amazing read Intrigu [...]


  3. I kept thinking Bess would have an affair with the king, the author played it like that Saying how he thought she was pretty over and over again Not that I wanted that, since she also said how disgusting Bess found him over and over again.Oh I am getting a head of myself This is the story of Bess Brooke A noble woman at the Tudor court She fell in love with Will Parr, who was divorced, but not allowed to marry again So through out the entire book she wants to be his wife But we all know the hist [...]


  4. Kate Emerson is clearly an expert on the Tudor period, and her descriptions of people, places, rooms, attire, and relationships are alone worth the price of admission But add in characters who were really connected to the complex world of the English Court and this whole series is a must read.


  5. This is the 3rd in the series Secrets of the Tudor Court, and so far my favorite It tells the story of Bess Brooke, a real life woman who was sent to King Henry VIII s court She captures the kings attention for a time, but since by then he was aging, bloated, and repulsive, he is greatly relieved when he chooses someone else for his wife, after the execution of Catherine Howard She enjoys life at court though, after she becomes a lady in waiting There she meets and falls in love with William Par [...]


  6. Very dissatisfied with this book I have read other books by Kate Emerson and they were fine for light reading but this book read like a 21st century internet chat room The heroine, Bess Brooke, was a real life person This plot transforms her into a 16th century nymphomaniac She meets the love of her life Will and the next thing you know their in heat and physically throbbing for each other even when separated by distance I ve read other novels where the man woman were deeply in love and I knew t [...]


  7. Having also read the first two books of this Tudor series, I have finally put my finger on why these books seem a little hard to get into for me The author writes with an easy style, and the books are a quick read However, book plot is often sacrificed for real life plot, as Emerson inserts many historical points by quickly glossing over events with a paragraph or two While it was nice to have some real events to reference, this sadly took away from the characters she was trying to bring to life [...]


  8. 3 1 2 stars A good, quick read, although it lacked some of the historical detail I really enjoyed in the first of the series The relationship between Bess and Will seemed too rushed even though it took quite a few years for them to get together I guess it was some of the descriptions which at times seemed too trite and contrived for the time period and setting of the story itself I enjoyed the secondary characters and learning about Henry s last queen, but overall this historical fiction read [...]



  9. By Royal Decree is the fictionalized account of the life of Elizabeth Brooke, a nobel woman who comes to the court of King Henry VIII during his search for a sixth wife It is Elizabeth who captures the aged king s attention, until Kathryn Parr comes along For Elizabeth she has no desire to wed the decrepit, obese royal and there is the toothsome William Parr who catches her eye This story takes place during some of England s most cruical years with death comes a new ruler, trechary deciet and ex [...]


  10. This was definitely the best out of the first three It had a little bit of everything that the other two lacked Though it was a little annoying how the author had to reiterate the point of the title by littering the thing with royal decree.


  11. Fresh onto book shelf s everywhere By Royal Decree is the third installment in Emerson s series The Secrets of the Tudor Court I love this series it is one of the few that I stand firmly by and continue to be awe stuck by each and every book My favorite aspect of the series is they all focus on all the side playing courtiers In Tudor times the courtiers would rise as fast as they would fall and Emerson seems to focus on all the people I have been curious about but never had the option to explore [...]


  12. By Royal Decree is the third installment in Kate Emerson s series, The Secrets of the Tudor Court This series is unique is that each novel is narrated by an actual but marginal woman within the Tudor Court I truly enjoy Emerson s use of this innovative and fresh point of view and at the same time enjoy her novels as they follow the history accurately Surprisingly, Emerson includes the actual events of the woman s life and weaves that into the larger historical setting Every installment has been [...]


  13. By Royal Decree follows the life of young Elizabeth Brooke, commonly referred to as Bess, throughout the book The events take place around 1542 during the reign of King Henry VIII, followed by Mary Tudor after her father s death, of course , and eventually ends off during Queen Elizabeth s reign The story revolves around the love story that develops between a lower noblewoman, Bess, and William Parr However, they face a problem because William is already betrothed to another woman Parliament gr [...]


  14. See full review for By Royal Decree at toomanybooksnotenoughshelves.For the first time in this series, we have a book that doesn t focus all that much on a woman trying to become the king s mistress for personal gain Elizabeth Bess Brooke is brought to court to try and become the next Queen of England by Henry VIII, but he doesn t pick her Instead, Bess catches the attention of William Parr by accidentally running into him and her cousin Dorothy Bray having an intimate moment in a darkened alcov [...]


  15. I liked this book, though it had a much different feel than the other two previous books in the series There were times where I felt like Bess was not the best person to be the main narrator and subject to the book Especially when it felt like a good portion of the middle of the book was all summarized and had nothing going on It felt like that towards the end as well I think what made me a little eh about that was they all occurred right in the middle of the chapter rather than in the beginning [...]


  16. First written for my blogFire Ice Another wonderful installment of the Tudor court books by Kate Emerson I am behind on my reviews life gets in the way sometimes but I really did enjoy this book Bess is an interesting character and one that I felt a connection with She is a woman who wants something, but can t have it due to the stubborn will of the aging and unstable King Henry.I have always enjoyed spending time in the world of the Tudor court and Kate Emerson has a way of writing it out in su [...]


  17. I really love this author She takes extras from the stage of history and writes their perspective as well as details of their lives unique to them It is kind of like randomly picking out a name in a phone book and researching and writing a story about their lives When I finish a book, I always feel like I just visited court.This one was different from what I thought it would be I was under the impression it was only about the time between Henry VIII s last two wives, Katherine Howard and Kathryn [...]


  18. This is the third book in the Secrets of the Tudor Court series King Henry VIII is on the lookout for his next queen and Bess Brooke is one of the new young ladies at court that may catch his eye While Bess wants the excitement at court and respects the king, she has no desire to take on the role as queen to an aging king with a perpetually festering wound She does however take a fancy to William Parr who has been with her cousin even though he is married After Henry marries Katherine Parr, they [...]


  19. 3 1 2 stars I enjoyed this book much than the 2nd but not as much as the first book in the Secrets of the Tudor Court series Elizabeth aka Bess Brooke is the storyteller focus for this novel I enjoyed her character quite a bit I feel that Emerson did a good job capturing the loving qualities and intellectual strength that women have but are rarely recognized for during this time period This period of the Tudor reign is very interesting and politically intriguing There are so many twists and tur [...]


  20. Well, normally I would say this book is a little too much of a romance for my unromantic tastes, and would not give it than 3 stars Since I was not familiar with the protagonist of this historical novel, Elizabeth Brooke, I did not know how historically accurate it is I wasn t even sure if she actually existed until I read up on it while I was still in the middle of the book Turns out, the story is rather accurate historically, which is why it gets 4 stars Yes, there is some conjecture as in an [...]


  21. Kate Emerson is a good author I really liked her first two books in this series But this one didn t seem to have a point The book s hook seemed to be over before the book was even halfway through, and then the bulk of the middle just seemed like lalala filler Interesting story about a historical figure I actually knew from the outskirts, but blah The ending helped pick up things some, but by that point I was just ecstatic something was HAPPENING I will continue to recommend the Secrets of the Tu [...]


  22. It was a good read that is fairly historically accurate going from King Henry VIII to Queen Elizabeth s reign At some parts of the book, however, it seemed like a page or two of what was going on historically and not much with the actual story line The two main characters seem like they are always does she put it in the book coupling nothing graphic though But still, holy cowt a hobby Don t know if I ll be reading it again.


  23. 3.5 stars Easy to read some exciting parts Second half seemed rushed had quite a few complicated confusing sentences A table of characters their changing titles would have been beneficial than maps at the beginning of the book, also dates at the beginning of each chapter would have been helpful I enjoyed the story, but think better editing would have worked wonders less coupling between Bess Will, completely unnecessary for the story.


  24. I was really disappointed in this book I enjoyed the previous two books in the series but while I still liked the author s engaging style of writing neither of the two main characters were at all likeable and I didn t really care what happened to them In fact the interesting characters were the women the author seemed to want us to dislike.


  25. BY ROYAL DECREE is a wonderful novel Kate Emerson captures real life characters during the Tudor Era A solid story, strong characters, full of historical detail, love, lust, power and intrigue The author has penned a novel that every historical fiction fan will enjoy This is a very entertaining series, well worth the read.


  26. This was a nice comfortable read The plot was predictable, but it historical detail was interesting, except that there were too many characters with similar names not the author s fault Not sure the title really conveys anything related to the plot I would read by this author, but not necessarily going to run out the door and buy anything.


  27. Not nearly as well done as the previous two books in this series, largely as the entire second half could have done with some careful editing The romantic story also did not take center stage in this story, which I also feel hindered its quality I liked Emerson s previous two heroines much better, but am willing to take a look at the next entry in the series, anyway.


  28. This was okay, kinda lame Maybe it s just that I don t care for the court intrigue type of book It was clean but suggestive Evidently all the two did together was have sex I get that the author was trying to show their close, undying connection with each other, but enough already Like I said, lame.


  29. Not quite up to the standards of someone fond of Phillippa Gregory, Kate Emerson still manages to entice me with each new Tudor novel she releases I would definitely reccomend this series to fans of the Tudors.


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