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AS TEMPESTUOUS AS THE TUDOR MONARCHS THEMSELVES, THE SECRETS OF THE TUDOR COURT SERIES HAS BEEN CALLED “RIVETING” (BOOKLIST) AND “WELL DRAWN” (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY).

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, 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.

Brought to glowing life by the talented Kate Emerson, and seen through the eyes of a beautiful young noblewoman, By Royal Decree illuminates the lives of beautiful young courtiers in and out of the rich and compelling drama of the Tudor court.

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"Emerson's third in her series (after Between Two Queens) explores the tempestuous world of the Tudor court in the sunset of Henry VIII's reign. Married to his sixth wife, Kathryn Parr, many years his junior, Henry still has an eye for Elizabeth Brooke, but luckily for her, only briefly, since Elizabeth's in love with Parr's brother, Will, who loves her but already has a wife. Henry deems divorce acceptable for himself but is loathe to grant it for others. After Henry dies, his heir, Edward, allows the couple to marry. Happy for a while, Will and Elizabeth are upended by the unexpected death of the young king and the political turmoil that follows. As Catholic Mary's rule tears them apart, they must decide how much they are willing to risk for love and country. Parr is a drab hero, but Elizabeth's fierce loyalty to him, against all odds, makes the story appealing. The supporting characters are not given enough play, especially the colorful Tom Seymour and Thomas Wyatt. While not Emerson's best, this is a solid historical with a refreshingly willful, sexually liberated heroine (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

Emerson returns to the Tudor Court in By Royal Decree, where lady-in-waiting Bess must resist the handsome Will Parr, who is bethrothed to another.

About the Author

An expert in all things Tudor, Kate Emerson is the author of the Secrets of the Tudor Court series: The Pleasure Palace and Between Two Queens. She lives in Wilton, Maine.

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FleurDeMar, February 21, 2011 (view all comments by FleurDeMar)
By Royal Decree is the third book in Kate Emerson’s ”The Secrets of the Tudor Court” series. All I can say is that I’m sooo happy this isn’t a trilogy because I can’t wait to read more!

I love how Kate takes more obscure characters from the Tudor era and brings them to life surrounded by some of our favourite real life characters. And this book is FULL of Tudor goodies from Henry VIII to Jane Grey and a couple of princesses who become queens.

Elizabeth Brooke comes to court and falls in love with the new queen’s brother, Will Parr – only he is already married. When he finds himself single – after his wife commits adultery – he and Bess marry. Only, depending on the monarch in power, sometimes they are and sometimes they aren’t. My heart breaks for them at times and you’ll have to read the book to find out how their love story ends.

There is a ton of passion and intrigue in this book. And for me, that’s what made it hard to put down. I just loved the twists and turns the story takes. Also, I appreciate how easily she includes era specific tidbits into the tale – types of clothing, food, rules, etc. It makes me feel like I’m learning something while reading this really awesome book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439177815
Author:
Emerson, Kate
Publisher:
Gallery
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Romance - Historical
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Secrets of the Tudor Court
Publication Date:
20101231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.3125 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Emerson's third in her series (after Between Two Queens) explores the tempestuous world of the Tudor court in the sunset of Henry VIII's reign. Married to his sixth wife, Kathryn Parr, many years his junior, Henry still has an eye for Elizabeth Brooke, but luckily for her, only briefly, since Elizabeth's in love with Parr's brother, Will, who loves her but already has a wife. Henry deems divorce acceptable for himself but is loathe to grant it for others. After Henry dies, his heir, Edward, allows the couple to marry. Happy for a while, Will and Elizabeth are upended by the unexpected death of the young king and the political turmoil that follows. As Catholic Mary's rule tears them apart, they must decide how much they are willing to risk for love and country. Parr is a drab hero, but Elizabeth's fierce loyalty to him, against all odds, makes the story appealing. The supporting characters are not given enough play, especially the colorful Tom Seymour and Thomas Wyatt. While not Emerson's best, this is a solid historical with a refreshingly willful, sexually liberated heroine (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , Emerson returns to the Tudor Court in By Royal Decree, where lady-in-waiting Bess must resist the handsome Will Parr, who is bethrothed to another.
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