- Title: The Rose Without a Thorn
- Author: Jean Plaidy
- ISBN: 9780609810170
- Page: 242
- Format: Paperback
From the pen of legendary historical novelist Jean Plaidy comes an unforgettable true story of royalty, passion, and innocence lost.Born into an impoverished branch of the noble Howard family, young Katherine is plucked from her home to live with her grandmother, the Duchess of Norfolk The innocent girl quickly learns that her grandmother s puritanism is not shared by KatFrom the pen of legendary historical novelist Jean Plaidy comes an unforgettable true story of royalty, passion, and innocence lost.Born into an impoverished branch of the noble Howard family, young Katherine is plucked from her home to live with her grandmother, the Duchess of Norfolk The innocent girl quickly learns that her grandmother s puritanism is not shared by Katherine s free spirited cousins, with whom she lives Beautiful and impressionable, Katherine becomes involved in two ill fated love affairs before her sixteenth birthday Like her cousin Anne Boleyn, she leaves her grandmother s home to become a lady in waiting at the court of Henry VIII The royal palaces are exciting to a young girl from the country, and Katherine s duties there allow her to be near her handsome cousin, Thomas Culpepper, whom she has loved since childhood.But when Katherine catches the eye of the aging and unhappily married king, she is forced to abandon her plans for a life with Thomas and marry King Henry Overwhelmed by the change in her fortunes, bewildered and flattered by the adoration of her husband, Katherine is dazzled by the royal life But her bliss is short lived as rumors of her wayward past come back to haunt her, and Katherine s destiny takes another, deadly, turn.
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Katherine Howard has always been my least favorite of the wives of Henry VIII. She lacked the royal dignity of Katherine of Aragon, the wit and sophistication of her cousin Anne Boleyn, the quiet calculation of Jane Seymour, the sweet (yet canny) acceptance of Anne of Cleves, and the mature calm of Katherine Parr. Katherine Howard was little more then a uneducated, teenage nitwit. The fact that she was uneducated was completely out of her control. The fact of her youth is more an indictment agai [...]
In the books about Katherine Howard she is either portrayed as the sluttish Queen who cheated on Henry VIII or a young and hapless girl who was never taught proper behaviour and ended up dead at her family's ambition. The author casts Katherine in this book as a bit silly, over enthusiastic with her feelings and a victim.I have always liked Jean Plaidy as a Tudor writer because she really brings the characters to life and takes time to develop them through the story. This book is the same. Kathe [...]
When I saw this book at the library I thought it might give me some new information on Katherine. I know of her life at court and what brought her downfall, but was hoping for a new look into her childhood and what made her make the decisions she made. This is also my first Plaidy novel. This book was not fluffy, but not heavy either. I felt it was accurate, from Kat's poor upbringing due to her great-grandfather fighting for Richard III, to her moving into her aunt's house where there was littl [...]
This is the first Jean Plaidy book that I have read. The story is told from the perspective of Katherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry the VIII. I picked it up after watching season 3 of the The Tudors, where she is introduced. I realized I knew nothing about her and thought the way she was portrayed was totally scandalous and I needed to know more! This book isn't quite as titillating as the TV show, of course, but it is probably closer to the truth. I found the writing very repetitive. I kno [...]
Pros: This author has more experience and thus is a better writer than Gregory, being much older and wiser by this point in her career (it's Victoria Holt using a pen name). She paints a lovely picture of those days and times; my favorite part was Katherine's sweet yet haphazard childhood.Cons: Granted, the times were far more difficult than the author would lead you to believe. This book is great for fans of Katherine Howard who are ready to apply a lot of suspension of disbelief to her charact [...]
First let me say this: I don't care what anyone else says about Katherine Howard. She was definitely a VICTIM of her time period and the patriarchal traditions of England at the time. She was not a dumb blond, a slut, or any other derogatory name given to women who might be a little too friendly with the opposite sex. From a young age, Katherine has been a VICTIM, and I absolutely commend Jean Plaidy for portraying her thus. Jean Plaidy made Katherine Howard a strong character where usually she [...]
I read quite a few of the books by Jean Plaidy in the Queen's of England series when I was younger. They're hard to come by since they are out of print. I decided to collect the rest (still missing one) and catch up on my royal reading. I'm hoping my feelings for this book have more to do with the fact that I've read a better one about Katherine Howard than I may no longer like the writing style. It started out fine, although I was a little disgusted by the way Katherine was allowed to behave wh [...]
I love Jean Plaidy's ability to tell a story of the history in her novels and I liked the way she has articulated Katherine Howard. Plaidy has made Katherine likeable. Katherine is naive, and comes of age very quickly at a time when one needed to fully understand the world around them. The story starts out with Katherine Howard talking to a scribe/friend, and it is all presented as the story she is telling to that person in the days leading up to her death.Although the story is not a new one, it [...]
although not the most gripping of the novels in this series, it is an adequate retelling of the life of Catherine Howard. I enjoyed learning more about the intricacies, and Trust Jean plaidy's writing to be sound and elegant. But something about this one did not merge the history and the characters as well as I would have liked.
I really enjoyed this book but I wasn't surprised because she has become one of my favorite authors. This is the first book I've read on Katherine Howard that did not make her look completely stupid. It really showed why she was the way she was - a product of her circumstance.
Jean Plaidy weaves a good story - sadly the life of Katherine Howard is short but the story is deepy nuanced.
This wasn't a great book, but it wasn't a bad book, either. It was mediocre. However, I did learn a lot about Catherine Howard that I had not known before.
The Rose Without A Thorn was my first historical fiction book and I chose it thanks to Tamzin Merchant's performance of Katherine Howard in the fourth season of The Tudors.The book tells the story of the fifth queen of Henry the VIII ,Katherine Howard being the narrator.Spoilers and plot alert !! The story begins with Katherine in The Tower talking to The Scribe, deciding to tell the truth version of the facts that led her to this place.This way we are taken back to the time Katherine was a litt [...]
Of all of Henry VIII's six wives, Katherine Howard stood out -- and still does today -- because she was the least meant for the crown. Catherine of Aragon was essentially born into her betrothal with the English throne, Anne Boleyn had all the intelligence and charisma the position required and more, Jane Seymour knew how to stay in the good graces of a royal husband, Anne of Cleves was a German princess, and Katherine Parr was dutiful and smart. Yet Katherine Howard grew up in what is the femal [...]
"Rose without a thorn" is what Henry VIII called his fifth wife, Katherine Howard, a callow teen when he married her. The prologue already begins with her in the Tower and sure she's about to suffer the fate of her cousin and predecessor, Anne Boleyn, who was beheaded by Henry. Katherine asks a woman with her to set down her story so she can better understand what led her to this point--the conceit of the novel that what follows is the story of her life as told to this lady. Katherine comes acro [...]
I've long known the history of King Henry VIII of England--he and his many wives. (Think "divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. Ha!)The most well known to me was Anne Boleyn, his 2nd wife. Most probably from the movie ANNE OF THE THOUSAND DAYS, with Genevieve Bujold and Richard Burton. Anne lost her head over her husband, quite literally. I did not, however, know very much about Henry's 4th wife, Anne Boleyn's 1st cousin, Katherine Howard. I did know she met much the same fate [...]
From the start, Catherine Howard didn't stand a chance of survival in Henry VIII's snake pit of a court.Unlike Catherine of Aragon, she lacked depth of spirtual quality; unlike her clever, quick-witted cousin Anne Bolyen, she lacked savvy; unlike Jane Seymour, she lacked grace; unlike Anne of Cleves, she lacked the ability to sit quietly and learn the strange customs of a court filled with political intrigue and danger.A mere child when she arrived at her grandmother's lax household, she blindly [...]
I'm not sure about this book. I want to like it but found that i couldn't. The positive side is this book is easy to read and with only 200 pages or so, hence making it a fast read. The things that i don't like very much are: - first person narrative. Never really like it. And in this case, making the story unbelievable. Katherine Howard is being pictured as simpleton, naive and innocent. So it doesn't make any sense when several times in this book she knows what she knows. - I don't believe Kat [...]
Katherine Howard among those of Henry's queens that I knew the least about (her and Catherine Parr). In fact all I knew about her was that she was related to Anne Boleyn. Plaidy does give a good account of her life and a very readable one at that. Some chapters into the book, I thought back to the only other Plaidy I've read so far- on Sir Thomas More, and how much 'richer' the descriptions of his life in that book seemed than this one, but then it occurred to me that this was probably because h [...]
Katherine Howard grew up in an impoverished family. Her father was often away at Calis. Her overwhelmed mother died young. Katherine, one of eight children, had little education or direction. The Duchess of Norfolk (Katherine's grandmother) favors Katherine and offers her a home. Katherine now has regular meals and adequate clothing. She is instructed in music-the virginals.In the years that follow, Katherine becomes romantically involved with Henry Manox, Frances Derham, and Thomas Culpepper. T [...]
I really enjoyed this Plaidy book about Katherine Howard. In this version Katherine is portrayed as the lovable one of the Howard family whose primary fault is giving away her heart too easily. At times I was annoyed by her but most of the time I felt bad that she was born into such a cunning and manipulative family. I liked that it is told in hindsight and Katherine acknowledges throughout the story where she might have gone wrong and what she could have done differently. I liked both Francis a [...]
I have really become fond of Philippa Gregory. With Gregory, the reader can indulge a love of history, but still be entertained with a good story and interesting characters. The Queen's Fool is no exception.Told from the vantage point of Hannah Verde, a clairvoyant, the reader experiences the death of Edward and the ascention of Mary Tudor. Hannah still has many of her own adventures outside of court life, but her connection with the ruling class is always at the forefront of this tale.This book [...]
Henry VIII's fifth wife, Katharine Howard was very young. Many at the time saw a difference in Henry after he married Katharine. He felt younger and seemed in better health. In this historical novel, Jean Plaidy examines just how Katharine may have felt. She paints a picture of a young girl who didn't understand what she was getting into. Katharine is someone who was born to love and that love is what ultimately doomed her. When she went to live with her grandmother, she entered a place where da [...]
I read this book immediately following Philippa Gregory's "The Boleyn Inheritance", which made sense seeing as they both cover the same characters. I liked reading them back to back in order to get a more well rounded view of her character. Plaidy's Katherine is looking back on her life retelling all of the events that have led up to her present state. You even get some little side notes like "if I had only known" or "I would have done that differently". It's refreshing to see someone of that ti [...]
I've read "The Other Boleyn Girl", which was far more sensational (and covered Henry VIII's marriage to Anne Boleyn), whereas this book is told from the point of view of Henry's fifth wife, Catherine Howard. This is a much cleaner historical novel and did a good job showing what it would've been like to be young, beautiful and naive, but with a strong family name that eventually took you places - like marriage to the king. That part also made the book a little frustrating; you just wanted to sha [...]
The Rose Without a Thorn is the story of Catherine Howard (cousin of Anne Boleyn), the young and vibrant fifth wife of Henry VIII. Jean Plaidy weaves a enthralling account of her young, poor, uneducated and unsupervised life. In a first person narrative, Catherine tells us how she came to court and to the notice of the fat, old (49 to Catherine's 19)king, her short stint as queen and her demise. Having read several accounts of the young Catherine, Plaidy's had me liking her, sympathizing for the [...]
This is a short novella about Katherine Howard, fourth wife of Henry VIII. Jean Plaidy does a good job of getting across that Katherine was a ditzy teenager with poor supervision and lax parenting who inadvertently captured a king. She was a pawn of her powerful uncle, the Duke of Norfolk, but little loved by her family. Her downfall was of her own doing - she was unfaithful to a vain, violent, vengeful king who had already murdered one wife. Yet, Katherine is a sympathetic character, yoked to a [...]
I didn't like this book as much as some other similar historical fiction I've read. It told the story of Katherine Howard, another of Hnery VIII's wives. I much preferred the book about Anne Boleyn to this one. Maybe I am getting tired of the first-person narrative by someone at Court who feels caught up in something against their will. I think the premise has been overdone. It was a pleasant read, interesting in the historical details, but repetitive. I really had little sympathy for Katherine. [...]
I love Jean Plaidy, I’ve never made any secret of that fact, and I found that she does a fabulous job of articulating what I’ve always thought about Katherine Howard, Henri VIII’s ill fated fifth wife. The writing is as masterful as always, and even if you’re familiar with the tale of Katherine Howard, I think you’ll find yourself wrapped up in this book. The story starts out with Katherine talking to her friend, the scribe, and it is all presented as the story she is telling to the sc [...]
This is a short book, which inherently means the story progresses rather quickly. Of the wives of Henry VIII, this is not my favorite one. She is always portrayed to have very little intelligence, and this book follows suit. But it was done in a way where you felt sorry for Katherine, not annoyed (well, most of the time).Someone who is just jumping in to historical fiction of this period may want to start with a different book to have the context around Henry VIII's numerous wives. This is a det [...]
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