The Queen's Governess

The Queen's Governess

Book - 2010
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A fresh and intriguing historical novel told in the voice of Queen Elizabeth I's governess.

Katherine Ashley, the daughter of a poor country squire, happily secures an education and a place for herself in a noble household. But when Thomas Cromwell, a henchman for King Henry VIII, brings her to the royal court as a spy, Kat enters into a thrilling new world of the Tudor monarchs.

Freed from a life of espionage by Cromwell's downfall, Kat eventually befriends Anne Boleyn. As a dying favor to the doomed queen, Kat becomes governess and surrogate-mother to the young Elizabeth Tudor. Together they suffer bitter exile, assassination attempts, and imprisonment, barely escaping with their lives. But they do, and when Elizabeth is crowned, Kat continues to serve her, faithfully guarding all the queen's secrets (including Elizabeth's affair with the dashing Robert Dudley) . . . and ultimately emerging as the lifelong confidante and true mother-figure to Queen Elizabeth.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2010.
ISBN: 9780399156182
Characteristics: 359 p. ;,24 cm.


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samdog123 Mar 24, 2014

Karen Harper writes really good historical fiction and wrote an excellent mystery series based on the character, Ursula Blanchard, set in Tudor times. This particular title deals with Elizabeth I and her rise to the throne. Kat Ashley was the tutor and companion during Elizabeth's formative years. Reading about the Tudor times is a good reminder of what folks did without modern technology--they schemed and plotted! Elizabeth went through many hard times before she took the throne and these all contributed to make her a good ruler. Well done.

May 10, 2013

Intrigue, mystery and love. As well, a lesson in old English life. Love it.

Mar 24, 2011

Another very readable Historical Fiction from Karen Harper - I am looking for more from her :)

Aug 11, 2010

I enjoyed this book. Since some of it is based on fact, it makes the whole story more interesting. It was quite fast paced for an historical novel. A good read.

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