Review: Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir

The story of Jane Seymour, King Henry VIII’s third wife.

Jane grew up in a country surrounded by loving family and beautiful gardens. When she was a child her only dream was to become a nun and serve God but growing up and spending some time in an abbey she realizes she meant for something different. It’s when she goes to court to serve as the Queen’s lady-in-waiting. The gentle and innocent young lady realizes that the court life isn’t as enchanting as she thought it was. Intrigues and betrayals are around each and every corner. She is astonished to discover the injustice that is made to her mistress the Queen: her husband betrays her by having an affair with Anne Boleyn and he tries to prove their marriage illegitimate. Jane is loyal to the Queen but she must play by the court rules and do the most difficult thing of all: to abandon the true Queen and serve Anne Boleyn. To her surprise, the King starts to show interest in her, an ordinary plain girl, as she always thought. How can she not offend the King and not betray the beloved Queen Catherine?

I was curious to read about King Henry’s most beloved wife, the one who gave birth to his only son. Her story was refreshing. While Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn were masters in court life and were plotting like champions, Jane was an innocent country girl, who wanted to do the right thing. She followed her heart and was a genuinely sweet woman. However, despite her innocence, she wasn’t, in any case, plain or stupid. She was smart and determinate to do what she thought was the right and honorable. I really like her character although it made the novel be eventless and slow. In contrast to Anne Boleyn’s story that was very dramatic and roller-coaster-ish. It was the first time when I actually felt bad for King Henry, I believe he was truly in love with this kind woman that didn’t try to manipulate him like the others. It’s sad that their love story was that short.

Definitely going to continue reading this series. Alison Weir does a terrific job in bringing historical figures to live. She describes them very vividly and makes the reader feel for them. I already purchased the next book about Anna of Kleve!

Rating: 5/5

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