Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Release Date: January 21, 2010
“A fresh and intriguing historical novel told in the voice of Queen Elizabeth I's governess.Ever since I first heard about Kat Ashley, I wondered why she did not play a more front burner role in historical fiction. She was always relegated to the position of a sub character. Now she gets her due. I am very excited to read this one and see things from Kat’s perspective.
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 (from Penguin Group website)”
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