The May Bride

by Suzannah Dunn

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The May Bride Synopsis

I didn't stand a chance: looking back over thirteen years, that's what I see. In the very first instant, I was won over, and of course I was: I was fifteen and had been nowhere and done nothing, whereas Katherine was twenty-one and yellow-silk-clad and just married to the golden boy...Jane Seymour is a shy, dutiful fifteen-year-old when her eldest brother, Edward, brings his bride home to Wolf Hall. Katherine Filliol is the perfect match for Edward, as well as being a breath of fresh air for the Seymour family, and Jane is captivated by the older girl. Over the course of a long, hot country summer, the two become close friends and allies, while Edward is busy building alliances at court and advancing his career. However, only two years later, the family is torn apart by a dreadful allegation made by Edward against his wife. The repercussions for all the Seymours are incalculable, not least for Katherine herself. When Jane is sent away, to serve Katharine of Aragon, she is forced to witness another wife being put aside, with terrible consequences. Changed forever by what happened to Katherine Filliol, Jane comes to understand that in a world where power is held entirely by men, there is a way in which she can still hold true to herself.

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The Good Book Guide Review

Jane Seymour was Henry VIII’s third wife but little is known of her formative years. At a time when Wolf Hall, the Seymour family’s ancestral seat, looms large courtesy of Hilary Mantel’s acclaimed novel and the recent television series, it is interesting to be offered an original perspective on a familiar tale. Jane is fifteen when her brother Edward brings home his new bride, the vivacious, glamorous Katharine who immediately captivates the younger and more dutiful girl. Over the course of the ensuing two years, Jane’s life is changed forever when tragedy strikes the family, and she comes to realise that her future may lie outside the cloistered world she had envisaged as her inevitable destiny.

The May Bride Press Reviews

'Frankly, I'm tiring of the Tudor industry - but this delightful novel stands out from the mob ... Dunn lights up one of history's forgotten corners' -- Kate Saunders Saga

 

'Dunn skilfully transports the reader to the oppressive atmosphere of Wolf Hall, seat of the Seymour family in Tudor England, and the heavy-handedness with which men treat their womenfolk Lady Thoughtful and original ... Dunn's writing is sharp and often surprising and her characterisation is excellent' History Today

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ISBN: 9780349139463
Publication date: 12/02/2015
Publisher: Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781408704684
Publication date: 13/03/2014
Publisher: Little, Brown an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780349139463
Publication date: 12th February 2015
Author: Suzannah Dunn
Publisher: Abacus an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Suzannah Dunn

Suzannah Dunn was our Guest Editor in June 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.   Suzannah Dunn is the author of nine previous novels, Darker Days Than Usual, Blood Sugar, Past Caring, Quite Contrary, Venus Flaring, Tenterhooks, Commencing our Descent. The Queen of Subtleties (her first novel) tells the story of Anne Boleyn's downfall and was followed by the bestselling The Sixth Wife, the heartrending downfall of Katherine Parr in 2007. Her most recent novel The Queen's Sorrow, about the tragedy of Mary Tudor, was published in 2008. She lives in Shropshire.   Author photo © ...

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