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The Confession of Katherine Howard by Suzannah Dunn
  

The Confession of Katherine Howard

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July 2010 Good Housekeeping selection.

The Confession of Katherine Howard by Suzanah Dunn (Harper Press) tells the story of this ill-fated teenage queen as she is thrust into the wealth and terror of Henry VIII’s court. Be lured into the heady world of gamblers, courtesans and convents in 17th-century Venice.

If you like Suzannah Dunn you might also like to read books by Helen Dunmore, Karen Harper and Philippa Gregory.

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The Confession of Katherine Howard by Suzannah Dunn

The new novel from the bestselling author of THE SIXTH WIFE. 'England: firelight and fireblush; wine-dark, winking gemstones and a frost of pearls. Wool as soft as silk, in leaf-green and moss; satins glossy like a midsummer night or opalescent like winter sunrise!Little did we know it but that night we were already ghosts in our own lives!' When twelve-year-old Katherine Howard comes to live in the Duchess of Norfolk's household, poor relation Cat Tilney is deeply suspicious of her.

The two girls couldn't be more different: Cat, watchful and ambitious; Katherine, interested only in clothes and boys. Their companions are in thrall to Katherine, but it's Cat in whom Katherine confides and, despite herself, Cat is drawn to her. Summoned to court at seventeen, Katherine leaves Cat in the company of her ex-lover, Francis, and the two begin their own, much more serious, love affair.

Within months, the king has set aside his Dutch wife Anne for Katherine. The future seems assured for the new queen and her maid-in-waiting, although Cat would feel more confident if Katherine hadn't embarked on an affair with one of the king's favoured attendants, Thomas Culpeper. However, for a blissful year and a half, it seems that Katherine can have everything she wants.

But then allegations are made about her girlhood love affairs. Desperately frightened, Katherine recounts a version of events which implicates Francis but which Cat knows to be a lie. With Francis in the Tower, Cat alone knows the whole truth of Queen Katherine Howard - but if she tells, Katherine will die.

About the Author

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.

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Publication date

27th May 2010

Author

Suzannah Dunn

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Publisher

HarperPress, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Hardback

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780007258291

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