Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Meet the author of "The King's Rose!"

Tudor History fans of Boston: come meet the author of "The King's Rose", Alisa Libby.

When: Sunday, May 3, 2009
Time: 1-3pm
Where: Cafe L'Aroma, 85 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

If you haven't read the book, no worries! Feel free to come by and talk about Tudor history with fellow friends!

Though well aware of her cousin Anne Boleyn’s fate only four years earlier, 15-year-old Catherine Howard acquiesces with her ambitious, conniving relatives’ plans and marries King Henry VIII. He calls her “my rose without a thorn,” but she is well aware of the thorny secrets she conceals: no virgin when she and the king married, she later begins a sexual liaison at court, partly in a desperate effort to produce an heir. Soon, Catherine begins a downward spiral toward madness and despair. An author’s note separates historical fact from conjecture in this account of Catherine’s short years as Henry’s “rose.” Libby offers a convincing, sympathetic portrayal of a young woman who relinquishes her hopes of marrying for love and finds herself doomed by her choices and deceptions. Hardly an active heroine, Catherine falls into a trap early on and, in the end, has little left but her dignity. This one’s for historical-fiction fans who will appreciate this character study of Henry’s fifth wife.

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