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Jane the Quene (The Seymour Saga Book 1) by [Wertman, Janet]
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All Jane Seymour wants is a husband; but when she catches the eye of a volatile king, she is pulled deep into the Tudor court's realm of plot and intrigue....

England. 1535. Jane Seymour is 27 years old and increasingly desperate for the marriage that will provide her a real place in the world. She gets the perfect opportunity to shine when the court visits Wolf Hall, the Seymour ancestral manor. With new poise born from this event, it seems certain that her efficiency and diligence will shine through and finally attract a suitor.

Meanwhile, King Henry VIII is 45 and increasingly desperate for a son to secure his legacy. He left his first wife, a princess of Spain, changing his country's religion in the process, to marry Anne Boleyn -- but she too has failed to deliver the promised heir. As Henry begins to fear he is cursed, Jane Seymour's honesty and innocence conjure redemption. Thomas Cromwell, an ambitious clerk who has built a career on strategically satisfying the King's desires, sees in Jane the perfect vehicle to calm the political unrest that threatens the country: he engineers the plot that ends with Jane becoming the King's third wife.

Jane believes herself virtuous and her actions justified, but early miscarriages shake her confidence and hopes. How can a woman who has done nothing wrong herself deal with the guilt of how she unseated her predecessor?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2644 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Publisher: Janet Wertman; 1 edition (14 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01DB65TH8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,811 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great escape to Tudor England 24 May 2016
By Shereece D. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
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I gave this book 5 stars because from start to finish it kept me interested. I love the Tudor period but you can easily find yourself reading about the exact same events over and over. Jane the Quene stood out for me for several reasons. One was the fact Jane Seymour is our main subject. I have only read about Jane in the inclusion of another main character's story, usually Anne Boleyn. It was wonderful to see a possible story of where Jane was before she comes into the whole courts notice. Or what Jane might of been thinking while being courted by Henry VIII and when Anne was executed.
My only draw backs where when history and the storyline didn't match. I can't really give examples without giving spoilers. Then I realised that all these times were when history can only give a educated guess that has been absorbed more as fact. I would recommend to put what you think you know aside and just let the story take you. After all, what else can we do but imagine Jane Seymour's thoughts and feelings on the world around her.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the Tudor period. A GREAT escape to Tudor England.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More maneuvering than naivete 19 July 2016
By Mercedes Rochelle - Published on Amazon.com
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In this new book and part one of a Seymour trilogy, Janet Wergman has taken on the unenviable task of turning a “boring” woman into an interesting study. Did the name Plain Jane originally come from her? Any basic study of Henry VIIIs wives tend to give Jane short shrift as the antidote to the exciting and tempestuous Anny Boleyn. And of course, Henry loved her the rest of his life because he didn’t have the opportunity to get tired of her. Oh, and she gave birth to his heir.

But there were a lot of unanswered questions in the Jane Seymour story. How could a shy, unspoiled, sheltered girl find herself in the compromising position of wanton replacement for a pitiful queen about to be executed? And with such haste! There have been so many fictional assertions that Henry married her with a day or two of Anne’s beheading, that I had to go back and track the passage of time between Anne’s execution (May 10), Jane’s betrothal to Henry (May 20), and their formal wedding (May 30). The author helps us along by dating every section, including the time. Yes, it was hasty but Henry wasn’t sitting at her house waiting for the cannon to go off so he could marry her, which I remember from a long ago story. But still, it took some explaining to show how Jane got to this point, and Wergman has done a good job giving Jane a little ambition after all, and a rather sweet account of her early meetings with the King. It was all so innocent and comforting that I no trouble accepting it.

As things got more and more complicated, Jane’s ambitions (or love?) got the better of her and she seemed to lose focus. She seemed to be a little confused as to what she was expecting out of this relationship, but as usual Henry was in charge and she could just go along for the ride. It helped that Jane didn’t really like her cousin Queen Anne anyway, so it wasn’t all that difficult to see a tiny bit of vindictiveness in her actions. Throughout, Jane’s brothers were most annoying, and it was good to see her get the upper hand in the end, forcing them to admit that she wasn't such a nonentity after all. She didn’t particularly appreciate being used to further their aims; on the other hand, she bought into their conspiracy of manipulating the king’s affections. It’s interesting to wonder at what point it felt OK to hanker after the crown, and more than once Jane thought she might have overplayed her game. For by this point, it seemed more like maneuvering than naivete, and I lost a little respect for her.

Although there no surprises (and shouldn’t have been, I think), we do get a full three-dimensional depiction of this not uncomplicated woman. I didn’t find her overly likeable, but she is capable of capturing our sympathy. I found myself rooting for her, even though I like her predecessor. She had her own story to tell, after all, and secured a foothold in history.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best novel about Jane Seymour I have ever read 17 June 2016
By Carabele - Published on Amazon.com
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This was really the best fictional account of Jane Seymour I have ever read! And I freely admit to being something of an aficionado regarding Henry VIII's third queen, who so often stands in the shadow of the exciting tumult surrounding Anne Boleyn's meteoric rise to power and subsequent spectacular fall. This novel showed Jane to be more than meek and mild, yet not grasping either. She simply wanted a husband, like most noblewomen of her day. She didn't initially plot for that husband to be the king. Yet when he showed interest, she knew it was her chance to have what she most desired: a life of her own as a married woman of substance.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must" for Tudor fiction fans 28 May 2016
By MJoPow - Published on Amazon.com
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I have long been intrigued by Tudor fiction, and how long I am willing to stay with fictional accounts when I know the historical end. I read this book almost straight through and thought the author did a marvelous job telling the story. Waiting for book 2 of the series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A new slant on that great old Tudor dynasty!! 3 November 2016
By Bookaddict - Published on Amazon.com
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Soooooo...Not a big fan. I wanted to read a book about Jane Seymour as she seems to be one of the two wives least mentioned, her and Anna of Cleves. But, this book portrays Jane Seymour as both incredibly simple, yet deceitful. Innocent, yet the author portrays her as someone who has no qualms about taking someone else's husband, in fact schemes for it, even though she is said to be very pious...what I mean by that is for example, one statement, "Truth be told, though, Anne surely knew the truth. But because of the thousand tiny punishments the Queen inflicted on Jane, she no longer cared how the Queen felt." And at the time, Queen Anne was supposedly pregnant, so it does not paint Jane in the best light.
If you have a love of history....,read this book. If you enjoy the Tudor era.... read this book. If you thought only Anne Boleyn was worth reading about, you'll know better after... well, you know. Just be warned – there are more books to follow, so just maybe there is something better waiting for us Tudor fans........

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