At the King's Pleasure (Secrets of the Tudor Court)

BOOK: At the King's Pleasure (Secrets of the Tudor Court)
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“Emerson captures the pageantry and politics of the Tudor Court . . . giving historical fiction fans a first-rate read.”—

“Emerson’s sharp eye for court nuances, intrigues, and passions . . . and swift pace will sweep you along.”—
Romantic Times

“Appealing . . . A refreshingly willful, sexually liberated heroine.”—
Publishers Weekly

Married to one man. Desiring another.
Beautiful Lady Anne Stafford, lady-in-waiting to Queen Catherine of Aragon, is torn between her love for her husband, George, Lord Hastings . . . and the king’s boon companion, the attentive Sir William Compton. But when King Henry VIII, amorous as always, joins the men clustering around her, Anne realizes she has become perilously enmeshed in the intrigues of the court. . . .Will she be forced to decide between the two men she desires—and the one she doesn’t?

Kate Emerson charms again with a heroine who steps out of the pages of history to win our hearts in this sumptuous novel of Tudor scandal and intrigue.

is the award-winning author of the Secrets of the Tudor Court series:
The Pleasure Palace, Between Two Queens,
By Royal Decree




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Lavish praise for

Secrets of the Tudor Court

“Emerson captures the pageantry and the politics of the Tudor court, portraying real-life characters who negotiated turbulent times, and giving historical-fiction fans a first-rate read.”


“I love this series and continue to be awestruck by each and every book. . . .”

—Historically Obsessed

“No one knows the unusual customs and dangerous characters of the Tudor court like Kate Emerson.”

—Karen Harper, author of
The Irish Princess

“Explores the tempestuous world of the Tudor court.”

—Publishers Weekly

By Royal Decree

“Another captivating novel. . . . Emerson skillfully manages to keep Elizabeth’s life as the central point and never loses track of her faith in love and happy endings.”

—Romantic Times
(4 stars)

“Appealing . . . a refreshingly willful, sexually liberated heroine.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Emerson wields a sure pen when it comes to Tudor England and laces the story with just the right amount of period detail. Presenting the tempestuous and often scandalous court through the eyes of Bess Brooke . . . the author paints a confident, realistic picture of the king. . . . A valuable addition to the current popular interest in all things Tudor England.”

—Historical Novels Review

“Emerson writes such fresh and interesting takes on the Tudor period with her focus on figures that are not often written about. . . . Unique and interesting . . . an enjoyable and fresh read on the Tudor period.”


“Another beautifully written Tudor secret love that before I never even knew existed. It was everything I could have hoped it to be and more.”

—Historically Obsessed

Between Two Queens

“Emerson skillfully crafts a strong heroine who maintains careful command of her sexuality and independence. Nan’s behavior is as brave as it is scandalous for the time, and Emerson makes readers appreciate the consequences of Nan’s choices.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Emerson’s sharp eye for court nuances, intrigues, and passions thrusts readers straight into Nan’s life, and the swift pace will sweep you along.”

—Romantic Times

The Pleasure Palace

“Emerson creates a riveting historical novel of the perils of the Tudor court, vividly fictionalizing historical characters and breathing new life into their personalities and predicaments.”


“Jane Popyncourt is not the idealistically virginal heroine but a skillful player in the intrigues of the Tudor court, who manages to get what she wants without selling too much of herself in the bargain. It is this heroine that separates the book from the pack.”

—Publishers Weekly

“This beautifully researched novel [is] the first in a fascinating new historical series. History, love, lust, power ambitions—
The Pleasure Palace
is a pleasure indeed.”

—Karen Harper, author of
The Irish Princess

“Rich and lushly detailed, teeming with passion and intrigue, this is a novel in which you can happily immerse yourself in another time and place.”

—RT Reviews

All the gripping historical novels in the
Secrets of the Tudor Court
series are also available as eBooks

Also by Kate Emerson

The Pleasure Palace

Between Two Queens

By Royal Decree

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This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

Copyright © 2011 by Kathy Lynn Emerson

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First Gallery Books trade paperback edition January 2012

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Emerson, Kate.

At the king’s pleasure/Kate Emerson.—1st Gallery Books trade pbk. ed.
p. cm.
1. Ladies-in-waiting—Great Britain—Fiction. 2. Mistresses—Great Britain—
Fiction. 3. Nobility—England—Fiction. 4. Buckingham, Edward Stafford, Duke of,
1478–1521—Fiction. 5. Henry VIII, King of England, 1491–1547—Fiction.
6. Great Britain—Court and courtiers—Fiction. 7. Great Britain—Kings and
rulers—Paramours—Fiction. 8. Great Britain—History—Henry VIII, 1509–1547—
Fiction. I. Title. II. Title: At the king’s pleasure.
PS3555.M414S424 2011

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