Though she had a long-term boyfriend, she was forbidden to marry until Lilibet did. Really good and I recommend it if you like historical fictions. I also highly doubt that Queen Elizabeth ever said the words Like, now-but maybe I'm just being too judgmental. I get that they were for further explanations or little snipbits of future events. She also formed an aristocratic Girl Guide pack that met weekly at Buckingham Palace. Mistress Ashley witnessed Anne Boleyn rise to power and watched her fall just as quickly. Review from Many know the history behind how Lady Elizabeth became the Virgin Queen.
Overall, this book was an average work of historical fiction, but if you love the Tudors you will enjoy this new perspective. And now that I have read the life of young Elizabeth, as experienced by her governess Kat and her husband John, it becomes more real with actual people. Though the future Queen Mother had authorized the publication of the article, she was furious. . So if the author played fast and loose with Kat's life in order to weave an interesting story, I think she can be forgiven. Women had to stand and fight…and you can hide a dagger in those big skirts! She starts with her as a poor girl that Thomas Cromwell brings in as a spy.
Later, Jane Fairfax feels the threat of being forced to become a governess if her covert attachment to Frank Churchill all comes to nothing. However, being a governess was one of the few legitimate ways by which an unmarried middle class woman could support herself in Victorian society. I love Harper's choice of narrator, an Elizabethan character new to me. A smooth and cohesive story There are several portrayels on Kat Ashley: Elizabeth's governess. Harper does a great job of portraying the woman who shaped the life of Elizabeth I. Harper's novel finds a middle ground and allows to see the motherly love that Ashley must have felt for Elizabeth, a youth who's mom was beheaded when she was merely about 3 years old. From her time as a spy for the ambitious Thomas Cromwell till she was named the First Lady of the Bedchamber for Queen Elizabeth, Kat Ashley saw court for what it truly was.
Here,Katherine first comes to the attentions of Cromwell and is placed in the household of Queen Anne Boleyn as a spy. Email Subscription Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. She comes from a poor family, but by helping Thomas Cromwell at the beginning of the story, she gains his respect and works for Cromwell as a spy of sorts. They met Crawfie and her husband at Nottingham cottage. A trained teacher, Crawford was just 22 years old when she entered the Royal Household.
It was also interesting to know more about who was Thomas Seymour! Of course we know Henry was ready to move on from his wife Anne Bolelyn so he trumped up charges and had her beheaded. After a few brief conversations, Cromwell decides that Kat is an exceptional young woman and will serve his own cause as a spy. Yes, many of us know the story of Anne Boleyn and her famous daughter. She herself had a middle-class background and education, yet was paid for her services. Written in the person of Kat Ashley, governess and friend to Queen Elizabeth I, from her childhood, through her teen years and the early years of her reign, it tells of the hazards and pitfalls as well as the privileges of being in the line of succession of the Tudors of England. The only thing that falls down for me is that I have done a lot of reading around this time and the way the characters in the story speak and behave is just not reflective of the time period.
Harper says the time is ripe for another Tudor blockbuster like the Cate Blanchett Elizabeth films or Shakespeare in Love. Also, Harper's narrative suffers because of her use of many American usages which pop up annoyingly throughout. The estimate of numbers 'thousands' , although necessarily vague, is justified by some knowledge of the main used by those not accommodated with their host families, , and by the places of worship they preferentially frequented, for example. I did feel, though, as if plausibility was being stretched a bit far at times, especially in the beginning, but the story grew on me as I went along, mainly because any story about the Tudors is going to suck me in. What we do know is that Kat was incredibly well educated; she was appointed as Elizabeth's governess in 1537, when the little princess was four, and taught the future monarch astronomy, geography, history, mathematics, French, Flemish, Italian and Spanish ref: Wikipedia. When Kat first arrives at court, the two woman have an exciting, whispered conversation establishing that Kat is corresponding with Cromwell and is thus to be trusted. This guy is so creepy.
I don't think that should have been such an integral plot point, especially at the end when Elizabeth had the small pox. This wonderful story tells readers how she survived. At the time, it was unheard of for a king to marry a commoner, much less a divorced American. A smooth and cohesive story, Harper teaches you about Kat and Elizbeth's relationship while also satisfying your tastebuds of the Tudor intrique we all know and love. There, women had no rights then without the protection of rich fathers or husbands. Katherine Kat Ashley has always been in the background, so I like how Karen Harper brings her to the forefront. While treading the delicate line between deference and the discipline young Elizabeth sorely needs, Kat outwits and outlives Seymour and his many blackmail attempts.
With scandalous haste, he marries the vain, scheming hussy who was the last person to see Cecily alive. Karen has given numerous talks to readers and writers across the county. From her time as a spy for the ambitious Thomas Cromwell till she was Review from Many know the history behind how Lady Elizabeth became the Virgin Queen. Even though this novel is a work of fiction, I love the fact that Harper used actual events when available to give the reader a sense of who Kat was in real life. Katherine Ashley was a long time supporter,favorite and governess of Elizabeth I and also as this book portrays her an educated and interesting woman. Everyone knows who Anne Boleyn was, but who was Kat Ashley? I think it helps that Kat was alive for all 6 so you definitely go through the journey This is the first historical fiction book that I have read that I felt I really enjoyed and kept my interest throughout. The writing was so ridiculous.