Publication Date: July 2014 | Knight Media, LLC | Formats: eBook, Paperback
Series: Tales From the Tudor Court
Genre: Historical Fiction
Tales From the Tudor Court SeriesBook One: My Lady Viper
Book Two: Prisoner of the Queen
My Review"Prisoner of the Queen" takes on the true story of Lady Katherine Grey. Often overlooked due to her older sister Jane, "the Queen of Nine Days", Katherine saw first hand what unbridled ambition could result in. Raised as a "Princess of the Blood" (her grand uncle was Henry VIII), Katherine knew she would be a pawn in the political machinations of her era. Instead, she chose to take her own destiny in hand and marry for love, which unfortunately had disastrous consequences.
E. Knight has a great way of detailing the Tudor period. It is clear that she has put in a remarkable amount of research while writing this book. The customs and language of the period were spot on. I really enjoyed reading something from Katherine's perspective though I wish her characterization had been a bit more filled out. Since the novel was written in first person, the reader sees Katherine's version of things only. She was obviously a sweet girl, somewhat naive, but able to play the game in order to get what she wanted. Ned's adoration of her was a bit unfounded at first as their relationship begins as a physical attraction and slowly blossoms into something deeper.
Overall, this new take on Katherine is a much needed entry in the historical fiction world. Tudor enthusiasts will certainly rejoice!