Image of The Favored Queen: A Novel of Henry VIII's Third Wife


Image of The Favored Queen: A Novel of Henry VIII's Third Wife

Known for her historical biographies and accurate historical fiction, Erickson surprises readers with an unusual view of Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour. Here, she’s a different woman, whose transgression will surprise readers who don’t read Erickson’s note claiming this is “an historical entertainment.”

Jane is sent to court as a young lady-in-waiting to Queen Catherine of Aragon, and is a compassionate listener as the aging queen is pushed aside for the beautiful Anne Boleyn. Anne is cunning and contrives to win the king even if she must resort to murder to silence anyone who would reveal information that would set the king against her. When Anne becomes queen, life at court is difficult; and as Henry’s eye begins to wander from Anne and her inability to provide a son, he sets his sights on shy, lovely, but plain Jane Seymour — endangering Jane’s life. When Henry asks Jane to become his wife, she is torn between loyalty to the crown and her love for the married glassmaker with whom she has enjoyed a heated affair. (ST. MARTIN’S, Oct., 380 pp., $25.00)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin