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A novel of the devout young woman who became the unwilling object of King Henry VIII's ardor - and the mother of his only son. 

In this third book in the epic Six Tudor Queens series, the acclaimed historian and best-selling author brings new insight to this dramatic story, showing how pure fear for her life determined Jane Seymour's actions. 

Twenty-five-year-old Jane Seymour wants nothing more than to become a nun. But her ambitious father has forced her to live at court as lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine of Aragon, a fellow Catholic whom she soon comes to love and admire. So Jane is appalled when King Henry shunts Katherine aside in his lustful pursuit of Anne Boleyn, but even more so when he takes Anne's life in his rush to wed - Jane herself! 

Unwilling to marry but terrified to resist Henry's advances for fear she might share Anne's fate, and propelled by her family, Jane becomes queen of England a mere 10 days after Anne's execution. She knows she must produce a male heir without fail. Her very life depends on it.

©2018 Alison Weir (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Jane Seymour so human, so beloved and now so real.

I have read many books on the Tudor era and have always found that Jane Seymour has the smallest chapter. This is much dramatized novel however is it definitely spot on when it comes to historical fact.

It takes us from the reign of Katherine of Aragon through the tumultuous reign of Ann Boleyn. With each chapter Alison Weir introduces more facets of Jane's personality. I have, in the past, thought of Jane as a weak and spineless individual whom I am sure that if she had lived would have been put aside just like Henry's previous wives when he sees someone else who takes his fancy. After reading this I have had reason to change my mind. She may have been perceived as week but she was brave, loyal and persistent with a genuine love of people. It is little wonder that she was so accepted by the British people.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and of course having the great Rosalyn Landor as narrator made this totally engrossing from the first paragraph. A great listen and highly recommended.

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Jane Symore the Haunted queen

the combination of Tudor story and fantastic performance of Roslyn Landor, is priceless. I loved Roslyn Landor 's performance. the story was well written and researched.

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Great narration

Rosalyn Landon made this book come alive. At times, changing her voice to accommodate more than 5 characters.

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Loved it

Was wonderful to listen to and loved the history portion at end. Would recommend it

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Great book!

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook! The narrator was fantastic! The writing was superb! I felt I really got to know Jane Seymour & liked her very much! I so enjoyed the author’s notes at the end too! I highly recommend this book!

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  • jmmt18
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this series is excellent

as a fan of Henry VIII time period this series thrills me. I love alison weir and her insight into each woman

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Great book

I loved this book and loved the performance. I love Alison Weir's approach to this story.

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I very rarely write reviews, just give a book stars. I was so excited for a book about Jane Seymour. Sadly There arent too many books dedicated to her and her family. This, again is another book that has very little to do with her life. I would say about %70 of the book is about Katherine Of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. Its basically retelling the story of the Kings great matter through the the eyes of Jane. If you know the story of Katherine and Anne, could skip this book in the series and not be missing anything.

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Fascinating remaining of Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour is one of the English queen's that not much is known about outside of her marriage and her son. Even her death is a mystery. Alison Weir did a great job using what little information that was available and creating a fictional possibility of who this historical figure might have been.

Now I can't say she created a particularly likeable Jane. Her version sees herself as good and casts judgment on others while doing morally questionable or outright bad things herself. She is also a misogynist. She blames women for the choices men make and is fine with double standards between the sexes. She even manipulated her sister-in-law into keeping quiet about a fictional affair she had with Jane's father so only her sister-in-law was punished and no scandal came back onto the Seymours. It was particularly cruel given how tragic that characters life was before she finally died.

But it's not necessary or even important for characters to be likable. It's refreshing to see a female character with Jane's type of moral ambiguity. It also fits with the time period. That said, I looked forward to Jane's death and was not disappointed since one of the last things Jane sees is the "ghost" of Anne Boleyn coming to claim her.

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Queen Jane

Another great story by Alison Weir. She does an amazing job of making you fall in love with Queen Jane. The narration as with all of Alison Weir stories is perfection. Thanks for this book and can’t wait to see what is next.