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Tony Riches has just come out with Katherine – Tudor Duchess. You all know Tony – the Welshman who gave us the Tudor origin story in his Tudor Trilogy (Owen was book one, Jasper was book two, and Henry was book three), then several standalones like The Secret Diary of Eleanor Cobham and Warwick: The Man Behind the Wars of the Roses. After that he moved a little later in the Tudor era for his Brandon Trilogy, starting with Mary – Tudor Princess, moving on to Brandon – Tudor Knight and now Katherine – Tudor Duchess . It looks ah-mazing. He has agreed to offer my subscribers the chance to win a copy: he’s offering one paperback and three mobi copies for Kindle (first winner picked will get first choice, then on down the line). All you have to do to enter is to comment below before midnight on Sunday, October 13th – you don’t even have to be a long-term fan, you can subscribe now to become eligible. Good luck to all!
Attractive, wealthy and influential, Katherine Willoughby is one of the most unusual ladies of the Tudor court. A favourite of King Henry VIII, Katherine knows all his six wives, his daughters Mary and Elizabeth, and his son Edward.
When her father dies, Katherine becomes the ward of Tudor knight, Sir Charles Brandon. Her Spanish mother, Maria de Salinas, is Queen Catherine of Aragon’s lady in waiting, so it is a challenging time for them all when King Henry marries the enigmatic Anne Boleyn.
Following Anne’s dramatic downfall, Katherine marries Charles Brandon, and becomes Duchess of Suffolk at the age of fourteen. After the short reign of young Catherine Howard, and the death of Jane Seymour, Katherine and Brandon are chosen to welcome Anna of Cleves as she arrives in England.
When the royal marriage is annulled, Katherine’s good friend, Catherine Parr becomes the king’s sixth wife, and they work to promote religious reform. Katherine’s young sons are tutored with the future king, Prince Edward, and become his friends, but when Edward dies his Catholic sister Mary is crowned queen. Katherine’s Protestant faith puts her family in great danger – from which there seems no escape.
Katherine’s remarkable true story continues the epic tale of the rise of the Tudors, which began with the best-selling Tudor trilogy and concludes with the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
Again – leave a comment below to be entered – I’ll pick the winner from among the subscribers on October 13th . And PS If you want more information about Tony or his books please visit his website tonyriches.com or his blog, The Writing Desk (you can also find him on Facebook and Twitter @tonyriches)