Elizabeth Blount, known as Bessie to her friends and families, has wanted nothing more than to follow her parents to court. She is elated when she is able to go and serve as a maid of honor to Katherine of Aragon. But her expectations are quickly diminished when the Spanish queen's court is quieter and more devoted to prayer than filled with revelery than Bessie was lead to believe. Bessie though soon finds the excitement she hoped for when the young and dymanic King Henry VIII returns from war. She has set the king on a pedestal, believing that the King and Queen have a courtly love that no one can come between. But the king's wandering eye soon lands on the beautiful and naive Bessie. Will Bessie's maidenly attraction for the king survive reality?
There are many books depicting the lives of King Henry VIII and his many wives, but very few covering the mother of his firstborn son. Diane Haeger's book "The Queen's Rival" brings to life one of the lesser known but no less interesting figures in one of history's most dynamic and intriguing times. As a fan of English history, I have read tons of books surrounding this time period, and Diane Haeger promises to become one of my favorite authors.
From the author of The Queen's Mistake comes the untold story of King Henry VIII's first well-known mistress.
As the beautiful daughter of courtiers, Elizabeth "Bessie" Blount is overjoyed when she secures a position as maid of honor to Katherine of Aragon. But when she captures the attention of the king himself, there are whispers that the queen ought to be worried for her throne.
When Bess gives birth to a healthy son the whispers become a roar. But soon the infamous Boleyn girls come to court and Henry's love for her begins to fade. Now, Bess must turn to her trusted friend, the illegitimate son of Cardinal Wolsey, to help her move beyond life as the queen's rival...