As tempestuous as the tudor monarchs themselves, the secrets of the Tudor Court series has been called "riveting" (Booklist) and "well drawn" (Publishers Weekly).
Charming. Desirable. Forbidden. Brought to court with other eligible young noblewomen by the decree of King Henry VIII, lovely Elizabeth “Bess” Brooke realizes for the first time that beauty can be hazardous. Although Bess has no desire to wed the aging king, she and her family would have little choice if Henry’s eye were to fall on her. And other dangers exist as well, for Bess has caught the interest of dashing courtier Will Parr.
Bess finds Will’s kisses as sweet as honey, but marriage between them may be impossible. Will is a divorced man, and remarriage is still prohibited. Bess and Will must hope that the king can be persuaded to issue a royal decree allowing Will to marry again...but to achieve their goal, the lovers will need royal favor. Amid the swirling alliances of royalty and nobles, Bess and Will perform a dangerous dance of palace intrigue and pulse-pounding passions.
Brought to glowing life by the talented Kate Emerson, and seen through the eyes of a beautiful young noblewoman, By Royal Decree illuminates the lives of beautiful young courtiers in and out of the rich and compelling drama of the Tudor court.
What members say
hard to follow all the families and names .
one chapter was nothing but going over names and familes. a little hard to follow at times.
Good book - awful reader
What did you like best about By Royal Decree? What did you like least?
I love stories about the royal court of Henry XIII.
This reader is terrible.
Would you be willing to try another book from Kate Emerson? Why or why not?
Yes, I would read her again.
What didn’t you like about Alison Larkin’s performance?
This reader uses a weak and simpering voice for all of the characters both male an female. I feel like I am listening to an adult read a children's story.
Any additional comments?
If you are interested in this book, and it is a very good story, I suggest you listen to a sample of the reader. I probably would have chosen to read it myself rather than listen.