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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
In Janet Wertman's Jane The Quene: Book One of the Seymour Saga trilogy, we are introduced to one of King Henry VIII’s wives that we hear about less often. She was probably the favorite of Henry’s wives but, unfortunately, she died shortly after the birth of her son Edward so we’ll never know. In Jane The Quene, we follow the events of sixteenth-century England and the shaky monarchy of Henry VIII. We meet Jane when she enters the service of the first queen, Katherine of Aragon, whom she respected greatly. As she grows older, her hope for a husband and family begins to look grim. We see through Jane's eyes the rise and fall of the Boleyn family and the hopeful yet cautious courtship with the King of England. In the marriage that follows and the son that ends her story, we see the short often unknown life of this queen who gave the kingdom the male heir they so desperately waited for, as well as the peace they hoped would come.
Historical fiction books are my weakness, especially when it comes to historical personages of royalty. I absolutely loved Jane The Quene. Janet Wertman did such an excellent job with her research and managed to capture the personality of this short-lived queen. We see court life through her eyes as well as her hopes and fears. It brings her from the pages of the history book and into the modern world as you find Jane a person to whom many women back then and now can relate. Her quiet nature and good deeds are so often overlooked by the fact that her reign ended with childbed fever, but Jane The Quene offers the reader a chance to step back in time and perhaps see the real woman whose gift changed the country.