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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

12 Days of a Tudor Christmas Giveaway Day 3

Day Three

A Giveaway To Die For


Yesterdays winner is Nina, please send your shipping address to newroyalreviews at yahoo dot com.

Yesterdays question was: Which wife of Henry is your favorite?

Here are your responses:

Catherine of Aragon: 6
Anne Boleyn: 6
Jane Seymour: 3
Anne of Cleves: 2
Katherine Howard: 0
Katherine Parr: 2

Many of you said that it was Catherine of Aragon’s devotion to both her husband and to her beliefs that endeared her to you. While others selected Anne Boleyn due to the way history has vilified her. Jane Seymour comes in third, which seems fitting as she was Henry’s third wife. Jane Seymour is also the only wife that was able to give Henry his long awaited for Heir, and for that accomplishment she is the only wife buried beside him.  Anne of Cleves was not pretty or pleasing enough to be a wife, but she seemed to be able to stay friends with Henry after their divorce which was rather surprising. Young Katherine Howard received no votes and I must say that I am not surprised, I do wonder if the girl was a bit daft. I mean her cousin was sent to the scaffold for having an affair, surely she would have erred on the side of caution, but we all know how it ended. Lastly, we have Katherine Parr, the wife who out lived Henry. Katherine was well-versed in  religious matters and her zeal for debating such matters caused Henry alarm to the extent an arrest warrant was drawn up. It was a good thing for her that the King was feeling lenient when they came to arrest Katherine.


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For today’s giveaway I have 3 copies of Sandra Byrd’s novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn to giveaway. 

When Anne Boleyn ascends to the court of Henry VIII, she takes her best friend, Meg Wyatt, along with her. Everything seems thrilling at first, but then their favor rises and falls. Having pledged her loyalty to Anne no matter what, will Meg lose her greatest love---and her own life---in the process?

There are many ways to arrive at the Tower of London though there are few ways out. Kings and Queens ride in before a coronation, retinue trailing like a train of ermine. Prisoners, however, arrive on foot, shoved through one cavernous gate or another by the wardens who live, as all do, at the mercy of a merciless king. Some unfortunate few are delivered to the Tower by water.
Snippet from the prologue


If you would like to know more about Sandra Byrd, To Die For, or any of her other novels, please visit her website Here.

My thanks to Sandra Byrd for donating these copies for the giveaway.

Today’s Rules:

1. Leave a comment with your name and an answer to the question:

Do you think that Anne was innocent or guilty?

2. Giveaway is US only.

3. You do not need to leave your email address as the winner will be announced the next day. The winner will also be announced on the right side of the blog under the Royal Winners banner. You have until the 23rd to respond with your shipping address. You may want to subscribe to Royal Reviews via feed burner which is located in left side of the blog so that the winners and new giveaways will be sent directly to your inbox.

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BJ said...

I think she was NUTS...
Honestly...I really don't think she was right in the head nor do I blame her. I do think she was guilty.


Linda said...

I think she was something of a conniving little piece of work, but probably not guilty as charged. Thanks for the giveaway.

Carol L. said...

I think she was guilty but not of incest. I don't know how I know that but it doesn't feel right.I also agree with BJ in saying she wasn't right in her mind. It seems like a lot of people from back then seemed disturbed emotionally and unbalanced.
Carol L
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traveler said...

She was mentally disturbed and guilty.

Gwendolyn B. said...

Well, clearly she wasn't as smart as she thought she was, but I don't think she was guilty of incest. I'd love to read this book, though! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Carol N Wong said...

Not guilty. The evidence that she is guilty is from a man who was tortured with the rack. Not reliable evidence!


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Felicia said...

Well, it looks as if my answer is about the same as others list above. I do think she was guilty but unsure about the incest.


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Jennifer causey said...

I believe Anne was a victim of her own pride. She wanted everything from the beginning pushed into everything by her family. I believe at first she was. It in love with the king she was only with him to gain power for her family until she started to feel for him. When she began pushing for the divorce or Henry and Catherine was the beginning of the end for her. I believe Anne was innocent of the crimes she was accused and convicted of. I believe the lack of a male heir pushed the king to his limits because she didn't provide like she had promised and only cause him grief. It was lust over love. By the speech she have before her death anyone could tell she was not an ignorant woman. I think the king was tired of her and ready for someone new

kimmyl said...

I think that Anne was completely innocent, but she had gained many enemies at court so it was easy for her to be charged and found guilty.

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

I do not think she was guilty. Guilty of stealing a married man, yes, but guilty of everything she was accused of...no way! I don't think she would have done anything to jeopardize the future of her daughter, but it turned out that she was married to a crazy person (yes, I think Henry VIII was crazy) so she really didn't have much chance, especially after not giving him a son.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Dina said...

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Jane Charles said...

I used to think she was innocent, but the more I read, the more I am not sure. I still have a hard time accepting the incest allegation though.

Cheryl Esselman said...

I believe she was innocent. She was an intelligent woman, probably very insecure due to previous events and not bearing an heir. I think she knew all too well what was at stake and would not jeopardize it in any way.

Esme said...

Thank you for your Christmas card-I loved your note-I am a huge fan of letters and writing paper.

I do not know enough about her to answer this. (Is that a laywer answer or what).

thank you for the giveaway.

Rachel said...

I think that she was innocent of adultery but guilty of ambition.

Thanks for the giveaway!


Anonymous said...

I think she was both. Her drive to succeed eventually won out in the end, which compromised her character.