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A queen brought low by love compromised and power abused -- the tragedy of Mary Tudor. Plain, dutiful and a passionate Catholic, Mary Tudor was overjoyed by joy when she became England's queen. After the misery of her childhood, when her father had rejected her mother, and effectively disowned his daughter, Mary felt at last that she was achieving her destiny. And when she marries Philip of Spain, her happiness is complete. But Mary's delight quickly turns sour as she realises that her husband does not love her. In fact he finds her devotion irritating. Desperate for a baby, she begins to believe that God is punishing her. Her people are horrified at the severity of the measures she takes and begin to turn against their queen who is lonely, frightened -- and desperate for love. Rafael, a member of Philip of Spain's entourage, is a reluctant witness to the unfolding tragedy and as the once-feted queen tightens her cruel hold on the nation, Rafael becomes closer to Mary and his life -- and new-found love -- are caught up in the terrible chaos that follows. Key title / The engrossing, dramatic and tragic tale of Mary Tudor from the bestselling author of 'The Sixth Wife'. / Historical fiction is still riding high and Suzannah Dunn has many fans in the trade and beyond. / 'The Sixth Wife' has sold over 77,000 copies in mass-market paperback and over 19,000 trade paperbacks. / 'The Queen's Sorrow' will appeal to fans of Philippa Gregory and Tracy Chevalier and is ideal reading group material. / Competition: Philippa Gregory, Rose Tremain, Jane Stevenson
Suzannah Dunn is the author of nine previous books of fiction: 'Darker Days Than Usual', 'Blood Sugar', 'Past Caring', 'Quite Contrary', 'Venus Flaring', 'Tenterhooks', 'Commencing Our Descent', 'The Queen of Subtleties' and her most recent success 'The Sixth Wife'. She lives in Shropshire.
Praise for 'The Sixth Wife': 'My, what a story!delightfully vulgar and utterly compelling.' The Times 'Suzannah Dunn!weaves!a love story that is both moving and believable!of second chances at love, and passion reawakened.' Telegraph 'Mesmerising and beautifully written.' Scotsman 'Suzannah Dunn!weaves a kind of love story that is both moving and believable. This is the Tudor world as seldom seen!The result is historical chick lit at its most charming.' Telegraph 'Dunn [sheds] possible new light on Katharine's marriage to Thomas Seymour and her final days are treated with sympathy and skill.' The Tablet Praise for 'The Queen of Subtleties': 'Suzannah Dunn is, as ever, a mistress at describing the material world through which her characters move.' Guardian 'A boisterous historical recreation.' Independent '"The Queen of Subtleties" offers a stunningly refreshing way of retelling an old story. I often abandon historical novels nowadays, but I really could not put this one down. It brings Anne Boleyn to life as never before, and, probably for the first time ever in fiction, Henry VIII emerges as a truly credible character in an authentic setting.' Alison Weir, author of 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII'