The King's Secret Matter

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After twelve years of marriage, the once fortuitous union of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon has declined into a loveless stalemate. Their only child, Mary, is disregarded as a suitable heir, and Henry's need for a legitimate son to protect the Tudor throne has turned him into a callous and greatly feared ruler.

When the young and intriguing Anne Boleyn arrives from the French court, Henry is easily captivated by her dark beauty and bold spirit.But his desire to possess the wily girl leads to a deadly struggle of power that promises to tear apart the lives of Katharine and Mary, and forever change England's faith…

Praise for Jean Plaidy

‘Plaidy excels at blending history with romance and drama'
New York Times

‘A vivid impression of life at the Tudor Court'
Daily Telegraph

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Copyright © Jean Plaidy, 1962

Initial lettering copyright © Stephen Raw, 2005

The Estate of Eleanor Hibbert has asserted its right to have Jean Plaidy identified as the author of this work.

This book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, resold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the publisher's prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser.

First published in the United Kingdom in 1962 by Robert Hale Ltd

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A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library

ISBN 9780099493167 (from Jan 2007)
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Contents

Cover

About the Book

Title

Copyright

Praise for Jean Plaidy

About the Author

Further titles available in Arrow by Jean Plaidy

I: The Cardinal's Revenge

II: The Queen's Enemy

III: The Jilting of Mary

IV: The Princes at Ludlow Castle

V: The King's Conscience

VI: The Queen and the Cardinal in Danger

VII: The King Penitent

VIII: The Marriage Brief

IX: ‘Come into the Court'

X: The Fall of Wolsey

XI: The Last Farewell

XII: Poison at the Bishop's Table

XIII: Katharine in Exile

XIV: In the Castle of Kimbolton

Bibliography

Praise for Jean Plaidy

‘One of the country's most widely read novelists'
Sunday Times

‘It is hard to better Jean Plaidy . . . both elegant and exciting'
Daily Mirror

‘Outstanding'
Vanity Fair

‘Plaidy has brought the past to life'
Times Literary Supplement

‘One of our best historical novelists'
News Chronicle

‘An excellent story'
Irish Press

‘Spirited . . . Plaidy paints the truth as she sees it'
Birmingham Post

‘An enthralling story of a grim period of history, told with
rare skill'
Aberdeen Press and Journal

‘Sketched vividly and sympathetically . . . rewarding'
Scotsman

‘Among the foremost of current historical novelists'
Birmingham Mail

‘An accomplished novelist'
Glasgow Evening News

‘There can be no doubt of the author's gift for storytelling'
Illustrated London News

‘Jean Plaidy has once again brought characters and background
vividly to life'
Everywoman

‘Well up to standard . . . fascinating'
Manchester Evening News

‘Exciting and intelligent'
Truth Magazine

‘No frills and plenty of excitement'
Yorkshire Post

‘Meticulous attention to historical detail'
South Wales Argus

‘Colourful . . . imaginative and exciting'
Northern Daily
Telegraph

‘Effective and readable'
Sphere

‘A vivid picture of the crude and vigorous London of those
days' Laurence Meynell

Jean Plaidy, one of the pre-eminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also known as Victoria Holt. Jean Plaidy's novels had sold more than 14 million copies worldwide by the time of her death in 1993.

Further titles available in Arrow by Jean Plaidy

The Tudors

Uneasy Lies the Head
Katharine, the Virgin
Widow
The Shadow of the
Pomegranate
The King's Secret Matter
Murder Most Royal
St Thomas's Eve
The Sixth Wife
The Thistle and the Rose
Mary Queen of France
Gay Lord Robert
Royal Road to Fotheringay
The Captive Queen of Scots

The Medici Trilogy

Madame Serpent
The Italian Woman
Queen Jezebel

The Plantagenets

The Plantagenet Prelude
The Revolt of the Eaglets
The Heart of the Lion
The Prince of Darkness

The French Revolution

Louis the Well-Beloved
The Road to Compiègne
Flaunting, Extravagant
Queen
The Queen of Diamonds

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