HFVBT Presents: The Boy King + Giveaway


Publication Date: September 30, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 374 pages

Series: The Seymour Saga, Book 3
Genre: Historical Fiction/Biographical



The Unsuspecting Reign of Edward Tudor

Motherless since birth and newly bereft of his father, Henry VIII, nine-year-old Edward Tudor ascends to the throne of England and quickly learns that he cannot trust anyone, even himself.

Edward is at first relieved that his uncle, the new Duke of Somerset, will act on his behalf as Lord Protector, but this consolation evaporates as jealousy spreads through the court. Challengers arise on all sides to wrest control of the child king, and through him, England.

While Edward can bring frustratingly little direction to the Council’s policies, he refuses to abandon his one firm conviction: that Catholicism has no place in England. When Edward falls ill, this steadfast belief threatens England’s best hope for a smooth succession: the transfer of the throne to Edward’s very Catholic half-sister, Mary Tudor, whose heart’s desire is to return the realm to the way it worshipped in her mother’s day.


Please enjoy this excerpt from...
The Boy King
Janet Wertman
January 28, 1547 The wind bit at Edward Tudor’s tender face, and the saddle hurt his bony rear, but the nine-year-old prince was determined not to complain. They would be dismounting soon; he could rest then. He shifted his weight forward and bit his lip. His uncle, the formidable Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford, had arrived earlier in the day at Hertfordshire Castle, the young prince’s household. The elder Edward had refused to rest, insisting they leave immediately for court as the King wished to formally invest his son with the title Prince of Wales. They would just stop at Enfield Palace first for his half-sister Elizabeth, so they could bring her too. It was the fastest pace Edward had ever taken on the sixteen-mile trip. It was also the first time he had ridden after dark, and the first time no one had established a strict rest schedule for him. Yet the exhilaration at finally being treated as an adult was wearing thin. Sir Anthony Browne, his father’s Master of the Horse, turned around and peered at the way Edward’s legs gripped his gray courser, then raised his gaze to Edward’s hands. “Are you comfortable, Your Highness?”“Yes,”Edward said between clenched teeth, his hands tights on the reins. Browne looked at Hertford and lifted a single, questioning eyebrow. Instead of answering, Hertford peered through the cold fog and announced absently, “It’s right up ahead.”Looking up to find a hint of red bricks emerging from the dark, Edward thrust out his chest: he had made this journey as a man. The rest of the way felt easier, though he did not relax his grip. He even pretended nonchalance when they arrived. “Brush her down well,”he said to the page who took his reins. “She seems tired.”“Make sure she is ready to leave in the morning,”Hertford added, his tone sharp. “Make sure they are all ready to leave in the morning.”He put a hand on Edward’s shoulder. “Let us find your sister.”The Earl’s face twisted, and he exchanged glances with Browne. Edward didn’t understand, but then he rarely understood what transpired around him. People dissembled, claiming it was for his own good. He had complained about that to his father once, and the great Henry VIII had laughed and turned it around: “People will do far worse. All your life, they will lie to you. Practice discerning their true meaning; you will need to be expert at it.”A round-faced man with blue eyes greeted them at the door with two pages in tow. One was about eleven, the other a few years older. Edward studiously ignored the lads’surreptitious glances –people were always curious about him, and he had learned that aloofness commanded more respect. your stuff here

My Thoughts
This beautifully expressed third volume in Janet Wertman's Seymour Saga.  Is the last installment in what is A very captivating period in the lives of the Seymores, Tudors, as well as for the English as a people.
Young Edward's life is one that marked with tragedy and loss from birth.
First, at the death of his mother at his birth.  Followed by the death of his father and his ascension to the English throne at the tender age of nine.
Lastly, when he becomes A pawn in the efforts of those around him to censure his sister Mary.  Keeping her and the Catholic faith from gaining the traction that would unseat the influence the the newer, sanctioned, Protestant Church.

While I will refrain from revealing you with the long and illustrious list of the notable and notorious players in the political history of England and the isles. That I will leave to the history books.
Because for me.  This book while accurate historically, provides one with an emotionally evocative personal story. 

Narrated in the voices of Mary and Edward.  Readers get to see an or
intentional and well orchestrated effort to break the bonds of familial affections between A brother and a sister.  To further political plots.
With both Edward the person and Edward the king being offered up as the ultimate sacrificial lamb.

This beautiful book will draw you in from the first page. Holding both your heart and mind captive well beyond its last sentence.
While there are quite a number of times within the course of this book that upset me to the point of wanting to send my Kindle flying.  I must say that I am a great deal richer for having experienced this story.

About the Author

Janet Ambrosi Wertman grew up within walking distance of three bookstores and a library on Manhattan’s Upper West Side – and she visited all of them regularly. Her grandfather was an antiquarian bookdealer who taught her that there would always be a market for quirky, interesting books. He was the one who persuaded Janet’s parents to send her to the French school where she was taught to aspire to long (grammatically correct) sentences as the hallmark of a skillful writer. She lived that lesson until she got to Barnard College. Short sentences were the rule there. She complied. She reached a happy medium when she got to law school – complicated sentences alternating with short ones in a happy mix.

Janet spent fifteen years as a corporate lawyer in New York, she even got to do a little writing on the side (she co-authored The Executive Compensation Answer Book, which was published by Panel Publishers back in 1991). But when her first and second children were born, she decided to change her lifestyle. She and her husband transformed their lives in 1997, moving to Los Angeles and changing careers. Janet became a grantwriter (and will tell anyone who will listen that the grants she’s written have resulted in more than $30 million for the amazing non-profits she is proud to represent) and took up writing fiction.

There was never any question about the topic of the fiction: Janet has harbored a passion for the Tudor Kings and Queens since her parents let her stay up late to watch the televised Masterpiece Theatre series (both The Six Wives of Henry VIII and Elizabeth R) when she was *cough* eight years old. One of the highlights of Janet’s youth was being allowed to visit the Pierpont Morgan Library on a day when it was closed to the public and examine (though not touch!) books from Queen Elizabeth’s personal library and actual letters that the young Princess Elizabeth (technically Lady Elizabeth…) had written.

The Boy King is third book in the Seymour Saga, the story of the unlikely dynasty that shaped the Tudor era. The first book, Jane the Quene, tells the story of Jane Seymour’s marriage to Henry VIII; and The Path to Somerset, chronicles Edward Seymour’s rise after Jane’s death to become Lord Protector of England and Duke of Somerset (taking us right through Henry’s crazy years). Janet is currently working on a new trilogy about Elizabeth, and preparing to publish her translation of a nineteenth century biography of Henry. And because you can never have too much Tudors in your life, Janet also attends book club meetings and participates in panels and discussions through History Talks!, a group of historical novelists from Southern California who work with libraries around the state.


Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 19
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Feature at I’m All About Books
Review at WTF Are You Reading?

Tuesday, October 20
Review at Amy’s Booket List

Wednesday, October 21
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews
Interview at Novels Alive

Thursday, October 22
Review at Donna’s Book Blog

Friday, October 23
Review at Books and Zebras
Feature at What Is That Book About

Saturday, October 24
Excerpt at The Caffeinated Bibliophile

Sunday, October 25
Excerpt at Passages to the Past

Monday, October 26
Review at Books, Cooks, Looks

Tuesday, October 27
Guest Post at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Wednesday, October 28
Review at Impressions In Ink

Thursday, October 29
Review at A Books and a Latte

Friday, October 30
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink
Review at Little But Fierce Book Diary


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a copy of The Boy King by Janet Wertman! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on October 30th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

Direct Link: https://gleam.io/competitions/FqcFl-the-boy-king

1 comment:

  1. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed The Boy King! Thank you so much for being on Janet's tour!

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