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The May Bride

A Novel

Suzannah Dunn


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Jane Seymour finds herself in the midst of scandal and intrigue at Wolf Hall, in Suzannah Dunn's masterful new novel of the Tudor Era.

Jane Seymour is a shy, dutiful fifteen-year-old when her eldest brother, Edward, brings his bride home to Wolf Hall. Katherine Filliol is the perfect match for Edward, as well as being a breath of fresh air for the Seymour family, and Jane is captivated by the older girl.

Only two years later, however, the family is torn apart by a dreadful allegation—that Katherine has had an affair with the Seymour patriarch. The repercussions for all the Seymours are incalculable, not least for Katherine herself. When Jane is sent away to serve Katharine of Aragon, she is forced to witness another wife being put aside, with terrible consequences.

Changed forever by what happened to Katherine Filliol, Jane comes to understand that, in a world where power is held entirely by men, there is a way in which she can still hold true to herself.

Praise For The May Bride: A Novel

After so many literary trips to the Tudor history well, it might seem writers would find it bone dry. Yet as Hilary Mantel proved with her Man Booker Award-winning Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, there are still fresh stories to be drawn from an always fascinating period in English history. Dunn (The Confession of Katherine Howard) finds it in the little-known scandal that rocked the family of Henry VIII's third wife, Jane Seymour.

Rich in period detail, The May Bride will appeal to readers who enjoy a domestic drama set in the world of Henry VIII without court intrigue or extensive battle scenes.

It's Wolf Hall revisited. Dunn embroiders a capable historical novel around the few known facts about Katherine Filliol.

Dunn brings a fresh voice to historical fiction, embracing the humanity of her characters in modern language. Yet it is her exposure of the innermost secrets of the nobility that will resonate most with historical fiction fans.

Pegasus Books, 9781605986302, 352pp.

Publication Date: October 15, 2014

About the Author

Suzannah Dunn is the author of nine previous novels, many of them set during the Tudor Era. Suzannah lives in England.