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The New York Times bestselling author of Mistress Shakespeare delivers the epic tale of Elizabeth I''s most trusted companion—a commoner who lived among royals....

Katherine Ashley, the clever, beguiling daughter of a poor country beekeeper, catches the attention of powerful, ambitious Thomas Cromwell—henchman for King Henry VIII. Cromwell secures for Kat a place in the royal court, but as a reluctant spy.

Plunged into a treacherous game of shifting alliances, Kat is entrusted by Anne Boleyn to protect her daughter, Elizabeth. In the face of exile, assassination attempts, imprisonment, and a romantic flirtation that could cost the young princess dearly, Kat will risk everything—even her own secret love—for her bright, clever Elizabeth.

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Praise for the Historical Novels of Karen Harper
 
“As good as the best of Philippa Gregory.”— Library Journal
 
“An excellent read...will, without a doubt, become a classic of Tudor-era historical fiction.”—Writing the Renaissance
 
“Intoxicating...a romantic roller coaster rich with vivid details.”— Women’s Day
 
“The book is vivid, believable and the characters are so alive…You’ll read it cover to cover in a weekend and then order more Karen Harper books!”—theanneboleynfiles.com
 
“A page-turner, a fascinating summation of the intriguing life and times of Elizabeth I, from Henry VIII’s pursuit of Anne Boleyn and his divorce of Catherine of Aragon, through the death of Edward VI and Elizabeth''s coronation.”—Read All Day

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Karen Harper was a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author whose novels, both historical and contemporary, have been published worldwide.

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Donna
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Another Entertaining History Lesson from Karen Harper
Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2017
(Look elsewhere for a summary.) I did not think I''d like this book although I really enjoyed The Royal Nanny and had faith that Harper could deliver. I simply did not want to hear any more about Elizabeth I, or I thought I didn''t anyway! Yes, many of us know the story... See more
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I did not think I''d like this book although I really enjoyed The Royal Nanny and had faith that Harper could deliver. I simply did not want to hear any more about Elizabeth I, or I thought I didn''t anyway! Yes, many of us know the story of Anne Boleyn and her famous daughter. So I braced myself for another overly sentimentalized take on Elizabeth and Robert Dudley, so on and so forth, but I was truly surprised by the handling of Elizabeth''s story. I love Harper''s choice of narrator, an Elizabethan character new to me. Even if you think you have read it all when it comes to Elizabeth I, give The Queen''s Governess a chance to teach and surprise you.
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A Book That I COuuld Not Put Down! Thoroughly Enjoyable!
Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2010
I had anxiously awaited the publication date for this book and was so pleased when it arrived at my door! I love Amazon''s pre-order capability! This book is told through the voice of Elizabeth Tudor''s governess, companion and friend, Kat (Katherine) Champernowne... See more
I had anxiously awaited the publication date for this book and was so pleased when it arrived at my door! I love Amazon''s pre-order capability!

This book is told through the voice of Elizabeth Tudor''s governess, companion and friend, Kat (Katherine) Champernowne Ashley (Astley). The book recounts the story of Kat''s life and spans the years 1516-1560; a tour through the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey and Mary Tudor. We follow Kat''s story, beginning with Kat as a poor young girl living in the wilds of Devon with a step-mother she hates. We follow Kat as she is first noticed for her with and intelligence by Lord Cromwell - himself and up and coming ''player'' in the Tudor Court- and we follow her journey as she rises withing the ranks of the Court.

Some people may have heard about the locker ring that Elizabeth I wore until her death in 1603. It had been thought to have been simply a ring until it was removed from her hand and was found to contain portraits or Elizabeth as a toddler and her mother, Anne Boleyn. Common history has it that Elizabeth herself commissioned this ring to be made - but the book take''s up another potential story for the ring. What if it had been designed for Anne Boleyn herself?

This book fleshes out the story behind Kat, a woman who was pivotal in Tudor history but about whom we know very little. Subplots of intrigue, tragedy, love and redemption are all superbly interwoven in the pages of this delightful book. Karen Harper''s research was so well done that this is a thoroughly believable read that I could not put down. I had to give it 5 starts because I could not stop reading it, the history is so well researched and the characters were so real!

Karen Harper is also the author of "The First Princess of Wales", "The Last Boleyn" and, "Mistress Shakespeare" among many others. For lots more information go to her website!
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Mercedes J.
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The Queen''s Second Mother...
Reviewed in the United States on January 24, 2011
Anyone who''s read anything about Queen Elizabeth I has come across the name Kat Ashley. She''s the woman who took over the responsibility of raising the outcast princess after her mother lost her head. I''ve come across Kat in many different books, so it was a treat to... See more
Anyone who''s read anything about Queen Elizabeth I has come across the name Kat Ashley. She''s the woman who took over the responsibility of raising the outcast princess after her mother lost her head. I''ve come across Kat in many different books, so it was a treat to finally read her story.

I won''t summarize this book since it''s already been done here many times, but I absolutely recommend it to Tudor fans. It''s always refreshing (at least for me) to read the Tudor story from the eyes of someone outside the family. While Elizabeth is, without a doubt, my LEAST favorite Tudor (I can''t stand how needy and arrogant she becomes), I really enjoyed this telling of her upbringing and the early years of her reign. Ms. Harper has toned down Elizabeth''s arrogance and constant need for compliments enough that I was able to enjoy this, or maybe she only became that way once she she ruled for many years...I''m not sure.

Overall though, I definitely say give this a go if you''re at all interested! The story of this very important person to the Virgin Queen of England is a good one, and I''m glad I''ll now know the background of Kat Ashley whenever I come across her in future novels. I knew she raised Elizabeth, but I didn''t realize just how close they were, nor that she was a trusted friend of her mother, Anne Boleyn. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Harper, and hope she keeps with 16th century England as she does such a good job with it.
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Robin Baccile
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Another historical experience from Karen Harper
Reviewed in the United States on July 6, 2021
Loved this book!! This was the first time reading one of her books and all I can say is Bravo!!! What Kat Ashley goes through in this book to protect Elizabeth and her crown is nothing short of amazing. I love this period in history so this was an excellent book for me.... See more
Loved this book!! This was the first time reading one of her books and all I can say is Bravo!!! What Kat Ashley goes through in this book to protect Elizabeth and her crown is nothing short of amazing. I love this period in history so this was an excellent book for me. Anyone who loves Tudor times and especially those who couldn''t wait for Elizabeth to get the crown, and all she went through will love this book.
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Unique perspective on the early life of Elizabeth Tudor...
Reviewed in the United States on April 23, 2010
Often showing up as a supporting character in novels about Queen Elizabeth I, Kat Ashley, Elizabeth''s governess, finally gets to tell her story. In "The Queen''s Governess," Katherine Champernowne Ashley loses her mother at an early age and under suspicious circumstances.... See more
Often showing up as a supporting character in novels about Queen Elizabeth I, Kat Ashley, Elizabeth''s governess, finally gets to tell her story. In "The Queen''s Governess," Katherine Champernowne Ashley loses her mother at an early age and under suspicious circumstances. She comes from a poor family, but by helping Thomas Cromwell at the beginning of the story, she gains his respect and works for Cromwell as a spy of sorts. Her connection to Cromwell leads her to the Tudor Court at a time when King Henry VIII is seeking a divorce from Queen Katherine in order to marry Anne Boleyn. Soon after Anne is crowned Queen of England, Kat is sent to serve in Princess Elizabeth''s household. As Anne''s downfall progresses, Anne requests that Kat always look after Elizabeth, in which Kat promises she will do all she can to protect Anne''s daughter.

Kat identifies with the motherless Elizabeth and grows very fond of her charge. She is in the center of many turmoils that surround Elizabeth during the reigns of Edward VI and Mary I, but is always loyal to Elizabeth and loves her as if she is her own daughter. Kat''s story is fascinating and I found the book incredibly hard to put down. I admired the author''s characterization of Kat Ashley and believe she had a large impact on the life of Queen Elizabeth I. I highly recommend this book! Very entertaining!
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Donna D. Krug
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The Queen''s Governess by Karen Harper
Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2010
This book is a wonderful historical novel from the point-of-view of Elizabeth I''s goerness,Kat Ashley, so it offers a unique perspective on the Tudor period during the reins of Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Elizabeth II, and is very believable. The background of the governess... See more
This book is a wonderful historical novel from the point-of-view of Elizabeth I''s goerness,Kat Ashley, so it offers a unique perspective on the Tudor period during the reins of Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Elizabeth II, and is very believable. The background of the governess is not clear, but then the author has checked it against all possibilities. I could not put this book down and was left wanting more. It is set against the social changes of the Tudor period and shows all the mistrust at court. This point-of-view shows someone who unconditionally loved Elizabeth I, and this love and trust undoubtedly was valuable to the future queen becoming the woman she did. I highly recommend a first-rate novel that is full of action and suspense even though we know how things played out.
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Enjoyable and Worthwhile
Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2010
I loved the fact that Karen Harper decided to tell this story from Kat Ashley''s perspective. Ashley is often written about in historical fiction but rarely are things seen from her viewpoint. I always wondered how someone could be so dedicated to one woman, while not also... See more
I loved the fact that Karen Harper decided to tell this story from Kat Ashley''s perspective. Ashley is often written about in historical fiction but rarely are things seen from her viewpoint. I always wondered how someone could be so dedicated to one woman, while not also wanting children and a family life of her own. Harper, as usual, does her research with this one. We learn a lot more about Kat Ashley, including her possible years before becoming Elizabeth''s governess. She also provides a possible explanation for Ashley''s testimony with the whole Tom Seymour saga.

To this day my favorite works of Harper''s are her Elizabeth I mystery series, but this book was very enjoyable and worthwhile.

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Sharon Sety
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Good story line.
Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2019
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Interesting
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 1, 2012
I enjoyed this retelling of the story of Elizabeth Tudor from the point of view of her much beloved governess, Kat Ashley. It wasn''t quite as page-turning as a Philippa Gregory book (with whom she is compared on the back cover), but it was certainly an informative and...See more
I enjoyed this retelling of the story of Elizabeth Tudor from the point of view of her much beloved governess, Kat Ashley. It wasn''t quite as page-turning as a Philippa Gregory book (with whom she is compared on the back cover), but it was certainly an informative and satisfying read. After a short prologue set at the beheading of Anne Boleyn, the author takes us right back to Kat Ashley''s childhood. As she explains in the notes at the end of the book, Ms Harper had to make several valued judgments about Kat''s childhood due to incomplete or conflicting accounts from the time. However, it seems likely that the governess came from fairly lowly parentage and rose to a much respected position in court. She was a close confidante of Queen Anne and was entrusted with the care of her daughter, the princess Elizabeth, after Anne''s sad demise. Kat Ashley''s rise from poverty was orchestrated by Thomas Cromwell of Wolf Hall fame - not a book I enjoyed but I did have some extra background as a result of having read it. As the narrative covers the various reigns of the queens that followed on from Anne Boleyn, plus the childhood and subsequent coronation of Elizabeth''s half sister, Mary, I felt that I was left with a more complete picture of the times than by reading individual books on each of these women. Well worth reading for lovers of historical fiction. Also read: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (1 star) The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory (5 stars) The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory (4 stars) Dear Heart, How Like You This? by Wendy J Dunn (3 stars) Tread Softly by Kate Pennington (4 stars) Beware Princess Elizabeth by Carolyn Meyer (4 stars) The Sixth Wife by Jean Plaidy (4 stars)
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H. Moore
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Fantastic story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 17, 2012
This book tells a great story of how events may have happened, told from the point of view of Kat Ashley, Elizabeth I''s governess. It summises on Kat''s early life and of how she may have got to London and into positions close to the royal family, starting out as a spy...See more
This book tells a great story of how events may have happened, told from the point of view of Kat Ashley, Elizabeth I''s governess. It summises on Kat''s early life and of how she may have got to London and into positions close to the royal family, starting out as a spy working for Thomas Cromwell, reporting to him on the daily activities etc of Anne Boleyn. From there we are taken to Hatfield House as governess to Elizabeth. We are taken through Elizabeth''s formative years and Kat''s love for John Ashley, probably the first horse whisperer and author of The Art of Riding. Some of the facts may not be quite right but the book is well researched and you feel like you are their, and are greatly affected by the ways of life and the lives of the characters. You feel Kat''s fear when in the Tower for questioning and when thrown in the Fleet prison. Her joy when she is reunited with Elizabeth and, later on, John. I couldn''t put the book down as I really needed to know what would happen next. One of the best books I have read and the first on my new Kindle.
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dee43
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Trying to survive in the Tudor court during Henry V111''s reign.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 7, 2015
I loved this book. All those who love history and the Tudor story and period all we ever hear about Kat, Elizabeth''s nurse and companian is usually as a back drop to the main characters. So it was interesting to read about Kat''s personal history, where she originates from...See more
I loved this book. All those who love history and the Tudor story and period all we ever hear about Kat, Elizabeth''s nurse and companian is usually as a back drop to the main characters. So it was interesting to read about Kat''s personal history, where she originates from and how she becomes involved with Ann Boleyn and her daughter Elizabeth as well as her love for her husband and how she put her own life on hold so she could be there for her love of Elizabeth.
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Abbi G
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Not very good
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 11, 2016
If usually enjoy reading historical fiction but unfortunatly I was unable to finish this one. I just found the whole thing really dull and lifeless. The characters I just couldn''t get on with. And the whole thing was just unrealistic and poorly put together. I also think...See more
If usually enjoy reading historical fiction but unfortunatly I was unable to finish this one. I just found the whole thing really dull and lifeless. The characters I just couldn''t get on with. And the whole thing was just unrealistic and poorly put together. I also think that this book needed a better editor as there was a large amount of spelling mistakes, and errors.
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L. Ellis
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Enjoyable - mostly!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 1, 2013
This was an enjoyable read if you take it as I presume it is intended, that is, a historical novel rather than a serious work of reference. The only thing that I found irritating was the ''Americanisms''. Maybe I''m wrong but I assume the word ''ruckus'' wasn''t used in Tudor...See more
This was an enjoyable read if you take it as I presume it is intended, that is, a historical novel rather than a serious work of reference. The only thing that I found irritating was the ''Americanisms''. Maybe I''m wrong but I assume the word ''ruckus'' wasn''t used in Tudor England. In fact we don''t tend to use it here even in 2013. Also the stringing together of every surname that a married woman has had, ie. Kat Champernowne-Ashley. It''s just little things like these that annoy and detract a bit from the overall enjoyment.
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