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The Raven's Widow: A novel of Jane Boleyn

Adrienne Dillard

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"Jane Boleyn is finally given the thoughtful and poignant story she has long been denied"
- Olga Hughes, Nerdalicious.com.au

"An absorbing story that draws you into a vividly created world"
- Amy Licence, Best-Selling Author and Historian

The river was as calm as I had ever seen it. Ordinarily, the tide would have been wild by this time of year, and woe unto any man unfortunate enough to fall into the fierce currents of the Thames. Tonight the tides were still, and the surface of the water appeared glassy. When I peered down into the dark depths, I saw my tired, drawn face wavering in the reflection. I quickly turned away as I fought back a wave of nausea, frightened by the anguish I saw etched there.

“Only a few moments more my lady, the Tower is just ahead.”


Jane Parker never dreamed that her marriage into the Boleyn family would raise her star to such dizzying heights. Before long, she finds herself as trusted servant and confidante to her sister-in-law, Anne Boleyn; King Henry VIII’s second queen. On a gorgeous spring day, that golden era is cut short by the swing of a sword. Jane is unmoored by the tragic death of her husband, George, and her loss sets her on a reckless path that leads to her own imprisonment in the Tower of London. Surrounded by the remnants of her former life, Jane must come to terms with her actions. In the Tower, she will face up to who she really is and how everything went so wrong.


Author Interview

What makes The Raven's Widow: A Novel of Jane Boleyn special?

The Raven’s Widow is special because it is a well-known story told from a completely new perspective. This is the first time we’ve seen Jane Boleyn as she truly is – a sympathetic woman sacrificed as collateral damage to the whims of a mercurial king.

Who was Jane Boleyn?

Jane Boleyn was the daughter of Baron Morley, one Margaret Beaufort’s most favoured courtiers. She married George Boleyn shortly after joining the household of Catherine of Aragon and then went on to serve his sister, Anne Boleyn. After the execution of her husband and sister-in-law, she returned to court to serve Henry VIII’s next two wives. It is for her service to his fifth wife, Katherine Howard, that she is most known for. Jane was caught up Katherine’s indiscretions and found herself joining her mistress on the scaffold. Jane was executed on February 13, 1542 alongside her queen.

Is your Jane Boleyn different from other fictional portrayals?

My Jane is quite different than anything readers have ever seen before. Unlike Philippa Gregory or Hillary Mantel’s version, my Jane truly is a victim of circumstance. You won’t see her selling out her husband and sister-in-law to Thomas Cromwell or the Duke of Norfolk. You’ll also see her in a loving relationship with her husband, one based on factual evidence, not like the marriage shown in the movies or on shows like The Tudors.

Why should readers give your historical fiction novels a try?

Historical accuracy in fiction has always been important to me. That’s why I spend years researching everything that goes into my novels. I work hard to vividly recreate the people and places of Tudor England while keeping my story grounded in the historical record. The goal of each novel is to shine a light on the hidden or maligned figures of the royal court.

  • Historical fiction
  • Historical romance
  • Tudor fiction
  • Historical fiction bestsellers
  • Historical novel

Cor Rotto: A novel of Catherine Carey

Adrienne Dillard

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The dream was always the same … the scaffold before me. I stared on in horror as the sword sliced my aunt's head from her swan-like neck. The executioner raised her severed head into the air by its long chestnut locks. The last thing I remembered before my world turned black was my own scream.

Fifteen year-old Catherine Carey has been dreaming the same dream for three years, since the bloody execution of her aunt Queen Anne Boleyn. Her only comfort is that she and her family are safe in Calais, away from the intrigues of Henry VIII's court. But now Catherine has been chosen to serve Henry VIII's new wife, Queen Anne of Cleves.

Just before she sets off for England, she learns the family secret: the true identity of her father, a man she considers to be a monster and a man she will shortly meet.

This compelling novel tells the life story of a woman who survived being close to the crown and who became one of Queen Elizabeth I's closest confidantes.


Author Interview

What makes Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey special?

Cor Rotto was a novel seven years in the making. When I began researching this enigmatic woman, there were no books about her, fiction or otherwise, which is surprising because Catherine Carey is one of those women who appears in the households of several Tudor queens. She is the epitome of the perfect Tudor woman: fertile, devoted, and loyal. I think she was ignored for many years because she wasn’t your “typical” heroine. As I dug into Catherine’s life, I found an incredible story, from an eyewitness to so many amazing events in Tudor history.

Who was Catherine Carey?

Catherine’s origins are the subject of debate even today. Catherine’s mother, Mary Boleyn, had an affair with King Henry VIII long before sister, Anne, came along…but was he Catherine’s father? We don’t know and historians are still divided. Many years after her aunt and uncle were executed, she was invited to court to serve Henry’s fourth queen, Anne of Cleves. She went on to serve each consecutive queen, all while building a family of 14(!) children with her husband, Francis Knollys. After the death of Edward VI, Catherine and her family fled to the Low Countries to escape the religious persecution of Mary I. They returned to England when Catherine’s cousin (or sister?), Elizabeth I, came to the throne. Catherine loyally served Elizabeth until her early death in 1569. Her many children went on to have very successful careers and families of their own. In fact, the current royal family can trace their ancestry back to Catherine!

Why should readers give your historical fiction novels a try?

Historical accuracy in fiction has always been important to me. That’s why I spend years researching everything that goes into my novels. I work hard to vividly recreate the people and places of Tudor England while keeping my story grounded in the historical record. The goal of each novel is to shine a light on the hidden or maligned figures of the royal court.

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  • Historical fiction
  • Historical romance
  • Tudor fiction
  • Historical fiction bestsellers
  • Historical novel

Catherine Carey in a Nutshell

Adrienne Dillard

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MadeGlobal's History in a Nutshell Series aims to give readers a good grounding in a historical topic in a concise, easily digestible and accessible way.

Catherine Carey in a Nutshell examines the life of Catherine Carey, daughter of Mary Boleyn, from the controversy surrounding her paternity through her service to Henry VIII's queens, the trials of life in Protestant exile during the Tudor era, and the triumphant return of the Knollys family to the glittering court of the Virgin Queen.

Adrienne Dillard, author of the best-selling novel Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey brings together what is known about one of Queen Elizabeth I's most trusted and devoted ladies for the first time in one concise, easy-to-read book.

The Dolphin Reader

Douglas Hunt

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When this flagship thematic reader first appeared in the 1980s, instructors appreciated its rigorous approach and challenging essays. This revision harks back to the classic Dolphin Reader, with its timeless selections, lengthier readings, and streamlined apparatus. Compiled by a longtime freshman composition coordinator and current director of a writing-across-the-curriculum program, The Dolphin Reader is designed to engage students and provide instructors with flexibility and variety. The 87 carefully selected readings are arranged in thematic units that prepare students to face some of the central questions in a wide range of academic disciplines.

Cor Rotto: La historia de Catherine Carey, una dama en la corte (Spanish Edition)

Adrienne Dillard

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Era siempre el mismo sueño…el patíbulo ante mí. Miré con horror mientras la espada separaba la cabeza de mi tía de su cuello de cisne y vi cómo el verdugo la alzó agarrándola por los largos rizos de color avellana. Lo último que recordé antes de que mi mundo se tornara negro fue mi propio grito.

Catherine Carey, una joven de quince años, ha tenido el mismo sueño durante los últimos tres, desde la sangrienta ejecución de su tía la reina Ana Bolena. Su único consuelo es que su familia y ella están a salvo en Calais, lejos de las intrigas de la corte de Enrique VIII. Pero ahora Catherine ha sido escogida para servir a la nueva esposa del rey Enrique, Ana de Cleves.

Justo antes de partir hacia Inglaterra, ella descubre el secreto familiar: la verdadera identidad de su padre, un hombre a quien ella considera un monstruo y al que conocerá en breve.

Esta absorbente novela nos cuenta la historia de una mujer que sobrevivió en la corte de Enrique VIII y que se convirtió en una de las confidentes más cercanas de Isabel I.

Cor Rotto: A novel of Catherine Carey by Adrienne Dillard (2014-11-06)

Adrienne Dillard

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Catherine Carey in a Nutshell by Adrienne Dillard (2015-10-10)

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