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Plain Jane With a plain face Jane Seymour has no suitors and few hopes Then she is granted a position at court as maid of honor to Queen Catherine There Henry VIII ignores his aging wife showering favor on th

  • Title: Plain Jane
  • Author: Laurien Gardner
  • ISBN: 9780515141559
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Paperback
  • With a plain face, Jane Seymour has no suitors and few hopes Then she is granted a position at court as maid of honor to Queen Catherine There, Henry VIII ignores his aging wife, showering favor on the dark beauty Anne Boleyn, soon to be his new queen But he tires of stubborn Anne, and his wandering eye falls on plain Jane Although she cares for Henry, she must not letWith a plain face, Jane Seymour has no suitors and few hopes Then she is granted a position at court as maid of honor to Queen Catherine There, Henry VIII ignores his aging wife, showering favor on the dark beauty Anne Boleyn, soon to be his new queen But he tires of stubborn Anne, and his wandering eye falls on plain Jane Although she cares for Henry, she must not let herself be swept away by his attentions For she intends to win not only his heart but also the greatest prize of all the crown.

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    1. A Review of Plain Jane: A Novel of Jane SeymourWith the almost successive appearance of The Tudors series and The Other Boleyn Girl film, as well as the countless literature abound regarding the famous Henry the 8th and his intriguing lovelife, I couldn't help but wonder, as with the other phenomenon in pop culture, what makes these stories so appealing and interesting to so many people. [Read: Vampire Romance Literature] While I cannot speak for everyone else, I would have to say that for me p [...]

    2. I wanted to rate this higher, I really did. It is said that Jane was the wife that Henry truly loved. She was the only one who died a Queen and the only one who gave him the prince he so desired. I thought it would be really interested to learn more about Jane and her marriage to Henry. Unfortunately, about 2/3rds of the book was actually Jane in the court of Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. My annoyance, I think, came more from the fact that Jane was hardly mentioned in A Lady Raised High ( [...]

    3. Jane Seymour followed Anne Boleyn as the wife of King Henry VIII and the Queen of England. Apparently, not much has been written of her on her own - her story seems mostly to be a detail of Anne's fall, but seldom one that is told in its own right. Plain Jane puts Anne Boleyn's fall in the background (Anne's trial, imprisonment, and death all happen off-screen, as it were), bringing Jane to the forefront of her own story.Some would see this as overdue for a Queen of England, the one who finally [...]

    4. There are so little books out there regarding Jane Seymour, the third wife of Henry VIII, so I was thrilled when I found this book and thankfully the author did not disappoint. Although the book is fiction, the author did base her book on historical facts the best she could as she explains in the Author's Afterword. I have read reviews where it said the author focused a bit too much on Jane's plainness, constantly reminding the reader of it, and although I agree to some extent, I did not find it [...]

    5. Plain Jane by Laurien GardnerGenre: Historical FictionQueen Jane Seymour is one of the lesser known Queens of King Henry VIII and most certainly one of the least written about. Plain Jane by Laurien Gardner is the first book that I have read about Queen Jane and it did not disappoint.The story begins at Wolf Hall, the family home of the Seymour's and we are introduced to Jane as a child. Her parents do not think that there are any prospects for Jane to find a husband and expect they will send he [...]

    6. I've read quite a few books about The Tudors and, although I'm not an expert per se, I have learned a lot about them. The majority of these books have been non-fiction but I do take a romp through the historical fiction from time to time. And, lately it seems there has been a run to jump onto The Tudor band wagon. Case in point this relatively new historical fiction series by Laurien Gardner with each book in the series dedicated to one of Henry VIII's six wives."Plain Jane" is about his 3rd wif [...]

    7. I thought that this was a very enjoyable book to read. I liked learning more about Jane Seymour and how she fit into history. Althought she was considered plain and was said to have no physical beauty, the author showed her to be a very kind, gentle, and loving person.Reading this novel, I found that Jane was attractive to King Henry not because of her beauty, but because she was kind and loving. She did not throw temper tantrums, as Queen Anne has been depicted, and she was not stubborn on fore [...]

    8. This is a novel of Jane Seymour, third wife of King Henry VIII of England, and is the second I've read by Laurien Gardner. The first, A LADY RAISED HIGH, was of Anne Boleyn.I have struggled to find historical fiction about Jane Seymour, who seems to be Henry Tudor's most oft-forgotten wife, even though she was the only one who gave him the male heir he so craved. It is not as gripping, and doesnt appear to be as well-researched and certainly isnt as well-written as A LADY RAISED HIGH. It is as i [...]

    9. I thought it was a novelty to read a book about Jane Seymour -- of all of Henry's wives, perhaps excepting Catherine Howard, Jane is the least written about. This novel was reasonably well done and historically accurate. I think it could have been better, however. It was extremely repetitious. Several times in every chapter it was noted that Jane was plain, Jane lacked beauty, Jane had buggy eyes, no man could ever be attracted to Jane. It got old. And Jane herself was a little too clueless to b [...]

    10. I think this is the first novel I've ever read that didn't paint Jane Seymour as 1) a vapid puppet, 2) a lifeless Stepford Queen, or 3) a backstabber playing coy to get into the royal hose. I liked the way she was developed, relatable and sympathetic but with enough flaws to keep her human. That goes for Henry too -- it's hard to do Henry VIII without going cartoonish and bombastic, so kudos to Gardner for avoiding that trap. The writing was clear and swift (though the affection for sentence fra [...]

    11. I enjoyed this book quite abit. I am not that familiar with Jane Seymour other than that she was the 3rd wife of Henry VIII-gave him his only living son, Edward and that supposedly she was the only wife he ever really loved.I have to say while the novel was engrossing on many levels-Jane is somewhat boring. She is kind of like the oldest child who always does exactly what is expected of them. I did not know that she was considered plain and not very attractive. It was interesting to see her perc [...]

    12. I really enjoyed this book. It covers a queen that I haven't read much about; so, I liked the new information as well as the reappearance of familar bits from my studies of Henry VIII.I thought the author did a wonderful job at developing an indepth character and her motivations. I liked how she portrayed Henry and his first and second wives. Overall, it was an entertaining and enlightening read. I especially the emphasis on how our perception of our life is sometimes vastly different than other [...]

    13. I really liked this book. It was very good! There really aren't very many books from the point of view of Jane Seymour. Her story needs to be heard. She is the only wife of Henry VIII that actually managed to give him a son that lived into his teens (and eventually became king, although not for very long). I was going to give the book a four star rating, but since it was creative and gave a new point of view to the Henry VIII saga, I gave it a five star rating!

    14. When I saw the title of this novel I was both excited and irritated at the same time. Why must we call her plain, constantly? Surely, there is another word in the English language that would do! Nevertheless the excitement won out and I dove straight into a surprisingly detailed account of the life of Jane Seymour. I was surprised to find Jane a young woman, still living at home with her parents, before her life at court had begun. Though sadly, Jane’s life is plagued by worry about her plainn [...]

    15. I've been looking for a while for a good novel about Jane Seymour, which was no easy task considering (to the extent of my - meaning 's - knowledge) only three novels feature her as the main character: Carolly Erickson's The Favoured Queen; Diane Haeger's I, Jane; and Laurien Gardner's Plain Jane. My past experience with Erickson's work (I borrowed a copy of her novel The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots from my college library freshman year and have regretted it ever since - let's just say the em [...]

    16. I believe this is the first book I've read that was all about Jane Seymour. Poor Jane is always pushed back in pretty much every Tudor book I've read. It's about time Jane gets to shine! The book, though, still felt all about Anne Boleyn. I don't knowjust difficult to explain why I feel that way. Jane starts her lady-in-waiting thing with Catherine of Aragon, then proceeds to serve under Anne. I kind of felt like I was just having a recap of "The Tudors" or something, just told through Jane's ey [...]

    17. Oh boy, this book was extremely boring. I picked it up only because it is one of the only books about Henry VIII's third wife, Jane Seymour, and I can see why. Jane Seymour, in this novel, was one of the most boring women I've ever read about. She's naive to the point that she doesn't believe Henry would court her, because he's a married man, even though she knows he's had mistresses. She whines throughout the first two-thirds of the novel going, "Who's going to marry me?" and "I'm so plain la d [...]

    18. Jane Seymour was the third wife of Henry VIII, and the one most ignored by historical fiction writers. In Plain Jane, Laurien Gardner rectifies that situation. The result is a rather simplistic picture of Jane's time at court as lady in waiting to Henry's first and second wives, and of her brief marriage during which she gave birth to the long awaited heir. Because Jane died shortly after producing the prince, we'll never know how this third marriage would have fared.Gardner does a creditable jo [...]

    19. In the vast world of Tudors fiction, it's safe to say there's not a lot written about Jane Seymour in comparison to her fellow queens. Historically, this is because there is not a lot about Jane Seymour on record. We don't know how old she was when she died, for example, or much about her upbringing beyond her relationship with the Dormers. Henceforth, anyone choosing to write about Henry VIII's third queen has a bit of a challenge on their hands. Luckily for historical fiction lovers/Tudors fan [...]

    20. Loved the perspective on Henry's least known wives. However I thought the character plot development was lacking. Jane seemed oblivious without motive and religious without discussion of faith and the transition from the Catholic Church. She was the most loved of her wives but I kept waiting for moments where she revealed her character in earnestt just how we viewed her. Where was the love story? Where was the action. I love that it went over her life before she historically came on scene but I [...]

    21. This was a generally enjoyable read despite being a poor representation of life in the 1500s. The plot was steady, though not engrossing. Jane was likable, if too given to repeating herself about her feelings, especially about her looks and men (a common characteristic of romance novels, I've found). I never bought into her being in love with King Henry. She repeatedly described him as fat and acting like a spoiled child, and even though she was awed by him, the transition from awe to love was n [...]

    22. Plain Jane, written by Laurien Gardner, is a rare view at Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII. She isn't a beauty in the traditional sense like Anne Boleyn. Gardner present Seymour as a woman with an inner beauty determined not to be beheaded or be set aside as her predecessors were. Although Jane is one of the lesser-known wives, she is important in that she was the only wife to successfully bring a son, an heir, to the monarchy. Gardner brings us a story that gives Jane substance and gives [...]

    23. This was a fantastic novel about Jane Seymour's life - from her time before she went to court, to the point of her death as King Henry VIII's most beloved Queen. This book offers a really good look at Jane's character, her opinions, and her kind heart - in contrast to Anne Boleyn, who is portrayed in this novel to be a nasty, harsh woman. I find Jane Seymour to be one of the most interesting of Henry's wives, but also one of the ones I know the least about, so I was glad to find this book and se [...]

    24. I like historical fiction, but I'm starting to wonder if 75% of historical fiction is during or around Henry VIII to Elizabeth I. This was from the perspective of Jane Seymour, the least notorious & probably most ignored Queen out of the 6, & I felt like the author had to do serious plot gymnastics to make her character above the worldliness & pettiness of the court. Also, the King comes out looking like a monster-sized spoiled infant with "moist" hands (multiple uses of the word). M [...]

    25. Eh. I'm being a bit generous with giving this 2 stars, and it's only because of my devout Tudor obsession that I am doing so. I've never read any book that is told from the point of view of Jane Seymour, and probably with good reason - she is boring. This novel brought forth no personality for Jane, and her constant childlike behavior when Henry started falling for her was a bit ridiculous. Though all novels always describe her as plain and bland, I was really hoping for some hint of a real pers [...]

    26. I was a bit disappointed in the beginning - I felt that I didn't have any clear idea on who Jane really was, except that she was so defined by her plainness that she didn't have a personality.As the story progressed, I began to respect Jane's character more, as she actually seemed to find a personality. Though I don't like the portrayal of Anne Boleyn, I can certainly see how, through Jane's eyes, she might have appeared more callous and cruel than she perhaps really was.A decent story on the qu [...]

    27. This novel is about Jane Seymour, who seldom the main subject of historical fiction despite having been one of Henry VIII's wives and the successor of Anne Boleyn. Gardner portrays Jane as a very intelligent, kind, and sensible woman who is very much aware of her lack of physical beauty. The difference between Jane (plain, perceptive, modest, quiet, smart) and Anne Boleyn (beautiful, clever, alluring, proud, ambitious) is very much at the thematic center of the novel. At times, I though Gardner [...]

    28. I enjoy reading books from the Tudor period especially those written in the first person. This is the first book I have read from Jane Seymour's perspective.The book was an easy read and provided a great narrative of what may have been going through Jane's mind across this period of history from the emergence of Anne Boleyn to Jane's death.It would have been good to have more narrative around the years Jane was Queen and the rise of the Seymour family. I realise the marriage was brief but it see [...]

    29. Another book I've marked as "read", but I only read half of it, and then stopped. It is boring and slow-moving. I can't believe I read even half. I kept trying to slog through, thinking, "I should LIKE this book. It's the exact time period and type of historical fiction I USUALLY like." BUT. When cleaning through my books in order to pack for my move, I just took the bookmark out and put it in the box for books to give away.

    30. If you like history at all read this book! This book was such a fun read. And even though it is a novel, it is still very historically correct. Jane Seymore is probably the least recorded wife of Engaland's Kinds Henry VIII but that doesn't mean that she wasn't fascinating. All that she was able to achieve in her short life, without relying upon looks and money (as was very common in those days) sets her apart from other women.

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