The story: Jane Popyngcourt was brought to the English court of Henry VII as a child to be a companion to his daughters—the princesses Margaret and Mary. With no money of her own, Jane could not hope for marriage, but as she grows into a seductively beautiful young woman, she receives flattering attention from virile young courtiers and even from the handsome new king, Henry VIII, who has recently married Catherine of Aragon. Then a dashing French prisoner of war, cousin to the king of France, is brought to London, and Jane finds she cannot help giving some of her heart—and more—to a man she can never marry. The Tudor court is filled with dangers as well as seductions, and there are mysteries surrounding Jane’s birth that have left her with deadly enemies. She must follow a perilous path in her search for answers and risk even more to have a chance at happiness.
Advance praise for The Pleasure Palace
“No one knows the unusual customs and dangerous characters of the Tudor
court like Kate Emerson. She brings its scandals to life in this beautifully
researched novel, the first in a fascinating new historical series. History,
love, lust, power, ambitions—The Pleasure Palace is a pleasure indeed.”
—Karen Harper, bestselling author of The Last Boleyn
Here's What Reviewers Have to Say
"Jane Popyncourt is not the idealistically virginal heroine but a
skillful player in the intrigues of the Tudor court, who manages to get what
she wants without selling too much of herself in the bargain. It is this
heroine that separates this book from the pack."
lushly detailed, teeming with passion and intrigue, this is a novel in which
you can happily immerse yourself in another time and place."