The story of Reginald Pole is one that I have long been interested in! I have always enjoyed reading what history has to say about him. He had a rather unusual family dynamic. They were related to the ruling family, but that did not ensure that you were safe – or even in favor with that family. Henry VIII was a rather difficult king, and after the many failures of his marriages and the inability to get a male heir, there was distrust and upset. While the King failed to see that the destruction that he was causing, many continued to thrive and grow their own ambitions.
Reginald was educated at the sponsorship of Henry VIII, but he did not always agree with what the King did, and when he refused to help him justify his divorce from Katherine of Aragon, it was viewed as a betrayal.
Samantha Wilcoxson has undertaken to write a novella on Reginald. As soon as I saw the book, I knew I had to read it. IT WAS AMAZING! I loved it!
Reginald Pole was an enigma. He dared to defy a King.
The story of Reginald Pole is a sad one. Educated by Henry VIII, he rose within the Catholic Church. As he continued his rise, he dared to defy the King’s wishes. Refusing to be cowered by the threats and assassins sent after him, he was protected by the Pope.
When King Henry realized that Reginald would not conform to the new church that he had started, his mother and brother were arrested, and eventually executed for treason. The execution of an elderly woman was something that not only shocked England but was seen as barbaric throughout the known world. Through trial and tribulations, Reginald continued to seek comfort within the Church, and the many friends that he had. Though his earthly family was largely eradicated, he still had one brother left alive, who had given evidence against his mother and brother, but his eyes were on things not of this world…
Great novella on Reginald Pole! This man has always interested me, not only with his relationship with Queen Mary of England but because of his refusal to bow to the wishes of a mortal king. Reginald deserved to have his story told, and Samantha Wilcoxson has done a fantastic job with it! Her books never disappoint, and I was thrilled to be able to read this one as well!
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