The May Bride is the story of Jane Seymour, the third wife of Henry VIII and the one we know least about. Often dismissed as no more than her family’s pawn, she’s not one of the best loved of King Henry’s ladies. Despite or perhaps because of this (I love an underdog), she’s always been the wife I was most interested in. There is a relative scarcity of historical fiction which features her as an important character; most work set in the Tudor times focuses on the dramatic transition between Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. Will The May Bride bring Jane back into favour by creating a lively and interesting story told from her perspective?
The short answer: not really.