The Boy King by Janet Wertman
Editor’s Note: Today Queenanneboleyn.com is privileged to celebrate the highly anticipated release of the third novel in Janet Wertman’s “The Seymour Saga”, The Boy King. Composed from the point of view of King Edward VI and the Lady Mary (later Queen Mary, Regina), The Boy King may be the first novel highlighting King Edward VI as the protagonist since Mark Twain’s The Prince and The Pauper. Do watch for QAB’s review this weekend!! (Hint: Buy the book!)
About The Boy King
by Janet Wertman
It is such an honor to be here – I fully appreciate the warmth of the welcome that is being extended to an ambassador for the Seymours! And I understand the irony of asking Anne Boleyn fans to root for the son of the woman who “walked through her blood” to take the throne. And yet little Edward is also a victim, as were so many of the players in the Tudor world (even Henry…).
My Seymour Saga is the story of the family who for a brief moment in time managed to insert themselves into the royal English line. Jane Seymour married Henry VIII; Edward Seymour rose to power during the remainder of Henry’s reign, then Jane’s son Edward took the throne with the chance to perpetuate the royalty of Seymour blood. But his failure ended the story – in real life and in my trilogy. It’s as if the Seymours were temporary interlopers who left Mary and then Elizabeth to reign as they were destined to.
This final installment, in which the Seymours disappear from the stage, is as compelling as their arrival. Which makes it all the wilder that the story has never been novelized from Edward Tudor’s point of view (other than by Mark Twain in The Prince and the Pauper – which ended at Edward’s accession so it doesn’t really count) and so we’ve only ever heard the objective facts. We’ve never had the chance to experience them as Edward would have or even to understand what they would mean to him. One example of what I mean by this involves his dog. We all know what happened to this loyal pet, but that’s as far as existing stories go. To get to the impact of that terrible night, I showed Edward getting the puppy and I gave it a name – admittedly fabricated.
I will say there is not a lot of Elizabeth in there – I had so much story to relate, I did not have the word count to bring her to the foreground. The story required Mary as the other point of view character, since she represented his challenge, as devoted to her Catholicism as he was to his Protestantism. That was the only way to tell the story, to give it the urgency it deserved. I just kept consoling myself that my NEXT trilogy is about Elizabeth, and the first book will revisit some of these events…I’ll get her next time. But in the meantime, I hope you enjoy this.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
By day, Janet Wertman is a freelance grant writer for impactful nonprofits. By night, she indulges a passion for the Tudor era she has harbored since she was *cough* eight years old and her parents let her stay up late to watch The Six Wives of Henry VIII and Elizabeth R. Janet’s Seymour Saga trilogy – featuring Jane the Quene, The Path to Somerset, and The Boy King – has been critically acclaimed as masterful and engaging, her dialogue as exceptional.
Janet is deep into writing the first book of her next trilogy, which takes up where the Seymours left off to illustrate the life of Elizabeth I. Janet also runs a blog (www.janetwertman.com) where she posts interesting takes on the Tudors, and she’s part of a group of novelists from Southern California who offer interesting panels and discussions to libraries around the state.