The Catherine Howard Conspiracy
Dr Perdita Rivers receives news of the death of her estranged grandmother, Mary Fitzroy. To her surprise, Mary has left Perdita and her twin sister, Piper, Marquess House, her estate in Pembrokeshire. Perdita decides to unravel Mary’s motives for abandoning them and finds herself drawn into a mystery concerning Henry VIII and his fifth wife, Catherine Howard.
Whitehall Palace, England, 1539
When Catherine Howard arrives at the court of King Henry VIII to be a maid of honour in the household of the new queen, Anne of Cleves, she has no idea of the fate that awaits her. Catching the king’s fancy, she finds herself caught up in her uncle’s ambition to place a Howard heir on the throne.
Terrified by the ageing king after the fate that befell her cousin, Anne Boleyn, Catherine begins to fear for her life…
Pembrokeshire, Wales, 2018
Dr Perdita Rivers receives news of the death of her estranged grandmother, renowned Tudor historian Mary Fitzroy.
Mary inexplicably cut all contact with Perdita and her twin sister, Piper, but she has left them Marquess House, her vast estate in Pembrokeshire. Perdita sets out to unravel their grandmother’s motives for abandoning them, and is drawn into the mystery of an ancient document in the archives of Marquess House, a collection of letters and diaries claiming the records of Catherine Howard’s execution were falsified…