Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey
Made Global Publishing
How many illegitimate children have been born who had royal
fathers? Kings who misused their wealth, power, and influence to
impregnate a woman is not unusual even in
present times. Surprisingly many have been known throughout
history and many were acknowledged or accepted by their royal cousins
Catherine Carey believed her parents were Mary Boleyn and William
Carey. Being that her family had fled to Calais when trouble began
with her aunt, Anne Boleyn, she was not aware of her probable
lineage. Mary had been a mistress to King Henry VIII before he had a
relationship with her sister while married to William. When Catherine
was born, most people realized that Henry was her father being that
both shared the same shade of red hair. She did not know of her true
lineage until she was summoned to court.
Now that Henry was marrying Anne of Cleves, Catherine was invited
to return to court to serve the new queen. How would the young woman
who was a niece to Anne Boleyn fit into this new court where intrigue
and gossip reigned?
Catherine Carey served many queens during her life at court and
survived through the reign of others from Anne of Cleves, Katherine
Howard, Katherine Parr, Edward VI, Jane Grey, Queen Mary and into the
reign of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth. Cor Rotto
is a possible and likely tale of what could have happened
between the documented historical events. Being that with some of
these rulers, not being at court or even out of the country was much
Cor Rotto in Latin means "heart-broken".
Obviously much of story of this novel is romantic focusing on
Catherine's marriage and relationship with her husband. Even though
there were some "heartbreaks" in her life, Catherine led a
privileged life of wealth with a stable and loyal marriage complete
with numerous children.
Historical fiction relies on documented events and creates a
fiction logically filling in the undocumented sequences. The author,
Adrienne Dillard chose to write Catherine's story as a historical
Cor Rotto is an
intriguing, fast-paced story of a time period in England that
resulted in major changes for the country and how many who survived
of the time actually were forced to live.