Erickson (The Favored Queen, 2011) vividly re-imagines the story of Catherine Howard, Henry VIII's fifth wife. Young Catherine first comes to the attention of Henry as a lady-in-waiting to Henry's fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. A fast courtship leads to an even quicker marriage after Henry has his marriage with Anne annulled. The vivacious and beautiful Catherine shortly discovers that life at court--and all the secrets and betrayals that go with it--might be her undoing. Will her past indiscretions lead her to the gallows? A sumptuous and gripping tale.