Royal Inheritance

Royal Inheritance

This new novel in the “wonderfully absorbing” (Library Journal) Secrets of the Tudor Court series, features a tailor’s daughter who suspects she is an illegitimate offspring of King Henry VIII.

Audrey Malte is illegitimate, though her beloved father—tailor to King Henry VIII—prefers to call her “merry-begot,” saying there was much joy in her making. Then Audrey visits the royal court with her father, and the whispers start about Audrey’s distinctive Tudor-red hair and the kindness that the king shows her. Did dashing Henry perhaps ask Malte to raise a royal love child? The king’s favor, however, brings Audrey constraint as well as opportunity. Though she holds tender feelings for her handsome music tutor, John Harington, the king is pressuring her to marry into the family of treacherous, land-hungry Sir Richard Southwell. Audrey determines to learn the truth about her birth at last. The answer may give her the freedom to give her heart as she chooses . . . or it could ensnare her deeper in an enemy’s ruthless scheme.
  • Gallery Books | 
  • 368 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451661514 | 
  • September 2013
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Royal Inheritance includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


This new novel from Kate Emerson, the critically acclaimed author of the Secrets of the Tudor Court series, centers around Audrey Malte, an illegitimate daughter of King Henry VIII who grows up at court thinking that her father is the king’s tailor.

When Audrey reaches marriageable age, she begins to realize, from the way certain people behave toward her, that Malte is keeping secrets from her, and she sets out to discover the truth. Her quest brings her into contact with some of the best and worst of Henry’s courtiers, among them a man with whom she falls in love.

Unfortunately, Malte has already entered into negotiations for her betrothal to someone else. It is up to Audrey to navigate Henry’s court so that she may marry the man she loves.

With the rich, lush detail that has become a trademark of Kate Emerson’s novels, Royal Inheritance is a wonderful picture of a young woman trying to find her own legacy at the Tudor court.  

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Historical fiction author Kate Emerson recounts how a thirty-year-old idea became the inspiration for her "Secrets of the Tudor Court" series. When I was growing up, some of my favorite books were biographies written for young people. I can...

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About the Author

Kate Emerson
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Kate Emerson

Kate Emerson was born in Liberty, New York, and received an A.B. from Bates College and an M.A. from Old Dominion University. She currently lives in Wilton, Maine. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and other professional organizations. Emerson also writes a Scottish mysteries series as Kaitlyn Dunnett. Visit her at