About Dignity

Dignity is a historical fiction romance novel portraying the tragic and short life of Henry VIII’s fifth and youngest wife, Katheryn Howard. Although written in a romantic style, Dignity contains explicit sexual content and disturbing themes such as incest, child sexual abuse, and male privilege within the context of 16th Century Tudor history. The dark secrets of Katheryn’s childhood are exposed explaining the commonplace result of over-sexualization and promiscuity. Her lascivious lifestyle was to become her eventual demise as her pre-marital history was uncovered during her short reign as Queen of England. The story explores the viewpoints of many of the characters involved with Katheryn both historically and romantically as she searched for love through the only thing that she felt she had some control over, her sensuality. In the time of Katheryn’s short life, women were considered little more than property in a male dominated world. Dignity does nothing to sugar coat this fact and because it is written in a romantic fashion, it can draw the reader in and be quite stimulating yet in some instances, it can be quite disturbing.


7 thoughts on “About Dignity

  1. Furthermore, Dignity covers a span of about 15 years of Katheryn Howard’s life and moves from event to event and place to place without leaving the reader bewildered. Also the story is told not only from Katheryn’s perspective, but from many of the character’s perspectives which allows the reader to understand and empathize with the characters. At the end of Dignity, the reader will understand what has perplexed historians for centuries such as, Katheryn admitting to hundreds of sexual encounters yet denying her betrothal to Francis Dereham despite Francis insisting that they were betrothed. It also explains King Henry VIII’s motivation in having his young wife beheaded which was in direct opposition to his Archbishop and Privy Council who wished for him to simply have the marriage annulled.

    • “Not so often we get to see an enactment of a piece of our history, and have it embroiled with romance and passion though the underlying theme is the darker side of obsession.” ~Gina Alzate

      Katheryn Howard, not yet twenty, was beheaded on the Tower Green just as her cousin, Anne Boleyn, was. Dignity, written in a romantic fashion, takes Katheryn vividly through her sexualized and heart-wrenching life. Although many of Katheryn’s escapades described in Dignity are historical, they are shocking as well. Dignity moves from erotic and stimulating to disturbing and tragic as there are no rose coloured glasses. http://ChristianAshley53.com

  2. As a Tudor History fan I was very pleased to receive your book for Christmas – I read it so fast and really enjoyed the weaving of history with a compelling story! Any plans to tackle others from the period? After reading a lot of non-fiction it was wonderful to enjoy a well-written book set in a period of time that I love! Kudos for your work – you have a fan here!!

  3. Powerful and stimulating. Accurate portrayal of a disturbing era., April 12, 2012
    By William C. Sampson
    Amazon: This review is from: Dignity (Kindle Edition)
    I’ll admit, reading Dignity made me blush. I enjoy historical perspectives, especially those of royalty, but the steamy romances and intricate detail took the story to a much deeper level. Christian Ashley truly has a gift for the visual, and it was a joy working with her on the Dignity book trailer. I recommend Dignity for anyone with an open mind to the realism of a disturbing era in human history.

  4. I have not read your book yet, but I did watch the HBO special on the Tudors and loved it. And after watching that series, I am going to make it a point to get your book. I really like to read, and this particular time era has much fascination for me. From the previous comments I have read here, I know it will not disappoint. I never had much interest in history while I was in school, but have, over the years, become rather fascinated with certain areas of it. Can’t wait to give it a read.

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