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Taming of the Queen


by Philippa Gregory
 Author: Philippa Gregory

Genre: Historical Fiction

Rating: LI


By the #1 New York Times bestselling author behind the Starz original series The White Queen, a riveting new Tudor tale featuring King Henry VIII’s sixth wife Kateryn Parr, the first English queen to publish under her own name.
Why would a woman marry a serial killer?
Because she cannot refuse…
Kateryn Parr, a thirty-year-old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father who has buried four wives—King Henry VIII—commands her to marry him.
Kateryn has no doubt about the danger she faces: the previous queen lasted sixteen months, the one before barely half a year. But Henry adores his new bride and Kateryn’s trust in him grows as she unites the royal family, creates a radical study circle at the heart of the court, and rules the kingdom as Regent.
But is this enough to keep her safe? A leader of religious reform and the first woman to publish in English, Kateryn stands out as an independent woman with a mind of her own. But she cannot save the Protestants, under threat for their faith, and Henry’s dangerous gaze turns on her. The traditional churchmen and rivals for power accuse her of heresy—the punishment is death by fire and the king’s name is on the warrant…
From an author who has described all of Henry’s queens comes a deeply intimate portrayal of the last: a woman who longed for passion, power, and education at the court of a medieval killer.

Opinion:  You know, I can’t imagine anything more scary than being an attractive, high-born woman during the reign of King Henry VIII.  I think a serial killer is an excellent way to describe Henry.  Not only did he kill wives, he killed anyone that challenged him.  Staying in his favor was a dance that few mastered.  A lot of it was knowing when to beat a hasty retreat to a country estate, although this was not necessarily an option for Kateryn.  We hear a lot about Henry’s first three wives, but we don’t get alot about the last 3.  I suppose because the marriages were so short.  

I think it was really interesting to learn how much Henry’s last queen did to promote the Protestant faith in England.  She was quite the scholar.  

The book was well-written.  It’s amazing because even though I knew Kateryn would survive Henry, I still sat on pins and needles for her as I was reading.  

Anyway, Ms. Gregory has written about the War or Roses and Tudor England. I wonder what there is to tackle next. 


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