Book Title: The Taming of the Queen
Author: Philippa Gregory
Blurb: Why would a woman marry a serial killer? Because she cannot refuse?
Kateryn Parr has no choice when Henry VIII – a man who has buried four wives – commands her to marry him.
As a young widow with a secret lover, Kateryn knows full well the danger she faces. But Henry adores his new bride and her trust in him grows as she unties the royal family, creates a radical study circle at the heart of the court, and rules the kingdom as regent.
But is it enough to keep her safe? An independent women with a mind of her own, and the first women to publish under her own name in English, Kateryn is an easy target for those who 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 women who longed for passion, power and enlightenment at the court of a medieval killer.
Review: I love reading, watching and learning more about the Tudor era. It is my favourite time in history. I have read many books fiction and non-fiction about the Tudors by a variety of authors. This is my second I have read by Philippa Gregory. The sixth and finally Queen of Henry VIII is not one that I know well. However, after reading this I know have a soft spot for the Queen.
Philippa brings to live the Tudor court in all its glamour, liars, cheaters and lovers. Even with some knowledge of how history plays out the story still keeps you gripped right up until the end. It is just like a thriller but written so you feel intimately involved. This book has also helped me to understand more about the arguments of religion happening at that time. Something that has confused me in the past.
I feel from reading this book that I have gained a better understanding of that time by a cleverly written book, with historical facts written into a story that is fascinating to read.
A must read for all Tudor fans or who love a good historical novel.
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