The Taming of the Queen, Hardback
2.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9781471132971



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Kateryn Parr, sixth and final wife of Henry VIII is star of the show in this novel by the queen of historical fiction. I have to say that although I like and read all things tudor, KP is probably the queen that I have read about the least. However she was a fascinating lady who achieved so much, such as having books published in her own name and reuniting tbe royal children. The book as always started of with gusto and I was well in tudor England. However I found that the book became very long and became repetitive as PG novels can be. The research is there and if you don't know alot about KP then its there for you in this book. However I found myself getting bored because I felt the book just went on and on. The book concludes with the death of Henry VIII but KP life continues as she marries Thomas Seymour and they have a child. For me the story would have been better if it was less repetitive and shorter then the story could have included KP life after Henry.A very average read from a great historian and writer.I have been to Sudeley Castle where Kateryn Parr lived with Thomas Seymour and where she is buried and its well worth a visit.

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