Katharine, The Virgin Widow : (Tudor Saga), Paperback Book

Katharine, The Virgin Widow : (Tudor Saga) Paperback

Part of the Tudor Saga series

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The second of Jean Plaidy's Tudor series, continuing the life of Katharine of Aragon in this story of a remarkable royal marriage that inspired some of history's bloodiest deeds . . . The young Spanish widow, Katharine of Aragon, has become the pawn between two powerful monarchies.After less than a year as the wife of the frail Prince Arthur, the question of whether the marriage was ever consummated will decide both her fate and England's. But whilst England and Spain dispute her dowry, in the wings awaits her unexpected escape from poverty: Henry, Arthur's younger, more handsome brother - the future King of England.He alone has the power to restore her position, but at what sacrifice?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
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  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9780099493143

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This is the second book in Jean Plaidy's Tudor series and very interesting and informative. I love Katharine of Aragon as a queen/character and am always interested to find out more about her although it was curious that the author described her as plain, when I thought she was beautiful in other historical reviews. Worth a read though!

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From fantastic fiction:In the eyes of the world, Katharine of Aragon was a precious object to be disposed of for the glory of Spain. Her parents, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, send her to England to become the bride of Arthur, Prince of Wales.But soon her frail husband was dead, and a fateful question loomed: Was the marriage consummated, as Katharine's priest avowed, or was the young widow still a virgin? On that delicate point hinged Katharine's-and England's-future. Meanwhile, waiting in the wings was her willful, handsome brother-in-law, bold Prince Henry, who alone had the power to restore Katharine's lost position.This is the second in the Tudor series. It begins where Katherine is married to Arthur up to the point where she marries Henry VIII. I felt this book covered a lot of ground which was in the previous book, ‘Uneasy Lies The Head’. The first book is about Henry VII and covers the period of Katherines marriage to Arthur and his death, and then up to his own death. The second book covers the same period. Again Ms Plaidy’s books are full of historical facts about my favourite period in history but compared to todays writers such as Philippa Gregory her books are now a little bland. However it still provides a good read although it was a bit slow in places and very repetitive of the first novel.Would I recommend this book: Yes if you like the Tudors but be aware it isn’t as sexy as todays novels that are out there.

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