Wed at seventeen to the grandson of a confirmed lunatic, widowed at twenty, Catherine chose a Yorkshire lord twice her age as her second husband.
Caught up in the turbulent terrors of the Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536, she was captured by northern rebels, held hostage and suffered violence at their hands.
Fleeing to the south shortly afterwards, she took refuge in the household of Princess Mary and in the arms of the king's brother-in-law Sir Thomas Seymour.
Her employment in Mary's household brought her to the attention of Mary's father, the unpredictable, often-wed Henry VIII.
Desperately in love with Seymour, Catherine was forced into marriage with a king whose passion for her could not be hidden and who was determined to make her his queen.
This is the only available biography of Catherine Parr, the first for over thirty years.
It is published to coincide with the major exhibition at Hampton Court Palace which begins in June 2008 celebrating the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's accesion to throne in 1509.
You've read the fiction; now read the facts.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/02/2008
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780752445915
- Paperback from £10.55