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Widowed for the second time at age 31, Katherine Parr falls deeply for the dashing courtier Thomas Seymour and hopes at last to marry for love. However, obliged to return to court, she attracts the attentions of the ailing, egotistical, and dangerously powerful Henry VIII, who dispatches his love rival, Seymour, to the Continent. No one is in a position to refuse a royal proposal, so haunted by the fates of his previous wives - two executions, two annulments, one death in childbirth - Katherine must wed Henry and become his sixth queen.
Katherine has to employ all her instincts to navigate the treachery of the court, drawing a tight circle of women around her, including her stepdaughter, Meg, traumatized by events from their past that are shrouded in secrecy, and their loyal servant Dot, who knows and sees more than she understands. With the Catholic faction on the rise once more, reformers being burned for heresy, and those close to the king vying for position, Katherine's survival seems unlikely. Yet as she treads the razor's edge of court intrigue, she never quite gives up on love.
©2013 Elizabeth Fremantle (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
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3 out of 5 stars
By Cyndi Brownell on 08-30-15

more history less passion

more romance less history than I prefer. a bit much harlequin for my mere tastes

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5 out of 5 stars
By benoibe on 12-01-15

Remarkably well written! A wonderful surprise!

Both the writing and the narration are beautifully rendered. Elizabeth Freemantle is truly talented, and this is a masterpiece of historical fiction. Her work surpasses Alison Weir and Philippa Gregory. I wouldn't even put her in the same category. The characters jump off the page. The story so moving and engaging.
A must read for historical fiction fans!

I'm pretty well versed in things Tudor. I have a minor addiction. I have listened to all the histories and major Tudor historical fiction authors that I could find. This was a new author to me, and I was pleasantly surprised at the author's incredible talent of weaving compelling characters into a fascinating story that is new and absorbing, despite the fact that I know the historical facts already. I'm thrilled by this find!

This is the story of Kate Parr. The last queen of Henry VIII. A widow 2x over, she has fallen in love with a nobleman, just when the king's eye has fallen on her. When Henry decides to marry her, she has no choice. For the lately dubious honor of being Queen of England, Kate Parr is forced to marry a fat, old, stinking tyrant who has killed multiple wives and many of his closest friends without a second thought. After the premature death of 4 queens, Kate Parr must tread lightly to keep her own head. This is the story of how Katherine Parr survived the bloodlust of the tyrant King to be the one queen who survived...

Kate Parr is a multi-faceted character, intelligent, brave and compassionate. Her story is dramatic and compelling. Freemantle has written a marvelous novel, which also tells the interesting stories of the characters around Parr. This book reminds me of what novels should be.

*I just bought her other 2 books and can't wait to listen to more of this author.

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