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From the luxuries of court to the last gory years of the outsize King Henry, when heads rolled and England trembled, Catherine bestrode her destiny and survived to marry her true love. She was the least known of Henry VIII's six wives, but the cleverest of them all. Alluring, witty, and resourceful, she attracted the king's lust and, though in love with the handsome Thomas Seymour, was thrown into the snake pit of the royal court. While victims of the king's wrath suffered torture and execution, Catherine withstood the onslaught, even when Henry sought to replace her with a seventh wife. She survived her royal husband, and found happiness with Seymour, but it was shadowed by rivalry with the young Princess Elizabeth, whose affection Seymour coveted. Catherine won the contest, but at great cost.
©2006 Carolly Erickson (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
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"Erickson, known best for her lively and popular histories...engages with this fictionalized, first-person life of Catherine Parr." (Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Heidi on 01-11-07

Fun historical fiction

I found this book because I was looking for works similar to the Philippa Gregory books (i.e. "The other Boleyn Girl) and I wasn't disappointed. This is similar in subject matter, but unique in style, and I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and narration, and was caught up in the story from beginning to end. I loved learning more about Catherine Parr, a lesser known wife of Henry XIII, and found myself consulting my historical reference book frequently to get some additional facts as it made me curious about the era..I just love historical fiction and this one didn't let me down!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Constance on 01-29-07


This is good, I know that it is long, but you never realize it. It kept my interest every minute. I found myself sitting in my driveway not wanting to get out of the car to here what would happen next. It isn't solely based on Cat's time with the king, it is her life story. From when she was seven years old all the way to her death. Her loves, loses and fears are all portrayed wonderfully in this book. The narrater is also wonderful. I could go on forever, if you enjoy these types of books this is a must have.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Janice on 04-16-07

Beware this book is fiction!

This book was in the English History category but should be with historical fiction. It is a story.
Only purchase if you are looking for light reading, very light reading!

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Elaine Wood on 09-15-09

So interesting to hear about the last Queen

In History lessons, and most documents covering the wives of Henry VIII, Catherine Parr is just an add on at the end, with no character of her own. She is often described as a nurse, or a middle aged nobody. It is interesting to read this book, which has lead me to read on further, to find she was quite the political animal.

My only quibble with this book is the narrator, who I find a bit insipid, but the story still held my attention despite that.

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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